Monday, 28 December 2015

Student Showcase - Online MA in 3D Animation!

Our brand-new online MA in 3D animation (the first of its kind anywhere in the world) has only been up and running for a few months now, but we are already starting to see some excellent results. The short clip above was created by MA student Neil Whitman, and shows perfectly how important it is for animators not only to master the technical side of our craft, but also to entertain an audience. Neil does this perfectly, creating an imaginative use of different walk cycles to create an interesting and funny story.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

UCAS Deadline looms for 2016!

UCAS - still enough time left - but hurry!
Thinking of applying to Bucks to study Animation & Visual Effects, or for our unique online MA in 3D animation - the only one of its kind? It's not too late!

The next UCAS deadline is 15 January 2016, and we're still welcoming applications for our fast-growing courses.

Below are some good reasons why we believe we are building one of the best places to study animation in the country, and how you can get started on your new career as a digital animator. Why wait? Apply now!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Bucks New University Welcomes Our New Students To The Online MA in Animation!

The world's first online MA in animation
We're excited to welcome all our new students who have just started the journey with us on our brand-new online MA in animation, launched this week here at Bucks in partnership with Animation Apprentice.

This is a unique degree - the first of its kind - which can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world, leading to a formal qualification in the field. You will not only learn how to animate, but you will engage at Masters' level with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form. So, what is this degree all about, and what can our new students expect?

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Sydney Padua - Our New Animation Lecturer!

Bucks New University is proud to announce our new lecturer in Animation - industry veteran Sydney Padua, whose animation career not only includes a roster of Hollywood hits but also encompasses countless visual effects blockbusters.

If that's not enough for you, she has even published highly successful graphic novels.  So, some very good news then for animation and VFX students at Bucks.

Friday, 21 August 2015

A New Demo Reel from Miles Skarin

CRYSTAL SPOTLIGHT VIDEO SHOWREEL 2015 from Crystal Spotlight on Vimeo.

Check out the latest demo from Crystal Spotlight, the work of Miles Skarin, one of our many talented students at Bucks. Miles will be entering the second year of his studies in September, and is already doing work that any graduate would be proud of. Congratulations to Miles on an excellent piece of work.


Friday, 31 July 2015

Moving On

Like Dick Whittington, I'm off to London
Working at Bucks and launching the new course in Animation and Visual Effects has been one of the highlights of my professional career.  After all, Bucks is a university with excellent facilities in new media and a strong focus on the creative arts.

Sad to say, today is my last day at Bucks, and I am moving to a new job in London with Escape Studios. However, the excellent work done at Bucks by our talented students will continue, and I wish the very best to whoever takes on the running of Animation and VFX course.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Book Recommendation - Animation Methods by David Rodriguez

Animation Methods by David Rodriguez is a very, very good book on learning animation in Maya.  It's a book that focuses primarily on 3D Character Animation, a step-by-step guide for learning Maya, and the Maya animation tools. It also has useful sections on how to get into the industry, how to make a great demo reel, and how to get a job in animation. We think this is a very useful companion book to the animation and VFX course at Bucks.

It is also an unusual book in that it makes extensive use of QR codes - meaning you can use your smartphone to scan the codes and then view a 3D animated clip of the lesson. So, not only can you read the lesson, but you can also see and understand it through a video demonstration. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

CTN hosts Animation Masterclass with Pixar's Michal Makarewicz.

Animation masterclass with Pixar's Michal Makarewicz

This weekend the Creative Talent Network (CTN) hosts an animation masterclass with Pixar's Michal Makarewicz. There are still some spots available - the only catch is you will need to be in Los Angeles. For any of our students in the area, we highly recommend attending this event - and others like it. Time spent seeing the work methods of master animators is never wasted, and will help you to polish and refine your own workflow.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

An Awesome Reel from Studio AKA

STUDIO AKA Montage Reel 2015 from STUDIO AKA on Vimeo.

Check out the latest work by STUDIO AKA, a multi-BAFTA winning & Oscar-nominated independent animation studio & production company based in London. This is just the sort of small studio we love to see, boutique houses doing creative and interesting work in animation. Most interestingly, Studio AKA do a mixture of 2D and 3D work, showing that the medium isn't really what matters - it's what you do with it that counts. Animation is all about creating an entertaining and believable performance. We train our students to master these skills so that they can use any software to create great animation.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Why Animators Should Go To Siggraph in August

Siggraph 2015
This year Siggraph is taking place in the Los Angeles Convention Center, from 9-13 August. Siggraph is the world's biggest conference on computer graphics. Like FMX in Stuttgart, or the Annecy animation festival, it is the perfect place to find out about the latest technologies, meet other animators, find the big recruiters, and figure out where the industry is heading. It is, in short, a window into the digital future. Obviously, not many of our students will find themselves in LA this summer, but for those luckily few that are, we highly recommend attending Siggraph - and events like it.  There is nothing quite like it to give you a unique insight into the the new technology that is driving the development of the animation industry.

Monday, 20 July 2015

David Thompson Explains How to Produce Movies

David Thompson at BAFTA
BAFTA recently held a series of lectures and masterclasses on film production, welcoming members of the public to hear industry professionals give lectures on all aspects of the business.  One of the best presentations was a talk by David Thompson, formerly head of films and single drama at BBC, and a producer with a clutch of BAFTAs and Golden Globes on his shelf. Most importantly, he has over 100 screen credits, including Billy Elliot and Mandela. Here at Bucks we recommend that all our students attend industry events like this whenever possible. You never know who you will meet, and what you will learn about the way the industry actually works.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

10% Discount On Our Online MA in Animation Extended Until End of August

Learn Character and Creature Animation
Our new online MA in Animation is still welcoming applications and, if you hurry, you can still get a 10% discount on the fee - we've extended the deadline until the end of August. We're excited to be launching the world's first degree of this kind, and we're getting applications from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. Some of the applicants are very talented indeed, many of them professional animators looking to broaden their skills and also gain a qualification suitable for teaching in higher education around the world. So how does the application process work, and what can applicants expect?

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

"Chappie" Student Art Competition

"Chappie" Film Competition
Sony Pictures is offering students a chance to enter an art competition for a new film "Chappie", being released on Blu-Ray. The contest is open for two weeks, and the winner gets a pack of goodies and film-related prizes.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Charlotte - a New Free Maya Rig!

Digital artist Ahmed Elmatarawi has just released his newest baby - Charlotte - a free Maya rig available for student and non-commercial use around the world. We haven't tested it yet, but the video below takes you through the rig in detail, and we look forward to seeing what our students can do with her. One of the great benefits of working in Maya is its growing user base, bringing us new and better animation rigs for student use all the time. So who and what is Charlotte?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

What Do Sales Agents Do, Exactly?

Sola Media - Sales Agents with a focus on animation
Any animator with dreams to bring their own project to the big screen will eventually need to understand the business of making and financing animated films. This includes the question of who, exactly, is going to sell your film for you. Are you going to do it yourself? Or are you going to bring in experts who know the business? Probably, you will do the latter. As part of our series on the business of animation, we take a look at what exactly a sales agent is and what they do.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Blue Zoo Summer Internships

This year Blue Zoo are offering two six week internships in their London studio; one working in their commercials team, ideal for someone with bold ambitions to be an animated commercials director, and another in their TV series department for someone starting out on a mission to become an expert CG character animator! To apply head to

Friday, 26 June 2015

Bucks New Uni's Annecy Survival Guide

Annecy - an ancient medieval town in the French Alps
The International Festival of Animation at Annecy is the world’s biggest animation festival. It can be a slightly overwhelming experience; there are so many things going on at once that it can be hard to feel like you really get to make the most of being there. Alongside the film festival is MIFA – the world’s biggest animation marketplace, a brain-boiling congress of industry types furiously buying and selling. But Annecy is an event that we believe that every animator should go to at least once – if only to get a feeling for the sheer size and diversity of the modern animation industry.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Calling All Bucks Graduates - Apply Now for the Aardman Certificate in Character Animation

Aardman's Certificate in Character Animation
Aardman and the NFTS are offering an intensive three month Certificate in Character Animation, aimed primarily at graduates and taught by industry professionals at Aardman studios in Bristol.  The course is headed up by Loyd Price, Head of Animation at Aardman, with the aim of "bridging the gap between education and industry" and "enabling students to develop the core practical skills needed for them to become competent professional animators and to create believable characters through acting and performance".

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What Is The Monthly Character Design Challenge?

Character Design Challenge!
Calling All Character Designers! Why not polish your design skills by entering the monthly Character Design Challenge? It's a bit like the Eleven Second Club, but for character designers. The group already has an astonishing twenty five thousand members - and growing fast.  So what is it all about, and how does it work?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Framestore Reveal Their Animation Secrets to Bucks Students

Here at Bucks we are committed to bringing in regular visiting lecturers from the animation and visual effects industry, to make sure that what we're teaching is totally current and up-to-date.  On Friday 29 May we welcomed Framestore's Marion Strunck to teach our students at Bucks.  Marion is a graduate of the excellent Animation Workshop in Denmark and an expert in character and creature animation. Every animator has their own workflow, and it was fascinating to gain some insights into how a top London VFX house approaches the art of character and creature animation.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Thief and The Cobbler at Annecy

On stage at Annecy - Le Voleur et Le Cordonnier
Here at Bucks we encourage all our students to visit the international Animation Festival at Annecy at least once.  It's the world's biggest animation festival - everyone who is anyone in animation shows up, and there are more screenings, workshops and events than you could possibly attend in a whole year.  Friday 19 June was the last day of the MIFA marketplace at Annecy, and also a rare chance to see The Thief and The Cobbler (en Francais: “Le voleur et le cordonnier”) original director’s cut – presented by the director himself.  Dad got a standing ovation when he came on stage, and he dedicated the screening to the memory of Ken Harris, one of Chuck Jones’ top animators on the Looney Tunes series and the man responsible for much of the animation of The Thief himself.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Job Alert - Sheridan College Seek Professor of Animation - MA Required!

Sheridan College are hiring!
Sheridan College in Toronto are looking for a professor of animation. The job is a well-paid post at one of the world's most prestigious animation schools. So what's stopping you applying? Most likely, it's because you don't have an MA in your chosen field. To teach in higher education, even in the arts, you need an MA. But where to get one? That's where Bucks comes in.  In September 2015 we launch The World's First Online MA in Animation.  You can study from home part-time - all without ever leaving your desk.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A Love Letter to Almaty - by Anton Alfimenko

Bucks Animation & VFX student Anton Alfimenko has recently finished a film about his home town of Almaty in Kazakhstan.  Anton's work is primarily focused on digital media but he has been taking extra classes here at Bucks in the use of live action cameras - which is something we strongly encourage. Here, Anton uses speeded-up photography to give a sense of the passing of time in his home city. It's a beautiful piece of work, and we congratulate Anton on further developing his own personal skillset and creating a finished, polished piece of work.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Make Your Own RenderFarm With Backburner

Render by Gilles Tran - Wikimedia Commons 
Rendering, as my old tutor at Escape Studios used to say, "is where everything starts to go wrong". Here at Bucks we expect our students to present finished, polished work for their assessed submissions, properly lit, textured and rendered out. But this poses problems - render times can be long and, as deadlines loom, any technical failure can be fatal to a timely submission.  So, in the absence of a high-end render farm, how do students render their work on time? The answer is Backburner - the poor man's render farm.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Introducing The Shaththan Rig

Shaththan Rig
Here at Bucks we're always on the lookout for great creature rigs that are capable of producing a full range of facial expressions so that our students can study creature animation and get an excellent performance. One rig that has been giving us good results is the free Shaththan Rig, created by the very talented Revanth Ravi, and now available - free for student use - at Creative Crash.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

BAFTA Piccadilly hosts film-making masterclasses on July 11th - for just £6

On Saturday 11 July,  the BAFTA HQ in London at 195 Piccadilly will open its doors to emerging filmmakers for a day of masterclasses and panels with some of the UK’s major film industry organisations. The classes are hosted by industry experts, aimed at helping emerging filmmakers improve their creative and business skills. Best of all, each lecture/masterclass costs just £6 - cheaper than the price of a movie ticket.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Bucks Students End of Year Show 13-18 June 2015

Bucks Big Show - 12-18 June 2015
It's time for our annual graduate showcase - come to our High Wycombe campus and see the best work being done by our graduating students.  We're sure you'll be impressed by the talent on display from this new emerging generation of artists.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Weight Lift Animation by Anthoni Zakheos

Creating a believable sense of weight and balance is one of the hardest skills to acquire as an animator. After all, unlike stop-motion animation, our digital creations have no real weight at all: they are just collections of pixels moving around on a screen. The weight that the audience sees must be entirely simulated; the animator must maintain the illusion convincingly and plausibly throughout the shot.  One of our first year students, Anthoni Zakheos, recently competed an excellent piece of work showing a complete understanding of the tricks needed to pull of the illusion of weight.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Rise of the Quadcopter - Friend or Foe?

The DJI phantom with stabilized flight, GPS positioning and advanced flight modes
The World is stating to embrace the emergence of highly sophisticated flying platforms that will carry high quality camera equipment and allow camera moves that would have been almost impossible using traditional camera gear or helicopters.  Often called 'Drones' - with the associated negative connotations from combat operations carried out on a daily basis by larger UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) - they are starting to become part of daily life.

At Bucks, we are starting to explore the potential of these devices.  As a platform for exploring complex camera moves they are excellent.  An entry level system will usually carry a 'GoPro' camera and more advanced systems will incorporate Gimbals which allow the camera to be largely unaffected by aircraft movement and vibrations.  The larger multi-rotor systems will carry much heavy cameras and are less affected by wind and turbulence.

So what's not to like?

Big Hardware Upgrade for Bucks Animation Resources

The New Lenovo Animation Workstation at Bucks!

As the Animation Courses at Bucks continue to grow, the University is keen to nurture our talented students and make sure they have the best kit to work on.

Working with out new IT partner, Lenovo, we are re-equipping our Animation Studios with high end ThinkStations.  These will be specified to meet the Autodesk requirements and will include dual screens to allow our students to experience a professional environment. We will now be able to set up poses on one screen and adjust curves on the other.  We can have a model on one screen and set up materials or edit UV's on the other screen. Any aspiring 3D Artist should consider a dual screen set up as it makes many processes far more efficient and enjoyable.

We are also setting up a dedicated Render Farm on a new local network specifically for the Animation courses!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Wednesday 17 June - Our Next Open Day at Bucks!

Wednesday 17 June is our next Open Day at Bucks, and the last one for the current academic year. Open Days are a great way for prospective students to get a feeling for what it is like studying at Bucks. Come and see our campus, take the tour and see the state-of-the-art facilities that we offer. Meet the Animation & VFX course team, and find out what we can do to start your career in this most exciting, challenging, and rapidly-expanding industry. We'll even give you free coffee and muffins.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

How Did Disney Animators on Frozen Approach Their Shots?

Watch Disney's smash hit animated film Frozen and you will find some first class acting, beautiful work which arguably takes the medium to a whole new level of sophistication and skill. But how do animators achieve such great acting? The answer of course is just the same as it would have been at the Disney studio 70 or 80 years ago: if you want great acting, study great actors. Below is an excellent shot progression showing how animators on Frozen used live actiion reference to bring their shots to life.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Bucks Library Gets Subscription To 3D Artist Magazine

3D Artist magazine - now in the library at Bucks
3D Artist Magazine is now available for our students in the library at Bucks. 3D artist is one of the leading periodicals for our industry, packed with great information about the latest news in 3D animation and - crucially for students - full of tutorials on how to use the latest stuff.  You can learn animation, modeling, texturing, lighting - all the key components of 3D artistry. Here at Bucks we're committed to stocking the library with the very best magazines, books and journals about animation - so our students have access to the best materials possible to support their studies.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Top Three Free Maya Plugins

Maya 2016
What free plugins do Maya animators need? Each time Autodesk release a new version of Maya they fix many things that don't appear to need fixing - such as the design of the overall interface, but leave many long-established weaknesses in place.  Luckily for us, there are a number free plugins that can easily be accessed by Maya animators to make our lives easier. Here is our shortlist.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Akshay Ohari Wins YouTube Silver Plaque

Akshay Ohari
We're delighted to congratulate Bucks Student Akshay Ohari who has won his very own Silver Plaque from YouTube. These coveted awards are handed out to Channels at YouTube with more than 100,000 subscribers - a huge milestone.

Akshay started studying Animation & VFX with us at Bucks last year, but left to set up his one online business FutPacks, which has been growing rapidly.  Here at Bucks we encourage all our students to be entrepreneurs, taking on freelance work and growing their skills as digital artists and creators of original content.  Congratulations to Akshay on a great achievement.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Bucks Students Take The Harry Potter Studio Tour

Harry Potter Tour
Bucks animation & VFX students took the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Leavesden on May 13th, visiting the 80-hectare studio complex which was used for filming the Harry Potter series of films. The trip was free for all our students, paid for by the Bucks Big Deal, and was as good an introduction to the art, craft and science of visual effects film-making as almost any amount of classroom instruction - and far more fun.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Reminder - Creature Animation Masterclass on Friday 29 May

Framestore did the character animation for Paddington
Don't forget! This coming Friday 29 May we welcome an expert in character and creature animation from Framestore, one of London (and the world's) leading visual effects houses.  Marion Strunck, a graduate of the excellent Animation Workshop in Denmark and a rising talent at Framestore, will be coming to Bucks to give our students a masterclass in creature work. So, what can our students at Bucks expect?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Finding a Summer Internship in Animation & VFX - Twelve Rules for Success

Interview, a short animated film by Mikkel Okholm and Mikkel Brons-Frandsen
How do animation students find summer internships and placements in the industry? Jobs in the entertainment industry have always been highly competitive, and even unpaid internships can be hard to find, So how do you track them down? There are many ways - official jobs postings, word of mouth, rumours in the pub, personal contacts, even cold-calling - all of these can be effective ways to find a summer placement in the business. Below are the twelve key rules we think are vital for success.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

How to Apply For Our New Online MA in Animation

The world's first online MA in animation
Our new online MA in Animation is now taking applications and, if you hurry, you can still get a 10% discount on the fee. We're excited to be launching the world's first degree of this kind, and we're getting applications from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. So how does the application process work, and what can applicants expect?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bucks Graduation Show at The Curzon Soho on 4th June

Curzon Soho
All graduating students at Bucks are invited to the Bucks Graduation Show at The Curzon, Soho, on 4th June 2015.  Come to the heart of London's film industry and see the best creative media being done by students at Bucks this past year.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Reminder - Producing Animation Workshop with Steve Burch on Tuesday 26 May!

Steve Burch
Don't forget! On Tuesday 26 May we welcome Steve Burch visit Bucks for a lecture and workshop on Producing Animation.  Steve has 26 years experience in the animation industry, having worked on around dozen animated features including Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant.  His roles have included Special Effects Supervisor for Dreamworks and Warner Bros Feature Animation. Steve has worked with three Oscar winning directors and has produced and directed many commercials and animated shorts. So, what can our students expect on Tuesday?

Monday, 18 May 2015

How Did Animators on Disney's Big Hero Six Plan Their Shots?

Shot Breakdown: Fred basketball test from trent correy on Vimeo.

Above is an excellent shot breakdown video by Disney animator Trent Correy about how he planned out one of his shots on Big Hero Six. How does an animator actually plan their shot? There is, of course, no single answer to this question - every animator has their own workflow that works for them.  That said, most animators approach a shot in fairly similar ways, thinking about it, planning it, thumbnailing it, making a road map for their destination. Watch Trent's video above and see how a skilled animator approaches their subject. You can also click here, or follow the link below:

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wednesday 17 June - Our Next Open Day at Bucks

Wednesday 17 June is our next Open Day at Bucks, and the last one for the current academic year. Open Days are a great way for prospective students to get a feeling for what it is like studying at Bucks. Come and see our campus, take the tour and see the state-of-the-art facilities that we offer. Meet the Animation & VFX course team, and find out what we can do to start your career in this most exciting, challenging, and rapidly-expanding industry. We'll even give you free coffee and muffins.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Introducing the Animus Rig!

Animus rig by Nick Miller and Lin Xiong
Finding great rigs to study creature performance isn't easy. Here at Bucks we've just started to use the Animus Rig, created by the very talented Nick Miller and Lin Xiong, and released as freeware into the Maya community. It's a great rig for a number of reasons, one of the most important being the wide range of facial controls, which makes it perfect for sophisticated creature dialogue and lipsync. So, how does it all work?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

"White Walker" Sculpt by Phaedrus Byskou

White Walker by Phaedrus Byskou
Here is an excellent 3D sculpture by Bucks Animation student Phaedrus Byskou, who has created a White Walker from the Game of Thrones TV series.  It's an excellent piece of work, and inspiring to see our students doing such high quality CG modelling.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Reminder - Still Time to Sign Up For Annecy 2015!

Annecy - still time to sign up
Annecy is to animation as Cannes is to Film.  Annecy is the first, the original, the biggest and still the best international animation festival. So, should animators go all the way to the French Alps to find out about animation, and what will they find when they get there?

Monday, 11 May 2015

CGMeetUp post Free Maya Rigs

CG MeetUp - full of great resources for animators
CGMeetup have posted a list of free rigs for animators to download and start using themselves. Here at Bucks we encourage all our students to try out new rigs and see where inspiration leads you. There are more and more excellent free rigs being released into the Maya community and this only helps our students to produce more and better work. To find the list of free rigs, follow this link.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Harvard Referencing by Sara Eaglesfield

What is Harvard Referencing? Referencing is defined by Wikipedia as follows: "Parenthetical referencing, also known as Harvard referencing is a citation style in which partial citations—for example, "(Smith 2010, p. 1)"—are enclosed within parentheses and embedded in the text, either within or after a sentence. They are accompanied by a full, alphabetized list of citations in an end section, usually titled "references", "reference list", "works cited", or "end-text citations". Confused? Well, Harvard Referencing can seem a bit tricky at first. The good news for our students is - help is now at hand.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Reminder - Harry Potter Tour on May 13th! Be at Lily's Walk at 9.30am

Harry Potter Leavesden Entrance. Photo by Karen Roe
Bucks animation & VFX students will be taking the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Leavesden on May 13th. Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is a 80-hectare studio complex in Hertfordshire and a major film and media complex, used for filming the Harry Potter series of films. So what can our students expect on the day?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

One Week Left to Submit Your Project to Cartoon Forum!

Do you have an animated TV series or TV special in development? And if not, why not? Our animation students at Bucks are not just technicians, they are creators, brainstorming new ideas and concepts in animation, searching for the next Peppa Pig or Charlie and Lola.  But you can't do it alone - animation is a team sport.  A successful TV series needs co-producers, financing, broadcasters and new media partners. And where do you find those? Well, Cartoon Forum is where.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Framestore Animation Masterclass Comes To Bucks on May 29

Framestore did the character animation for Paddington
We're delighted to welcome an expert in character and creature animation from Framestore, one of London (and the world's) leading visual effects houses, and the people did the animation for Golden Compass, Paddington, Gravity, and dozens of other VFX movies.  Marion Strunck, a graduate of the excellent Animation Workshop in Denmark and a rising talent at Framestore, will be coming to Bucks on May 29th to give our students a masterclass in creature work. So, what can our students at Bucks expect?

Monday, 4 May 2015

Bucks New Uni and The Hornets Show - by Rob Kelly

Hornets Show - by Bucks students
What is the Hornets Show?  The Hornets Show is a monthly football magazine show revolving around the fortunes of Watford Football Club, who are partners with Bucks, and who have recently been promoted to the Premier League.  Bucks students shoot The Hornets Show against green screen backgrounds and then composite the shots onto CGI backgrounds to make it look like it’s been shot in a shiny high tech studio. It’s a complicated and ambitious project that our university has been running for 3 years. So, how does it all work? Animation & VFX lecturer Rob Kelly explains.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Internship at Leading London VFX House for Bucks Students

Soho VFX
The Animation & VFX Course at Bucks has been contacted recently by a leading London animation and VFX house looking to arrange for some Motion Graphics/Animation students to do internships, at two to four week intervals, starting in May and continuing through the Summer. The company in question specialises in "high-end moving image design".  Their recent work includes Eurovision Greatest Hits, Sunday Night at the Palladium, The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing and The BBC Music Awards.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Free Textures from Pixar!

Pixar have recently released a number of free repeating textures from their archives - for use in 3D animation. The archive was first created in 1993, and is now free for use by the rest of us - for the first time ever.  Included in the free release are bricks, metals, fabrics, skins, ground surfaces, and tons of other stuff. All of them are designed to repeat seamlessly with no nasty visible joins.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Still Time to Apply for our Online MA in Animation!

The world's first online MA in animation
It's not too late! There is still time to apply for our brand new online MA in animation, launching here at Bucks in September 2015. This is a unique degree which can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world, leading to a formal qualification in the field. You will not only learn how to animate, but you will engage at Masters' level with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form. So, what is this degree all about?