Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"They're Here!" All New First Year Blogs!




For your collective convenience - all new first year blogs all in once place! Missed any? Add them to your Reading List and go and be a force for good!



FAO CAA Yr 1: Invisible Cities #2 (Omicron)



Monday, September 18, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 1: Invisible Cities 2016 / Online Greenlight Review 04/10/2017




Wednesday, 4th October is your Invisible Cities Online Greenlight Review (OGR)

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. If you are still yet to get to grips with Scribd go here for some easy-to-follow instructions. Save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. When pasting Scribd embed code into your blog, you must first select the HTML mode tab, then switch back to 'Compose' to view the embedded presentation.

Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs on Wednesday 4th October. Written feedback will follow as comments on your OGR post and will take between 1 and 3 days.

Invisible Cities 2017 OGR: What do you need to present?


1) Your 100 thumbnails exploring all cities (minimum).

2) Your chosen city, its key descriptions and associated thumbnails. (Please include the original text in your presentations, with key descriptive passages highlighted or extracted.) 

3) A short mission statement identifying and justifying your 'visual concept' in relation to your chosen city (i.e. what are the underlying principles driving your design ideas and from what and where are they derived - and why? This might include your ideas in regard to colour palette, architectural elements, exaggeration, expressionism, symbolism, lighting, point-of-view, time period, stylisation, narrative, intended audience...  I want you to be able to identify and articulate your visual strategies for the design and staging of your three concept paintings.  Remember - you are not just painting pictures digitally, but rather 'designing worlds' for an animated film. There's a big difference.  I want to understand your internal logic, your influences and your creative decision-making.

3) A single 'Visual Concept' influence map that illustrates and unifies your production design ideas in terms of the exterior concept paintings.

4) A single 'Visual Concept' influence map that illustrates and unifies your production design ideas in terms of the interior concept paintings.

5) Key Thumbnails (those thumbnails on which you think you'll be basing your final three paintings or have most inspired them or invite further development).

6) In addition, your OGR should evidence that you are up-to-date with your film reviews and ongoing CG Artist's Toolkit project work (Maya tutorials, digital painting exercises etc). Your OGR should include links to the corresponding posts. 

Historically, students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads successfully.

Please note: your OGR should be professionally presented, spell-checked, with consideration given to graphic design, layout and project branding.  I'm including an example OGR presentation from last year as guidance in terms of preparing your content in line with the OGR checklist and course expectations.


Julien Van Wallendael / Invisible Cities OGR


FAO All years!

Just to let you all know that I will be loitering around the baseroom/red room/blue room tomorrow morning, if any of you want to have a chat about anything...briefing questions, dissertations, potential film reviews, or anything else that is worrying you - Come and find me!

See you tomorrow:)

FAO CAA Yr 1: Invisible Cities #1 (Walking City)




FAO CAA Year 2: Updated Timetable




Year 2: Updated Timetable

Apologies for another update but we have some announcements and last minute changes we would like to make. Please note the following changes...

Acting & Performance Classes: I'm happy to announce that Dan will be coming in to help you with your performance ideas in Weeks 3 and 5.

Life Drawing Classes: You can never have enough life drawing practice. Vicky will be helping you improve further in life drawing classes on Wednesday mornings. These classes are now part of Toolkit 2. 

Perspectives (Weeks 8 & 9): Phil will be in France during week 9 so there will be a double post-modernism lecture (perspectives) in week 8.

Please make sure to download an refer to this version of the timetable. Please pass this information on (Facebook etc) to anyone you may feel will not see this post.