|Andy Serkis at Comic Con 2011, photographed by Gerald Geronimo|
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Animators don't like Motion Capture. We fear it because it threatens us, threatens to replace what we do so carefully and painstakingly and slowly with fast, inexpensive, automated technology. I first heard about it way back in 1987 on the set of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" when it was rumoured that a technology existed whereby a computer could capture an actor's motion and express it instantly as a piece of 3D animation. Well, that'll never catch on, I thought (or hoped, more likely). Phil Nibbelink, one of the most talented animators on The Rabbit, called Motion Capture "the battle cry of the untalented". How we laughed.
Friday, 9 November 2012
Here is a short video (5 mins) about our new Animation and VFX course at Bucks. This helps to give a flavour of what we are up to. In short, we want to create the best animation and visual effects course in the country.
Animation is a complex craft and it takes a long time to master. I have been teaching animation since 1996 and I have spent a good deal of time trying to figure out what should go into a really good animation course. How does a school get its students to a professional level of skill within the shortest possible period of time? Many students emerge from 3 years of animation study at prestigious schools with only basic skills, which most likely says more about the quality of training they received than it does about them.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
|The Gateway Building at Bucks - a state-of-the-art media hub|
One of the best things about studying animation at Bucks is the opportunity to work with other film-makers and artists in different departments. Film-making is a collaborative art form and we strongly encourage students to share their skills and work together as a team.
Above is an excellent short film done by a recent graduate of the Bucks New University animation course. The film is by Clare Hunt and is narrated by Georgia Woods, a 13 year old girl who was subjected to cyber bullying at her new school.
Many congratulations to Clare on an excellent piece of work.