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Friday, 31 December 2021
Thursday, 23 December 2021
|It's not always good to be a perfectionist|
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Monday, 20 December 2021
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
|Animation by Alex Southcombe|
The module is titled DA702 - Character Performance, and builds up to an entry into the March 2022 Eleven Second Club competition.
Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Monday, 6 December 2021
|"No Detriment Policy" has now ended|
"No detriment" meant that the work submitted would not suffer any detriment, ie it would still be graded as if it were handed in on time. All our students should be aware that this policy is now at an end, and no longer applies.
Friday, 26 November 2021
|Deadline 5 January 2022|
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Sunday, 21 November 2021
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
|Float Folks wins Best Trailer at Art Film Awards|
Sunday, 14 November 2021
|Why Doesn't It Work?|
Remember that every technical problem, no matter how infuriating, has a solution. One of the key skills our students learn at BNU is how to solve problems - and find solutions, so that production work can continue. Digital artists face an endless stream of technical hiccups.
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
Monday, 8 November 2021
All you have to do is paste the lines of script below in your script editor in Maya (under the MEL tab) and then save save it to a shelf in the usual way.
Friday, 5 November 2021
|Floats Folks Best Trailer at Future of Film Awards|
Thursday, 4 November 2021
|Knight Spider rig from The Rookies|
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
|"Float Folks" Best Trailer at Vesuvius Fest|
Monday, 1 November 2021
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Sunday, 24 October 2021
|UCAS - deadline January 26th|
It's always a good idea to get your application in early, so apply now and tidy up your portfolio later.
Friday, 15 October 2021
|Alex Williams at Bucks New University|
For our new animation students starting with us in September, there is a good deal of information to take on board, including who does what at Bucks.
There are a number of people involved in delivering our MA - the first online MA in animation in the world.
Below is a brief guide to help our new cohort of students figure out who's who, who does what, and how to get in touch with the key people whose job it is to help our students get excellent results.
Friday, 1 October 2021
Thursday, 30 September 2021
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
|Toonboom Harmony with Andy Wyatt and Harry R|
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Wednesday, 8 September 2021
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
|Animation Trainee Finder Programme at ScreenSkills|
Thursday, 2 September 2021
|Joining Instructions 2021|
Saturday, 21 August 2021
Even timing and spacing produces soft, floaty animation, lacks definition and feels mushy. This is particularly the case when the animation is based on live action reference. Reference, if followed too closely, can end up feeling floaty and weightless.
The solution to this problem is to tighten up your key poses, and spend more time in the key poses, rather than transitioning slowly from one pose to another. Animators call this approach "snappy timing", or "tightening up the poses". Your goal is to make the motion feel dynamic and crisp.
Saturday, 14 August 2021
|BBC Ignite wants your pitches|
Tuesday, 3 August 2021
Friday, 23 July 2021
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
|What kind of laptop?|
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 Student Amedeo Beretta offers some advice to our students.
Thursday, 15 July 2021
|Animator's Survival Kit "Minis"|
The ASK was first published in 2002 as a book, and a few years later was released as a DVD set, and later as an iPad app.
Friday, 9 July 2021
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.
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
|Zombie walk by Michael Davies|
DA701 starts on 27 September 2021, 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 10th December at 2pm.
Friday, 2 July 2021
It's always good to do a little preparation and get a bit of a head start.
Below is a brief list of stuff to get you under way. You don't have to do all of it, but tick off a few of the things on this list and you will be a making a great start on your animation career.
Below is a short reading list to get you started. We've narrowed it down to just one key books that we recommend for all our students.
We also recommend a number of free online resources to begin your journey into digital animation.
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Our Master's Degree animation students will soon start their final animation module: DA704. Their final animation assignment, DA704 PR1, is titled "Demo Reel and Final Project" and students are expected to do 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.
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
We've completed a new series of videos on dinosaur locomotion for our animation students at BNU, who are currently working on Module DA703, Animals and Creatures. The tutorial uses the free Dino rig by Harry Geoghegan, available for free download at Creative Crash. The goal of the tutorial is to create a believable dinosaur walk cycle and performance. To get a flavour of the exercise, watch the free theory video above.
Saturday, 29 May 2021
|Dragon in Flight Tutorial|
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
|Free tiger rig from Truong|
Thursday, 13 May 2021
|Transformer animation by Amedeo Beretta|
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.
Since 2015, our students have been learning how to animate to a professional industry standard using Autodesk Maya, the industry-standard software, and also engaging with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
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.
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Monday, 26 April 2021
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Quadmark is a creative training and enablement agency that builds learning experiences for companies.
"Motion Designer" is really another way of saying "animator", and we're delighted that Kristis is using the skills learned at Bucks to forge a career in the creative industries.
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
"No detriment" means that the work submitted will not suffer any detriment, ie it will still be graded as if it were handed in on time.
Monday, 22 March 2021
For all our students and graduates with an idea for an animated TV or web series, Cartoon Forum is the place to pitch it.
The deadline to submit your series project this year is in May. So, there is plenty of time to sharpen your pencils, fill out some forms - and make your pitch perfect.
Sunday, 21 March 2021
|Animation by Victoria Bailey|
Our online MA in animation was launched in 2015 and was the first of its kind - a unique degree which can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world, leading to a formal qualification in the field.
Students learn how to animate to a professional industry standard using Autodesk Maya, the industry-standard software, and also learn to engage with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form. To apply, follow this link.
Friday, 19 March 2021
Sunday, 7 March 2021