Sunday, February 03, 2019

Post With The Most 03/02/2019



This month's Computer Animation Arts Post With The Most is like browsing the shelves of a library. Indeed, we have so many student 'Art Ofs' for your leisurely perusal you might need two cups of tea and an entire packet of biscuits to see everything on here.

Art Ofs are our way of celebrating the full scope of creative work undertaken by our students as they take their ideas from those first nebulous projections in their mind's eye to something concrete, polished, fit-for-purpose, professionalised and shareable.  Let them serve as a rebuff to those funny ideas some people have that on a course specialising in production for 3D animation it's 'the computer' doing all the work!  Ha! Take even the shortest time to flip through some of these publications and you'll see at once our students are formidably powerful in terms of imagining story worlds and their respective inhabitants - oh yeah, and they can build and animate all this stuff too!

Let's kick things off with a selection of design bibles originating from the Year 2 Toolkit classes, where they had to develop original characters in response to randomised prompts...











Our hard-working final year students have just passed the half-way mark on the production of their graduate films with a mid-point submission of their progress so far.  They have an extraordinary amount of work still left to do over the coming months before their hand-in in May, so there is little time to rest on their laurels.  That said, let's all take a moment to review their progress so far and congratulate them on their accomplishments thus far!



Arnold and Ella / Art Of (Minor submission) / Polly Gwinnett

Arnold and Ella / Character turnarounds  / Polly Gwinnett



Long Way Home / Art Of (Minor submission) / Karolina Urlikyte



The Memoirs of Adelaide Rodriques / Art Of (Minor submission) / Eleanor Spence



Playtime / Lava turnaround / Douy Singsamran

Tag / Lava turnaround / Douy Singsamran

Playtime / King  turnaround / Douy Singsamran

Playtime / Hide turnaround / Douy Singsamran



Mr Plimsolls / Animatic / Katie Lima

Mr Plimsolls / Character turnaround  / Katie Lima



How The Stars Came To Glisten / Moon and Sun character turnarounds / Rhia Crouch



Lost Boy / Art Of (Minor submission) / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Young Graeme turnaround (wip) / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Older Graeme turnaround (wip) / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Mrs Pratt turnaround (wip) / Graeme Daly


None Of This / Art Of (Minor submission) / Ellie Row


None Of This / 'The Body' turnaround / Ellie Row



Mr Leopard / Character turnarounds / Laura Boots




Paris Lucke

A Time Part / Fred model test render / Paris Lucke

A Time Part / Doris model test render / Paris Lucke


A Time Apart / Fred turnaround / Paris Lucke


A Time Apart / Character turnarounds / Paris Lucke


A Time Apart / Fred rigging demo  / Paris Lucke



The Cherry Red Shed / Art Of (Minor submission) / Ruth Cann

The Cherry Red Shed / 'Ruth' turnaround  / Ruth Cann



Separated By Time / Art Of (Minor submission) / Anastasija Strelcova

Separated By Time / Animatic (updated)  / Anastasija Strelcova

Separated By Time / Character turnarounds  / Anastasija Strelcova


Meanwhile, work continues on Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans - our commissioned animation for the Seaside Museum Herne Bay telling the story of how a collection of Roman pots found their way onto the tables of Whitstable fishermen.  Loyal readers of the PWTM will know that we've working closely with the staff and pupils of Herne Bay Junior School, casting the talented Lake Blumenthal as our voice artist for Marcus, the titular Samian-ware pot whose adventures we're adapting for the small screen.  Early in January, Lake visited the facilities at UCA's Television Production course, where he worked with TV Production's staff to record his dialogue for the animation.  While we were there, a journalist from Meridian News interviewed Lake about his role in the film, and so it was our Heritage Lottery-funded project made it onto the local news!


Lake Blumenthal recording his dialogue in UCA's Television Production's all-new sound studio
Emily Clarkson - Art Director, Production Designer, Environment Artist, Animator (the list goes on!) - continues work on the project, her energy unflagging.  Likewise, Ethan Shilling, the project's technical director, who has just met two big production milestones - the rigging of the four pudding pan characters - Marcus, Saturio, Belsa and Gaius - and also Scuttle, their crustacean side-kick.  This now means animation can soon begin, and I've reached out to a few familiar faces from CAA's recent past, so more updates about the team very soon.

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Marcus model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Gaius  model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Belsa model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Saturio model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Scuttle model posed  / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Alan Postings & rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Scuttle model textured / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Alan Postings & rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Sound stage set / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Emily Clarkson & Simon Holland

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / The pudding pans onboard ship / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled & rigged by Ethan Shilling

Oh yes - and at one point the script calls for a giant octopus (or rather a tentacle belonging to a giant octopus) and with thanks to Simon Holland, CAA's lecturer in 3D Production for Animation, we now have one!

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / The Giant Octopus! / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Simon Holland, rigged by Ethan Shilling

The Last Word...

'Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.' Helen Keller


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