Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Also do I keep the same UCA network & email account that I had last year on the National Diploma course?
Its stock checking time!
Before the new academic year begins the staff takes stock of all course equipment - Graphic tablets, light boxes, books, and DVD's etc (Not the library resources however). This helps us understand the current location, state of repair, and quantity of existing stock before making any new purchases or repairs.
Therefore, can I ask for all students to confirm any loans they may still have and any items that have been damaged - Please be honest (remember we do have documentation - signed forms). More importantly, the course's loan system is based on good faith. If it’s abused we may not be able to continue to loan or buy new equipment.
To confirm your loan, either post on this blog or email me at email@example.com. Please state the following:
2) Any missing components
3) Any breakages or if the Item is no longer functioning.
Thanks and see you all very soon.
Alan & Phil
Additional: If you know a student who isn't Blog watching please point them to this post.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Anyone else had this crap? And has a fix preferably..
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The article is : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8949756.stm
and i let it inform you the rest, also most of you may have seen as it was broadcast last Thursday.
I just hope that they will release it sometime
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Below is a link to this years graduate demo reels from The Gnomon School of Visual Effects, West Hollywood. Enjoy!
Monday, August 23, 2010
If its not enlarging it says:
The username and Password you supplied is not authoriesed to use this system. Status -110
I'm guessing this is because today is the first day its open and all the young uns' are trying to do it, overloading it. Or does it hate me?
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Don't ask what I was searching for when I found these nuggets of 'postmodern' kitsch, but I thought I'd share them with you ... incredibly, the first clip is not a parody...
Saturday, August 21, 2010
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Saturday, August 07, 2010
But there are other sites out there if you wish. On the Blurb site is a simple (but surprisingly good) program that you download and install. Once done, simply give it your blogger details, choose what posts you want and hey presto. Blurb does the rest. You can into it for more detail. I had move some pics around, like moving the important ones into bigger slots.
You order it off and it takes a few days to print and then a few days to get to you. The final product is excellent. I opted for the best paper and its was really worth it. The paper is very clear, crisp and strong. You can choose to have a dust cover if that floats your boat.
Heres some more details from Blurb:
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Continuing Students Re-Enrolment Information
Online re-enrolment will begin on August 23rd and you are encouraged to complete it as early as possible.
The online enrolment system gives you the opportunity to complete the re-enrolment process at a time and location that suits you. You are urged to complete the process during August, by logging into Registry Online.
Please note that you will not receive any student loan payments or be able to use the library and other University resources until you have completed the Online Enrolment process.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
You are to respond imaginatively to the soundscape allocated you at time of briefing. It may inspire an environment, character(s), story or gaming concept. The musical extract might be included in the final submission as a soundtrack or might serve only as a starting point for further development. Your response might be entirely abstract and synesthetic in line with Fantasia’s Toccata and fugue in d minor or the work of Norman Mclaren.
Whatever your approach, you must demonstrate how the ‘soundscape’ has driven your creative response. Your workflow should follow the pipeline of tasks established by your year one curriculum -– pre-production, production, post-production - with each stage clearly ‘unpacked’, archived and reflected upon via your creative development blog.
Your creative development is to be edited and readied for publication in the form of a professionally printed ‘The Art of…’ book. There are numerous online companies that provide this service, a selection of which are listed below.*
You should be ambitious, investigative, and self-directed. Where necessary, you should expect to supplement your existing technical skills via online tutorials. You should also use this opportunity to revisit your Stage 1 technical tutorials.
Competition entries will be judged by a panel – not by your tutors!
1st Prize – Wacom Intuos4 Graphics Tablet
2nd Prize - £50 Vouchers (TBC)
3rd Prize - £25 Vouchers (TBC)
The winning entries will be screened for the new first years in the early part of the academic year. In addition, winning students will be asked to present and discuss their work.
Deadline for ‘1 Becomes 2’ competition entries is Friday 17th September 2010
Please note - this work is not part of your formally assessed units.
And the last word? Be Amazing!
* You'll need to have your 'Making Of' publication ready in advance of the deadline, as the printing companies will require time to process, produce and post back your finished books. You should aim to have your artwork/book pages ready for printing by the end of August. I suggest you make enquiries re. the turn-around for the printing of the books today...
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
CGAA First Years Summer Project - Please Read Carefully
You are challenged to produce 101 concept drawings on a single A1 sheet of paper. Using the objects (see sheet) as a starting point, you are to generate concept drawings in three categories; ‘structures’, ‘life-forms’, and ‘machines’. You should work in pen or pencil, and think of your drawings as thumbnails sketches or works-in-progress; work quickly, instinctively – you’re not trying to create perfect images, you’re trying to develop, innovate and refine your ideas; think laterally and don’t rub anything out, start over or throw anything away; you need to get used to visualizing your ideas promptly and without inhibition, as effective 2d visualization skills will be fundamental to your success on this course. You might consider extended drawings - using a selected object as ‘a seed’ from which new designs grow; you might try tracing, re-sizing, repeating, rotating, inverting and fusing objects as a method to work-up new and exciting concepts; another approach might be to treat the start-point objects as silhouettes before similarly extending or hybridizing them.
When you have finished your developmental drawings, you are to pick 3 (one structure, one life-form, one machine) and develop them further into resolved designs. Your final concepts should be presented individually on A2 sheets as turnarounds; i.e., that the subjects should be depicted from the front, back and side.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
It's that time again: the CGAA summer packs have been posted out to our incoming students and their blogs are going live. See below - the first of many (more posts to follow as new blogs arrive). Let's give our 'all-new' Year One a warm welcome - go follow their blogs and say "hi".
Chris Rogers @ http://chrisanimation-bringingideastolife.blogspot.com
Adam Webb @ http://www.thevistor.blogspot.com
Sam Tremain @ http://s-tremain.blogspot.com
Domantas Lukošius @ http://www.domantasinn.blogspot.com
I'd just like to take a moment to flag up the benefits of the polyShrinkWrap plugin which has been infinitely useful for me over the past few hours.
You have a mesh that you like the look of (for instance a face that suits the character you're building, but it has bad topology so it's not ideal for use in ZBrush or for animation.)
The Solution: Save the mesh with the good characteristics but the bad topology, copy that mesh, fix the topology then use polyShrinkWrap to 'vacuum form' the mesh with good topology to the mesh with good characteristics. Very accurate, very fast and you're good to go in ZBrush with clean topology.
You can find the plugin here: http://www.kiaran.net/api.html