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Stop-Motion Animation Lab Places Woodbury on Front Lines of Training for Creative Industries
At Woodbury Lab, One of West's Top-Ranked Animation Programs, the Next Generation of Filmmakers Merge Art and Technology to Shape Professional Careers
By: Woodbury University
As the 2017-18 academic year gets rolling, Woodbury's animation students are in their best-ever position to learn true state-of-the-
While hand-drawn animation is captured on paper or cells, and computer-generated images are designed entirely on-screen, Stop-Motion Animation is shot frame-by-frame with a digital SLR camera, to capture the subtle movements of characters, sets and props. According to Woodbury Animation Professor Ric Heitzman -- a four-time Emmy Award winner and a veteran animation series director, art director and production designer -- a single scene (https://drive.google.com/
Most early-stage animators enter the program expecting to gain employment as an artist drawing two-dimensional characters, Heitzman noted, but the Stop-Motion lab – which can seem old school -- can be a game-changer. "Hand-
Woodbury's Stop Motion Lab is a professional-
Students using the Stop-Motion Animation Lab learn the secrets of animating materials shot in three-dimensional space and experiment with lighting, staging and camera placement on one of the studio's four stop-motion stages. Students have access to software programs expressly designed for shooting Stop-Motion Animation, equipment used in creating and rendering 3D stage sets, and learn to make puppets and other characters, sets and props using 3D printers.
"At Woodbury, our Animation curriculum has been developed with the needs of our students and trends in the animation field in mind," said Sue Vessella, dean of the School of Media, Culture & Design at Woodbury and herself a veteran animator. "Ric has led the development of a truly professional-
According to Heitzman, students who complete the BFA degree in Animation and a professional internship often find themselves on the inside track when exploring employment opportunities at a who's who of Hollywood-area leaders in animation – from Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Hasbro Studios and Chiodo Bros. to Blu Pix Entertainment, Acme Filmworks, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation, Titmouse Studios and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, among others.
"I've also had some success with students making CG models, translating them into 3D printing and then reanimating them, which – in this world of animation – is the most complicated form of animation there is," Heitzman said. "We've got students working at that level." '
About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. The university ranks 15th among the nation's "25 Colleges That Add the Most Value," according to Money Magazine, was voted "Best Graduate School" in the Los Angeles Daily News 2017 Readers Choice Awards, and is a 2017-18 College of Distinction. Woodbury was a finalist for the General Community Service Award, a part of the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognition program. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development. Visit woodbury.edu (https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/
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