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|
Monday, 15 June 2015
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Saturday, 13 June 2015
|Bucks Big Show - 12-18 June 2015|
Friday, 12 June 2015
Creating a believable sense of weight and balance is one of the hardest skills to acquire as an animator. After all, unlike stop-motion animation, our digital creations have no real weight at all: they are just collections of pixels moving around on a screen. The weight that the audience sees must be entirely simulated; the animator must maintain the illusion convincingly and plausibly throughout the shot. One of our first year students, Anthoni Zakheos, recently competed an excellent piece of work showing a complete understanding of the tricks needed to pull of the illusion of weight.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
|The DJI phantom with stabilized flight, GPS positioning and advanced flight modes|
So what's not to like?
|The New Lenovo Animation Workstation at Bucks!|
Working with out new IT partner, Lenovo, we are re-equipping our Animation Studios with high end ThinkStations. These will be specified to meet the Autodesk requirements and will include dual screens to allow our students to experience a professional environment. We will now be able to set up poses on one screen and adjust curves on the other. We can have a model on one screen and set up materials or edit UV's on the other screen. Any aspiring 3D Artist should consider a dual screen set up as it makes many processes far more efficient and enjoyable.
We are also setting up a dedicated Render Farm on a new local network specifically for the Animation courses!
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Wednesday 17 June is our next Open Day at Bucks, and the last one for the current academic year. Open Days are a great way for prospective students to get a feeling for what it is like studying at Bucks. Come and see our campus, take the tour and see the state-of-the-art facilities that we offer. Meet the Animation & VFX course team, and find out what we can do to start your career in this most exciting, challenging, and rapidly-expanding industry. We'll even give you free coffee and muffins.
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Watch Disney's smash hit animated film Frozen and you will find some first class acting, beautiful work which arguably takes the medium to a whole new level of sophistication and skill. But how do animators achieve such great acting? The answer of course is just the same as it would have been at the Disney studio 70 or 80 years ago: if you want great acting, study great actors. Below is an excellent shot progression showing how animators on Frozen used live actiion reference to bring their shots to life.
Saturday, 6 June 2015
|3D Artist magazine - now in the library at Bucks|
3D Artist Magazine is now available for our students in the library at Bucks. 3D artist is one of the leading periodicals for our industry, packed with great information about the latest news in 3D animation and - crucially for students - full of tutorials on how to use the latest stuff. You can learn animation, modeling, texturing, lighting - all the key components of 3D artistry. Here at Bucks we're committed to stocking the library with the very best magazines, books and journals about animation - so our students have access to the best materials possible to support their studies.
Thursday, 4 June 2015