Monday, 8 August 2022

"Float Folks" Wins Best Trailer at Onyko Film Fest

The Float Folks Best Trailer at Onyko Awards
Congratulations to the makers of "The Float Folks", the short teaser/trailer made at BNU by our animation students, which has won "Best Trailer" at the Onyko Film Festival.

The Float Folks is a trailer for an animated TV Series created by Ian Foyle and directed by Monika Dzikowicz.  The Float Folks has won many festival awards.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Artifact Wins Best Sci-Fi at Future of Film Awards

"Artifactwins Best Sci-Fi at FOFA
Congratulations to BNU animation student Kristis Bandzevicius whose animated short "Artifact" has won "Best Sci-Fi" at the Future of Film Awards.

"Artifact" is a short film created by BNU animation student Kristis Bandzevicius.   "Artifact" was written, produced and directed by Kristis, studying for his MA in 3D Animation at BNU.   This is the film's sixth festival award. 

Thursday, 28 July 2022

DA702 Character Performance Starts 9 Jan 2023

11 Second Club winning entry by Robin Herrmann
DA702, the second animation module on our online masters' degree in 3D animation, starts on 9 January 2023.

The module is titled DA702 - Character Performance, and builds up to an entry into the March 2023 Eleven Second Club competition.  

On March 1st 2022 the club's official line of dialogue will be released, and our students have until the end of March to submit their finished work.  DA702 PR1 assignment is due on Thursday 30th March 2023 at 2pm.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

"Mouse: Impossible" Wins "Best Creative"

Mouse: Impossible Best Creative at Halicarnassus
Congratulations to BNU animation student Robin Herrmann, whose short film "Mouse: Impossible" has won an award for Best Creative at the Halicarnassus Film Festival.

"Mouse: Impossible" was written, produced and directed by Robin, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation at Bucks.   

"Mouse: Impossible"  was completed during the course of Robin's studies at BNU; this is the film's third festival award.

Monday, 25 July 2022

DA701 Locomotion & Mechanics Starts 26 Sept

"Journey of Life" by Robin Herrmann
DA701 Animation Mechanics is the first module that our new MA animation students will encounter at Bucks.

DA701 starts on 26 September 2022, and is taught primarily in Autodesk Maya. The module deals with animation basics, such as locomotion and mechanics.

It starts with simple actions such as a bouncing ball, and builds up to more complex physical actions, such as jumps and throws. There are two assignments due: DA701 PR1, and DA701 CW1. DA701 PR1 is due on Friday 9th December at 2pm.

Thursday, 21 July 2022

"Mouse: Impossible": Best Student Film in Milan

Mouse: ImpossibleBest Student Film in Milan
Congratulations to BNU animation student Robin Herrmann, whose short film "Mouse: Impossible" has won an award for Best Student Film at the Milan Gold Awards.

"Mouse: Impossible" was written, produced and directed by Robin, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation at Bucks.   

"Mouse: Impossible"  was completed during the course of Robin's studies at BNU; this is the film's first festival award.

Monday, 18 July 2022

Academic Deadlines MA Animation 2022-24

2021-2023 deadlines
Below is a list of deadlines for the online MA in 3D animation. This is for our new cohort of student animators, those who are joining us in September 2022, and will graduate "Master of Arts" in the summer of 2024.

Note that this list of deadlines is a draft list only, and is subject to change. Students should always check the appropriate Module Guide and Assignment Brief to be certain of the correct submission date. And, of course, check with your tutor.

This list gives our MA students a broad idea of what to expect over the coming 18 months.  But always double-check these dates - if in doubt, email your tutor.

Friday, 15 July 2022

"Journey of Life" Best Student Film in Hollywood

Journey of Life Best Student Film in Hollywood
Many congratulations to BNU student Robin Herrmann whose short film "Journey of Life" has won award for Best Student Film at the Hollywood Gold Awards.

"Journey of Life" was written, produced and directed by Robin, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation at Buckinghamshire New University.   "Journey of Life" has won many festival awards. 

Thursday, 7 July 2022

"Mouse: Impossible" Wins Best Animated Short

Congratulations to BNU animation student Robin Herrmann, whose short film "Mouse: Impossible" has won an award for Best Animation at the Golden Eagle Indie Festival.

"Mouse: Impossible" was written, produced and directed by Robin, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation at Bucks.   

"Mouse: Impossible"  was completed during the course of Robin's studies at BNU; this is the film's first festival award.

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Meet "Mouse: Impossible"

Herrmann_Robin_DA703_HQ from Rob in on Vimeo.

Meet "Mouse: Impossible", a new short film created by BNU animation student Robin Herrman.  "Mouse: Impossible" was written, produced and directed by Robin, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation at Bucks.   "Mouse: Impossible"  was completed during the course of Robin's studies at BNU, and is currently being entered into film festivals. 

Friday, 1 July 2022

"Artifact" Wins "Best VFX" at Singapore Fest

Artifact wins Best VFX at Singapore World Film Carnival
Congratulations to BNU animation student Kristis Bandzevicius whose animated short "Artifact" has won "Best VFX" at the Singapore World Film Carnival. 

"Artifact" is a short film created by BNU animation student Kristis Bandzevicius.   "Artifact" was written, produced and directed by Kristis, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation at Bucks.   This is the film's fifth festival award. 

Monday, 27 June 2022

What Kind of Laptop Should You Buy in 2022?

What kind of laptop should I buy?" is a question that we are often asked at Bucks New University. 

Computer specifications change regularly and much depends on exactly what you want to use your laptop for.  But let's say you want to buy a laptop capable of running Autodesk Maya, for computer animation and to render out your shots.

What sort of laptop should you buy, and how much do you need to spend? BNU Animation Master's graduate Amedeo Beretta offers some advice to our students.

Friday, 24 June 2022

DA704 Animation Module Starts 12 Sept 2022

Amedeo Beretta - CG Animation Reel - VFX, Cine, TV from Amedeo Beretta on Vimeo.

Our Master's Degree animation students start their final animation module, DA704, on Monday 12th September 2022.  The final animation assignment, DA704 PR1, is titled "Demo Reel and Final Project" and students will create a piece of character or creature animation, showing the skills they have learned over the last year, and also cut a demo reel that will help them to find work in the animation industry.  The demo reel above is by Bucks New Uni MA animation student Amedeo Beretta. DA704 PR1 is due on Monday 5th December 2022 at 2pm.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Journey of Life Wins Best Director Award

"Journey of Life" wins Best Director (Short Film) at FOFA
Many congratulations to BNU student Robin Herrman whose short film "Journey of Life" has won award for Best Director (Super Short Film) at the Future of Film Awards.

"Journey of Life" was written, produced and directed by Robin, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation at Buckinghamshire New University.  

"Journey of Life" has won many festival awards. 

Monday, 30 May 2022

Walt – The Man Behind the Myth


Sometimes it's time to down tools and learn a bit about the history of animation. The pioneering giant upon whose shoulders all animators stand was Walt Disney. To understand why Disney was such a transformative figure in the history of the animation industry, watch "Walt – The Man Behind the Myth" -  a biographical documentary on the man who founded the Walt Disney Studios.  The documentary was narrated by Dick Van Dyke and directed by Jean-Pierre Isbouts.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Online Animation MA Returns in Sept 2022

Sci-Fi scene by Joe Gamble
We are now taking applications for our online MA in Animation - recruiting for September 2022.

Our online MA in animation was launched in 2015 and was the very first of its kind - the first online MA in animation which could be undertaken by students anywhere in the world.  The MA in animation partners with the online animation school www.animationapprentice.org

Friday, 13 May 2022

Key Creative Roles on an Animated Short

 

What are the key creative roles on a short animated film? Or, simply put, what are the jobs that absolutely have to get done in order to finish the project?  Below are the key roles that we believe must be filled in order to achieve a successful outcome.

Friday, 6 May 2022

BAFTA Scholarships Close on 20 May 2022

BAFTA is now taking applications for three UK based post-graduate scholarships in film, TV and Games (and animation, of course) worth up to £12,000 each. The deadline is May 20th 2022.

The BAFTA scholarships are supported by Warner Bros and the Duke of Cambridge, and include a work placement and also free access to BAFTA events. They can also be used to help finance post-graduate study in the creative arts.

Friday, 29 April 2022

How To Create Thumbnail Sketches for Animation


How do you create thumbnail sketches for character animation? Learning how to create thumbnail sketches is a very important skill, even for animators who don't draw well, because thumbnail sketches are an important tool for planning animation.  Even 3D animators who aren't that comfortable with drawing are encouraged to have a go at the thumbnailing process.  Watch the video above to see how we would go about creating some rough thumbnail sketches for this month's "11 Second Club"

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Archie Dennis Special Projects Coordinator DNEG

Archie Dennis
Many congratulations to BNU Graduate Archie Dennis who is now working as a Special Projects Coordinator at DNEG in London.

Archie graduated from BNU with a first class degree in Animation & VFX, and is now working at one of the UK's leading VFX houses.

DNEG are responsible for multiple blockbuster hits and recently won their seventh Academy Award for their VFX on "Dune".

Saturday, 23 April 2022

"Journey of Life" Wins Hon Mention at DSFF

"Journey of Life" wins Hon Mention at DSFF
Many congratulations to BNU student Robin Herrman whose short film "Journey of Life" has won an Honourable Mention for Best No Budget Film at the Dreamer's Short Film Festival (DSFF).

"Journey of Life" was written, produced and directed by Robin, currently studying for his MA in 3D Animation Buckinghamshire New University.  It has won many festival awards.