Monday, 14 April 2014

Steve Burch reveals the mysteries of Producing Animation

Animation Producer Steve Burch
Animation Producer Steve Burch visited Bucks recently to talk to our students about the business of producing animation. It was an excellent talk, well structured and clear, and offered an insight into the challenges of successfully bidding on, winning - and delivering - freelance animation jobs.  Many universities talk about employability; here at Bucks we are trying to deliver on that promise by preparing our students not just to be employees but also entrepreneurs, working from home and in small groups on their own projects, and perhaps - who knows - even building the next big animation studio in the UK. After all, Blue Zoo was founded by a group of animation graduates fresh from university - why shouldn't our students do the same?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

UK Cartoons Boom - good news for British animators

Calamity Island. Shipwrecks... and penguins
According to an article in today's Guardian, the British cartooning industry is booming as never before, thanks in large part to the tax credits put in place by Chancellor George Osbourne in April 2013. CBeebies, the UK's most popular broadcaster of animated children's content, is apparently doubling its output, and it is largely local talent which will reap the rewards of this new boom in UK cartoon spending.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Bucks Animation & VFX course featured in the Bucks Herald

Our new Animation and Visual Effects course got more press last year than we had thought. Here is a piece from The Bucks Herald that was published around a year ago. According to the Herald, our new course is a "degree to get animated about". Naturally, we couldn't agree more.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Good news for UK animation - DNeg and Elizabeth Murdoch to open a new studio

According to Variety, Elizabeth Murdoch and VFX house Double Negative are opening an animation studio in the UK, known as Locksmith Animation. The venture is being piloted by Sarah Smith, who was the writer and co-director of the Aardman animated feature film Arthur Christmas.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Why animators should go to FMX on April 22

FMX is the place to be if you want to break into the visual effects industry. It takes place in Stuttgart every year - this year from April 22-25. It's a big, bustling, crowded, brain-boiling congress of people who work in the global visual effects industry, getting together for their annual shindig. Everyone shows up - and there are lectures, screenings and panel talks on every imaginable aspect of the visual effects process.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Periodic Review at Bucks - how can we do better?

On Friday March 14th we had Periodic Review at Bucks. Periodic Review is - as the name suggests - a review of the courses we run at Bucks, bringing in the views of our students, our academics, and external experts to give us all a reality check, and ask searching questions about what we are doing right - and what we are doing wrong. The process takes place every six years and, as it turned out,  friday was a surprisingly useful day, helping to shine a light on the way we do things at Bucks, asking questions about why things are the way they are - and how we might do things better in the future.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Thames Valley Student Film Competition - £200 cash prize

Connecting Thames Valley Tech (CTVT) is running a film competition open only to students at universities in the Thames Valley (including High Wycombe). The competition brief is to produce a video about the diverse range of technology companies that we have across the Thames Valley. The winner will receive £200 in cash and will appear as the featured “about us” video on the front page of CTVT for at least three months. The deadline is Midnight on 24th April 2014