The day after SummerSchool 2009
OTH-Students: "Actually, it is not the first day after SummerSchool, but the first day, that we, the German students, are alone again at HAW-Amberg-Weiden. We are just starting to realise what had happened during those last three weeks and try to review all the emotions. Our Kazakh friends left Amberg on Saturday, in the early morning. What is left in our laboratory is a strange silence, unused computers and a huge longing for laughter and working together again. The last three weeks did pass so fast, that we can hardly believe everything is over now. The last Friday we had a final dinner with a very calm atmosphere, because everybody knew it would be our last meeting for a long time. It felt like hours and was very hard to say goodbye and to make some last photos. We all wish to spend more time together because we really enjoyed every minute during the last three weeks. It was definitely an outstanding experience that we don’t want to end. We will always keep SummerSchool 2009 in good memories and really hope to stay in contact with everybody.”
Prof. Dr. Nailja Luth: "Our summer school for this year is over. I am happy and deeply thankful for all the commitment and good will of all parties involved. Without their help, I am convinced, that we couldn’t have been able to realise the summer school, as we did.Our summer school has become a successful eventin all respects . We were able to realise everything that we had planned. This is a great achievement for all of us! During those three weeks I have experienced a team of students with a great team spirit and a sophisticated technical understanding.We have learnt that intensive technical work in the laboratory combined with common relaxation evening activities, like barbecues, picnic, bowling or football matches creates a highly productive, respectful and friendly atmosphere.We have learnt, that it is possible to hold the balance between giving and taking, between efficiency and fun, between seriousness and easygoing.This balance combined with the ability of being a teamplayer with every one’s own motivation and commitment results in an atmosphere in which everyone is a winner instead of being a lonely fighter. I am convinced that the experiences we made during the summer school concerning respect, corporate feeling and understanding each other will last for the future.I would like to thank all of you for the excellent co-operation.Good luck and success to everyone!"
Rustem Kamun: “Today is the last day of the Summer School 2009, in Germany. First of all, I would like to notice that our team ( I mean German and Kazakh students) was so proud because we did finish our project “ Don’t Angerwood”. But on the other hand, we were also a little sad because it was now time to leave. The day started with the most important moment – the award ceremony. Every student, from both KBTU and from the University Amberg-Weiden, got a certificate with their own grade and a special “Don’t Angerwood” shirt. Professor Dr. Nailja Luth finished the award ceremony with the congratulatory speech and the summary of the recently finished Summer School 2009. This event was celebrated with champagne. After that, we had a delicious lunch which showed the best of the German and Kazakh national cuisine. The Bavarian sausages with sour-sweet sauce and the Eastern Asian “Chak-Chak” with kazakh “Cheburek” were a a peferct expression of the friendly atmosphere. Than we had a little photo session on the campus wearing our “Don’t Angerwood” shirts . We were enjoying every moment of this day.Then, we went to the final viewing of our project “Don’t Angerwood” part II. Everyone was really excited to see our own 3D cartoon. The feelings were spectacular and unbelievable. But the most saddest moment of the day was unavoidable – the moment when we should say “Goodbye” to each other. We went to a Bavarian restaurant and finished the day, Summer School 2009 at the University Amberg-Weiden , with warm words to each other. We did not actually say “Goodbye” at this evening. We simply wished success in the future and we hope to meet our friends in Kazakhstan next year. In conclusion, I would like to say a few words. A big "Thank you" to Professor Dr. Nailja Luth, who was the organizer, the professor, the photographer of this project. She was brilliant during our time here and is an understanding woman. And of course, our tutors, the German guys! I would like to thank them all so much for the friendly and warm atmosphere!”
The end of the "Don't Angerwood" - Project came nearer: The group did another rendering of the corrected scenes and a last review was done. After that the “High Noon”-scenes were completed with ligthening and the final rendering was initiated in the evening. Afterwards, Roland Ach, assistant to Prof. Dr. Nailja Luth, gave a brief outline about the actual research-and industrial- projects in Prof. Luth’s laboratory. Not to forget, the soccer in the univerity’s own gym, the students had started. A busy day, so the nice dinner lateron was more than well-deserved.
Timur Izmagambetov: "It was a chaotic day because the teams were making the last animation changes before the final rendering. They decided to combine software preview movies, to figure out the smallest mistakes and then finish everything. After that played football. The game was very fascinating and dynamic, but it was stopped by a huge shock as one of our team members, Tak San, hurt himself badly. Everybody was really worried about him, and that demonstrated how close we became to each other during those two weeks. Fortunately it turned out that the injury was not a serious one and so everyone could fully enjoy the rest of the evening with a great dinner.”
Zhainar Zhabatayeva: "Today we did all the reviewing of our animations. Also we finished correcting some mistakes which we first noticed after the preview of our animation. Our tutor had prepared a detailed list of improvements that needed to be done and that helped us a lot. Of course our tutors did not forget about the evening! So we went to the bowling centre where everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed spending the time together. All of us showed excellent bowling skills and even freshmen were successful. I am sure that everyone will remember and miss these days in Amberg."
August 3rd and 4th
This week started with a first presentation of the "High Noon"-project. Therefore all the single parts of the film which have been produced by the different teams were put together. Then the whole team critically evaluated the result and made a detailed list of improvements that need to be done. Afterwards, each team had to work on their part according to the suggestions of improvement, and so the animation of the whole film is finished. A last test will then sort out all the remaining mistakes. But apart the hard work on the film, we still had some more time to learn something about the University Amberg-Weiden. Prof. Dr. Horst Rönnebeck, dean of the Faculty Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, presented his project “Running Snail Racing Team” with an impressive outline on this project. "Running Snail Racing Team“- that is an engineering competition for students of various courses of study where they have to design and build a racing car which will then run a race.
On Tuesday evening, the students had the chance to be part of an interesting guided of the church St. Georg, including climbing the church tower, by Dr. Markus Lommer, the pastor of the University. And afterwards, the KBTU-students had prepared something very special for their tutors, especially for Prof. Dr. Nailja Luth: they arranged a beautiful traditional Bavarian dinner.
Vadim Kotov: "The most important event of these two days was the animated preview of our project. Our film team made a preproduction version of our cartoon, so we all could see the mistakes we still had there in it. Then we could plan how to improve our animation. The most part of the work is now done and at the moment we are fixing those mistakes we had found.The Monday started with a presentation of probably the biggest student project at the University Amberg-Weiden that is the development of a racing car for a competition namend student formula sae. The car is designed and assembled exclusively by students and it is a very important experience of efficient teamwork.The next step was the church St. George with its mixture of baroque and gothic style. There we could really see how gothic sobriety transformed into baroque extravagance. We listened to the organ a little bit, which is a very powerful instrument, its frequency ranges about 20 Hz to 22 kHz, and so you can literally feel the music. One last stage was the top of the church - the bell tower. From there you can see the whole city: the fortified city wall, the old part of the city, almost everything. A very beautiful view! To the Running Snail Racing Team, I want to say: Good luck in racing, design and construction! And to Amberg: Take good care of such a great and important historical place!"
August 1st and 2nd
Mereke Karakulova: "Today, August 1st, was an unforgettable day for our group, because we visited one of the most beautiful cities of the world - Prague. We stopped at the Wenceslas Square and visited the National Museum with its beautiful fountain. There we met Iskander, our guide, who showed us the city at night. We were in the Old Town Square and saw the "Prague Astronomical Clock", which shows not only the time, but also the astronomical dial, position of the sun and moon in the sky and many more astronomical details. After that, we went to the Karlov Bridge where everyone could make a wish while touching the statue of St. John of Nepomuk. We also saw some people on the streets showing incredible tricks in fire-breathing, made a trip to the amazing Castle of Prague which was the largest castle I have ever seen, and to the singing fountain with its unique spectacle of music, water and colours. On the second day in Prague, we made a short, but exciting tour through the city with our guide Iskander. Walking up to the hill, we could see almost the whole city, which reminded me the view of Almaty looking from "Kok-Tobe". We were in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, we saw the graveyards of famous people and then we visited the Dancing House, which has a non-traditional, unusual design and a sight to behold. Prague is one of the most interesting and mesmerising places in Europe I've ever seen. It was a very hot day and I missed Amberg's weather, but I enjoyed it as much as I could and now still wallow in the magic of that day."
July 30th and 31st
At the end of the week, the first important step of the project "High Noon" was done and all of the intermediate results were put together to one animation. Hard working allows having a bit of fun! So on Thursday evening, the students organised a billiard game and on Friday everybody met for a delicious barbecue.
Aziza Kerimbaeva: "First of all, I would like to thank the professor and our tutors, who always found and still find time to help us in learning 'Cinema4D'! For me, producing the animations is the most interesting part of making a film, because we can see the process of each scene coming to life and getting closer to the final product, the fully animated film. At the end of the second week, we have already completed most of the work and during the next week we are going to work on the lighting and positioning of the cameras. We also visited the multimedia laboratory, and all of us were immensely impressed by Prof. Maximilian Kock who is an extraordinary piano player!In our spare time, we went to play billiard and table soccer with our tutors. And not to forget, we had a barbecue party. I think everybody enjoyed the time and had fun especially while playing table soccer and having interesting conversations during our our barbecue party."
July 28th and 29th
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we continued our work on the project "Don't Angerwood". And we finished Wednesday evening with a little bit of hiking and a picnic on top of “Mariahilfberg”- a hill directly next to Amberg.
Gabbassova Sholpan: "Efficient work has been done by our team during these two days. I am really satisfied with the results of our job. I have learnt a lot and now the remaining scenes seem to me much easier to do. On Wednesday evening we had a picnic on top of the “Mariahilfberg” where you get an excellent and nice view of the city. We walked up along the pilgrim’s way to get there and enjoyed the picturesque nature of a beauty spot. I was really impressed by the church on top of that hill which is definitively the most beautiful church I have ever seen. We had fun enjoying both, great sandwiches and each other's company during the picnic."
Today’s schedule listed two study trips. The first one was a visit to the BMW factory. After that we had the chance to visit a research institute: The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen. The research group "Cognitive Systems" under the direction of Dr. Küblbek gave us an impressive 3 hour presentation, giving is an intense insight to the research projects.
Mailyubayev Yernar: “Yesterday we had an amazing trip, one of the best I have ever had. The factory of BMW was a very interesting place. We had the chance to see the whole process from the beginning: from the production of each separate part of a machine, until the end, when we actually saw the final product. It was a very big experience for us. Now we know what stages a car has to pass through, starting from pressing, then painting and many other different stages. A very awesome moment was when the body of the car and the inner parts came together. In my own opinion, after all I saw, the BMW will be the first car I am going to buy.And after that we went to another very interesting place. The Fraunhofer Institute IIS is an institution that I highly recommend every person to visit. This is where the MP3-technology was invented, and now they work on so many impressive new projects. In the audio laboratory, I heard the best sound in my life. Also fascinating for me - the camera which focuses on people’s faces and then scans emotions. After that we saw some movies in 3D. I can't express my feelings when I first saw these things. I even had the possibility to reach out and give my arm to Bono and touch him.At the end I really have to say that everything I saw that day was really cool! I really would like to work in this institute. It has been a very interesting day!"
On Saturday, the students visited Regensburg. Here are some impressions of Valery Rozhkova: “Today we have visited the historical part of Regensburg which is so full of sights and interesting things to visits. It took quite a while to see all the places of interest, but we were successful and saw most of them.The strongest impressions were left by the Regensburg cathedral, Petersburg column and the stone bridge across the Danube. Regensburg cathedral came to our sight with its rich and antique architecture. The spectacular scenery of the Danube and the old part of the city appeared in front of us while we were standing on the bridge. We walked around the city all day long and we had a lot of fun there. In the evening, we visited an exhibition of old cars. It was very interesting. We saw different models of cars and took a lot of photos. So Regensburg is a very beautiful and delightful city.”
On Friday, the students had the opportunity to attend a study trip to Munich, which included a visit to the Bavarian Broadcast Company (BR) and to the ARRI Company.At the BR-Studios, the students were warmly welcomed by managing editor Sigmund Gottlieb and after that they had a tour to the most important stations of the studio: the huge archive, the impressive studio itself and of course the 3D-design-studio.
The second part of the trip was a visit to the ARRI Company. Again, there was a warm welcome to the group by members of the ARRI staff. After that the students got an impressive presentation of Digital Intermediate, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and the imposing introduction to the camera ARRIFLEX D2.
Armen Markossyan: “We started by visiting the Bavarian Broadcast Company. We were shortly briefed in the history of company, their strategy and future plans. After that, we were invited to explore the studio lot. First, they showed us the 3D department. The most interesting thing for me was real-time rendering software and rendering farm because I have never seen such things. After that they showed us their huge archive (more than 700.000 movies), studios and many more interesting things connected with all TV production phases. It was pleasant that we were allowed to try and touch everything. The next stop was ARRI Company which produces professional video cameras and other equipment for movie making. The first positive impression was made their friendly staff. They invited us to eat and drink together with them. The next impressive event was that the CEO of this company came to welcome us. Then we watched exciting show reels and tried out the newest camera ARRIFLEX D-21 which uses the state-of-the-art digital technology of the world. During this study trip we made a lot of photos with Oscar, video cameras and their parts. It was a very interesting trip which I would recommend to every person visiting Germany.”
With the forth day of the „Summer School“ the essential work on the project “High Noon” began. In order to realize this project 6 groups of students have been built – and each group responsible for a special scene section. In the afternoon, all the students had a stroll through the historic town centre of Amberg, which, by the way, is celebrating its 975th anniversary this year. During a cosy get-together in one of Ambergs great restaurants, the guest students reported about their university and the beautiful city Almaty.
Chadiarova Jelina: "A really great day! The work on the project has finally begun! We start using the knowledge which Prof. Nailja Luth and her team gave us before. And I am sure that all students are very excited about it: the work is interesting, the atmosphere is friendly, the coaches are always ready to help us. So we will do our best to make a great work!"
The students continued to work on the animation of one of the "Don't Angerwood" characters. They tried to animate some simple body movements and facial animation. Quote: "The work seems to be very simple, but in reality it requires a lot of hard working on each and every detail. It is, however, very interesting to animate characters. After three days of studying here we feel much more confident in working with Cinema 4D. And this is the result of a really good job of Professor Luth and her team." The exercises concerning Cinema 4D are done after three days.
Today the group learned about how much work it is to make a complete project. 3D modelling is not only the modelling of the objects itself, but a lot more: right lightening, animation, etc. It is very important to know all this things beforehand to make the picture as realistic as possible. So the students learned how to work with the light and how to animate simple movements of the characters. And in the end of the day, the guests from Kazakhstan were invited by the students of the University Amberg-Weiden to the barbeque … in order to break the ice.
The first day of the summer school began with a meeting of the local students and organizing staff.Students of the University Amberg-Weiden presented their project on Cinema4D and made a quick review of the work that will be done together with the international students during the courses. A first glimpse on modelling and texturing on Cinema4D was done satisfactorily. The students from Kazakhstan then had a tour of the campus lead by Professor Luth presenting the best achievements of student teams of the University Amberg-Weiden.
Summer School 2009
The International Summer School in the study course “Media Production and Media Technique” started on July 20th 2009, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Nailja Luth. Together with her team, Prof. Luth offers the course “Computer Graphics” which is attended by twelve guest students of the Kazakh-British-University Almaty and students of the HAW.
Aim of this project is to realise intensive learning and working at the HAW in a timeframe of three weeks. Plus, there will be study trips to the Fraunhofer Institute IIS, to the BMW AG, the “Bayerische Rundfunk” (Bavarian Broadcast Company) and to ARRI Munich, not to forget a cultural programme at the weekends as well. The study trips will allow the students to have a more intense insight into the application of computer graphics and visualisation in research, development and production. The block course is an enormous enrichment for both universities in the educational as well as in the social-cultural field.
The lectures and project work will be held and accomplished in English. With this project, a synergy of two different branches of studies shall be reached: On the one side, there are the students of the HAW who have design and media-technique-knowledge, and on the other side, there are the guest students who can contribute to the project with their knowledge in software-development and programming. The Summer School is promoted by the “German Academic Exchange Service” (DAAD).