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Music / The Annie Lennox Wagga Wagga Connection
« on: March 08, 2009, 10:02:12 PM »
Heres an interesting bit of history for those who respect the work of Annie Lennox (of Eurhythmics fame); it all started here. Who knows what international phenomena will next be born in this humble city? ;D

Web / Sue Me ;-)
« on: December 13, 2008, 02:53:38 PM »
It’s not that we need reminders of how stupid people can be, but when those entrusted with legal authority act with astonishing anti-intelligence (which I will now trademark) it means that well known keystrokes in the public domain can apparently be claimed. Personally, I give these opportunistic desperados no credence whatsoever ;)

Television / Sincere Appreciation
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:45:22 PM »
One thing I wholeheartedly love about this place is that we have the great fortune of attracting genuinely wonderful people who just happen to be brilliant at what they do. I’m constantly in awe my colleagues humble achievements but must declare that nothing beats having the honour of working with Australia’s most eligible lady! :-*

Congratulations Jenny! You deserve nothing but the very best and we’ll be spreading the gospel of your goodness/goddessness. ;D

Movies / CSU Library - DVD Collection
« on: September 17, 2008, 11:50:51 AM »
Just a reminder that it’s highly recommended to get off the internet occasionally and check out the CSU Library. Of particular interest to some may be the new DVD releases. Notice all the Anime? Be sure to let the people at the library know they’re doing great! ;D

Movies / 1st feature-length Film to be released for free on the internet
« on: September 06, 2008, 05:05:53 PM »
In a sign of the times Michael Moore, controversial film maker of two of the three highest grossing documentaries of all time (Farenhiet 9/11 and Sicko), will release his next release for free online to US and Canadian residents on Septemer 23rd 2008. ;D

CSU General / Academic help for students
« on: August 18, 2008, 07:31:42 PM »
Do you ever wish you had a tutor who could mentor you with the tricky academic aspects of the uni? CSU Learning Skills offers academic learning support to all enrolled students to enable them to acquire or enhance the skills they need to succeed in university studies. It can help make your university life easier and it’s free so why not give it a shot?

I suggest everyone check out the Academic writing and exam preparation workshops. If you’ve ever dreaded essay writing or exams this is for you. ;D

Internal / Student Ambassadors (Wagga Campus Guides)
« on: August 18, 2008, 06:32:40 PM »
The following was posted on What's New Wanted - Student Ambassadors - Wagga and I would assume it's a paid gig.

The Division of Marketing has casual positions as Student Ambassadors available for current first and second year students at the Wagga campus.

Duties will include conducting personalised campus tours under the University’s open day every day program, and assisting with other student recruitment activities as required.

If you are confident, outgoing, enjoying your course and life at CSU, this could be the job for you. As campus tours are conducted on weekdays, you will need to have some class-free time during the week. We would especially like to hear from students who will be in Wagga during uni breaks, especially in December and January.

If you’re interested, please email Sandra Legg at

If you like meeting people, want to put a modest entry in the CV, and best of all make a little money, it could be worth investigating. ;D

Maya / Maya 2009
« on: August 13, 2008, 06:58:07 AM »
It’s official, Maya 2009 is on the way. You can read about what’s new here. As cool as this news is we won’t be upgrading Maya before the mid-semester break so everyone can relax.

What we’re involved with here is truly awesome when you put it in perspective. Did you know that Maya is now 10 years old? Check out the history to our 3D application of choice at the Area website. ;D

Subjects / Importance of Project Development
« on: August 10, 2008, 02:48:18 PM »
I’d like to remind all students that this is the last week of Band 1 to exhibit your work in the Dailies and post updates on the forum. It’s fantastic to see a majority of students are enthusiastically posting their progress and showing promising examples of early work. There remains a worrying trend however, that despite this being the fourth week of semester, a minority haven’t produced any evidence of work to date.

If a person hasn’t shown anything at Dailies and made at least 4 posts with 2 links (on different days/each subject) by next Sunday 17th August, they will fail. This may seem cruel but it’s actually for everyone’s own good. If a student hasn’t participated in a subject by Week 5 it’s obvious they’re unlikely to succeed (according to 7 years evidence) and its best they withdrawal before the 31st August HECS Census date to save time, money and energy.

I know it all sounds authoritarian and there’s a natural reaction to revolt against the establishment inherent in all of us. But please view the Project Development Assignment as the answer and not the problem. Every single year we witness students unnecessarily fail and we’re doing all we can to avoid the annual attrition of disengaged students in subjects. We know what we’re doing if you follow our guidance there should be no reason to ever fail any subject!

I understand that a few students have expressed difficulties opening the Excel 2007 spreadsheet on their home computers. Can I stress the orange highlighted note in the posts strongly suggesting people use university computers to complete the form if having difficulties at home? I apologise for those who might be inconvenienced by this but in every subject we’ll be working with current industry standards and cannot engineer documents for the peculiarities of individual student setups. If a student is going to complete work at home it’s their responsibility to ensure their computer software is compatible with the universities, not the other way around.
The reason that the Project Development Chart won’t be converted to a PDF or Open Office document is that it’s actually a modest program that actively updates your progress throughout the semester. It informs you if you’re meeting the minimum criteria and will even let you know when you’ve passed the assignment. It can’t be provided in another format without sacrificing its purpose.

This important note is directed towards the newcomers in the Animation and Visual Effects subjects, particularly MPI110 students. It may appear cold-hearted and dispassionate but although we prize imagination and creativity we live in reality. As a student of this university you must be visible and accountable. Excuses that start with “I thought...” and “My computer...” register zero pity or legitimacy in defence of not fulfilling the minimum expectations of each subject. A relatively new one, a bastardisation of the Simpsons episode Bart Gets an F, “I’ve learnt that (insert what student should’ve done)...” cannot be applied in retrospect as it isn’t fair on other students who did the right thing at the right time. Data loss, personal computer failure, not reading the subject outline, friend’s crisis... we’ve heard it all before. Unless you have legitimate circumstances and documentation (i.e. doctors certificate) we don’t care for scapegoats or professional apologists.

There is help at hand for students if they do run into trouble during the semester. Please read the subject outline and consult with your lecturer or student services as soon as any difficulties strike. The lecturer is your ally, here to support you and help you through the subject. We are not the enemy or looking to complicate student’s lives. We’d love to automatically pass every student and watch them happily graduate but we’re got to employ standards. The Project Development Assignment is an attempt to raise them. Please speak to me in class, workshops, consultation or email me if you need any clarification on the requirements of this assignment. Here’s hoping we can have 100% students succeed in MPI110, VFX105, VFX205 and VFX206 in Spring Semester! You might even have fun doing it! ;D

Unlimited Features / CGI fur in film
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:48:33 PM »
Normally I wouldn’t translate facts such as this into the classroom but only in today’s lecture did I mention how mesmerising hair and fur can be. Well forget furry animals, in an increasingly stupendous display in how to waste post production resources, it’s now being used to furnish Sienna Miller’s privates. ::)

CSU General / Beware of the fine print of competitions
« on: July 24, 2008, 07:36:10 AM »
There's an article in the SMH aimed towards photographers but equally important to other disciplines such as TV, animation, graphic design regarding what to beware of in the fine print of competitions. ;D

Games / Animal Logic expands into gaming
« on: June 13, 2008, 02:33:30 PM »
Animal Logic, headquartered at Sydney's Fox Studios, has announced the formation of Animal Logic Interactive (ALI). The new Los Angeles-based business will focus on computer games and interactive entertainment ventures.

Television / Steven Moffat
« on: May 21, 2008, 06:44:25 AM »
Remember a Friday Screenings session where we paid tribute to Steven Moffat, an extraordinary screenwriter who seems to go from strength to strength, and we made a very bold prediction? Nostradamus would be proud to learn that it’s now official that Steven Moffat will become the Lead Writer and Executive Producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who. ;D

Maya / Autodesk Student Design Challenge 2008
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:54:58 AM »
Here’s an opportunity to win recognition (and prizes) for your work from Autodesk. The promo/competition is:

“Do you dream of building the next cult game, creating eye-popping movie effects or designing the next Ferrari? Enter the 3D Animation category of the Autodesk Student Design Challenge where you get the opportunity to win great prizes, while building designs for your future career portfolio. Give us your personal vision of a classic superhero, either a still image or short animation, in an interesting situation/environment using Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Maya® and/or Mudbox™ software.

Autodesk Maya is a favorite amongst game, film, television and broadcast professionals who desire a high-level of control over their workflows and pipelines. 3ds Max is the tool of choice for leaders in the design visualization, game development, and graphic design industries who are looking for out-of-the box productivity. Autodesk Mudbox is an advanced, high-resolution, brush-based 3D sculpting application designed for modelers in the film, game development, design, and visualization industries. Any of these products (required for entry into this category) can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial, simply follow the link above.”

If you’re already working on something that would be eligible for the competition you have nothing to lose by making an entry, except maybe copyright... so make sure you read the Official Rules as part of any submission. ;D

After Effects / QuickTime 7.4 Warning for After Effects
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:13:43 AM »
Or as the Adobe Support Forum moderately suggests...

You will no longer be able to run After Effects

Apparently the consequences are particularly harsh to Apple users:

Apple Concerns:
As we consider the Mac as a serious contender for the AVFX Studio I can’t help but notice how tolerant, or simply unconditional, faith-based support computing is for the Apple platform. I’m sure that if Microsoft did something where “Affected professional users have found the only solution at present is to reinstall Mac OS X without the QuickTime update”, there would be international furore. Neither platform is perfect but this flouting of industry-standard testing for production environments alarms me. Sadly this trend of problematic officially endorsed system updates (not mentioning Leopard), makes me urge every Apple user to wait a few days until the rest of the world does the beta-testing at their expense. Only after gauging the response of other successful users should you consider doing the same.

Let’s hope things change as I genuinely think the Mac is a brilliant computing platform for creative people. ;D

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