IMY 211 – Best 3ds Max animation assignments

For the practical component of  IMY 211, the students are given an introduction to the workflow of 3ds Max. This culminates in a short animation of a robotic character which they have modelled, textured, rigged, lit and animated themselves.

These are the best animations in various categories:

Best-looking robot

By: Andrew Howard


Best textures and camera movement

By: Bevan Holborn


Best overall animation – runner-up

By: Doreen Davies


Best overall animation – runner-up

By: Llewellyn de Vries


Best overall animation

By: Alexander Millar



Recommended PC spec 2018

Hi everyone

We have set up a recommended specification for a desktop PC for 2018. The PC will cost an estimate of R 18 000 (based on sources like Takealot) excluding the monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard, and will last you for the 3 years of your studies.

The specification can be found below:

  • Intel Core i5-8400 CPU (1151)
  • MSI Z370 SLI PLUS Intel Motherboard
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR4-3600 – CL17, 1.35V x2
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GT OC
  • Seagate FireCuda SSHD 1TB HDD/8GB SSD 3.5″ SATA6G
  • Cooler Master Elite 311 Chassis – Black/Silver (ATX,USB3.0,Win)
  • Cooler Master B Series V2 500W
  • LG 22″ 22MP58VQ IPS Monitor
  • 120mm fan x2
  • standard mouse & keyboard
  • 2.1 speakers



  • 6 physical cores
  • 6 threads
  • Base frequency: 2.80GHz clock speed
  • Max Turbo frequency: 4.00GHz


  • SATA slots x4
  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  • DDR4 4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)
  • DDR4 3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133
  • 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2: x16 mode) (for the graphics card)

Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 1TB HDD/8GB SSD SATA6G Hard drive
Graphics card:

  • Boost / Base Core Clock: 1759 MHz / 1544 MHz
  • Memory Clock Speed: 8008 MHz
  • Memory: 3GB GDDR5

Power supply:

  • 500w
  • Connectors
  • CPU 4+4 Pin x 1
  • PCI-e 6+2 Pin x 2 (for the graphics card)
  • SATA x4 (for hdd)
  • Peripheral 4 Pin x 3


  • length: 250mm+ (to fit graphics card)
  • 120mm fan placements x2 (1 for front, 1 for rear)
  • Must fit accompanying power supply
  • Must fit accompanying motherboard

Cooling: 120mm fan x2
Display: 22″ full HD monitor
Mouse & keyboard: standard
Audio: 2.1 speakers

Horror Short Film Projects: 2017 Top 3

As part of the semester project for IMY 211, the students had to film and edit a short horror film. The top 3 was as follows:

Third Place: Road Trip by A Group of Indispensable Gentlemen That Make Movies and Stuff

Group Members:

  • Jonathan Copeland
  • Donat Sinovcic
  • Keaton Roux

Second place: Solo by Palm Tree

Group Members:

  • Tshegofatso Sithole
  • Kago Kola

First place: The Plunge by Silent Scream Studios

Group Members:

  • Monica Oleasto
  • Jason Louw
  • Alistair Dyason
  • Olivia de Kok