Sunday, December 07, 2014

FAO CAA Year 1: 'WIM?' Submission Checklist & Final Crit Requirements 12/12/2014




What follows are instructions for your crit presentations and reminders of what you need to present and submit. Please use your network of creative partners to ensure that everyone has seen this information and understood it. Any queries, please leave a comment and I'll clarify where necessary.

In response to the work, creative methodology and philosophy of your production design collaborator, you are asked to design your own ‘What if?’ metropolis. You are asked to produce a single rendered image of a digital set derived from original production art. Production design for your metropolis should demonstrate clearly your understanding of the principles and processes of production design and the ways in which environments communicate their visual concept through careful consideration of the mise-en-scène. Your digital set must be textured in accordance with the digital set pipeline and incorporate a fully integrated matte painting. Aspect ratio for final scene should be 16:9 (HD 1920 X 1080). 

You are asked to produce a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development for the duration of the unit. You should use the blog to reflect critically upon your own creative practice and the wider cultural and thematic context of the unit.

Important! Your blog must include:

1) Your final scene.

2) Your 16:9 concept art for final scene.

3) Your key assets as production art.

4) Your key assets as orthographic design sheets.

5) Your Travelogue – minimum 1000 words.

6) 100 supporting thumbnails (minimum).

7) Your final matte painting and its development.

8) Your influence maps.

9) Supporting Artist/Designer research presented as a Scribd document.

10) Your Production Designer Profile as a Scribd document.

11) Your creative partnership archived.

12) Reviews of the Space Oddities film programme. Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published reviews + poster art + supporting stills. Please note - Harvard Method must now be used for all quotations and all illustrations to be referenced correctly. Reviews are to include bibliography and illustration list.

13) Your digital set pipeline : Pre-Viz, Wireframe Model, Untextured Model, UV Maps, Texture Maps, Textured Model, Lighting Tests, Rendering Passes (Beauty, Ambient Occlusion, and Effects)

14) Your submission disc artwork.

You will present on crit day from a blog-embedded Scribd document that should, in terms of structure, follow the order of slides as given below.
  1. Title page, giving your name, unit title and date of presentation.
  2. Name of your city & collaborator. 
  3. Definitive production design influence map.
  4. Final concept art (environment).
  5. Final production art (key assets).
  6. Orthographic drawings (key assets).
  7. Matte painting.
  8. Final WIM render.
  9. Build-up (digital set pipeline)
  10. Final WIM render.
We expect a high level of professionalism from our students, so please give the preparation of your crit presentation the requisite care and attention. Your presentations should be branded, spell-checked and polished. Think creatively about your slideshow, but don't clog your content with unnecessary typography etc. Your presentation should serve your content sympathetically. Keep it simple - and only include what you've been asked to include.

While you will present at the crit from your blog, you must also submit a submission disc to me, which must include:
  1. Final concept art.
  2. Final production art.
  3. Orthographic drawings. 
  4. Final matte painting.
  5. Final WIM render.
  6. Your travelogue.
  7. Your final crit presentation as pdf
  8. PDF archive of blog.  For instructions on how to export your blog as pdf. go here.
Important: please note, your WIM crit starts at 10am sharp*. Latecomers will join the 'back of the queue' in terms of crit presentations and will present their work at the end of the day in order of their arrival if time (and good will) allows.  Students who have been in attendance since 10am will be given the opportunity to leave the crit at this time. The order in which you'll be presenting your work will be randomised, which means any one of you may be presenting first!

If circumstances beyond your control** prevent you from attending on time, you must contact Natalie Holmes  before 10am. Students should seek to arrive in advance of the start time to ensure they are prepared. Your project management and professionalism counts. Please prepare for your crit as you would for an interview or pitch. For some 'Rough Guide' style advice re. the stuff of engaging crit presentations, please go here.


Important! Please note this is a summative assessment. 

Unauthorised non-attendance at final crit = non-submission = Fail = Resit

And finally...



And a note to any 2nd/3rd years - your input on crit day, as always, is welcome (as long as you're wearing your santa hat obviously!).


*Venue of crit to be confirmed - but likely to be Lecture Theatre 1 (bring a cushion!).
**But not issues in regard to last-minute technical problems (including writing of discs etc.) that reflect poor project management. No student should be printing/writing discs/rendering etc. on the morning of crit day. Thursday is your deadline, not Friday.

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