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Jellyfish is recruiting!

Jellyfish Animation is looking for Jr Character animators and Mid Character Animators across it's 3 South London studios on Dennis & Gnasher, Floogals (Series 2) and on Bitz & Bob. You must be proficient in Maya. Has you previously applied and now have more experience and a new showreel? Are you a Jr fresh out of Animation School and looking for your first job or looking for your 2nd animation job where you can develop your cartooney animation style, please apply. We are looking new raw talent. Get in touch - it's a cool place to work. All applicants must have a UK work Visa or EU passport and must apply via the website

CAA Design: Star Trek Into Darkness Title Design

This little 'making of' really conveys the importance of creativity, playfulness, adaptation and thinking practically when it comes to designing solutions to problems.
Star Trek Into Darkness Title Design from Andrew Kramer on Vimeo.

CAA Design: Lost & Found or The World's Largest Collection Of Rustic Automata / Blair Somerville

Watch this lovely short film about rustic automata designer/maker, Blair Somerville, and ache for a simpler life...
Lost & Found from Joey Bania on Vimeo.

CAA Cinema: We Sleep: On The Enduring Propheticism Of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE

CAA One-A-Day: Project Literacy - The Alphabet Of Illiteracy

FAO CAA Year 3: Dates For Your Diary: Branding & Creative Enterprise Workshops Monday May 22nd & Tuesday 23rd May

Attention 3rd Years! 2 dates for your diary - Monday 22nd / Tuesday 23rd May. I've organised Stephen Davies from UCA's Enterprise Dept. to visit the CAA baseroom and run a 2 day workshop on getting you lot up to speed in terms of preparing to leave the nest and go your own way. I'll post more specific info (start times etc) on here in the very near future - so watch for further announcements.

FAO Year 2: This weeks timetable / clarification

This weeks timetable / clarification.
Tuesday 25th April: No Sculpting (Final Class is the 2nd May) Wednesday 26th April: Acting Thursday 27th April: Maya (Afternoon) Friday 28th April: Drop in Tutorials (Afternoon)

CAA Alumni: Dayle (Class of 2013) Sanders's Life After Graduation

Hi there, my name is Dayle. I graduated from Computer Animation Arts in 2013 (“Computer Generated Arts and Animation”, as the course was known as back then!) I currently work as a Junior Animator/ Animation Fixer at Jellyfish Pictures in London. It's great to be able to share with you today what I have been up to and offer my industry perspective too, as a former classmate and fellow Rochester alumni.
For my final major project, "Kinnaree", I collaborated with Andriana Laskari - my classmate in the same year. Here is our graduation film below, and “Hemaraj” too; a dog-like creature who only wants to play.

"Kinnaree": The story is inspired by Thai Mythology and involves two creatures of the magical Himmapan forest; a legendary forest that lies between Heaven and Earth in the Himalayas. The art direction stems from Buddhist & Lai Thai art as seen on the actual characters and the environment surrounding them.
Shortly after graduating, I interned for A+C Studi…

FAO Yr 3: 18 Days Until Major Project Submission

What gender is, what gender does...

New book available in the library for any of you considering 'gender' as essay subject material -

'What gender, is what gender does' by Judith Roof
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The Supplement: Moments vs Scenes

Moments vs Scenes
We're almost reaching that period of the year where the summer blockbusters will start taking over the cinemas. One of the biggest releases last year was Batman vs Superman directed by Zack Synder. After the film arrived last year the Internet immediately filled with discussions about why the film didn't work. In the film essay above the 'Nerdwriter' tries to answer that question by discussing how a preoccupation with cinematic moments can impact on story. 

FAO CAA All Years: Maya Help & Alan's Schedule Easter Break Week 2

If anyone has any project questions or needs Maya help I will be in the University this week on:
Wednesday 19th April and Thursday 20th April
Thanks Alan

FAO Year 3: 25 Days Until Major Project Submission

The Supplement: 3D Sculpting in Virtual Reality

During the sculpting class’s I spoke about how technology changed over the last 25 years and how my approach to sculpting has reflected those changes throughout my career. In the video above is one of the latest developments in the sculpting industry - Virtual reality sculpting using the Oculus Medium. Think ZBrush / Mudbox meets a physical sculpting studio. Whats interesting about this setup is that it brings together the physical with the digital in a manner, which means an intermediary interface such as a graphics tablet is removed. Is that a good thing or bad thing? There are a generation of 3D modellers out there who have never touched clay and prefer a graphics tablet? It’s an interesting development and if it were to catch on a skill base change.

In the second video another traditional method of modelmaking is being employed digitally - 'Kitbashing'. Back in the day props, sets, and vehicles (amongst other things) started life as model kits (Airifx for example). Hundreds…

CAA One-A-Day: Space Sex Is A Serious Business

This is fascinating for a bunch of reasons - not least for its mixed media/collaged approach to image-making, which I think is really exciting and asks some interesting questions about our expectations of computer animation.

CAA One-A-Day: Cream

This is disturbing... I like it!
Cream from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

CAA One-A-Day: All The Things

The Supplement: Casey Curran

"Brass wire and liquid plastic flutter open and close like flowers in time lapse, driven by motorized mechanisms within the wooden scaffolding below. Bequeath These Seeds was created by kinetic sculptor Casey Curran for the Bellevue Arts Museum biennial show Metalmorphosis, a showcase of metal as a medium."

FAO CAA All Years: Maya Help & Alan's Schedule

If anyone has any project questions or needs Maya help I will be in the University this week on:
Wednesday 12th April and Thursday 13th April
Thanks Alan

FAO Everyone: Tutor Phil's System Failure

Just letting you know that, unfortunately, my trusty laptop has chosen this moment to die a death and has been sent for repair.  All this means is that my 'online-ness' may not be as encompassing as usual and there may be a delay in terms of my responsiveness to emails and blogposts.  Not sure when I'll be getting the laptop back, but with Easter coming up I predict it won't be for a while yet :(

Trailer: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Looks like Guardians Of The Galaxy is influencing more of the Marvel universe - which is clearly no bad thing.  This sequel looks tremendous fun!

FAO CAA Yr 2: Dissertation Proposal Feedback Proformas @ Your Ucreative Accounts

Your Dissertation Proposal feedback proformas are available now at your Ucreative email accounts. If Mavernie Cunningham has suggested new book lists, sort them now and get the reading under your belt. It's now likely you'll need to tweak/re-visit your chapter/paragraph structures.  This is normal and to be expected - not cause for panic or throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  Many of you have committed to writing your draft dissertation over the Summer recess period; if you want to maximise your time and energy in term 1 of year 3, you'll make good on this commitment and ensure you've got a 8000 word draft for Friday, October 27th - hand-in for draft dissertations.

If your proforma hasn't arrived, let me know and I'll investigate.  Many thanks.

FAO Year 3: 32 Days Until Major Project Submission

Tombola Of Dreams 2017 : And The Winners Are...

A great big thank you to everyone who bought tickets for this year's Tombola Of Dreams, raising funds for New Designers 2017.  It was a really fun event - and special thanks must go to Charlie Serafini - balloon wrangler - and to his glamorous consultants, Becky Stapley and Ruth Cann, for the extraordinary array of 'Easter bonnets'!  Another big thank you to Jackie Hagan for some mouth-watering editions to the Tombola Prize table - and of course, to Paul at Sound In The City, Lucas at GarageFarm.NET, Mel at 3D Total, Tim at PropStore, and Gemma at Dovetail Games - for your continuing support.