Max the Mutt’s been working hard. Since the end of May, it’s been a very busy time for a small college!
First, we are working on an amazing new website that we hope will effectively keep everyone up to date on everything that’s happening at the college. On top of this, June was devoted to meeting with faculty and industry experts to take a look at all courses and update where needed:
There are significant changes in Layout for Animation, with the addition of Photoshop and 3D to the curriculum for both concept art and animation students. The industry is desperate for people who understand how critical layout is to the whole animation process, and it is expected that demand will increase! Long time animation pro Tim Deacon, who was impressed with the quality of our graduates (and had previously endorsed the college) stepped up to the plate and redesigned layout curriculum. Tim’s company has been handling layout for some major film projects for animation companies who find a lack of these skills in recently hired employees. He has designed our curriculum so that our graduates will be work ready for these jobs…and he’s agreed to instruct! Our thanks for all his hard work.
More hard work has been done by Jose Gascon and Tina Seemann. Jose, in co-ordination with Tina, has updated curriculum for teaching ToonBoom’s Harmony program and added an additional dedicated Harmony course. With the help of Sam Agro, the person who originally designed our Story Board courses, Storytelling and Story Development has now been reworked to keep the focus more on visual storytelling. This course will now follow a pre year 2 intensive for animation students in Film Language and Intro to Story Boarding.
It’s great to have Sam back as part of our community! He’s a consummate professional and has generously agreed to give us teaching time. Even though we are on summer break, Sam recently held one on one meetings with students entering year 3 to help them tighten up their film ideas.
Sam has years of experience doing boards both for animation and live action film. He is also a comedy skit actor and a writer.,,and a comic book artist!
Rob Rodas, a full time Animator for UbiSoft Toronto, came to numerous meetings to help hash out ways to help year 3 students improve drawing and posing skills. He’ll teach them an extra pre-semester intensive to prepare them for the demands of the coming academic year. Rob, a Max the Mutt graduate himself, is also heading up year 4 in September and worked with Tina Seemann to adapt the 4th year film project to the needs of this year’s 4th year students.
We’ve also been working to develop a way for students to share work with instructors using Google Docs. This would enable more feedback and a record of work completed for each course. Our hopes are that all courses except those using large paper (life drawing, for example) will eventually be included. For this semester,however, only computer based courses will be included.
A very recent change in company and position for CA instructor Sasa Radosavcevic, who is now a designer and concept artist working for Arc Productions.
And don’t forget to check out Dave Ross’ book, recently published by top publisher Watson Guptill (same people who publish Robert Beverly Hale’s books). Check out the previous blog post for info about the launch! https://maxthemutt.com/dave-ross-new-drawing-book-is-hot-off-the-press/