Thursday, 21 March 2013

Feedback Session 19th March After Effects


What Jenny made in Maya after the introduction
Jenny's quote after using Maya for the first time:
"I'm really amazed at how quickly and easy Maya is to use with just the basic tools. I found it very appealing to use and learn more about."

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Feedback for 12th March - Post Production & VFX

In this session Gavin's approach was to start an idea for an animation by gathering random images and backgrounds from various sources and to compile them together to make a new character and it's environment.  The students really enjoyed this session and gained some valuable skills.
The students used Photoshop and After Effects.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Drop-In Session March 8th Friday

March 8th Friday

For this drop-in session, the students and I worked between using multi glass layers stop motion animation (Laura and Phillipa) and then capturing a photo, splicing up the image in Photoshop and animating the object puppet style in After Effects (Hakan and Tom).

(Phillipa's character replacements)

(Laura's scene in progress)

(Phillipa's scene in progress)

(Tom practising puppet animation with his character in After Effects)

Feedback for Thursday 28th Feb - Sound

February 28th Thursday
Sound and Music
Teacher - Ross Winning


For this session, Ross showed and made the students understand how important and the impact sound can offer to pieces of film and animation. The lesson structure involved multiple examples from Popeye to Oskar Fishinger's "Allegretto". Further explanations dived into dope sheets, model sheets and the impact "Disney's Steamboat Willie" and "Oswalds Trolley Trouble" had in synchronised sound.

The class task involved the students listening to an animation with their eyes closed and then writing down and drawing what they think happened in the story before finally being allowed to see the animation and see what actually happened.

  • The majority thoroughly enjoyed the class task as it led to some very in-depth and humorous discussions into what they think happened and what stories they could come up with. 
  • Some students didn't realise just how much sound can change the personality of a film. 
  • Two students (Cameron & Oliver) agreed that the variety of films shown was excellent and really sold the lesson plan. 
  • One student (Phillipa) was more interested into incorporating sound into their own film now after the session.

  • Some students (Hakan, Phillipa, Laura and Rachel) would of liked some more practical hands-on in the session. They found it a little odd that there was no time for doing some recording or using some equipment. 

Phillipa drawing an image to sound

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Nathan Wilkes NFTS

A congratulations to Nathan Wilkes, who is a student in the Wolverhampton group, for being successful in his NFTS application. He will be joining 53 other young students from across the country and participating in masterclasses for two weeks.
The majority of the class also applied but unfortunatly didn't make it in, but everyone is supportive and happy for Nathan!