Online Interim Review - 15/12/09Hi Dan,Looks like your moving quickly to resolve your Maya scene - which is good, and the desolate petrol station could make for a suitably urban 'unhomely'. Part of the first year experience, however, is to ensure that students create a clear 'pipeline' of creative development - the procession from thumbnails, to resolved sketches, concept art, and model. I suppose I'm a bit concerned that, in your instance, the making might be eclipsing the thinking. I assume that lighting is going to play an important part in your scene, so I would certainly expect to see some digital paintings reflecting this aspect of your 'production design'. Also, specifically, what time period is your petrol station from - and what country - avoid genericism in your models; give yourself context and detail by which to realise your environments; to know the 'where' and 'when' of your scene will ultimately precipitate your progress.Not much on here about your proposed written assignment; this aspect of your degree work is something you need to focus on with some urgency, as I don't want it becoming somekind of creative handicap. See next 2 posts for general info re. the written assignment and some hints and tips for a better result.
Written assignment Unit 3 Part 2Please don’t ‘narrate’ your own research – for instance ‘I looked on the internet and found this interesting article’ – No! No! No! Your reader doesn’t give a damn about ‘how’ you came by your research – just use it effectively and formally.Punctuation – please use it! Try proof-reading your paragraphs out loud – if you’re gasping for breath by the end of them, you’re in serious need of some full-stops, commas and semi-colons. If you’re uncertain how to use them properly please visit http://www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp - and that goes for apostrophes too!Capitalisation – all film titles, book titles, artist names etc – should be capitalized every time you include them; Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover etc… Likewise, when first referring to a film please include director and release date.Footnotes are NOT to be used to reference quotes within the body of the essay; use Harvard Method. Footnotes can be used to include additional information external to the main body, but useful for the reader’s broader understanding of the subject area.Italicize your quotations!Double-space your document!If you refer to something visual as part of your argument – you must include a supporting illustration as supporting evidence.Finally – PROOF-READ your assignments before submission; I am not an English teacher so don’t want to be forever correcting spelling mistakes, typos or ‘right’ words wrongly substituted by a spellchecker. Make time to polish your written work, as you would your creative project work.Good luck!
Also - if you haven't done so already, can you add the CG Arts central blog to your reading list - if you become an author, you can use it post problems and get answers from your classmates on all three years - just post your email as a comment, and Liam in the third year will set you up so you can post.Please join & follow http://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/