Instructor: Mike Patterson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Class: Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm / SCB 104 / 1 unit
SA: Javier Barbosa – email@example.com
Office Hours: Wed 2-5:30pm / Thurs 12:30-2:00pm
The John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Art (Hench-DADA) Seminar serves as a weekly academic forum in which guest animators, visual artists, researchers and filmmakers discuss their work and ideas. Distinguished special guests, as well as USC faculty, will engage the class on various aspects of animation, research, new media and education. Exposure to this diversity of viewpoints, creative output and professional experience will serve to inspire the students, encourage new avenues of exploration, and facilitate career planning.
Seminar also provides an opportunity for the DADA program to gather as a community once a week to discuss specific issues that pertain to classes, productions, and events; and to make announcements of general interest.
The class will sometimes run as late as 9pm. Please be prepared to stay on those occasions. On May 2nd, the final exam period for the class, we will have a screening of student projects and a party afterwards.
I encourage active participation with our guests…. don’t be shy. Our guests are visiting USC to and share their knowledge and engage with the students. Questions, comments, and observations will enrich the experience and expand the discussion.
Attendance will be taken each week. Please turn off all cell phones, mobile media and light emitting devices during the class. No food, drink, water, or gum will be allowed in the theater.
CTAN 522 is a credit/no credit class based on weekly attendance and student reports about the people and topics discussed in seminar. There are 15 class meetings. To pass the class, you must attend at least 13 classes and submit a report each week on the blog. Blog reports are due by 5pm on Tuesday of the following week. Each report should include description of what you learned from that night’s speaker(s) (100 to 500 words).
Posting Weekly on the Blog
The class blog is: https://spring2012seminar.wordpress.com
Click on the “Leave a Comment” link at the bottom right corner of the post. A text box will appear below. Under the “Guest” tab, enter your email address and full name. Be sure to include your name each time, since it’s difficult to tell who firstname.lastname@example.org really is. You do not need to create an account in order to post. Proceed to write in your comment. Click on the “Post Comment” Tab to submit your entry.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:
Week 1 – January 11
RICHARD TAYLOR – Live action, animation, games cinematics director-designer
Week 2 – January 18
PAUL GAILIUNAS / HELEN HILL – Independent animator-filmmakers
Week 3 – January 25
CURT SCHULKEY – Sound supervisor-editor for animation and live action features
Week 4 – February 1
RYAN HONEY – Creative Director BUCK Studio
Week 5 – February 8:
TRIXY SWEETVITTLES – Animator/filmmaker
Week 6 – February 15
STUDENT SCREENINGS – Projects from CTAN544, CTAN555, +TBD
Week 7 – February 22
FRED SEIBERT – Animation producer and founder of Frederator
Week 8 – February 29
JARRETT SMITH and GREG HERMANOVIC – Touch Designer artists, visual music and installation
Week 9 – March 7
DENNIS TUPIKOFF – Animator/filmmaker
BREAK – March 14
Week 10 – March 21
USC GRADUATES – Panel discussion on working and art making, post-graduation
Week 11 – March 28
QUAYOLA – Visual Music Performance and Installation artist
Week 12 – APRIL 4
ANIMATING CHARACTER PERFORMANCE – Animator panel from Dreamworks
Week 13 – APRIL 11
CHRISTINE PANUSHKA – Animator/filmmaker
Week 14 – APRIL 18
STORYTELLING WITH COLOR – Kathy Altieri from Dreamworks
Week 15 – APRIL 25
FIRST FRAME – Screening at the DGA
Final – MAY 9
STUDENT SCREENINGS – Projects from CTAN470, CTAN547, +TBD, pizza party