Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FAO Everyone: Reminder - Get Your Aladdin Tickets Now! *Deadline Friday 19th January*

Reminder - Aladdin The Musical - Deadline Friday 19th January

Tickets at £34 - you can 'plus 1'. It's Thursday 1st March @ 2.30pm. We'll sort the transport issue a bit later! There are only 40 places and we need to have everything paid up by Friday next week (19th January). Go here to the Online Store and purchase your ticket(s).

Monday, January 15, 2018

FAO CAA Year 2: Tuesday's Class

Premise Lab - Tuesday 16th January / Baseroom

What you need to prepare and bring with you: 

For this ‘Premise Lab’ you will need to bring a series of ‘premise proposals’ to present to the group for discussion. This is to help you to explore your own ideas and gain insight into other types of approaches. 

The goal of the lab is to help you initially test, shape, combine, or reject ideas so that you can begin the project positively. It may be that you feel a little unsure of your ideas at this point, however that is a natural part of the process and you should bring your ideas regardless. Please make sure you bring several ideas and not just one. For more details on projects, please refer to the examples included in the briefing document (link here). 

Group 1 (9.30am – 10.45am)

Group 2 (11.00am – 12.15pm)

Group 3 (1.00pm - 2.15pm)

Group 4 (2.30pm – 3.45pm)

Group 5 (4.00pm – 5.30pm)

Please share this post with anyone you may feel won't see it. You don't need to be in class for the rest of the day, just your time slot.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Phil & The Kingdom Of Sound / Katowice Performances - Poland

Just a reminder to all students that I'm flying out to Katowice, Poland on Wednesday afternoon to oversee the next set of live screenings of Red & The Kingdom Of Sound, our animated adaptation of Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra.  There will be 4 performances of the work over Thursday and Friday to audiences of children and their teachers - 1000 or so people! I'll be meeting up with CAA graduates, Charlie 'Bedtime Story' Serafini and Samantha 'The Erl King' Niemczyk, both of whom reside in Poland and both of whom worked on Red & The Kingdom Of Sound alongside the rest of the YPGTTO team.  I'm really looking forward to seeing them again and sharing their excitement at seeing our animation play live to new audiences in another European city.

What this does mean is I might be slower to respond to your blogs and my marking of third year minor projects will be impacted for a short time.  Thank you for patience in advance - and wish us luck! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

FAO CAA Yr 2: Perspectives / Example 'Courtroom Drama' Presentation

For your reference - a presentation from one of last year's legal teams who were given the job of defending violent entertainment.  There is no strict template here - except for the guidelines already given here - but your job is to use reputable evidence to build a persuasive argument by which you can make your case to the jury; establishing the most effective way to do that is the goal of this exercise.  Think of your presentation as a logically sequenced progression that enables you to argue your case effectively.  As said at the briefing, you don't all need to present if it would be better for your argument if you don't.  That said, you're all responsible for building your case, so no free-loaders - establish your strategy, undertake your research and knock 'em dead!

FAO Everyone: Aladdin is Go!

Okay - so Aladdin is go!  Tickets at £34 - you can 'plus 1'.  It's Thursday 1st March @ 2.30pm.  We'll sort the transport issue a bit later!  There are only 40 places and we need to have everything paid up by Friday next week (19th January).  Go here to the Online Store and purchase your ticket(s).

FAO CAA Year 1: Story / From Script To Screen - Your Online Greenlight Review / Wednesday 24th January

Wednesday 24th January is your 'From Script To Screen' Online Greenlight Review Part 1 

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. Save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs by 9pm on Wednesday 24th January. Written feedback will follow as a 'comment' on your OGR post and will take between 2 - 3 days.

From Script To Screen OGR: What do you need to present?

  • The premise of your story
  • The logline of your story
  • The step outline of your story 
  • Your 'like-for-like' storyboard segment (complete)

The emphasis of this first OGR is not you giving me full-blown scripts, but rather these condensed summaries of your stories and structures. You might have written more in-depth versions as part of your own process, but all I want to see on OGR day is your ability to express your stories in their most essentialised way.

The Premise 

This is one line that sums up the writer’s starting off point, the rationale for the existence of the story.  It can be vague along the lines of a theme like:

  • The triumph of love and community over violence and selfishness. 

Or philosophical like:

  • An examination of duality: Love/Hate, Past/Present, Action/Passivity, Innocent/ Experience. 

Or simply sum up the starting off point for the story something like:

  • A young country boy witnesses a murder and a city policeman must go into hiding with him in his country community when the killers get on his trail...

The Logline 

This is a summary of the story made in one or two sentences that attempts to answer the questions: Who is the lead character/s? What is their problem? How will they deal with it? 

It can be useful to write because it forces the writer to distill what happens in the story down to the briefest possible summary. This in turn makes it necessary to make choices that can reveal what the most important part of the story is.

The Step Outline 

This maps the entire plot scene by scene in a limited way. The action is summed up in paragraphs consisting of a line or two for each scene.

In addition, your OGR should evidence that you are up-to-date with your film reviews and ongoing CG Artist's Toolkit project work (life-drawing/Maya tutorials/Nat's animation exercises/Justin's character exercises, Kat's Audition classes etc). Your OGR might include links to the corresponding posts and/or images. Historically, students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads more successfully.

Remember, you're gunning for a 'green light' - you want to take your script into the pre-production stage as soon as possible, so ensure that your story idea is developed sufficiently and communicates effectively. Please note: your OGR should be a professionally presented, spell-checked, with an emphasis on graphic design, layout and project branding.