Sunday, February 26, 2017

CAA One-A-Day: The Bigger Picture



This is pretty extraordinary.

CAA One-A-Day: Reaction



REACTION from dfmn on Vimeo.

CAA One-A-Day: Symmetry



FAO Travellers to Rome

Just a quick reminder, as you are packing your cases today...

Remember, it is just ONE piece of hand luggage, so if you have a separate handbag, camera bag, laptop etc, that needs to be able to fit inside your cabin bag.

Don't forget to pack all of your liquids into a clear ziplock bag, no bigger than 20x20cm. Individual bottles must not be bigger than 100ml, and you can have up to 1000ml altogether (but the bag must be able to be closed!) 
Things like toothpaste, foundation, deodorant, other gel-based toiletries all need to go in the clear bag - keep it handy near the top of your case, as you will need to take it out at security and put it through the scanner separately... there's nothing worse than having to start rifling through your packing looking for it, when there is a queue behind you!

See you all bright and early tomorrow!

Friday, February 24, 2017

FAO CAA YEAR: Timetable Change & Event Reminder


Year 2: A reminder of timetable events and changes that will happen after
Rome / Reading Week.

'In Person Pitch'
Wednesday 8th March

This is a presentation pitch (to the whole group) illustrating your project idea, your progress (work) so far, and what you intend to achieve over the remaining weeks of the project. This will also be a presentation where you will be given feedback and advice from Phil and I.

*Please note that this date may change. If so a notification will appear on the group blog.

'Tuesday / Friday Tutorials'

Week 9 (Starting the 6th March) - No Tutorials due to the Pitch.
After week 9: The tutorials become 'Drop in' tutorials.

'Drop In Tutorials' mean come if you need project advice or practical help.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CAA One-A-Day: Black Holes



This is pretty wonderful... 

FAO CAA Yr 1: Storytelling & Commission / Final Crit In Lecture Theatre One


For those of you not at yesterday's film screening... the big news is that your FSTS final crit will take place in Lecture Theatre One.  You need to be in L1 by 9.45am at the latest - ready to go!  Spread the word.

Monday, February 20, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 1 & 2: The 2017 Internal Student Survey Has Launched!



Today is launch day for the Internal Student Survey 2017.  The short version is the ISS is the opportunity for year 1 and 2 students to feedback to the University about their experience at UCA so far.  Your feedback is valued very highly by the University.

You can access the survey here.  Make sure you select the right survey - not the NSS, but the survey dedicated to Years 1 & 2.  You'll need your student number to access the survey. This is found on your ID card.  

Okay - so what does the survey entail? 30 core questions relating to the following aspects of the student learning experience:
  • Teaching on my Course
  • Assessment and Feedback (i.e. blogs/tutorials/crits/proformas)
  • Academic Support 
  • Organisation and Management 
  • Learning Resources 
  • Personal Development (i.e. core skills/greater confidence presenting etc).
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Students' Union

The survey doesn't take long, but it is important you consider your responses carefully. It may feel like just another box-ticking exercise - but it isn't. The ISS survey is crucial to our understanding of what you think about us, and UCA more broadly. You're telling us about the things we're doing well and where stuff needs improving. You're highlighting the weaknesses and safe-guarding the good bits. You can help your course team make things better. Your feedback is used to improve the experience for future students, so be honest, but be constructive. Your views on what we do become part of formal monitoring processes within the University, which promotes discussion and debate. In short - data derived from the ISS - from you - is taken very seriously!  Rest assured, the findings of the survey are anonymous!

If, when you've completed the survey, could you leave a 'Done it' comment on this post that would be helpful, as it means I can stop badgering you!  Much appreciated.

If you have any queries regarding the ISS - for example, should you experience difficulty logging in or accessing the survey, please email sss@uca.ac.uk

Many thanks!


FAO Year 3: 81 Days Until Major Project Submission


Sunday, February 19, 2017

CAA Cinema: Leningrad - Kolshik


Causality - the relationship between cause and effect...

CAA One-A-Day: Less Than Human



Zombies - this century's No.1 go-to metaphor for when we want to talk about what it means to be human...

FAO CAA Yr 2: Reminder: Star Chamber OGR / Monday 20th Feb By 5pm



A further reminder re. your 'Star Chamber' OGR with Kath Abiker.  You need to have your presentations uploaded to your blog by 5pm on Monday.   I'll be available in the baseroom from 2pm for anyone still experiencing difficulty nailing their enquiry down.  However, my expectation is that you are trying to nail your enquiry down and not just bringing me some deficit of effort on your part.

Important: please make sure your OGRs are proof-read prior to publishing for Kath.  Can we ensure your spelling and grammar is polished and typo-free.  Kath has high expectations of year two undergraduates; you've submitted enough assignments and received enough feedback to know very well the importance of professionalism and academic literacy.  Make sure Kath is responding to your ideas and your content only - and not your schoolboy-level errors!  You are all way beyond this stage now.  The OGR requirements ask you to include your Research Proforma: you'll find a word template for this documentation on myUCA/Critical Perspectives/Critical Perspectives 2.  You'll also find the example proforma I provided at the briefing for your guidance.

This OGR represents an invaluable opportunity to enhance and enrich your Dissertation Proposal - please make the very most of it by doing the work it requires of you.  Avoid generic synopses please - be specific: make clear commitments to ideas, methods, concepts and thinkers. Only then, can Kath be of real use.

Kath's feedback will follow as a blog comment on your OGR over the course of the next two weeks. Good luck and do the work.


FAO CAA Year 1: 'From Script To Screen' Submission Checklist & Final Crit Requirements 24/02/2017



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

In response to the three story components given you at the time of briefing, you are asked to pre-produce an original two minute animation. 

Your pre-production is to be submitted in 2 parts;

1) Pre-Viz, to include:

a) 2d animatic with soundtrack & transitions.
b) Maya pre-viz with soundtrack & transitions


2) An ‘Art Of’ publication, to include:

a) concept art : environment design
b) concept art : character design
c) concept art : prop design
d) Final environment designs
e) Final prop designs
f) Final character designs (character sheets)
g) Final presentation storyboards
h) Final script


You are asked to produce a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development during 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 CG Pre-Viz.
2) Your final Animatic.
3) Your ‘Art Of’ publication (as Scribd Presentation)
4) Final storyboards.
5) Final script.
6) Draft scripts/story development – to include:


a) The Development 
b) The Treatment
c) The Step Outline
d) The Premise
e) The Logline
f) Character Biographies


7) Preparatory storyboards.
8) Final concept art for character/environment/props.
9) Supporting artwork for character/environment/props.
10) Supporting research for character/environment/props.
11) Influence maps for character/environment/props.
12) Your film reviews for the ‘Cutting Edge’ film series. 
13) Your ‘like-for-like’ storyboard segment.
14) All exercises/outcomes from your Character Workshops with Justin Wyatt
15) Your final submission must include a short reflective statement. A reflective statement is a statement in which the student considers their experience of a project. Reflective statements are used to understand past events, learn lessons and identify best practice.

You will present on crit day from a single presentation blog post comprising your 'Art Of' publication, animatic and Maya pre-viz. Your presentation should follow this order: 
  1. Art Of 
  2. Animatic 
  3. Maya Pre-viz.
Important: please note, your From Script To Screen crit starts at 10am sharp - at which point the doors will close.  The order in which you'll be presenting your work will be randomised, which means any one of you may be presenting first!

Please note - the crit venue is to be confirmed; more details to follow.

If circumstances beyond your control* prevent you from attending on time, you must contact Gayle Baldwin before 10am. Students should seek to arrive in advance of the start time to ensure they are prepared. Your project management and professionalism count. 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.
  
And finally...

And a note to any 2nd/3rd years - your input on crit day, as always, is welcome. 

*But not issues in regard to last-minute technical problems that reflect poor project management. Thursday is your deadline, not Friday.

Please use your social networks to ensure everyone has seen this information. Many thanks.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FAO CAA All Years: Tom Smith in Year 2 Needs Your Help.



Tom Smith Year 2 Needs Your Help...

As part of year two's Adaptation Project Tom Smith is setting up a challenge for himself to respond to random 'word picks' drawn daily from a bag. However, to make this a true adaptation Tom needs the words to be submitted by other people. Here is Tom's explanation....

"Yesterday as a test I typed up some words, printed them out, cut them up and put them in a hat. I then got someone else to choose two. From the two words I then created a quick character design (here is a link to the test.). I plan on doing this for at least a week, maybe more. I want to have a catalogue of designs that I can choose from to take forward and develop. 

Therefore, I need the help of everyone on the course to generate a bunch of random words/character/things to help me develop more and more designs. I only have a small amount of words so far so it would be great to add more! A few examples of the words I have are things like, Frankenstein, Pinocchio, Devil, Dia De Los Muertos, Fairytale, Peter Pan, Mexico, Horror and beheaded. It’s a mish-mash of genres, characters and descriptive words, so no holds barred as to what you can suggest, just have ‘character design’ in mind.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Thank you, Tom :]"

...You can leave your words or questions either as a comment on this post or on Tom's blog. If you could all 'chip in' with ten words that would really help Tom get started. 

Thanks Alan.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

FAO Everyone: Tombola Of Dreams 2017 - Launches Monday 13th March



The Computer Animation Arts' Tombola Of Dreams 2017 - Launches Monday 13th March.

Prize announcements coming soon!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FAO Everyone: This Is Important! Thursday 23rd February Needs You!


On Thursday 23rd February, your course is undergoing its five year Periodic Review - which in short means that a panel of interested parties are meeting with the course team to get together to ensure that Computer Animation Arts is as good a course as it can possibly be.  It's a big formal 'Final Crit' sort of a day for course staff and as part of the day's events, the panel members will be coming to take a look at the CAA baseroom and associated computer suites.  What this means for you is simply this: our rooms need to look spic-and-span, with no trace of crisp-packets or whiff of chips!  It also means, if you're working in the rooms - and we'd like the rooms to be as busy as possible - please keep it professional.  Your consideration and cooperation is much appreciated.  If you could ensure your classmates have seen this, that would be great.  Many thanks.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CAA One-A-Day: The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello





The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005)

Released back in 2005 'The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello'
features a Victorian Steampunk style combined with German Expressionistic techniques dating back to the earliest days of animation and cinema. Films such as 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' (1926) by Lotte Reiniger and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari by Robert Wiene (1920).

CAA Cinema: VFX Games: The Art Of Compositing



Monday, February 13, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 1 & 2: The 2017 Internal Student Survey - Coming Soon!




You'll soon be invited to complete the Internal Student Survey (ISS). 

The ISS asks students for a rating of their satisfaction via multiple choice questions for the following areas: 

1) Teaching
2)  Assessment and Feedback
3)  Academic Support
4)  Organisation & management
5)  Learning Resources
6)  Personal Development
7)  Overall satisfaction with the quality of your course
8)  Students’ Union


There are also free-text questions which ask you to feedback on your course and university experience.

Improving the student experience is a key strategy to our development as a University. The survey is crucial to our understanding of what you think about us. It informs us of the things we're doing well and where they need improving. Your feedback is used to improve the student experience. Results become part of formal monitoring processes within the University.  Put simply, UCA takes your feedback via this survey very seriously, so be honest, be constructive, and consider your responses carefully.

Watch this space for more information - in the meantime, please share this notification widely via your social networks.  Many thanks.

FAO CAA Yr 2: Star Chamber OGR / Monday 20th Feb By 5pm



Just a reminder re. your 'Star Chamber' OGR with Kath Abiker.  You need to have your presentations uploaded to your blog by 5pm on Monday 20th February.  I'll be available in the baseroom from 2pm for anyone who is still experiencing difficulty nailing their enquiry down - but if you get your 'Cones of Cogency' on your blogs before then, I'll do my best to be as clarifying as possible in advance of Monday's deadline.

Please make sure your OGR is on your blog by 5pm - as I'll be sending a list of OGR links to Kath for her convenience.

Kath's feedback will likely 'explode' your structures a little as she encourages you to consider new territories, additional ideas and theorists and other 'must haves' or 'must reads' or 'must includes'. Kath can only react to what you give her, so please take the appropriate time to genuinely engage with formulating your proposals.  The feedback should be bringing something new to your proposals as opposed to pointing you towards something basic you should have researched and collated already.

Kath's feedback may take the form of urls, key vocabulary, book and film recommendations and anything else besides. Your feedback may not be prose - it might be a list.  It might be a challenge to your proposal in the form of another question.   Kath is a seasoned assessor of undergraduate dissertations and has read hundreds in her time.  Her input will be invaluable to guarding against any of you writing a dissertation with some great big obvious hole in it!

And remember the goal: this isn't just another essay you're handing in, never to think about it again.  It is your dissertation proposal - a detailed point-by-point plan and research proforma that could and should allow you to write your draft dissertation with confidence over the Summer, thus ensuring the first term of your third and final year is as straightforward and stress-free as humanly possible!





FAO Yr 3: National Student Survey 2017




It's time to complete the National Student Survey 2017

Okay - so what does the survey entail? Most of you will have completed surveys very similar to the NSS during your time with us, so you'll know the format: 27 core questions relating to the following aspects of the student learning experience:

  • Teaching on my Course
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Academic Support
  • Organisation and Management
  • Learning Resources
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Personal Development
  • Student Voice
  • Student Union
  • Overall Satisfaction

The survey doesn't take long, but it is important you consider your responses carefully. It may feel like just another box-ticking exercise - it isn't. The NSS survey is crucial to our understanding of what you think about us, and UCA more broadly. You're telling us about the things we're doing well and where stuff needs improving. You're highlighting any weaknesses and safe-guarding the good bits. You can help your course team make things better. Your feedback is used to improve the experience for future students, so be honest, but be constructive. Your views on what we do become part of formal monitoring processes within the University, which promotes discussion and debate. In short - data derived from the NSS - from you - is taken very seriously!

Accessing the survey is very straightforward - visit www.thestudentsurvey.com and then follow the instructions. You'll need your student ID number handy: that's the number on your UCA identity card. If you don't know/can't find your student ID number, email me and I'll send it to you.

When you've completed the survey, could you leave a 'Done it' comment on this post, or email me to confirm.  Much appreciated.

FAO Year 3: 88 Days Until Major Project Submission


Saturday, February 11, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 3: Monday Major Project Tutorials: Attendance Please!



Now the dust has truly settled on your dissertations, you've had your minor project feedback, and the Major project is a living, breathing reality, it's time we all re-grouped and had a chat about where we are and what we're doing.  

I'm expecting to see the following students on Monday morning.  I'm in regular contact with some of you already, but there are others I haven't seen in what feels like weeks.  If you're Major project is an 'all-new' proposal, it's vital we now meet to discuss your idea and get things up and running with some urgency and confidence.

  • 10.00 / Tsygan Productions
  • 10.15  / Charlie
  • 10.30 / Dan H
  • 10.45 / Kavia
  • 11.00 / Ridge
  • 11.15 / Vlad
  • 11.30 / Dan R
  • 11.45 / Tumo
  • 12.00 / Lewis
  • 12.15 / Jamie
  • 12.30 / Ashley
  • 12.45 / Julia

If you could all update your respective blogs with adjusted production schedules prior to Monday's tutorials - i.e. a week-by-week breakdown of what needs to be completed by when as it relates to the final submission date of Friday, 12th May. As of Monday, you have 88 days remaining until your projects need to be completed and submitted. Your schedules should consider realistic rendering times, sound-design, compositing and the production of client-facing 'Art Ofs' etc.




If you're unable to attend this tutorial, just email me at pgomm@ucreative.ac.uk and we'll sort another slot asap.  If you could ensure everyone has seen this message, that would be appreciated. Many thanks.

CAA One-A-Day: Secret World Of Stuff Supercut



Simple, funny, charming...

FAO CAA Year 2: Pipeline 1 Body Rigging Now Online


YEAR 2

Body rigging tutorials are now available online (link) along side the Skinning tutorials (link) which were posted last week. Facial rigging will begin to be uploaded next week.

Well done everyone for uploading your video infographics.


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

CAA One-A-Day: Ataraxya



And this is exactly the reason I don't go to nightclubs anymore...

CAA One-A-Day: Order From Chaos



Is Harvard giving you a headache?

As you may be aware, the referencing tool 'RefMe' is no longer going to be available for you to use when creating bibliographies etc.
From feedback that I have received over the years, some of you find accessing the referencing guide on myUCA tricky, and find the 33-page PDF version somewhat daunting.

I am currently working on a little project to put together a concise booklet, that will contain only the basic (and hopefully) relevant referencing information. It will be printed on the light grey paper that is being trialed as a means of reducing visual strain, and which hopefully also makes it more accessible for students with dyslexia.

The full guide will still be available on myUCA and in the library, for when you need advice on referencing the more obscure sources :)

If you feel that you would benefit from one of these booklets, please can you let me know, either as a reply to this post, or to my email jhagan.s1@ucreative.ac.uk.

Limited number available - first come, first served!!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

FAO CAA Year 2: Timetable Reminder


Week 5: Timetable Reminder

A quick post to remind you all that there are no tutorials this week and no film screening and no Maya class. This is to allow you time to complete your Video Infographic ready for submission (online) on Friday (by 5.30pm). 

Use the extra time wisely everyone!

Friday, February 03, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 1: Soundscapes / Change Of Date For Audition Class with Kat



I'm just announcing a tweak to your timetable to accommodate a necessary change to Soundscape Kat's availability.  You're currently timetabled to see Kat on Wednesday 15th, February; instead, you'll be seeing Kat on the following Wednesday - the 22nd.  Your character classes with Justin on the 15th are unchanged.  Could you please ensure everyone is aware of this change.  Many thanks.

Trailer: Beauty & The Beast (2017)



Wednesday, February 01, 2017

FAO Everyone: Sign-Up For Free Art Pass Worth £65




There’s a world of art to discover with a Student National Art Pass. From the V&A and Tate Modern to Canterbury Heritage Museum, the pass gives you free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50% off major exhibitions.

You can sign up for a National Art Pass (worth £65) for free. Simply sign up using the link below before 11.59pm on 15th February 2017, to qualify for your pass.

SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREE NATIONAL ART PASS HERE:


We’ll deliver your pass to your university address within 2 weeks, so you can begin your year of art experiences for less.

Art Fund’s fortnightly email, “Art in your inbox”, will keep you up to date with the latest must-see exhibitions, tips for great days out and competitions. Plus, you’ll enjoy member’s access to special offers and events. Find the full list of discounts you’ll receive with your National Art Pass here: artfund.org/discounts

The Student National Art Pass is made possible through the support of Art Fund and a generous individual donor.

For any further queries about your National Art Pass membership please contact members@artfund.org.

Post With The Most 01/02/2017




I consider myself lucky to be working in an environment as tolerant, inclusive and down-with-diversity as the creative community of Computer Animation Arts.  It makes what's happening out there in the wider world seem so terribly strange and difficult to compute.  First Brexit, then Trump, and now a Muslim Ban. It's like the braying bully boys from the dark days of my comprehensive school are running all the institutions; those white parochial alphas who joked and farted through English class, through art, foreign languages and history, and then brutalised everyone else for getting their heads down and dreaming of better things and a wider world.

I take great comfort from this month's Post With The Most, featuring work from young people from a multitude of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  CAA has a reputation for being a safe place for the neuro-diverse, for all shades of LGBTQ, and for all manner of 'diamonds in the rough' whose potential might be overlooked or underdeveloped in less enlightened institutions.  As the world appears to shuffle stupidly towards a more decisive paradigm, where difference is recalibrated as something to be feared, look instead to the magnetism of creativity - they way it unifies and coheres, the way it can speak to all of us, regardless of who or where we are - or indeed from where we came. 

Hand on heart I can say this about CAA - we don't give a flying fig about where you've come from, who you pray to or sleep with, or with which gender you'd rather identify or what colour you are. No, what we care about is where you're going next - and how we can best get you there.

This latest edition of the PWTM begins with some late entries into our year one What If Metropolis project.  Sometimes events conspire to prevent students from completing work for the calendar deadline.  In these situations, we always seek to ensure our students are supported and are given sufficient time to realise their original ambitions for a project.  Ellie Row and Maddi Iden spent their respective Christmases putting the finishing touches to their digital set projects - an exercise in synthesising design, art and technology into a speculative, never-before-seen vista - cityscapes inspired by the art and ideas of other celebrated creatives...

Ellie Row / The City Of Manon (after Jean Arp)

Manon / Concept painting / Ellie Row

Manon / 3D model / Ellie Row

Manon / UV-ed model / Ellie Row

Manon / Final render  / Ellie Row

Maddi Iden / The City Of Alak (after Lazlo Moholy-Nagy)

Alak / Concept painting / Maddi Iden

Alak / Art Of / Maddi Iden

Alak / Final render  / Maddi Iden


A smattering of highlights from our Year 2 character design project now, in which students had to originate characters from audio titbits taken from a bunch of old movies or other sources lost to the mists of time...


Pirates / Character Bible / Mark Bridgand


Manisha Dusila

Teddy Bear turnarounds / Manisha Dusila


Tom Smith


Character bible / Tom Smith

Becky Stapley

Pansy The Poodle / Becky Stapley

Lewis Punton

Hector / Lewis Punton

Hector expression sheet / Lewis Punton


Our third year students have just submitted their dissertations, so are no doubt giddy from its sudden absence from their lives.  They are to be congratulated - it's no small thing to develop and write an 8000 word evidence-based argument alongside the ongoing production of their final year films. The PWTM is not the place to showcase all their weighty Word documents, but I can share these updates from our year three students' productions.


Sankavy Balasingam

The Secret Of The Mosquito Queen / Vadrasteia turnaround / Sankavy Balasingam


Mark Stamp

Four / Four test render #1 / Mark Stamp

Four / Four test render #2 / Mark Stamp

Four / Four test render #3 / Mark Stamp

Four / Four turnaround / Mark Stamp


Eva Pinnington


Soma / Mada technical brochure / Eva Pinnington


Soma / Mada turnaround / Eva Pinnington


Ryan Brand


Hem / Arne turnaround / Ryan Brand


Jamie Wathen

Trimia / Mech front wip  / Jamie Wathen

Trimia / Mech back wip  / Jamie Wathen


Trimia / PC Tank turnaround  / Jamie Wathen


Cat Barber & Julien Van Wallandael @ Tsygan Production

Stellar! / Developmental storyboard panels #1 / Tsygan Productions

Stellar! / Developmental storyboard panels #2 / Tsygan Productions


Stellar! / Norma Green / Stellar turnarounds / Tsygan Production

Stellar! / Stellar animatic (no sound) / Tsygan Production



Bedtime Story / The Boy turnaround / Charlie Serafini


Bedtime Story / The Boy animation test  / Charlie Serafini


Bedtime Story / Monster Bed modelling / Charlie Serafini

Bedtime Story / Monster Bed texture test  / Charlie Serafini

Bedtime Story / Monster Bed animation test  / Charlie Serafini


Alongside all the normal creative push-and-shove of the course, work continues on CAA's ambitious adaptation of Benjam Britten's The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra. It's always a bit of a joy when I see a new post from CAA alumni Emily Clarkson on YPGTTO's dedicated blog.  Most recently, Emily has been envisioning the sparkling delights of The Harp District:

"Red now turns and looks at the view, the Harp District laid out before him in all its celestial glitter and lightness-of-touch. It’s all rather heavenly... It’s late afternoon in the Kingdom of Sound; the Harp District is golden in this magic hour! A close-up shows Red give a contented sigh – how peaceful it is in the Harp District! He could stay here forever – and he just might! A final wide shot concludes this episode, with Red in the foreground looking out across the vista. The sun is just starting to leave the sky, and we get the impression of shadows lengthening and colours intensifying."


YPGTTO / The Harp District buildings concept drawings #1 / Emily Clarkson

YPGTTO / The Harp District buildings concept drawings #2 / Emily Clarkson

YPGTTO / Red & The Harp District concept painting  / Emily Clarkson

Elsewhere, CAA alumni, Sam Niemczyk is busy turning 2D production art into 3D models in readiness for the 'big build' - when we start to translate the YPGTTO animatic into a Maya previsualistion.  There is an epic amount to do, but how satisfying it is to see our Kingdoms of Sound taking shape.

YPGTTO / The Bassoon District buildings models #1 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Jordan Buckner)

YPGTTO / The Bassoon District buildings models #2 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Jordan Buckner)

YPGTTO / The Bassoon District buildings models #3 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Jordan Buckner)

YPGTTO / The Bassoon District buildings models #4 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Jordan Buckner)

YPGTTO / The Horn District buildings models #1 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Emily Clarkson)

YPGTTO / The Horn District buildings models #2 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Emily Clarkson)

YPGTTO / The Horn District buildings models #3 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Emily Clarkson) 
YPGTTO / The Horn District buildings models #4 / Samantha Niemczyk (designed by Emily Clarkson) 

It's not just a plethora of fantastical buildings populating our Kingdoms of Sound.  The script calls for a gang of supporting characters, including the royal family, residents of The Trombone and Tuba District.  CAA Year 3 student, Julian Van Wallandael has kindly found the project some time, despite his own busy Stellar! schedule, envision these iterations of our rather snooty queen.


YPGTTO / The Queen character concepts / Julien Van Wallandael

'Red' is the protagonist of our YPGTTO adaptation - another design contributed by Julien Van Wallandael - and since translated into a 3D animation-ready asset by CAA alumni and Maya-magician, Ethan Shilling.  It wouldn't be melodramatic to suggest that readying Red for his debut adventure in our Kingdoms Of Sound has been a bit of a bloody nightmare!  When Ethan begins his demo video (below) for Red's character rig and says he's been working on it for 'months', he isn't exaggerating!  Any of you people fascinated by the intricacies of rigging, pin your ears back...


YPGTTO / Red turnaround / Ethan Shilling / Julian Van Wallandael


YPGTTO / Red rigging demo / Ethan Shilling

On Friday, January 27th, CAA's celebrated visualisation of Darius Milhaud's ballet, La création du monde was screened in Katowice, Poland, with live accompaniment by the musicians of the Filharmonia Śląska.  Milosz Kula was their conductor, and in the grand surroundings of their concert hall, our sixteen minutes-or-so cascade of shape, colour and form illuminated the fascinated faces of a full house. 


Preparing for the first rehearsal

This is the sixth screening for our animation, which began life as a multi-participant speed paint challenge, in which the students, alumni and staff of Computer Animation Arts were invited to visualise Milhaud's jazz-inspired ballet as a series of abstract digital paintings. CAA alumni Tom Beg and Jordan Buckner then worked with the resulting paintings, translating them into moving image. In common with previous screenings, the experience of watching the animation accompanied by the full bombast and beauty of a live orchestra was magical and transformative. Many thanks to Keith Burden of Clever Projections, who ensures our screenings run smoothly.


Still from La création du monde / Tom Beg & Jordan Buckner

Still from La création du monde / Tom Beg & Jordan Buckner

Still from La création du monde / Tom Beg & Jordan Buckner

La création du monde was screened in Katowice as part of the ONE is more programme: An Orchestra Network for Europe – ONE - is a distinctive network of classical symphony orchestras initiated by Orchestre de Picardie in 2003. Since 2005, it has received support from the European Union under the Culture Programme for 4 cultural projects. Its successive periods of activity have been called ONE, ONE - a new dimension, ONE step further and from June 2011 to 2015 ONE goes places. In 2010, under the title ONE is more, it prepared an application under the Creative Europe programme of the EU. For this bid, the University for the Creative Arts joined the partnership.

Milosz Kula conducts at the second rehearsal #1

Milosz Kula conducts at the second rehearsal #2

Milosz Kula conducts at the second rehearsal #3

Milosz Kula conducts at the second rehearsal #4

La création du monde / Tom Beg & Jordan Buckner

The Last Word...

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