Thursday, 31 July 2014
Sound designer Scott Benson Explains How to Mix a Movie in 72 Hours, and How Sound Designers can work with Animators at Bucks
Bucks sound design student Scott Benson just recently finished mixing and editing the sound on a feature film - all done within 72 hours. We asked him how he managed to pull of what looks like an insurmountable task, and also how our animators can get the best out of collaborating with sound designers to make great films here at Bucks.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Miracles and Inspirations by Bucks Graduate Monika Dzikowicz makes the Official Selection of the Festival de Cine de Madrid
Monika Dzikowicz graduated from Bucks last year, and recently completed her short film Miracles and Inspirations, which has been entered in to short film festivals all around the world. Most recently the film has been accepted for the Official Selection at the 23rd Festival de Cine de Madrid, taking place in Spain in October of this year.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
|The Animator's Survival Kit|
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Jack Strood recently graduated from the Animation Games and Interactive media course at Bucks, and right away found work at the Swindon based animation studio Firebird Films, where he is working on a number of new projects. We asked Jack to tell us about his job, and how he managed to start his career in animation so soon after leaving Bucks.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
|Not that we want to spoil your summer. Photo: Wikipedia|
Friday, 25 July 2014
|Lave Revolution by Allen Stroud|
Thursday, 24 July 2014
|The Queen's Counsel Lawyer's Omnibus - 20 years in The Times|
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
|The original animation bible|
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
|Max Howard and Bucks animation students. From left: Felix Deacon, Ellouise Benjamin, James Hatton, Jack Copley, Max Howard, Kalim Momen, Alex Williams, Georgia Nichols, Anton Alfimenko, Ben Gray|
Monday, 21 July 2014
|Not too late to apply!|
Sunday, 20 July 2014
|Charlie and Yip|
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Lucasfilm are looking for Jedi masters to serve an apprenticeship in Singapore. Their "Jedi Masters Program" offers talented digital artists "the chance to learn from the masters in a variety of creative disciplines -- from visual effects on live-action films to animated feature films."
I worked myself in Singapore a few years back and can personally recommend it. The Singapore Government is highly motivated to bring in international talent, so acquiring a work visa is rarely a problem. And once you are there, you have the chance to explore South East Asia on your weekends, or just hang out at the Raffles Hotel in downtown Singapore and pretend you're Ernest Hemingway. Plus, it's nice and warm all year round and the local cuisine is seriously delicious.
Friday, 18 July 2014
|Tutorials are hosted at Vimeo - just login!|
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Lupus films are running a one day masterclass with animation industry veteran Frank Gladstone on August 16th in London - for just £6. Anyone who is serious about story telling in animation should attend - I'll most likely be there myself. Frank is a world-class talent whose credits include some of the biggest hits in animation history. Full details below:
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
|The TAAFI Education Panel|
On the panel to discuss the question were Richard Arroyo – head of Games at iAnimate.net, Mark Jones, chair, School of Creative Arts, Aubrey Mintz, Head of Animation, California State University Long Beach, Brooke Keesling, Manager, Animation Talent, and Tony Tarantini, Sheridan College Professor of Animation. The first question was this:
Monday, 14 July 2014
|Your brain, but animated|
Sunday, 13 July 2014
|T. Dan Hofstedt - animation supremo|
Saturday, 12 July 2014
|Clearhead: a digital creative agency|
Friday, 11 July 2014
Rebecca Rochon of the Learning Development Unit (LDU) has formally congratulated our students for their excellent work on a short animated film for use at Bucks. The film, How to write a Lit Review, was completed earlier this year, and aims to help students who are struggling with the process of researching an academic report.
Rebecca wrote: "I wanted to express my thanks on behalf of the LDU for the work you put into the animation How to do a Lit Review. I have it banked as a teaching resource, it will be built into the LDU organisation on BlackBoard for students, and LearnHigher will be incorporating it into their website for the new academic year."
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Saturday 11th October is our next Open Day at Bucks. Open Days are a great way to meet the Tutors and Course Leaders (for Animation & VFX - that's me, Dave Creighton and Nick Brown) here at Bucks, find out about our course, and also explore our campus.
We think you'll be impressed by the state-of-the-art technical equipment we have in the brand new Gateway Building; the result of a £40m investment program completed just a couple of years ago, aimed at turning Bucks into a creative hub for media production of all kinds.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
|Bionic Group at Pinewood Studios|
Monday, 7 July 2014
One of the many advantages of learning to animate in Maya is the wide range of free plugins developed by the user community around the world. A free plugin is just that - a piece of code that can be added to your copy of Maya, free of charge. One of the most useful is the tweenMachine, created by Justin Animator, which helps animators to create breakdown poses in Maya on stepped curves. It's a time saving tool that takes much of the labour out of breaking down your character poses once you are happy with the timing of the main blocking of your animation.
Sunday, 6 July 2014
One of the many benefits of animating with Autodesk Maya (the main animation software we use at Bucks) is the large and growing global community of artists who collaborate on freeware projects, bringing to life excellent animation rigs like Norman and Morpheus. The latest character rig to be released soon will be The Mery Project - available to Maya users free of charge.
Saturday, 5 July 2014
|Vanya, Alex and Sabah|
Friday, 4 July 2014
|Treehouse project by Luke Winn|
Thursday, 3 July 2014
What is The Bucks Big Deal? From September 2014, Bucks New University is investing further in enhancing our students' experience. Most UK universities expect students to meet a wide variety of costs (in addition to student fees) for books and course equipment, events, membership of clubs and societies, sport activities and social trips, and many students don't realise how expensive these extra costs can be. Here at Bucks we recognize the importance of reducing these additional costs, and have a great range of provision to help make your university experience successful, enjoyable and affordable.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
|Free webinar with MPC|
According to our inside sources, advertising agency VCCP is hiring for some entry level positions, including Motion Graphics and Digital Design. The roles available - for which Bucks graduates are strongly encouraged to apply - are as follows:
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
3DS LONDON is monthly conference for users of 3DStudio Max conference, which takes place at the first Wednesday of every month. It is a meet-up group for digital artists working in the architectural, animation and advertising industry - and it is completely free. Many experienced Max users, leaders in their fields, attend, including artists who have written articles for periodicals such as 3D World magazine. In June the Autodesk team from America came, offering a sneak preview of 3DS MAX 2016.