|Escape VFX Careers Guide|
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
|Frank Gladstone directs voice actors in a Soho sound booth|
At a recent event at BAFTA in London, part of the BAFTA Guru series of lectures, a panel of industry experts discussed how, exactly, film-makers can go about casting their film.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
|Yellow Beetle by Aaron Parker|
Today we look at one of the most imaginative vehicle rigs - The Yellow Beetle by Aaron Parker - available for free download at Creative Crash. It has some flaws and quirks, but it's a great little rig, and you can do some really fun animation with it.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
|Gertie the Dinosaur - the first animated character with a personality|
It starts at the very beginnings of attempts to capture motion, and finishes in the modern era.
When you've a has a close look, take our free online video History of Animation Quiz to see how you've done! And, to see more about the history of animation (there many free videos at YouTube that we recommend), follow this link.
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Animation Methods by David Rodriguez is a very, very good book on learning animation in Maya. It's a book that focuses primarily on 3D Character Animation, a step-by-step guide for learning Maya, and the Maya animation tools. It also has useful sections on how to get into the industry, how to make a great demo reel, and how to get a job in animation. We think this is a very useful companion book to the course at Animation Apprentice.
It is also an unusual book in that it makes extensive use of QR codes - meaning you can use your smartphone to scan the codes and then view a 3D animated clip of the lesson. So, not only can you read the lesson, but you can also see and understand it through a video demonstration.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
STUDIO AKA Montage Reel 2015 from STUDIO AKA on Vimeo.
Check out the latest work by STUDIO AKA, a multi-BAFTA winning & Oscar-nominated independent animation studio & production company based in London. This is just the sort of small studio we love to see, boutique houses doing creative and interesting work in animation. Most interestingly, Studio AKA do a mixture of 2D and 3D work, showing that the medium isn't really what matters - it's what you do with it that counts. Animation is all about creating an entertaining and believable performance. We train our students to master these skills so that they can use any software to create great animation.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
|Animation masterclass with Pixar's Michal Makarewicz|
This weekend the Creative Talent Network (CTN) hosts an animation masterclass with Pixar's Michal Makarewicz. There are still some spots available - the only catch is you will need to be in Los Angeles. For any of our students in the area, we highly recommend attending this event - and others like it. Time spent seeing the work methods of master animators is never wasted, and will help you to polish and refine your own workflow.
Friday, 17 July 2015
This year Siggraph is taking place in the Los Angeles Convention Center, from 9-13 August. Siggraph is the world's biggest conference on computer graphics. Like FMX in Stuttgart, or the Annecy animation festival, it is the perfect place to find out about the latest technologies, meet other animators, find the big recruiters, and figure out where the industry is heading. It is, in short, a window into the digital future. We recommend that all our students attend events like Siggraph whenever they can - nothing will give you a better insight into the animation industry.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Monday, 13 July 2015
|David Thompson at BAFTA|
Sunday, 12 July 2015
BAFTA Guru is a wonderful resource for aspiring film-makers. The website features free videos on just about every aspect of the film-making process, from animation to cinematography and raising finance for independent film. Mystified by how the film industry actually works? Check out some of the free videos, almost all of which are created by masters of their craft, people at the top of their game, passing on their skills to the next generation.
Friday, 10 July 2015
|Gateway Building at Bucks New University|
Thursday, 9 July 2015
|Learn Character and Creature Animation|
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
|How do movies get financed? Image: Wikipedia|
Friday, 3 July 2015
Digital artist Ahmed Elmatarawi has just released his newest baby - Charlotte - a free Maya rig available for student and non-commercial use around the world. We haven't tested it yet, but the video below takes you through the rig in detail, and we look forward to seeing what our students can do with her. One of the great benefits of working in Maya is its growing user base, bringing us new and better animation rigs for student use all the time. So who and what is Charlotte?
Thursday, 2 July 2015
|Studying Online. Two screens, one to play the videos and one to do the exercise.|
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
|Sola Media - Sales Agents with a focus on animation|