We are excited to share with you “New signs for animation” a short animated film, created to raise awareness of the issue surrounding the availability of Animation/Games terminology for sign language users – both locally and abroad. The team, led by lecturer Jon Mortimer, consisted of two recent ENU graduates and four deaf artists, and was supported with funding from ENU’s Public engagement fund. It helps to highlight the struggle students from the deaf community encounter trying to pursue a career in the animation or games sectors, due to a gap in available language.
“New signs for animation”, has recently been nominated for awards and continues to be considered for film festivals around the world:
We are constantly amazed by what our students achieve with digital technology! They learn to combine creative ideas and technical skills; working on projects that always put people at the centre– whether that is making a new virtual reality experience, designing sound for a game or making sure a new app works well and looks great. In fact, we use computers as tools on so many different kinds of projects it’s impossible to list them all!
We offer a range of undergraduate programmes including Digital Media and Interaction Design, Sound Design, Web Design and Development, Informatics for Business and User Experience Design.
We would love to meet you at out open day on the 30th October to tell you more and show you around our Merchiston Campus.
Today’s featured animation is by Lucienne Kunz. Inspired by recent events, for this project Lucienne created characters representing some of the biggest issues humans have to deal with – and exploring how they interact with each other.
This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey. Thanks to Lucienne for allowing us to feature her work.
We’re so excited to share this piece by Sophie Spalding, one of our year 2 DMID students. There are definite echoes in this story of the fact that a lot of us have been alone more than usual this year and looking for a little contact – human or otherwise. The pre-production images below show Sophie’s character designs and an excerpt from her storyboards – finishing these to a high standard meant the story was clearly mapped out ahead of beginning the animation process. We hope she makes a second episode so we can see what the characters get up to next….
This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey. Thanks to Sophie for allowing us to feature her work.
We love the colours and hand-drawn style of year 2 DMID student Alynna Aquino’s “Puddles”, she has really captured the spirit of a Scottish autumn day after the rain. We’ve included some of her beautiful concept work below. You can see more of Alynna’s work in her portfolio here – https://alynnaaquino.weebly.com/
This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey. Thanks to Alynna for allowing us to feature her work.
Our year 2 DMID student, Jonathan Wood, has created this animation that explores what “smart” home gadgets might get up to when we are out. We loved the way he managed to get personality into the inanimate objects- as you can see from some of his character and background designs below. You can see more of Jonathan’s work on his portfolio – www.jonathanwood.uk
This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey. Thanks to Jonathan for allowing us to feature his work.
This animated short is by year 2 student Álvaro de la Torre Lázaro, who is studying Marketing with Digital Media. We loved the soft colours and use of texture as well as they way characters have so much expression even although they are made of simple shapes – as you can see in the storyboards and character concept below.
This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey. Thanks to Alvaro for allowing us to feature his work.
Sentient is a printed book and online exhibition created by our year 3 and 4 students for their Creative Technology module led by Dr. Tom Flint. We normally have a gallery exhibition, but this year the students have managed to find alternative ways to exhibit their work. They say “We have had the opportunity to work on a number of incredible projects that we’re pleased to share. Not only do we enjoy showcasing our work, but also sharing details about the creative process behind each project. We want you to fully experience our projects, so please sit down, relax and enjoy.”
Year 2 are getting stuck in to the Playful Interaction module run by Dr. Tom Flint – despite the difficulties of lock down. Members of the class have had Arduino starter packs sent to the their homes so they can work on their projects. These videos are just a few of the challenges they have been working on. We’re looking forward to seeing what they do by the end of the trimester!
Thank you to James Eddowes, Lucy Sherratt, Dillon Findlay and Iliyana Pirinska