Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CAA Careers: Grants available! BFI Animation 2018


In 2018, BBC Four, BFI and cinemas across the UK are celebrating British animation. Grants will be awarded to fund, or partly fund, up to 12 emerging filmmakers working in animation, to realise their first broadcast project. 
If successful, you will be awarded a grant of between £2,000 and £10,000 towards the creation or completion of your original film, the opportunity to have your film screened at BFI Southbank and the chance for it to be broadcast on BBC Four in late 2018 !

What are they looking for? This is what they say -

'Bold and original projects which aim to innovate, including voices and visions that might otherwise go unseen or unheard.

Animations that promise a distinctive and unexpected tone of voice - whether that’s arresting, disruptive, spiky, warm or witty, we’re looking for a confident, fresh and contemporary approach.

Your film might focus on a topical issue of national importance, be a novel take on a timeless theme or it might even take inspiration in style or subject from a work of animation from the past.

We welcome a wide range of animation genres from documentary to fiction, pure fantasy to comedy and your film can run anywhere between 2 and 10 minutes.

We’re keen to receive ideas for animations in a variety of styles and techniques and from all nations and regions of the UK.'

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply you and if applying as a team, all team members, must be:

1.  A UK resident aged 18 or over at 23:59 on 12 March 2018.
2.  Either a student, or a new/emerging filmmaker. You are unable to apply if you’ve received a key creative credit on a broadcast TV programme, a feature length film, or more than three professional short films.

Submission guidelines can be found HERE

CAA Careers: Internship advice from Studio AKA

Who are Studio AKA?

Studio AKA is a London-based animation studio producing television commercials, TV programmes and short films, most notably the BAFTA kids' award winning 'Hey Duggee'.

They describe themselves as '... a close knit team that include, directors, designers, animators, writers, technical artists & producers who create & consult on projects with a strong emphasis on Story, Design & Character ...'

Studio AKA take on interns, and have provided some advice on how to best approach them for a position;

1.  Send a SHORT introductory email, outlining what you are looking for.
2.  Put something relevant in the subject field so we can find your email later.
3.  We go straight to the work so long emails are going to get skimmed over.
4.  We don't need your life story yet - we can find that out later.
5.  We only look at CV's if we already love your work ...
6.  Send NO ATTACHMENTS via emails, they can get caught up in firewalls.
7.  However, we MUST see some work! An email asking for employment or an internship, without a link to your work, is an instant no.
8.  Just send us a VIMEO link to your reel (don’t use YouTube as we get distracted by the cat videos in the sidebar).
9.  An Online portfolio, Tumbler or weblink is also better than an PDF.
10.  Only show us your very best work. Even if that’s just a single shot. We can always look at longer films & clips once we’re hooked on you..
11. As with all applications, please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive on a daily basis, we are unable to give any immediate feedback. We do look at everything we receive and you will receive an acknowledgement of your mail. We will only respond further if and where appropriate to follow up.

Check out the Studio AKA showreel HERE

CAA Careers: 8 ultra-useful Maya tips for beginners - in under 4 minutes!

Ok, so I know that none of you are strictly Maya beginners anymore, but here is a useful little video produced by David Mattock, of Full Rotation Design and Animation, that covers some of the basics - here's what is featured!

TIP 01:  Focus the camera on one area   | Video timecode: 0.05

TIP 02:  Snapping like a pro    | Video timecode: 0.22

TIP 03:  Move multiple keyframes   | Video timecode: 0.54

TIP 04:  Move the pivot point    | Video timecode: 1.15

TIP 05:  Soft selection   | Video timecode: 1.36

TIP 06:  Duplicate special    | Video timecode: 1.53

TIP 07:  Texture to polys    | Video timecode: 2.24

TIP 08:  Combine two objects & Bridging     | Video timecode: 2.58

Watch the video HERE

You can find out more about Full Rotation HERE

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

RePost / FAO Everyone: Monday February 26th / Visiting Speaker / Leo Tsang / Blue Zoo Animation

A date for your diaries!  On Monday February 26th (that's Reading Week btw), Leo Tsang is coming to speak with us about his role as Leading Lighting, Rendering and Compositing Director at the award-winning Blue Zoo Animation studio.  Leo graduated from Computer Animation Arts back in 2012.   Leo's talk will begin at 2pm in the CAA Baseroom and we've given him a 3 hour slot, so plenty of time for lots of show and tell - and lots of Q&A from you too.

This promises to be a very well attended talk - not least because we're being joined by 26 prospective students from a local college!  The baseroom will likely be packed - standing room only - so make sure you arrive in good time.

I've asked Leo to show you work he produced during his time on the course - films from his year one, year two and year three project briefs, as well as talk honestly about his experiences of job-hunting immediately after he graduated.  I'm certain Leo's story of hard work, determination, patience and creativity will both inspire and comfort you.  I shouldn't have to say this, but yes, your attendance is mandatory.  You won't want to miss this.

Blue Zoo's Leo Tsang @ 2pm / CAA Baseroom / Monday 26th February

FAO Everyone: Aladdin / March 1st / You're Making You're Own Way There!

So, we're off to the Prince Edward Theatre for the 2.30pm matinee performance of Aladdin on Thursday 1st March!  How jolly exciting!  We're all making our own way there and back again (as a number of you are already in London or planning on doing something else afterwards etc), so you'll have to get yourselves organised!  I've got your theatre tickets and you'll need to collect them from me before the show begins.  Knowing you lot as I do, I'm asking you to be at the Prince Edward Theatre by 2pm at the latest.  I don't know this to be sure, but it's likely they won't admit late-comers into the theatre after the show has started, so please don't cut it fine, because if you miss the show (or indeed half of it!) there'll be nothing anyone can do!

So - 2pm @ the Prince Edward Theatre.

Go here for directions/nearest tube/Google maps!

If you're travelling up from Rochester, I suggest you clump together and arrive en-masse.
Co-ordinate your watches, people! 

FAO CAA Yr 2 & 3 : Watch This Space

As most of you will know by now, sad and unforeseen events mean the cancellation of Alan's timetabled classes with you for this week.  Next week is reading week, but some ongoing disruption to your week 9/10 timetable is likely.  I'm asking students now refrain from contacting Alan via email or Blogger.  Email myself or Simon Holland and we'll sort stuff accordingly.  Thanks for your understanding and together, we'll watch this space.