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!