Cinema: Computer Animation Track
The Cinema faculty are a diverse group of professionals specializing in a wide range of Cinema areas including documentary film, computer animation, stop-motion, experimental film, traditional and experimental animation. All of the faculty have professional experience with a high profile list of film and/or television credits that can be viewed on the imdb ( www.imdb.com ) movie database.
The program offers direct, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology including professional studio/field film and video cameras, lights and sound recording equipment, non-linear video editing systems, animation rostrum stands, a large green screen area, Screendigital scanners, animation line testers, and both 2D and 3D computer animation work stations.
A student may focus on film/video production, character animation, computer animation, experimental animation, or multi-media production. Additional study is available in cinema history and theory. Students interested in cinema studies may wish to augment their concentration work with courses in life drawing, TV production, still photography, graphic design or with internships in commercial production studios.
The Cinema Area has hosted Vicki Jensen (Director Dreamworks SKG), Chen Yi Chang (Artistic Supervisor, Mulan, Walt Disney Animation Co.), Rich Quade (Supervising animator, Pixar Animation Studios), Marcy Page (National Film Board of Canada) and many other animators, filmmakers, and multi-media artists. These guests present their work, conduct master classes and interact with individual students pursuing professional careers in film/animation.
The area also hosts on- and off-campus movie screenings and takes trips to sunKing and Animal animation studios in Pittsburgh, PA. We annually attend industry conferences and events such as the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival and SIGGRAPH.
Some of our many successful graduates have worked on such feature films as: Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Coraline, Bolt, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ratatouille, The Water Horse, Horton Hears a Who, Night at the Museum, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Robots, The Day After Tomorrow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Thumbelina, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and many others. Other graduates are working in television and commercial production with credits that include Robot Chicken, Wonder Pets, Third and Bird, Jimmy Neutron, Sliders, Reboot, Beast Wars, The Simpsons and The Critic. Graduates also work as independent animators, filmmakers, writers, directors, and producers.
Cinema students are encouraged to become active in student organizations like The Animation Club and/or The Film Club.
The Cinema Area also awards two scholarships annually. The Dave Wienkauf Scholarship is to be awarded to promising Cinema students. The George Nicholas Animation Scholarship, in memory of animator George Nicholas, is awarded to deserving animation track students.
Animation, film and video production internships are available locally, regionally, and nationally.
Cinema area: Mr. Michael Genz, Doucette Hall G3E, 814-732-1151, or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.