Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Last week at Tea Time, we talked about the setup of your shot.

Production design has so much to do with the story you tell.  Think about the content of your shot, creating story with everything from the perfect camera to props to colors to lightning.

These websites have great free stuff to aid you in your quest:
Creative Crash
Turbo Squid
Animation Buffet
Tea Time!  (Duhh)

And check out this fabulous book by Hans Bacher -- Legendary!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Our Summer Speaker- A Whole New Look at Dialogue

What makes it tick? How does it reveal character, create conflict, and advance the narrative? Please join us for an enlightening discussion on the finer points of fantastic dialogue! 

Presented by Writer and AAU Faculty Member Jim Sidel, this presentation will be ideal for anyone in the midst of: 

-Writing their thesis 
-Working on an acting piece 
-Looking for great dialogue with which to do a great acting piece 

Get in here everybody! 
See you Friday @ Tea Time 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Beast it!

Hey all you TeaTime folk.  If you haven't seen it, then get up and go!

Anywho. Let me catch up on the last two weeks.
The Production Pipeline
Here are some handy dandy resources....

A succinct article on the CG  process with examples that may help to illustrate what we discussed...

And it always helps to know where your producer is coming from.  Get an in depth look in this book!
Which can also be found in the school library.

This past Friday, we also brought Andy Wood in to talk a bit about the collaboratives we have going on right now at AAU.

If you want to be involved with collaborative projects, it's best to know what it is you like to do.  Folks are looking for people with specific skills.  So maybe wait until the end of your second year if you are the freshest of the fresh.

If you know what you do!
Talk to George Pafnutieff, our Undergraduate Associate Director
Talk to Andy Wood, one of our student Producers
Talk to the upperclassmen or anyone who seems to be really involved
Talk to your Student Representatives, new ones will be in place in Fall.
Come to Animation Club, where we will constantly harp on you all to join a collaborative.

Visit VFX GATEWAY to see what's going on in our department.
Note: It will be under brief renovations soon.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Greetings from Irvine!

Hey everyone! 

We're starting a little project, but we could use a little help from Tea Time followers! It's simple, we just need you to tell us one thing: If you could ask a professional animator/artist any question, what would it be? 

Comment here or e-mail us at aauanimate@gmail.com