Monday, February 08, 2016

FAO CAA Yr 3: Reply From GarageFarm.Net

Re. the presentation this morning: GarageFarm have just sent this reply through on the subject of optimising your scene files in preparation for rendering.

Hello Phil,

On our YouTube channel you can watch video tutorial for Maya Plugin . If you have any difficulties, our 24/7 support is ready to answer students' questions on webchat and Skype. 

We look forward working with your student’s projects and we wait for their registration on the webpage:

FAO CAA Yr 1 & 2 : Tuesday Film Shoot / Meet @ 11am

Dear all - the producer just contacted me to say could you all meet in the refectory at 11am tomorrow!  See you there!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

FAO CAA Yr 1 & 2 : Film Extras - Your Presence Is Required / Tuesday @ 11.30am / Lecture Theatre 1

This is a reminder for Year 1 and Year 2:  there's a film shoot taking place in Lecture Theatre 1 on Tuesday, and the director asked me if I thought I could round up at least 20 students to populate the lecture theatre as extras... Knowing what a nice bunch of people you are, keen to help out other creatives, I said "yes!" on your behalf.  You won't have to do much - just sit in the lecture theatre as per normal, take a bit of direction from the film-makers as and when required - and look bored... Not exactly Method-acting for some of you! ;)

They want us to gather in the refectory at 11.20am on Tuesday morning.  Like I said - they need at least 20 extras, but I'm hoping we can do a little better than that!  See you there!

CAA One-A-Day: I'm Not Coming Back

Friday, February 05, 2016

FAO Everyone: It's Here! The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra Collaboration Briefing!

Cast your minds back to the beginning of last term... You were introduced to Rose Lowry, director of the Orchestre de Picardie, and the celebrated work of classical music by Benjamin Britten, The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra:

You may recall too that Computer Animation Arts has been commissioned to produce a CGI animation to accompany live performances of Britten's work, and that you are all going to be involved in developing the art direction for this massively ambitious undertaking.  Don't freak out: I am very aware of just how busy this course keeps you on a day-to-day basis, so your involvement in this extra-curricular project is going to be calibrated carefully to ensure you can participate without being overwhelmed or pushed/pulled away from your ongoing projects.

I'm going to brief the YPGTTO project at 12.30pm - 1.30pm on Monday 15th February in Lecture Theatre 1.  All years are timetabled to be on campus on this day, and I'd like to see everyone in attendance - again, don't freak out.  We've co-ordinated a large-scale, crowd-sourced art direction project before, and it proved to be a hugely enjoyable and creative experience for all of us!

In short, we're being challenged to imagine Britten's tour of the orchestra as a journey through the different districts of a 'Kingdom Of Sound' or 'Metropolis of Music'.  Rose Lowry is a huge Game Of Thrones fan, and it's those opening credits of cities 'self-assembling' inspiring the initial approach.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in something rather special - and with an impressive shelf-life; upon completion, the animation will be screen in various European countries alongside their respective orchestras.   I look forward to seeing you all there on Monday 15th @ 12.30pm / L1.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

FAO Everyone: Thursday / Alan & Phil 'Not In'

As it happens both Alan and myself are 'not in' tomorrow (Thursday).  I'm OGR-ing and Alan is Maya-ing. You are all under strict instructions to a) not burn the place down, b) not cover every conceivable surface with ketchup and c) not leave the computer suites in a complete state! Seriously, you're leaving too much crap everywhere after you've eaten and I'd appreciate if you left the baseroom etc. in a fit state.  I'm not your skivvy!  Work hard and we'll see you on Friday.