Monday 24 June 2024

COM7024 Animals & Creatures Starts 17 June 24

For our MA students studying for their Online MA in Animation, Module COM704 (Animals and Creatures) started on 17 June 2024. This is the fourth module tackled by our students on our Online MA in Animation.

COM7024 focuses on animal and creature animation, with an emphasis on the kind of photo-realistic animation in which London VFX houses specialise.  COM7024 PR1 is due on Friday 13th September 2024 at 2pm.

Thursday 20 June 2024

"Young Comics Maestro" Competition

"Young Comics Maestro" Competition
The Alison Brown "Young Comics Maestro" Competition closes in 11 days, on 30 June.  London's Cartoon Museum is looking for the next big "18 or Under" comic artist.

Send in your best comic strip to the Cartoon Museum, three pages max, to enter the competition and get your work in front of judges from The Beano, The Phoenix, and The Cartoon Museum. The deadline is Sunday 30 June at 6pm. 

Thursday 13 June 2024

Young Animator of the Year Competition Opens

Young Animator of the Year 2024
The Young Animator of the Year UK ("Yay!") 2024 Competition is now open for entries. Entries are welcomed from UK-based animators between the ages of 11 and 18 years.  All they have to do is submit their film to http://younganimator.uk by September 16th 2024.

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Animation Jobs in Games: Webinar Today at 1pm

Into Games is hosting a free live-streamed talk today Wednesday 22nd May at 1pm UK time for animators seeking a career as an animator in the Games Industry. 

The title of the talk is "Animation: Communicating the fundamentals. How to Prove You've Got The Experience".

Today's talk is for animators who are either "pre-games or very early in their games industry career". 

The talk will be delivered by Hannah Kravets a Gameplay Animator currently working with Climax Studios

Thursday 9 May 2024

Free Underwater Animation Tutorial

In this super simple tutorial we show how to animate a submarine traveling underwater.  This is a very basic tutorial aimed at beginners in Maya. 

The idea is to do some simple animation of an underwater scene, then add a caustic effect to reproduce the effect of light penetrating water. 

The lighting effect can be achieved with just a few clicks.

Saturday 27 April 2024

RTS Scholarships Now Open

Royal Television Society (RTS) Bursary Scheme
The Royal Television Society (RTS) Bursary Scheme is now open, offering bursaries (scholarships) to students  pursuing careers in television, film or related media.

The application deadline is Monday 24th June 2024. As always, we encourage our students to apply for this - and (of course) for other scholarships and bursaries. 

Monday 25 March 2024

COM7023 Character Acting Starts 8 April 2024

Dialogue Shot by Mark Masters
COM7023, the third animation module on our online masters' degree in 3D animation, starts on 8 April 2024.

The module is titled COM7023 - Character Performance, and builds up to an entry into the Eleven Second Club competition.  

In this module students learn how to tackle character performance, dialogue and lipsync.  COM7023 PR1 is due on Friday 14th June at 2pm.

Thursday 29 February 2024

Animation Mechanics Demo Reel



For our Animation Masters Students at BNU, taught in partnership with Animation Apprentice, the next module - COM7022 - Animation Mechanics - started on 8 January 2024.  In Animation Mechanics, BNU students create one or more physical actions and combine them into a single shot to create a performance.  Exclusively for our students, we have hundreds of video tutorials to support the study of the art and craft of animation.  Above is a compilation of some of the best animation mechanics work done by our post-graduate animators at BNU. 

Wednesday 28 February 2024

Infinity Curves with Offset in Maya


In this very short tutorial (just two minutes long) we show how to use "Infinity Curves with Offset" in Maya.  Let's say you animate a character taking two steps across the screen, and you want to replicate the action. By using Infinity Curves with Offset, you can replicate the motion automatically, and have the character take as many steps as you like.  Once you're done, you can bake your curves, and then edit the shot.  

Friday 23 February 2024

How to Animate a Neon Sign in Maya


In this free tutorial we show how to animate a neon sign in Maya. The idea is to create a personal logo for your demo reel, something that has a little more style and invention than a simple title card.  Start by creating a logo for your animation reel, then import the logo into Maya, and use the technique described above to turn your logo into neon letters. From there, you can easily animate the letters, render some images, and create a movie file for your demo reel. 

Thursday 22 February 2024

Animate a "Sneaky Walk" With "Monty"

Sneaky Monty
In the video tutorial below we show how to animate a sneaky walk with "Monty" the green pea.

To complete the tutorial, first start with a Basic Walk with "Monty" - which you can learn how to do here.

Then, as with our other character walks tutorials, adapt the basic walk to give it character and personality - in this case a "sneak". 

Sunday 21 January 2024

Online MA in 3D Animation Open For Applications

Our MA in 3D Animation for Professionals is now accepting applications though UCAS.

The online MA in animation at BNU 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.  

Our MA 3D Animation for Professionals continues to partner with the online animation school www.animationapprentice.org, ensuring that all our MA Students graduate with industry-level skills. 

Thursday 11 January 2024

2024 Animation Demo Reel


We're proud to present the latest edit of the best work done by animation masters' degree students at Buckinghamshire New University.  The work showed was completed on our MA in 3D Animation for Professionals, delivered in partnership with the online school Animation Apprentice. Many congratulations to all our students on their excellent work, including Joshua Reynolds, Marc Stevenson, Mark Masters, Michael Monks and Sean Rubin.

Monday 8 January 2024

Second Marking at BNU

Second Marking at Bucks
All the marks given out to students at Bucks New University have to be second-marked. Second Marking is the process whereby students' work is marked by a second tutor after having sight of the original marks. Second markers ensure that the initial marker has applied standards consistently across the group being marked.

Second markers check our grades, making sure we're awarding marks appropriately, and also keep an eye on making sure that our standards are consistent with other universities and colleges in the UK, all in accordance with Bucks New Uni regulations.

Wednesday 20 December 2023

COM7022 Anim Mechanics Starts 8 Jan 2024

Ball Throw by Joris Van Laar
For our Animation Masters Students at BNU, the next module - COM7022 - Animation Mechanics - starts on 8 January 2024.  

In this module, Students create one or more physical actions and combine them into a single shot to create a performance.  

As always, we have many video tutorials to support the study of the art and craft of animation.  COM7022 PR1 is due on Friday 15 March 2024. 

Thursday 5 October 2023

Lighting in Arnold - Beginner Tutorial


In this simple tutorial, for Autodesk Maya beginners, we explain how to achieve a super basic lighting setup in Arnold using the settings in Physical Sky. This is as simple a setup as it is possible to achieve in Arnold, and gives good results for an outdoor scene with just a few clicks.

Tuesday 3 October 2023

Maya Beginner Tutorial - Texture Dice

 

In the free video tutorial above we tackle a super simple modelling and texturing exercise - how to create a die (single of dice), bevel it, texture it, and download a free texture map from the web.  The tutorial is aimed at complete beginners who have never used Autodesk Maya before. In addition, you can follow the steps outlined below, including - for extra sophistication - how to add a bump map (not covered in the video above).

Tuesday 12 September 2023

MA 3D Animation for Professionals Starts 25 Sept

"Journey of Life" by Robin Herrmann
Our pioneering online MA in Animation has now been fully re-validated, and re-launches this month as the MA 3D Animation for Professionals.

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.  

Our MA 3D Animation for Professionals continues to partner with the online animation school www.animationapprentice.org, ensuring that all our MA Students graduate with industry-level skills. 

Friday 8 September 2023

COM7021 Starts 25 September 2023

COM7021 - Animation Locomotion is the first module that our new animation students will encounter at BNU on the MA 3D Animation for Professionals.

COM7021 starts on 25 September 2023, and is taught primarily in Autodesk Maya. The module deals with animation basics, such as walks, runs and jumps.

It starts with simple actions such as a bouncing ball, and builds up to more complex physical actions. There is one assignment due: COM7021 PR1. COM7021 PR1 is due on Friday 8th December 2023 at 2pm.