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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Upcoming Splinecasts and news

- I want to Start interviewing some more artists at work. The next interview will most likely be with a Story Artist. I think it would be really great to hear from them. Who and when is the question... The great thing, is that artists from Pixar want to do it. People ask me at work if they can help, and I really appreciate that.

- I am going to post an interview with former Pixar animator Mark Oftedahl soon. Mark was one of the original core group of animators on Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2 and worked a bit on Monsters before he took off and moved to Thailand. Marks work always blew me away and I really learned alot from him. Expect that soon.

- Billy Merrit, animator at Pixar for 10 years, recently moved on from Pixar and is pursuing a teaching career at Ringling in Sarasota. Billy also taught with the group of guys over at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He will be hugely missed.

- I will not be teaching the Second Level Class over at the academy of art in San Francisco. Mike Venturini and I are taking a break from teaching together for 4 plus years. We had a great run! Our students are working all over the industry (10 or so animators at Pixar alone...!) I will be teaching with Scott Clark in the Level 3 class. This semester proves to be very interesting. We plan to record improv actors and have the students animate a scene around the dialogue. It will be a great experience, both for us and who ever gets in the class. Start submitting those reels to get in. Remember, anyone can take the class, so if you are in the Bay area, give it a try. We usually like professionals who are taking the class to have taken class 1 and 2, but if your reel is amazing, we can make an exception.

- Our interns are doing great work and really learning alot. The work they are producing is amazing.

- I am headed over to Asia for a visit with some friends at 3dSense Media School in Singapore. There is an event going on called 3D overdrive, which is the asia equivalent of Siggraph. I am going to be giving a brief talk on animation and checking on the school they have set up. On the way back I am visiting with Cyberport in Hong Kong where I will be presenting an animation talk. None of the talks are on Cars, as I did not have much to do with that film. (only animated a couple shots)

As usual email me any comments or suggestions.



Blogger Weston said...

I would love to hear from a Story Artist in an upcoming Splinecast! Thanks for keeping this blog rolling!

1:37 PM

Blogger Brian "My Fault" Nicolucci said...

So how does one submit a reel to get in to this class?

Can't wait for the interview with Mark Oftedahl. He did a great lecture at AM that was almost as good as yours was. :)

9:02 PM

Blogger Barry said...

I am curious too about the reel submission. I actually contacted the school about a month ago, and talked with someone from admissions. He said you had to be a full time student enrolled in the animaiton program to attend the classes. Perhaps he was mis-informed?

10:18 AM

Blogger Dr. Gordon said...

To submit a reel, you would need to contact the animation department at the AAU. We have had professionals in the class before. Usually, the class is reserved for full time students, but you can try calling them and asking. The number is:

415 263 8692

2:44 PM

Blogger anthea said...

what a great idea to use improv actors performances for animation. you will definetely get some original dialogue for sure. i am taking classes at bang improv studio here in LA, it's so much fun, and it helps with animation too.

6:10 PM

Anonymous Jostein said...

You are THE MAN Andrew!

Just had to get it out.

9:01 AM

Blogger teresa said...

I just found this blog, and I can't believe what I've been missing.... if only I would've known about it sooner. It's incredible what you guys are doing. I enjoy stuff like this so much. I just graduated from high school and I eat, sleep, and breath animation, and I have for quite some time (hope to work at Pixar someday :o)

Anyways, thanks for posting all of this and I'm looking forward to the future Splinecast. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've watched all the Pixar movies with commentary and all of the behind the scenes! It'll be so exciting to listen to more of your interviews with people at Pixar.

Thank you so so so so so much for doing all of this. It's so great! Love your movies! Huge fan! Keep up the good work! :)

10:19 AM

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Well, I don't really think it will work.

9:33 AM


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