Saturday, 29 August 2015
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
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
|Like Dick Whittington, I'm off to London|
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
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
|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
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
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 at BAFTA|
Thursday, 9 July 2015
|Learn Character and Creature Animation|
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
|"Chappie" Film Competition|
Monday, 6 July 2015
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
|Sola Media - Sales Agents with a focus on animation|
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Friday, 26 June 2015
|Annecy - an ancient medieval town in the French Alps|
Thursday, 25 June 2015
|Aardman's Certificate in Character Animation|
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
|Character Design Challenge!|
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
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
|On stage at Annecy - Le Voleur et Le Cordonnier|
Thursday, 18 June 2015
|Sheridan College are hiring!|
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
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
|Render by Gilles Tran - Wikimedia Commons|