Sunday, 1 February 2015
More and more Maya users are developing free rigs for use by animation students, to help them learn their craft. Of course, Karim Kashefi doesn't own the rights to the Pink Panther, so do watch out when using anything of this nature for commercial gain (strictly forbidden) and make sure it's just to practice your animation skills. We have not yet road-tested this rig, but we're looking forward to seeing what our talented students can do with it!
Saturday, 31 January 2015
|Horse in Motion by Edward Muybridge|
Friday, 30 January 2015
|Animator's Survival Kit - now on iBooks|
Thursday, 29 January 2015
|Jin and Joe - free rigs!|
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
|Maya, industry standard software|
Autodesk Maya is a powerful piece of software, free for students to download, and now the industry standard for 3D animation around the world. But Maya does have its weaknesses, and one of them is the difficulty of copying and pasting your animation from one rig to another. Got some great animation you want to copy on to a new rig? Computer says no. But now the free PAIE plugin by Jacob Weiner has made it all much, much easier. Here is how it works.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
|The Iron Giant|
Monday, 26 January 2015
The BBC has done a series of a short animated films to illustrate the History of Ideas, a courageous and bold way of trying to make philosophy accessible to a broad audience. The idea is to use cartoons to make relatively complex ideas easier to understand. Here at Bucks we applaud this innovative use of animation to bring tricky ideas to a wider audience. Animation used to be a tiny cottage industry, but now it's everywhere, a universal medium growing in popularity and used in many different media.
Sunday, 25 January 2015
|Animation classroom at Bucks. What makes us special?|
Friday, 23 January 2015
clientsfromhell.net, dedicated entirely to horror stories written by freelancers about having to deal with hard-to-please clients. So, if you are starting off on your career, how do you handle a difficult client? Below are our five rules for success
|The Animation Workshop, Denmark|
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Saturday 21 February 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 animation course, and tour 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 world-class creative hub for media production.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
|How should students manage their money? Image: Wikipedia|
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Last year Autodesk released Maya 2015, free for students and universities, and another leap forward in what has become the leading software for the animation industry around the world. However, like many new releases, it is not without its bugs and glitches. Here are some of the main bugs, and some possible solutions.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
|UCAS - still enough time left - but hurry!|
Saturday, 17 January 2015
|Laurels of victory - these can be yours! Photo: Wikipedia|
Thursday, 15 January 2015
|Vizrt - bringing virtual studios to Bucks|
Our dynamic Head of Department, Stephen Partridge, has secured a deal with Vizrt, creators of virtual sets, giving animation students access to a multi - million pound virtual studio system. We believe our animation students are the first in the UK to gain access to this system as part of their studies! Vizrt allows us to build virtual 3D sets, key out 'talent' from a green screen background whilst simultaneously tracking a camera, all in real-time! This allows live broadcasts in a virtual environment and the only limitation is the imagination of the set designers!
|Bucks Graduate Trish Grasham on UK Stage Design|
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
|£5 FREE for filling out the NSS!|
|Scholarships! Photo: Wikipedia|
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015
I am the social rep for the animation and VFX course here at bucks and recently; got the chance to collaborate with the other social media reps to record some interviews with existing students on the 3 media courses, Animation & VFX, Film & Television Production and Audio and Music Production. The purpose of the videos is to help prospective students to get an insight into what it’s like to study her at Bucks.