Sunday, February 28, 2010

Guest Speaker this Friday 8:30pm, Jean-Denis Haas

Wow guys! We had a great turn out for last week's guest speaker, Michal Makarewicz. Thank you for coming out and we hope you all took something away from that event that helped you.

This Friday, Jean-Denis Hass, "JD" will be coming to talk to tell us a bit about himself and about animation. JD is a former AAU instructor and is an animator at ILM. The lecture will start at 8:30pm. Room TBA. Keep posted for Updates!

People at last week's event had some requests for Storyboard and Rigging guest speakers and the Club is going to get right on that.

Keep in mind that this group is about us students, pooling our efforts and resources to help each other. All the events, meetings and trips are ideas that people in the club wanted to do and we made the effort to get school resources and friends behind it to make it happen. So the direction of the club and its events are up to you as much as they are up to the people who posts these updates. Come to the meetings, post to the blog, speak up and we'll all listen and work together to help get the most out of our time at the Academy.

If you have a class during our Friday meeting times, you can always step out of class for a quick bathroom break and swing by the meeting to pop in quickly for some feedback or just to see what's happening. You can also post to the blog through the critique login to ask questions or get feedback.

ASIFA-SF recently screened the 5 Oscar nominated animation shorts over at Dolby Labs. It was a great animation community event and a rare opportunity to see the shorts as well as meet some of the creators and hear them talk about their work. Don't miss out on future events like this. The event was free with membership to ASIFA! Join ASIFA now.

Link: Animation World Network, Oscar Tour Travelogue
"Follow the animated short film Oscar Nominees annual big studio screening and schmoozing tour. This annual tour, founded and coordinated by AWN's president Ron Diamond, is an animation industry star studded extravaganza. Various editors, lead by AWN's Content Director Rick DeMott, have chronicled the tour since 2007 as they've journeyed to Disney, Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks, ILM, PDI to name a few."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guest Speaker, Michal Makarewicz Friday 8:30pm in room 140B at the 180 building

Hi Club,

Our second guest speaking event is confirmed for this Friday 8:30pm in ROOM 140B, at the 180 Building. Thanks to Brian in the Animation & VFX office for helping us get the space!

This room is through the door directly across from the main entrance of the 180 building. We will post signs and don't anticipate people having any trouble finding the room.

To avoid interruptions in the presentation, we'll be shutting the door to the room at 8:45pm.

Look forward to an insightful talk from Michal Makarewicz, Pixar animator and awesome guy.

We expect this to be a well attended event, so show up early & on time to be sure you get a seat or a good standing space.

Sony Imageworks at Morgan Auditorium, March 4th at 10am

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Guest Speaker this Friday 8:30pm, Michal Makarewicz.

Our second guest speaker of the year, Michal Makarewicz. He is an AAU grad and Animator at Pixar.

Michal will be coming to the Academy to talk to the Animation Club about his experience at school and Pixar. He will also be talking about some shots he's worked on as well as doing a short demo of his workflow approach, using an exercise like a head turn, or short dialogue clip.

The club will be meeting for this guest speaker event this Friday at 8:30pm. Room TBA shortly.

We're going to try to have this event in the 79 theater, but if not, it will be at the 180 building in a large classroom.

Watch for updates and join us for another great talk on Friday!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Animation Club Guest Speaker this Friday 8:30pm at 180

Our first guest speaker of the new year, Terry Song. He is a recent AAU grad and is currently working at Pixar as a Fix Animator.

Terry will be coming to the Academy to talk to some of the members of the Animation Club about his experience at school and at Pixar.

The club will be meeting for this guest speaker event on Friday at 8:30pm in one of the 3rd floor classrooms at 180.

Room TBA shortly! Watch for updates and join us for a great talk on Friday!

Disney on Campus event: Morgan Auditorium, Thursday Feb 25th at 10AM

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Semester & New Club Meeting Time

Welcome back Club! Here's the new news:

NEW Club Meeting Time and Day
Based on the poll we took, the majority of people would like to have the club meetings on Fridays. So we have reserved the midpoint meeting room on the 3rd floor of the 180 bldg. for Fridays, from 12:00-1:00pm.

We have reserved this time of day, so that our meetings will not interfere with finals, midpoint or final review schedules. We'll see how the time and day change goes and we can adjust the time, if need be.

Collaborative Projects: available for school credit and for those interested in volunteering.
"One So Young" and "Junior Giants" are two student collaborative projects going on at the Academy right now that are open to students who would like collaborative experience and/or would like to work on the collaborative for school credit. Watch out for fliers posted on the bulletin boards for more info, or go see Chris Armstrong on the 3rd floor of 180 bldg. for more details.

Guest Speakers, Demos and Workshop Q/A
This February is a slow month for some of our friends in the industry who have graciously offered their time to show and tell us a thing or two about animation. We look forward to arranging one or two guest speakers this month. We'll keep you posted once we've confirmed the dates and times. Be sure to check the blog for updates!