Gnomon Adds New Classes. Gnomon Inc., a Hollywood-based professional institute specializing in training for visual effects for film, television and games, has added five new courses to their curriculum for the Spring term which began April 12. The three foundation classes are: The History of Visual Effects in Film (taught by Doug Nichols), Production Communication (Harrison Ellenshaw) and Texture, Form and Surface Analysis (Andrea Paolino). Digital Sets (taught by Eric Hanson) and Maya to RenderMan (Jason MacLeod) are the two new computer courses. The classes are all taught by industry professionals who work at studios such as Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Imagineering, Dream Quest Imaging and Cinesite Digital Studios. The Gnomon curriculum has been developed with guidance from the Alliance for Digital Production Trainers (ADEPT) whose members are training managers from various studios including Blue Sky, DreamWorks, VIFX and Sony Pictures Imageworks. For additional information visit

George Lucas & Steven Spielberg Give To USC School Of Cinema-Television. George Lucas has donated $1.5 million, while Steven Spielberg has donated $500,000 to the USC School of Cinema-Television to help fund the new, yet-to-be-built Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. The Lucas money will help build a sound stage which will be named for Akira Kurosawa. In addition to the Kurosawa digital stages with motion-control computers, the Zemeckis Center will feature non-linear editing and shooting systems; CGI classrooms and multimedia cable connections; a screening room with studio-quality 16mm, 35mm and video projection capabilities; a digital editing bullpen with at least 60 stations; suites for digital sound and picture editing; and digital compositing equipment such as a Quantel Domino special effects workstation. Dean Elizabeth Daley praised both individuals stating, "With his gift, George Lucas continues to demonstrate his heartfelt support of filmmaking talent at USC. Steven is such an enthusiastic supporter of the School of Cinema-Television. He understands how vital it is for young filmmakers to be trained on the most advanced technological systems."

College Offers New MFA In Computer Animation. International Fine Arts College, founded in 1965, has received approval from the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities to offer the Master of Fine Arts in Computer Animation. Classes will begin January 2000. The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Computer Animation is a studio based, sixty credit program focusing on animation utilizing the Silicon Graphics platform with Alias|Wavefront Maya software. The Animation Studio boasts 63 SGI O2s running the latest versions of Alias|Wavefront's Maya, 3D Studio Paint, and Composer. For editing, students will use Discreet Logic Flint running on an Octane. International Fine Arts College is a private, art and design college located in Miami, Florida.

SVA Animates Yale Study. Yale University's Child Study Center, a division of Yale Medical School, has chosen New York's School of Visual Arts' Animation Department to create an animated film for use in autism research studies. The animation will test the brain systems involved in social understanding, allowing investigators to test specific hypotheses about autism. The animated experiments will portray human interaction with geometric shapes. Reeves Lehmann, Chair of the School's Film Video and Animation Department, is the executive producer and advisor; Aaron Geller, a 1998 SVA alumnus and staff member of HBO NYC, is producer and director.

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