Sunday, December 17, 2017

CAA One-A-Day: The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

This film trailer was made by a group of graduating students from the DAVE school in Florida. It uses live action and 3D to recreate Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art for 'The Star Wars' (based off of an early draft script written by George Lucas in the early 1970's). Watch and enjoy....and make sure to WATCH THE END CREDITS.

"A long time ago in a galaxy far far away... we might have seen a version of Star Wars that featured a Han Solo with green skin and gills, Stormtroopers with lightsabers, and a female heroine named Luka Starkiller.

Many of these anomalies can be seen in concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie's early illustrations of the Star Wars universe. While looking back at these early paintings we can't help but wonder what Star Wars would have been like had it remained loyal to the concept art and early drafts of the script.

The DAVE School graduating class of August and October 2017 have answered that question by bringing Ralph McQuarrie's paintings to life in a concept trailer for what might have been... The Star Wars."

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

FAO 1st years - Good luck in your crit!

For the first time in what feels like forever, I won't be there to cheer you on in my Santa hat... instead I'll be sipping on a Gluhwein in a German Christmas market!
Of course that also means no baking, so I am sending you a virtual mince pie to enjoy, along with best wishes for a happy Christmas :)
See you all in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FAO Everyone: You're 'Home Alone' Today!

You're 'Home Alone' today as both Alan and myself are elsewhere doing other important stuff.  Alan has asked me to let the second years know that he'll be pretty much welded to his laptop today so should be able to field any last minute queries regarding the collaboration project.  Try not to wreck the place in our absence - and should any bungling comedy crooks try and rob the base room, please follow Kevin's example...

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

FAO CAA Year 1: 'WIM?' Submission Checklist & Final Crit Requirements 15/12/2017

What follows are instructions for your crit presentations and reminders of what you need to present and submit. Please use your social network to ensure that everyone has seen this information and understood it. Any queries, please leave a comment and I'll clarify where necessary.

In response to the work, creative methodology and philosophy of your production design collaborator, you are asked to design your own ‘What if?’ metropolis. You are asked to produce a single rendered image of a digital set derived from original production art. Production design for your metropolis should demonstrate clearly your understanding of the principles and processes of production design and the ways in which environments communicate their visual concept through careful consideration of the mise-en-scène. Your digital set must be textured in accordance with the digital set pipeline and incorporate a fully integrated matte painting. Aspect ratio for final scene should be 16:9 (HD 1920 X 1080). 

You are asked to produce a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development for 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 scene.

2) Your What If Metropolis 'Art Of' as Scribd document.

3) Your 16:9 concept art for final scene.

4) Your key assets as production art.

5) Your key assets as orthographic design sheets.

6) Your Travelogue – minimum 1000 words.

7) 100 supporting thumbnails (minimum).

8) Your final matte painting and its development.

9) Animated GIFs of your digital paintings/matte paintings in progress.

10) Your influence maps.

11) Supporting Artist/Designer research presented as a Scribd document.

12) Your Production Designer Profile as a Scribd document.

13) Reviews of the Space Oddities film programme. Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published reviews + poster art + supporting stills. Please note - Harvard Method must now be used for all quotations and all illustrations to be referenced correctly. Reviews are to include bibliography and illustration list.

14) Your digital set pipeline : Pre-Viz, Wireframe Model, Untextured Model, UV Maps, Texture Maps, Textured Model, Lighting Tests, Rendering Passes (Beauty, Ambient Occlusion, and Effects).

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 blog-embedded Scribd document (not your Art Of!) that should, in terms of structure, follow the order of pages as given below.
  1. Title page, giving your name, unit title and date of presentation.
  2. Name of your city & collaborator. 
  3. One short extract from your travelogue (a key description).
  4. Definitive production design influence map.
  5. Final concept art (environment).
  6. Final production art (key assets).
  7. Orthographic drawings (key assets).
  8. Matte painting.
  9. Final WIM render.
  10. Build-up (digital set pipeline)
  11. Final WIM render.
We expect a high level of professionalism from our students, so please give the preparation of your crit presentation the requisite care and attention. Your presentations should be branded, spell-checked and polished. Think creatively about your crit presentation, but don't clog your content with unnecessary typography etc. Avoid complex backgrounds.  Avoid unreadable typefaces.  Your presentation should serve your content sympathetically. Keep it simple - only include what you've been asked to include.

Important: please note, your WIM crit starts at 10am sharp*. Latecomers will not present their work. You need to be in Lecture Theatre 1 by 9.45am.  The order in which you'll be presenting your work will be randomised, which means any one of you may be presenting first!

If circumstances beyond your control** prevent you from attending on time, you must contact Hazel Searles before 10am.  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.

Important! Please note this is a summative assessment. 

Unauthorised non-attendance at final crit = non-submission = Fail = Resit in June.

And finally...

*And a note to any 2nd/3rd years - your input on crit day, as always, is welcome (as long as you're wearing your santa hat obviously!).

**But not issues in regard to last-minute technical problems - or oversleeping! Thursday is your deadline, not Friday.

FAO CAA Yr 1: Problems With Turnitin - It's Not You... It's myUCA!

I know you're all stressing about submitting your Contexts assignment to Turnitin on account of an error message you keep getting... Rest assured it's us not you and I have made the powers-that-be aware of the problem.  I'm awaiting confirmation that the glitch has been sorted and I'll get the message out - probably via Twitter - when it's sorted.  If the problem persists and we can't fix it for tomorrow's submission, just hand-in your paper-copy to Campus Registry as per the instructions and this will be fine.  Short version - stop stressing!  We know what's going on, and we know it's out of your hands.  Breathe!