Search form

Category: Education and Training

Headline News Kaydara Offers First Certified Courseware DVD for Motionbuilder

Kaydara announced its first Certified Courseware DVD for MOTIONBUILDER, the company's award-winning character animation solution. INTRODUCTION TO MOTIONBUILDER 5.5 is an interactive training guide that teaches users the fundamentals of using MOTIONBUILDER more effectively to create character animation. From interface and general concepts to exporting to other 3D applications, users will learn step-by-step how use MOTIONBUILDER for their own projects.

Headline News Academy Foundation Grants $400,000 To 43 Institutions

The Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed $400,000 in financial grants to 43 college and community film programs across the United States.

The Academy Foundation's Grants Committee, chaired by actors branch member Janet MacLachlan, selected the following programs for the 2004-2005 allocation:

The allocations include:


$12,500 to:

California Institute of the Arts, Valenica, California.

Headline News Oregon3D Sets Character Animation Camp

Oregon3D Inc., The Academy for Digital Arts & Sciences, is offering a six-week Oregon3D Character Animation Camp, June 6 thru July 16, 2004. It gives students a series of challenging courses designed to immerse participants into the world of character animation. Taught by certified instructors and renowned industry professionals such as Mike Wellins, award-winning former director from Vinton Studios, the Oregon3D Character Animation Camp offers a series of six, individual weeklong classes that range from the history of animation to creating a finished piece of high-quality animation.

The Oregon3D Character Animation Camp is a multi-week "camp experience." Students who cannot commit to the entire six weeks have the option to sign up for the Oregon3D Character Animation Camp's courses a-la-carte at regular course prices, or subset of classes for a discounted rate. Those students, who register for the whole six-week camp, can choose either a Maya or 3ds max specialty track. The Oregon3D Character Animation Camp courses are as follows:

Headline News Art Institute of CA-SF Announces New Scholarships For Game Pros

The Art Institute of California San Francisco ( has announced a new scholarship program designed for videogame industry professionals interested in furthering their education. The school is offering special scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to individuals who are or have worked in the game industry. Scholarships must be applied for tuition in the school's Game Art & Design (Bachelor of Science) or Visual & Game Programming (Bachelor of Science) degree programs.

Headline News Sound Vet Rydstrom Tapped Pickford Winner & USC Commencement Speaker

Renowned sound designer and mixer, as well as USC alumnus, Gary Rydstrom will deliver the commencement address at the 2004 USC School of Cinema-Television Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium. Rydstrom will accept the prestigious Mary Pickford Outstanding Alumnus Award, given in recognition of his innovative and prolific work in film sound.

Headline News Art Institute SF Hosts Summer Studio Workshops for High School Students

The Art Institute of California - San Francisco is hosting special Summer Studio Workshops, June 22-25, giving high school seniors the opportunity to explore the creative arts, meet fellow young creative people and learn about new design technologies. The hands-on workshops will be held for students interested in learning more about videogame development, computer animation, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and Web design. Students can choose one of five different workshops.

Headline News Art Institute Students Make Toon on MS

After two years in production and more than 40,000 drawings later, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has completed a 12-minute animation, titled TIMMY'S JOURNEY TO UNDERSTAND MS, for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter. The children's short was developed and animated by a group of Media Arts & Animation students to help kids across the U.S. whose parents have MS better understand the disease.

Headline News Oregon3D Offers combustion 3 Boot Camp

Oregon3D Inc., The Academy for Digital Arts & Sciences, is offering a four-week Oregon3D combustion 3 Boot Camp, May 12 - 28, 2004. It features a series of three comprehensive courses devoted to Discreets combustion 3, an award-winning motion graphics, vector paint, visual effects and 3D compositing desktop software.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Seven Concept Design DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop, in collaboration with Design Studio Press, has released seven new DVDs. Concept artists James Clyne (TROY), Scott Robertson (who launched Design Studio Press) and Feng Zhu (STAR WARS: EPISODE III) offer titles on sketching, rendering, drawing and environment design.

Headline News Royer Studios Toons in on Education Initiative

Bruce Royer of Royer Studios has formed the Classroom Awareness Through Animation Program, which plans to bring animators into middle and high school art, life-skills, and health classrooms to help kids create 30-second animated Public-Service Announcements (PSAs).

Headline News L.A. Taps CalArts Students For Promo Films

L.A. Inc., the Los Angeles's Convention and Visitor's Bureau, has commissioned CalArts School of Film/Video to make 20 one-minute films created by CalArts students, highlighting the city's landmark cultural institutions and reflecting the "new L.A." as a vibrant cultural epicenter and edgy arts maverick. The films have been compiled into a four-minute piece that will be used by L.A. Inc., at convention, meeting and leisure travel industry events around the world to promote the city and attract tourism. This is the first time a U.S.

Headline News NYU Offers Summer Game Creation Camp

New York University is hosting the first Camp/Game: Intensive Video Game Creation this summer, from July 6 to August 6, 2004. The summer camp is geared toward high school seniors and undergraduate students (17-25) interested in learning the finer points of the videogame industry. Camp/Game is created and run by the Division of Entertainment, Technology, Digital Arts and Design (ETDAD), part of NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS).

Headline News Harryhausen to Speak at Gnomon on April 20

Gnomon School of Visual Effects will present an evening with legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen on April 20, 2004 at 7:00 pm. Harryhausen will speak about his work (including the recently restored MOTHER GOOSE STORIES) and life and sign copies of his newly released book, RAY HARRYHAUSEN: AN ANIMATED LIFE (Billboard Books), which will be available for sale at the event.

Headline News Escape Studios Announce New Maya Courses

Escape Studios in London has announced a new range of courses aimed at developing specific skillsets with Maya. The new courses have been written and will be taught by industry professionals.

The new courses include:* Character Animation Essentials: The program covers all the key areas of character animation including an understanding of the principles of animation and how exactly they translate into a 3D software environment.

Headline News Oregon3D Expands Training and Consulting With Portland 3D Model

Oregon3D has purchased a license from Newlands & Co. Inc. for rights to the data that comprises a 3D prototype of the city of Portland, Oregon. Oregon3D plans to use the Portland City model for realtime visual simulation projects, allowing users to fly through the virtual city in realtime.

Headline News Oregon3D 2004 Film Camp Announced

Oregon3D Inc., The Academy for Digital Arts & Sciences, has announced its second annual Oregon3D Film Camp. Scheduled for Aug. 15 - 27, 2004 at Oregon3D, students from around the world will partake in the process of creating a short film collectively. Under the guidance of award-winning director, Mike Wellins of Happy Hour Ent. (previously from Will Vinton Studios), students will work step-by-step through the entire film production process and an actual short film for their demo reel.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Three DVDs by Sculptor Brown

As part of its continuing series, the Gnomon Workshop released three new training DVDs by sculptor John Brown (A BEAUTIFUL MIND, PLANET OF THE APES, SPY KIDS). These titles focus on sculpting, casting and molding the full-size head and character maquette.

Headline News Oregon3D and Discreet Provide Animation Seminars at GDC

Oregon3D, The Academy for Digital Arts & Sciences, and Discreet will sponsor upcoming "Storytelling and Animation" seminars at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, California. Scheduled for March 25, 2004, this two-part class will explore the world of animation from a general overview to the current state of animation as a career.

Headline News Ex'pression Students Create VES Awards Short Honoring George Lucas

Ex'pression College for Digital Arts' students from its 3D animation and visual effects program created a film short to be honoring George Lucas for his Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards on February 18, 2004 in Hollywood.

Headline News Capilano College Open House

Capilano College animation department in North Vancouver, Canada is holding an Open House on Feb. 21, 2004, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Students and faculty will be on hand to give tours, workshops and portfolio reviews. Animation from the students in the 2D and 3D programs will be presented. Student work may also be viewed on the department Website: For more information, contact

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Seven New Training DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop of Hollywood, in collaboration with Design Studio Press, has released seven new training DVDs by concept designers Feng Zhu (STAR WARS: EPISODE III), Harald Belker (SPIDER-MAN) and Carlos Huante (VAN HELSING). These titles focus on design process, ideation, digital rendering and client presentation.