Category Archives: Lectures & Workshop

Analogue: The Importance of Context

The connotation of a message depends entirely on the context of the subject. On March 25th at the Llewellyn Gallery at Alfred State College, I attended Analogue, an exhibit created by Michael Bosworth, which is an example of how context and … Continue reading

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LA Times Animation Roundtable

There is a unique ability in animation to synthesize all aspects in art. In an LA times interview with five lead animators from different companies and films, establish the variation in requirements in animation to create something special.

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Art Spiegelman CO-MIX: A Retrospective

 Co-Mix: A Retrospective, is an art exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York City until March 23, showcasing  the work of Art Spiegelman. Art Spiegelman is a cartoonist, graphic artist, writer, and editor, most well known for his pulitzer … Continue reading

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Sketch Night at the Society of Illustrators

In late July, I had the chance to go to the sketch night hosted by the Society of Illustrators in New York City. From 6:30 to 9:30, live professional models would take a pose for ten to forty minutes. I … Continue reading

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Pierre Perifel: Facial Expression in Animation

It is assumed that capturing realism in animation is the key to conveying true emotion in a character. This is not true. Not even in live action films is this true. An actor is not trying to convey what is … Continue reading

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Max Maléo: Animating From Start to Finish

While most of the lectures have focused on learning about animation the lecture given by Max Maléo focused on the actual animation process from start to finish. Max Maléo has been working on a short film Batz for the past … Continue reading

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Yoshimichi Tamura: Mannerisms in a Character

One of the most important things in character animation is finding the best way to portray that character to an audience. The topic of Yoshi Tamura ‘s lecture was how portraying a character can tell the story of the whole piece.

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Shōji Kawamori: The International Animation Industry and the Keys to Design

Having the fortunate timing of studying animation in Paris, while the Japan Expo was also taking place, Gobelins Summer School arranged for a quick lecture to be given by Shōji Kawamori.

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Koji Takeuchi: Acting Animation in Japan

It is important to understand that in the majority of Japanese animation, reliance on movement in the character to convey emotion is not put into the forefront, but while the movement is limited, the ability to understand the meaning behind … Continue reading

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Florent de La Taille: The Technical Side of Animation

Out of all the lectures at Gobelins, Florent went the most in depth into the animation process. All the information that is rarely talked about, he talked about and gave a more intricate understanding of the technical and drafting work … Continue reading

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Kyle Balda: Acting in Animation

The main goal of animating a character is to create empathy in an entertaining way. The topic of Kyle Balda’s lecture at Gobelins was how to make a character act in an empathetic way, as well as the the technical … Continue reading

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Tunnel of Oppression Installment

For Alfred State Programing Board, I, along with three other members of APB volunteered to make an installment for Tunnel of Oppression.  Tunnel of Oppression is a showcase in which the clubs on campus can make an exhibit based on an issue … Continue reading

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Eco Art Tech: The Variation of Audience

On the 10th of this month, Lelia Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint, the two founders of Eco Art Tech, gave a presentation on their films and artwork. The focus of the presentation was sustainability and technology, and how the two can be … Continue reading

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A Hundred Different Skies: Touring Vicarious Visions

While the American game industry is focused in California, I was able to take a tour earlier this January of Vicarious Visions, a predominate game design company located in Albany, New York. Vicarious Visions has a repertoire of games which … Continue reading

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Paper Jam and How it Relates to Visual Communication

On the 7th I had the privilege of working on a Paper Jam hosted by my college. While it is not similar to anything I have done in my Visual Communication class, I believe it does relate to the concept of Visual … Continue reading

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Disney’s Wreck it Ralph

This weekend, I got a chance to see Disney’s new animated movie Wreck-it Ralph, which was perfect because now I get to write about it for class.

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Uses of Photoshop: Bridges Music Video

On November 8th my college premiered a music video which a few of the upperclassmen in my major were working on for a local band. At the premier, the storyboards, original artwork, and props used in the video were displayed. The … Continue reading

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Exhibit: Boundary Hunters

A new exhibit called “Boundary Hunters” opened at the university across from my college on October 26th of 2012. The exhibit displayed abstract works by a range of different artist’s. Each piece showed a different technique while still unifying with the other … Continue reading

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My Daily Shoes

As of this moment, I only own three pairs of shoes: a pair of dress shoes, a pair of winter shoes, and my daily shoes. My daily shoes are three year old converse high tops I got at the mall … Continue reading

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