Five College Visiting Assistant Professor of Animation
Will is the co-founder and a creative at Open Pixel Studios in Springfield, MA. He's done creative 2D and 3D animation and post-production work for several high profile clients including Disney, Microsoft, Lego, Pepsi, IBM, and GE.
This course will guide students through the animation pipeline for 2D motion graphics and will explore the entire Adobe Suite of Programs including a heavy emphasis on Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. You will also gain a deep level of understanding of the 12 Principles of animation, organizing your writing for animated spots, and how to apply traditional animation methods to new-age tools. No prior knowledge of animation required. Key words: animation, production, motion design
In this course, students will experience working together through a small studio model. Breaking up into small teams, students will come up with one motion design project together on a topic of their choosing. Project topics must address a current social, political, racial, or systemic problem in American culture. Students will be assigned multiple roles dedicated to the completion of that project and may include both artistic production, creative direction, and producing positions. Each team will be evaluated as a unit on quality, teamwork, effort, and timeliness of deliverables. Completion of CS147 is required to register for this course. Key words: animation, production, motion design
In this course, students will take a deep dive into the back end functionality of several animation studio business models to gain an understanding of how the animation industry operates: the roles, positions, and salaries that exist and the role that animation as a medium plays at larger studios, corporations, and in the economy. Students will use class time to develop a working reel, gain an understanding of the roles available to them, and learn the ins and outs of freelance animation as it pertains to their work now and in the future.