Making a Hand-Drawn Animated Commercial
WHO SHOULD APPLY
This course is for intermediate to advanced level animation students. Students should have some 2D traditional animation training in foundational art skills such as figure drawing, perspective and composition.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a portfolio that contains 15-20 pages of your best images and/or animation (i.e drawings, sketches, character designs, object drawing, backgrounds, paintings, character/object animation etc.) Portfolios will not be returned so send quality copies of your work on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper or files on CD/DVD.
Send the materials listed above with your completed registration form to the Summer Arts office by May 14.
Please note: Deadlines are occasionally extended. Please call the Summer Arts office for updated deadline information.
Professor Aubry Mintz
Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for 15 years. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 where he has been an animator on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.; Gill from Finding Nemo, Edna Mode, the costume designer in The Incredibles; and Linguini from Ratatouille. He recently finished Supervising Animation on Pixar’s Academy Award nominated short film Presto and is in production on Toy Story 3. He has also headed up Pixar’s animation intern training program for 2009.
Mr. Gordon studied animation in Vancouver, New York and New Jersey, and prior to his work at Pixar, he worked in the Looney Tunes division of Warner Brothers. He was awarded "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" by the Visual Effects Society for his work in Finding Nemo.
He has been teaching animation for over 10 years, lecturing around the world, including masterclasses in China, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Vancouver, London, and Italy. He is a contributing teacher to Animation Mentor and the CSU Summer Arts program. He is one of the founders of Spline Doctors (www.splinedoctors.com), a blog/podcast dedicated to animation education. He is currently helping develop and teach the new animation program at California College of Art in Oakland.
Tom Sito is a thirty-four year veteran of animated film production.
His screen credits include the Disney classics The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Pocahontas, Dinosaurs, and Fantasia 2000. Animation World Network called Tom "one of the key players in the Disney Animation Revival" ( January 2001 ). In 1995 he left a Disney to help set up the DreamWorks Animation unit. He worked on The Prince of Egypt, Antz, Paulie, Spirit-Stallion of the Cimmaron, and Shrek. Tom co-directed the animation for Warner Bros. Osmosis Jones, was a storyboard artist and animator for Warner’s Bros The Looney Tunes: Back in Action. He also lead the storyboard team for Fox’s Garfield the Movie in 2004.
Tom also helped animate the title sequence of City Slickers, the 1982 Emmy Award-winning ABC special Ziggy’s Gift, directed 22 hours of Saturday morning television including Fat Albert, He Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra, Biker Mice from Mars, Click and Clack’s As the Wrench Turns, and numerous commercials. His Taiwanese short Adventures in the NPM won first prize at the Japanese Anime Festival.
In 1998 he was named in Animation Magazine's list of the 100 Most Important People in Animation.