Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Post With The Most 02/04/2019




Well this is nice.  Usually it's my job to give our loyal readers a flavour of life on on Planet CAA at the outset of a new edition of the Computer Animation Arts' Post With The Most, but current year one student, Vincent Lange, does a much better job in this rather handy little video....





After that lightening-quick tour of a day in the life of a CAA first year, let's find out what they're up to right now... Short version is they're all super-busy with their Fantastic Voyage project, a collaboration with science education consultant, Claire Saunders, who has challenged them to produce engaging and dynamic animations in response to a series of science-based scenarios - including the problem with plastic, the ten energy types, and evolution.  A few days back, the students pitched their ideas and subsequent days have seen them responding to Claire's feedback and refining their proposals accordingly.  The first years are required to accomplish a huge amount in a short time and the pressure is on, but with so many diverse and exciting ideas in the mix, we're all rather excited to see the results of their efforts in just a few weeks time.


Tom Dent

Evolution / Character development / Tom Dent


Evolution / Animated texture test  / Tom Dent

Louis Belden

The 10 Energy Types / Energy character development #1 / Louis Belden

The 10 Energy Types / Energy character development #2 / Louis Belden

The 10 Energy Types / Energy character development #3 / Louis Belden

The 10 Energy Types / Energy character development #4 / Louis Belden

The 10 Energy Types / Energy character development #5 / Louis Belden

Olivia Richer

Fractional Distillation / Character development / Olivia Richer



The 10 Energy Types / Animatic (wip)  / Louis Belden


Shannon Fisher

Evolution / Storyboard development / Shannon Fisher

Evolution / Character development  / Shannon Fisher

Evolution / Animatic  / Shannon Fisher


Karris Palmer

Plastic / Character development / Karris Palmer

Plastic / Asset development / Karris Palmer

The final year 2 project - Premise - represents a very different challenge to 'Fantastic Voyage' - this time, the raison d'être for the work originates entirely from the student themselves; indeed, Premise represents the beginning of the students' final year films and while it's true that students are often jumping up and down at the prospect of writing their own briefs, it's likewise true that many students freeze a little bit, caught in the blinding glare of a truly blank canvas.  One of the characteristics of this brief is incubation - time given to establishing an idea for a final year film that represents a sweet-spot between the exigencies of employability and inarguable technical skill and a student's original vision. As processes go, it's not always straightforward and is rarely linear, and often requires an element of personal courage and disclosure as students commit to work that is more 'them' than anyone else.  By way of an example, current year 2 student, Meg Robson, is developing an animated short in response to her own experience of 'over-thinking' and episodes of acute anxiety.  What this film may ultimately 'be' is still very much to be pinned down, but it's always exciting when students share their 'not-knowing' through doing stuff - through visualisation, experimentation and play.


Megan Robson

Untitled / Concept painting / Meg Robson


Untitled / Animatic (wip) / Meg Robson


The life of a typical CAA third year is long days, repetition, and slog - leavened now and then by moments of rhapsodic revelation - as the thing they've been chipping away at for weeks on end becomes suddenly greater than the sum of its parts!  Suddenly, they have a character with a life of its own, poised on the cusp of coming-to-life and performing their stories.  Enjoy these updates from our final year students' projects.


Douy Singsamran

Playtime / Girl character test render #1 / Douy Thanachot

Playtime / Girl character test render #2 / Douy Thanachot

Playtime / Girl character test render #3 / Douy Thanachot


Ellie Row


None Of This / 'Sticky Eyes' rigging demo / Ellie Row



None Of This / Character Rig  demo / Ellie Row


Anastasija Strelcova

Separated by Time / Woman #1 turnaround / Anastasija Strelcova

Separated by Time / Woman #2 test render / Anastasija Strelcova

Separated by Time / Woman #2 turnaround / Anastasija Strelcova


Karolina Urlikyte

Long Way Home / Boy character rigged #1 / Karolina Urlikyte

Long Way Home / Boy character rigged #2 / Karolina Urlikyte

Long Way Home / Boy character texture maps  / Karolina Urlikyte

Long Way Home / Boy character test render  / Karolina Urlikyte


Long Way Home / Boy character turnaround  / Karolina Urlikyte


Jack Rushton

The Ugly Youngling / Pimp / Jack Rushton

The Ugly Youngling / Shaman / Jack Rushton


Laura Boots


Mr Leopard / Mum character face rig demo / Laura Boots



Mr Leopard / Mum character rig demo / Laura Boots


Ruth Cann


The Cherry Red Shed / Ruth character rig demo / Ruth Cann


The Cherry Red Shed / Ruth character walk-cycle (wip) & turnaround  / Ruth Cann



Ella & Arnold / Rival & Arnold models / Polly Gwinnett

Ella & Arnold / Ella model / Polly Gwinnett
Ella & Arnold / Locker Room render  / Polly Gwinnett

Ella & Arnold / Arnold walk-cycle (wip)  / Polly Gwinnett

Ella & Arnold / Rival walk-cycle (wip)  / Polly Gwinnett

Sam Johnson

The Jayden Tapes / Jayden render test / Sam Johnson

Jennifer Ball

The Call / Render test #1 / Jennifer Ball

The Call / Render test #2 / Jennifer Ball

Paris Lucke 

A Time Apart / Test render #1 / Paris Lucke

A Time Apart / Test render #2 / Paris Lucke


A Time Apart / Scene 1 animation (wip)  / Paris Lucke

A Time Apart / Doris posed / Paris Lucke

A Time Apart / Rosa  posed / Paris Lucke

A Time Apart / Fred  posed / Paris Lucke

Graeme Daly


Lost Boy / Graeme character rigging demo / Graeme Daly
Lost Boy / Graeme expressions #1 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Graeme expressions #2 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Graeme expressions #3 / Graeme Daly



Lost Boy / Graeme expressions demo / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Mrs Pratt expressions #1 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Graeme expressions #2 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Young Graeme expressions #1 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Young Graeme expressions #2 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Art room test render  #1 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Art room test render  #2 / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Art room test render  #3 / Graeme Daly

It's difficult to believe one month ago I was in France over-seeing the final performances of our animated visualisations of Hector Berlioz's Romeo & Juliet in the last hurrah of the 'ONE is more' collaboration with the Orchestra Network for Europe.  To be honest, it was all rather bitter-sweet and Brexit-tinged - inevitably.  I've so enjoyed working alongside all the musicians of the various European orchestras. This was the project that commissioned Red & The Kingdom Of Sound, which is still picking up festival selections and awards, most recently winning two awards at Athens Animfest. This was the project that saw me undertake a fifteen hundred mile road trip from Calais to Slovakia one snowy December to screen CAA's La création du monde animation in Zilina back in 2016.  So many adventures and so many performances, and so many diverse audiences enjoying classical music - and animation too.

Waiting for rehearsals to begin at the Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France, March 4th, 2019

Preparing the projector at the Maison de la Culture / Amiens, France / March 4th, 2019

Preparing the projector at the Maison de la Culture #2 / Amiens, France / March 4th, 2019

'Love Scene' projected at the Maison de la Culture #2 / Amiens, France / March 4th, 2019

'Intro' projected at the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Soissons / March 5th, 2019

'Love Scene' projected at the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Soissons #1 / March 5th, 2019

'Love Scene' projected at the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Soissons #2 / March 5th, 2019

'Love Scene' projected at the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Soissons #3 / March 5th, 2019

'Love Scene' projected at the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Soissons #4 / March 5th, 2019

Keen-eyed readers of the PWTM may have noticed that it's come out a few days late this month; I do have an excuse!  I've just this week been putting the finishing touches to Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans - our Heritage Lottery-funded animated short commissioned by the trustees of the Seaside Museum Herne Bay.  A whole bunch of us - tutors and graduates - have been beetling away behind the scenes to get this film ready for its debut on Friday, April 5th at the museum's private view, and while it's never seemly to self-congratulate, let me just say we're all rather pleased with our latest animated endeavour - and likewise the museum trustees, which was rather the goal!  I am very much looking forward to seeing the moment when our young voice-over artist, Lake Blumenthal, watches his cartoon counterpart arrive on screen!


Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #1 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #2 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #3 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #4 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #5 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #6 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #7 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #8/ A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #9 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #10/ A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #11 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #12 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #13 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #14 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans / Still #15 / A Geek Boutique Production 2019

The Last Word...

"At some point, you have to sit down and face the page alone. At some point, the final decisions need to be yours. At some point, you have to give yourself deadlines and stick to them." John McNally

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