Thursday, 27 November 2014
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
|Lenovo ThinkPad - coming soon|
Sunday, 23 November 2014
|BBC comes to Bucks|
Bucks students have been filming live music performances for some years now and have gained a bit of a reputation for doing this to a high level of professional skill. Hence the new partnership, supporting the BBC's remit from government to promote new music and find new, yet undiscovered bands.
Friday, 21 November 2014
|Hornets Show - Watford's online magazine|
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
explains what goes into a great animation pitch and bible.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Last week Bucks New University students went to the Blue GFX Expo in London – a massive annual visual effects event sponsored by Autodesk, and a great opportunity to find out about the latest developments in our industry. There were presentations about Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max, a chance to try out the latest Cintique tablets, and best of all a talk by Framestore about the work they did on Gravity, a film that looks and feels like a live action movie, but is entirely animated. OK, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock were real – but the rest is CG magic.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
|A freelancer at work|
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Friday, 14 November 2014
|Morpheus - endlessly flexible|
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Wednesday 19th November is our next Open Day at Bucks. Open Days are a great way to meet the Course Leaders (for Animation & VFX - that's me and Dave Creighton) here at Bucks, find out about our courses, and also explore our campus.
We're sure you'll be impressed by the state-of-the-art technical equipment we have in the brand new Gateway Building; the result of a £40m investment program completed just a couple of years ago, aimed at turning Bucks into a creative hub for media production of all kinds.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
|BoxTrolls - designs by Luis Grane|
How do animators break into character design? Character design is one of the most fun and the most desirable jobs on an animated film, entitling the artist to give free rein to their imagination, come up with great ideas - and even get paid to do it. We asked Luis Grane, an animator and character designer whose work can be seen on dozens of animated films including Prince of Eqypt, Hotel Transylvania, Ratatouille, and Open Season, to talk about this work and how he broke into the industry. Most recently Luis did character design work for The Box Trolls, recently released worldwide in theatres. So what is involved in working as a character designer at a big studio - and how do you get there in the first place?
Monday, 10 November 2014
|Free External Hard Drives! Yay! Image: Wikipedia|
Saturday, 8 November 2014
|Sine wave. Image: Wikipedia|
Maya is a wonderful piece of software but its audio tools are not especially sophisticated. You only get one audio track, and it will only accept certain kinds of audio files (wavs and iffs). So, how exactly should an animator approach the use of audio files in Maya? Below is our handy guide which should answer most of the vital questions.
Friday, 7 November 2014
|Activities Week at Bucks|
Thursday, 6 November 2014
There are plenty of free rigs available these days for the use of students. One of the best is Morpheus, created by the prodigiously talented Josh Burton. It is used extensively by trainee character animators hoping to polish their skills and get better at their craft. Morpheus is an excellent rig but, like all free rigs (and, frankly, like all rigs), it does have a few quirks. Below is a guide for animators to some of the main problems that we have come across, and how to fix them.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
The British Film Institute (BFI) is running a session on animation titled "Raw Shorts" for aspiring animators and film-makers, on Saturday November 22nd in London, at 12.30pm. There will be lectures, workshops and Q&A panels on all aspects of animation production. We highly recommend that our students attend - at just £6 per head this is the perfect way to learn about the industry and maybe even meet some movers and shakers in the business.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
|Korean Goshawk - animation by Mike Nguyen|
Monday, 3 November 2014
|Escape Studios VFX Festival 2015|
Saturday, 1 November 2014
|Industry Panel at Bucks|
Previous speakers at other events have come from companies such as Mediacom, Burson Marsteller, Millward Brown, Dare, Rapp, BBH, Dun Humby, ITV, Shell and Ford. The audience will be students, alumni and clients. The panel session would be in the afternoon, runs for about an hour, from 14.00 until 15.00.