Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tombola Of Dreams 2017 - Only 14 Days Before The Big Prize Draw!

Alert! There's only 14 days until CAA's Tombola Of Dreams Prize Draw on Friday 7th April!
Go to the UCA Online Store to purchase your tickets now - a maximum of five!

A quick run-down of what's on the prize table this year...

A Nintendo Switch!

Dovetail Games : 3 months career mentoring - including: face to face meetings (1 a month), email/skype support, CV/Portfolio review & feedback, interview coaching and advice on getting ready for the world of work.

Dovetail Games : A Studio Tour

GarageFarm.Net Render Credit Vouchers:

1 X $400 of Render Credits
1 X $200 of Render Credits
1 X $100 of Render Credits

Freecom One TeraByte Mobile Drive  x 2

Framed Original Production Storyboard from The Empire Strikes Back

Giant Sci-Fi Beanbags x 2

Mathmos Lava Lamp

Special Edition Monopoly Sets x 5

3D Planar Female Anatomy Figures x 3

... and so much more - click on the Tombola Of Dreams 2017 label for all prize announcements!

The Supplement: Hiroshi Shinno

"Kyoto-based artist Hiroshi Shinno’s dreamy insect sculptures are... influenced by organic materials, such as leaves and flowers, which Shinno painstakingly creates from resin, then paints them in outlandish colors."

Friday, March 24, 2017

CAA One-A-Day: Are You Lost In The World Like Me?

This is very bleak.  It's also a music video.  It might just be a documentary.

FAO CAA YEAR 2: The Sculpting Class on Tuesday is a Go

Good news year 2!
The missing materials have arrived just in time for the start of the sculpting classes on Tuesday. Therefore the scheduled classes will go ahead as planned. For those of you who haven't chosen your characters yet or bought the appropriate materials please make sure you do so 'before' the class. Also, please make sure you know which group you are in. See this link for further info. 

Note: Please pass this info on to anyone you may feel won't see this post.

FAO CAA Yr 1: I Haven't Forgotten You!

Just wanted to reassure you that I haven't forgotten about your or your assessment feedback for From Script To Screen and Soundscape.  They're all done and ready to go, but as is traditional, I won't be sending them out until Tuesday afternoon - after you've pitched for Fantastic Voyage.  I'll announce on here when they've been sent to your Ucreative emails.  Until then - I know you're busy, and probably feeling a bit of pressure, but stay focused and remember that the pitch is an opportunity for constructive feedback - not an execution!  Don't over dramatise it - just be ready to communicate your idea effectively.  I'm genuinely looking forward to Monday.  Watch the blog on Sunday night for the announcement of your respective groups.  Until then... onwards!

Thursday, March 23, 2017



Due to a meeting both Phil and I will not be in the University tomorrow (Friday). Therefore there will be no drop in tutorials. Please email any questions you may have to us and we'll do our best to get back to you quickly instead. Phil will be back in the University on Monday and I will be back on Tuesday if you have any further questions.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FAO CAA YEAR 2: Sculpting Class Reminder - Rescheduled Dates and What to Bring

For those people who weren't at last weeks film screening and as a general recap for 
those who were...

Page 1: Dates

The dates listed above are the new dates for classes. The classes have been rescheduled due to the interim crit, meetings, and to give you more time sculpting. Please see the previous post (link) for more details on times and groups. Please note March 28th is yet to be confirmed. Confirmation will be posted on the blog ahead of time.

Page 2: Orthographs

During the class we're going to be sculpting a small maquette bust of a character. The character is going to be something you choose. Therefore please find / draw a series of images (front / side/ three quater) that will help you understand your character and print them out to a rough scale (detailed in the example image). It is not always possible to find exact orthographs but try to generally gather images that will help you understand your character three dimensionally. If you would like feedback on your choice(s) please upload it to your blog with an '@Alan'.

Page 3 & 4: Good and bad choices

When choosing try to avoid celebrities, caricatures, detailed designs, and mechanical characters. Instead choose characters with forms which allow you to focus on creating simpler forms and personality.

Page 5: What you will need to bring.

1) Pliers / Wire Cutters: You will only need these briefly on the first day so if you can borrow or share sets of pliers it will reduce the cost.

2) Super Sculpey: This is available from the stores (Lower 4th Floor).

3) Sculpting Tool(s): You will only need basic tools for this class. Ideally a set which includes a tool with a rounded end (like a miniature finger). For example the tool on the far right of this image (link). You may also consider buying a set of dentist tools from Amazon (link) instead.

4) Tin Foil & Marker Pen: Again you won't need a great deal of tin foil or a pen very often so its worth sharing with someone else.

5) Optional: Dividers / Custom Sculpting Tool: If you have an old drawing compass (with pencil) it can double up a set of measuring dividers. Also, an old (or new) pencil with a metal collar (for a rubber) can be turned into a custom rake tool. If you have either of these bring them along.

Monday, March 20, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 1: Tutorial Times With Kath / Thursday 23rd March

See below - your individual tutorial times* with Kath are listed below.  The tutorials are taking place in an office at the far end of our corridor - it's the office after DMO (the room in which Simon H resides when he's not teaching you Maya!).  Please be on time - as Kath's schedule is very tight. Can you make sure everyone has seen this please - many thanks.

*@ Douy - apologies, you're on the list but it doesn't apply - ignore.

FAO Year 3: 53 Days Until Major Project Submission

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trailer: Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Trailer: Aardman's Early Man (2018)

Trailer: Pixar's Coco (2017)

Tombola Of Dreams 2017: New Prize Announced!

This news just in...

Dovetail Games have just offered the following prizes for this year's Tombola Of Dreams:

  • 3 months career mentoring - including: face to face meetings ( 1 a month), email/skype support, CV/Portfolio review & feedback, interview coaching and advice on getting ready for the world of work.
  • A Studio Tour

Get your tickets @ the UCA Online Store!

CAA Misc: A Portrait Of The Puppet Master

The Supplement: Robert Harrison / Menu

You are what you eat?   More about Robert Harrison's portrait project here.

Menu - Behind The Scenes

CAA One-A-Day: How To Be Confident

Not only is this a lovely example of mixed-styles of animation being brought together into a cogent whole, it's also a little bit of truth perfectly expressed.  You all need to watch this - especially those among you who simply worry too much about everything...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 1 : Study Abroad Presentation Available @ myUCA

The Study Abroad Presentation is available now on myUCA/Storytelling&Commission

Tombola Of Dreams 2017 - Tickets Available Now!

Tombola Of Dreams 2017
Tickets On Sale Now @ UCA Online Store
5 tickets maximum - all proceeds to CAA @ New Designers 2017

Go here, here, herehere & here for prizes already announced!

UCA's Showreel 2017

UCA have not long launched their latest showreel... some familiar faces in there, as you'll see!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FAO CAA YEAR 2: Sculpting Classes Date Changes

In order to lengthen the sculpting classes the following dates and times have been changed to:

Tuesday 28th March (TBC)
Tuesday 4th April
Tuesday 2nd May

Group A: (10am)

Tom S.
Becky S.

Group B: (2pm)

Tom W.
Tom M.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tombola Of Dreams 2017 - New Prizes Announced!

What's this?! Even more booty for our-ever-so crowded Tombola Of Dreams 2017 Prize Table? 
Oh yes!

3D Planar Female Anatomy Figure x 3

The Tim Burton Collection DVD Boxset

Star Wars Salt & Pepper set

Star Wars Origami Book

Star Wars Mug & Sock set

Desktop Henry Hoover Keyboard Vacuum

Oh, and thanks to our friends at the render farm GarageFarm.Net...

Render Credit Vouchers...

1 X $400 of Render Credits!
1 X $200 of Render Credits!
1 X $100 of Render Credits!

Purchase your tickets (maximum of 5) at the UCA Online Store