Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Imageworks & Trends in Animation Education

Perhaps the best, most comprehensive article I've seen yet on IPAX, Imageworks' Professional Academic Excellence program. Lots of in-depth talk with Sande Scoredos (Executive Director for Training and Artist Development) as well in the latest Animation World Magazine.

Trends in Animation Education/Education for the New Career Reality
Pamela Kleibrink Thompson looks into education trends that are preparing animation students for the new career reality.

An animator is likely to work for many different employers on different projects during his career. Some educational facilities are adapting their programs and curricula to prepare their students to compete in a job market where most jobs are project-based and animators are like migrant workers. Some are starting brand new programs to meet the needs of the students and alumni and industry, preparing their students in unique ways, often soliciting the advice and help of industry. Industry is responding by getting more involved in the training and education of artists and animators. Studios have had in-house training programs before, but now they are going to educational facilities and telling them, "Here's what we need and here's how we can help you so the people you train are people we can use."

On Course with Sony Pictures Imageworks
Sony Pictures Imageworks is home to one of the visual-effects industry's most respected in-house training and artist-development programs, designed to maintain a well-educated and competitive workforce capable of creating world-class imagery and animation. The facility has a dedicated training center integrated with production where instructors train new hires, conduct continuing education for crew members, teach third-party and proprietary software and techniques, provide career development and career path opportunities, and offer special events and screenings. Under the leadership of Sande Scoredos, Executive Director of Training & Artist Development, the program at Imageworks offers over 50 courses, including life drawing, sculpting and acting, as well as specialized task-oriented classes for performance animation, character setup, dynamic simulations and particle effects, color and lighting, compositing, and various production toolsets and methods.

Sony Imageworks has enjoyed a close collaborative relationship with the academic community for 15 years. In 2004 it became even closer, when Imageworks established a faculty-development program designed to help academic institutions respond to the industry's ever-changing needs and keep up to date on the tools and techniques used in real-world production environments.


And lots more at: http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=3408&page=1

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