Students from the National Center for Computer Animation (NCCA) at Bournemouth University (BU) have been invited to design their own animations for three charities, as part of a BFX competition.
Students will work collectively in small groups to produce a 30-second animation to announce each of the charity’s missions. The three charities benefiting from the events completed this year are: Firmness, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Planet Purbeck Youth Group.
Speaking about the competition and their involvement, Julia Galbenu, Head of Engagement at the National Trust Purbeck, said: “We wanted to publicize our environmental youth group to get more people involved in the environment and it was a great way to do it.”
Students will have to follow a brief given to them by the charities and have nine weeks to produce a finished animated video sequence. They will be judged on their ability to take full advantage of their visual effects skills of modeling, lighting, animation and storytelling.
During this time, students will have access to mentors who work for established companies in the animation industry to help them through the design process. Last year’s visual effects industry mentors came from ILM, MPC, DNEG and included a number of NCCA alumni who entered the competition in previous years and are now working in the industry.
BFX director and senior computer animation scholar Oleg Fryazinov said, “Each year, students have the pleasure of supporting and engaging with local and national charities, with the final animation communicating their mission and their values to a wider audience.”
Last year’s winner was an animation designed for local charity The Footprints Project, which helps people rebuild their lives in communities in Dorset and Hampshire.
Awards for Best Design, Best Character Animation, and a Community Award for Most Impactful Film are some of the categories in which students can show off their skills. All winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the BFX Festival, where the animations will be screened. .
The BFX-Festival is the UK’s largest visual effects, computer games and animation festival and will run from November 8-13, with talks and technical masterclasses from some of the biggest studios around the world.
This year, the BFX Festival conferences will take place at BU’s Talbot Campus. BU students will be invited to attend the lectures in person while the public can purchase tickets to attend virtually. Masterclass spaces will be limited and available for the BU community, as well as the public, to attend in person. The discussions will also be livestreamed and available to anyone to view online.
To find out more about the BFX Festival and to book early bird tickets, visit: www.bfxfestival.com