Clifford Phillips

Clifford Phillips

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First Name * Clifford
Last Name * Phillips
Username * cmp
Country * United Kingdom
City Portsmouth
Nationality British
Languages English





I started working in CG back in 1989, which always amazes the student, most of whom were born after this. While I was a student on the Illustration course, I got frustrated and branched out into time based media. I initially created some 'hand drawn' animations using Autodesk Animator (and experimented with stop motion animation), while learning Autodesk Autocad.

I was fortunate that my tutor forged links with a company (UCM) who helped us buy the latest software releases and this lead to my first 3d Animations, created with several plug-ins for Autocad (Autoflix), that automated the process of sending jobs to AutoShade, and after a night or two of rendering on the colleges 386/33 with an amazing 4mb of ram, I could then use Animator to compile the work.

On the strength of what I was doing, I became a Beta tester for 3Dstudio, which pretty much amazed me at the time, as it was such a leap forward for the ‘low’ budget consumer. I created a series of animations and models, which in turn led me to be on the stand at the European launch of the software.

I found time to create a 5 minute stop motion animation, over an Easter break, filling up my bed room with technology borrowed from the college. I used a video camera and Jovian logic video capture card, to pull frames directly into the computer, which I then, once again, used Animator to put together into an animation. This was a bit of a mikey take, featuring 4 members of staff, some of whom didn't enjoy the attention, but was generally enjoyed by the students.

When I graduated, I went to work for a subsidiary of Philips, which was in Belgium. For a while I left 3d, and became a multi-media designer, which had been an interest at the same time.

I returned to the Uk and started to work at the college that I had studied at, which in turn became part of the University. I have continued to develop my skills across multiple disciplines maintaining my interest in interactive design practice (now on websites) and in Photography and of course CG.

I gained my MA in 1999, after 14 months of part- time study, which I was able to do while continuing to expand my knowledge in 3D and teach part time on multiple course.

Currently I am teaching again, on the BA Animation course which I have had a long association with. I also created and manage the website for this course. In addition I am getting more involved in our Vicon Mo Cap facility, learning Blade and was instrumental in setting up our new studio.