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Headline News Farquhar Joins CSUN 3D Computer Animation Faculty

Mark Farquhar joins Calif. State Univ. Northridge (CSUN) as full-time faculty of 3D Computer Animation in the Art Dept.

The 17-year vet has been a 3D CG character animator on films: SURF'S UP, OPEN SEASON, BEOWULF, MONSTER HOUSE, CHICKEN LITTLE, SHARK TALE, SINBAD LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, TOY STORY 2, OSMOSIS JONES, IRON GIANT, MARVIN THE MARTIAN 3RD DIMENSION and MARS ATTACKS. He has done animation development to feature production for studios, such as DreamWorks, Disney Feature Animation, Sony Imageworks, Pixar Animation and Warner Bros.

Headline News Wyatt Joins University College Falmouth To Launch Digital Animation Degree

Award-winning animation director Andy Wyatt joins University College Falmouth to head up the school's new BA degree in Digital Animation.

His appointment is part of a multi-million pound expansion of the Media Centre at University College Falmouth's Tremough Campus, which includes a new animation studio students will be attending in September 2007.

Headline News Sphere VFX Releases New Fusion Training DVD

Sphere VFX has released its new training DVD, EYEON FUSION 5.1: IN-DEPTH 3D.

The four-hour-and-12-minute DVD covers:* Introduction to 3D* Using primitives* Importing geometry* Adding baked animation data to imported geometry* Deforming geometry* Adding textures to 3D geometry* Working with Camera in Fusion* Adding baked animation data to Camera's* Understanding and working with Projectors in Fusion* Working with Lights* Miscellaneous Nodes

Headline News Accredited Online Colleges Adds New Online Schools has just added three new online colleges and universities to its database, offering online degrees in everything from 3D animation to nursing in this diverse mix. maintains up-to-date info. on the latest online degree programs from respected higher institutions of learning from all over the U.S.

Students searching to expand their knowledge and skills or to change the direction of their careers can find degree programs, training, and certification through

Headline News Luxology Announces New Educational Site License for modo

Luxology is offering a new educational site license program that allows schools and training institutions to implement modo's award-winning modeling, painting and rendering software throughout a learning facility. Available for a set annual subscription fee of $4,500, the flexible site license program guarantees that schools always have the latest version of modo, and lets educational organizations deploy an unlimited number of modo licenses across both Macs and PCs.

Headline News Toonz Animation Academy Opens In Mumbai

At a ceremony in Mumbai presided over by Harshvardhan Patil, Minister of State for women and child development, Government of Maharashtra, Toonz opened the Toonz Animation Academy. The state-of-the-art training facility was cutting-edge infrastructure, industry standard workstations, an international staff and a wide-ranging global curriculum. Toonz Animation Academy plans to bring veteran animation professionals to conduct classes.

Headline News Studio Arts Offers 'Tra-Digital' & Advanced ZBrush Classes This Summer

Studio Arts will start its latest round of classes for summer 2007 quarter commencing Monday, July 9. 2007.

Of special interest are several specially-designed 2D "tradigital" animation classes in Flash for TV, Bauhaus Mirage and Adobe AfterEffects. Beginning in fall, Studio Arts will round its 2D computer animation curriculum with its new series of Toon Boom 2D courses.

Headline News Academy Sci-Tech Council Starts Up Internship Program

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a new summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to the selected students interested in careers in computer graphics and animation technology. The Sci-Tech Council will provide a stipend of $4,000 to each student.

Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks will each provide an eight-week internship to give students hands-on opportunities in animation, production management, software programming and visual effects.

Headline News Toon Boom & FableVision Partner on Learning Tools

Emmy award-winning Toon Boom Animation Inc. announced its partnership with FableVision, the award-winning educational media and interactive developer and publisher, to jointly develop educational solutions for K-12 and consumer markets.

"Toon Boom is fully committed to the educational market and our close collaboration with FableVision reinforces our intention to develop easy-to-use, educative and fun applications for students and schools," stated Joan Vogelesang, president/ceo at Toon Boom.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Meats Meier's Intro to ZBrush 3

The Gnomon Workshop announced Meats Meier's highly anticipated follow-up to his ZBrush series, INTRODUCTION TO ZBRUSH 3. This DVD, with six full hours of instruction, brings both advanced and new users through the latest Z3 experience.

Headline News Purdue 3D Sim Shows Why Trade Center Fell

A two-year Purdue University study has created a 3D simulation of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, supporting the U.S. government's findings into why the towers fell, reports THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. According to the study, the planes "stripped away crucial fireproofing material," which led to the towers crumbling due to its own weight. The study was funded partly by the National Science Foundation.

Headline News Gnomonology Launches to Empower Digital Artists

With the increasing prevalence of online video and high-speed net access, Gnomon Workshop has created Gnomonology ( as a resource for its professional instructors and students from around the world. Delivering high-quality tutorials and assets for a variety of tools and applications, Gnomonology strives to provide convenient, affordable and educational content. The idea is to empower digital artists with professional techniques that have been developed through the years of experience Gnomon instructors bring to the site.

Headline News Gnomon Online Expands

Gnomon Online, the web-based division of Gnomon School of Visual Effects, has announced a new and expanded version of its previously released online training portal. Several new features have been added to Gnomon Online to extend it's usability, enhance the user's personal experience and take online training to a whole new level for students.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases The Artist's Guide to MEL

Autodesk Authorized Publisher Digital-Tutors announced the release of THE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO MEL. This is part of Digital-Tutors expanding library of resources to train digital artists in the use of Maya 8.5. Maya 8.5 is the award-winning 3D program used in animation, effects, modeling and rendering for both feature films and videogames. THE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO MEL contains 4 hours of project-based training, focusing on how to incorporate greater automation in workflow along with flexibility.

Headline News Arena Animation Announces AAASP 2007

Arena Animation, one of India's largest animation and multimedia training institutions, announced the launch of the brand new version of its 2 1/2 year high-end animation-training course, the Arena Animation Academy Specialist Program 2007 (AAASP 2007).

The course is modeled around the needs of the industry with each semester having an integrated project to give the students an exposure to the practical application of tools and software.

Headline News Ramaprasad to Head Toonz Animation Academy

Toonz Animation Academy has appointed S. Ramaprasad as exec director, reports INDIANTELEVISION.COM.

Toonz Animation is launching an Animation Academy in Mumbai in June, which will be followed by animation academies in Nagpur, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. Ramaprasad will spearhead the operations in all these academies

Ramaprasad has spent 20 years as a senior management professional. Most recently, he was president/ceo of Maini Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Previously he was gm of Aptech, overseeing its operations in Karnataka and Goa.

Headline News Ottawa Director Robinson Teaches High Schoolers Animation

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), with the support of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board Mention, is hosting the Toon Apprentice Lectures, a unique series of classroom visits teaching high school students that there is much more to animation than Saturday morning. OIAF director Chris Robinson will be presenting the Toon Apprentice Lectures at area high schools throughout May, June and September.

Headline News Gobelins Offers Summer Character Animation Course

Building on the strength of its long experience and its worldwide reputation, the Gobelins visual communications school in Paris for the second year is running an international summer school to enable participants from around the world to learn character animation.

This international summer school is open to students and professionals wishing to gain a better knowledge of what makes for successful character animation, but also to have the opportunity for meeting leading animators and studio representatives.

Headline News Summer Registration Now Open at Gnomon

Summer Term Registration is now open at Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Gnomon is now accepting applications for 21-month Certificate Program. Call 323-466-6663 or email for more information.

More than 40 unique classes offered for Gnomon's Summer Term, including one devoted to the newly released, ZBrush 3, taught by Miguel Ortega, Scott Spencer and Ryan Kingslien.

Headline News TELETOON Doubles Animation Scholarships For 10th Anniversary

TELETOON, Canada's only all animation network, announced that for the 10th edition of the TELETOON Animation Scholarship, the total prize money has more than doubled to more than $70,000 to support the development of nine talented animation students across Canada. TELETOON is also rewarding cartoon fans with the new Voter's Choice Award to allow would-be cartoon critics to have their say and possibly win $500. Applications for the Scholarship are now being accepted until June 15, 2007. More information and rules of entry are available at

Headline News Transart Institute Offers Scholarships in Int'l Fine Art Program

Friends of Transart Institute announced that scholarships have become available to students of the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program. For the academic year 2007/8, up to eight partial $2,500 scholarships will go to students of merit and financial need. Furthermore, two 50% scholarships are available to accepted students in Transart Institute's international MFA in New Media program from East Europe and new EU-member countries through Donau University Krems.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Offers New Addition to Sculpting Training Series

The Gnomon Workshop offers the sixth Sculpture title from artist John Brown. A long awaited addition to John's brilliant sculpture series; this tutorial leads you with a master's skill through the process of sculpting the female form. Watch as John Brown brings to life a fantasy femme fatale figure, in full detail throughout two hours of instruction.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Automotive Modeling Training for Maya

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of MAYA MODELING TECHNIQUES: AUTOMOTIVE, the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Autodeskâs Maya 8.5.