An­i­ma­tion mas­ters pro­vide guid­ance

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AS­PIR­ING an­i­ma­tors ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence Hol­ly­wood an­i­ma­tion, en­ter­tain­ment art and pro­duc­tion de­sign can fi­nally learn about top-notch tools of the trade from three Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio mas­ters – head of story Matthew Luhn, pro­duc­tion de­signer and char­ac­ter de­signer Ricky Nierva and an­i­ma­tion di­rec­tor An­drew Gor­don.

Th­ese three lead­ing Pixar ex­perts are headed to The One Academy to lead an­i­ma­tion stu­dents in a trans­for­ma­tional ex­pe­ri­ence that will help them stand out in the boom­ing world of dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment art.

Luhn leads Pixar’s an­i­ma­tion team as Story Su­per­vi­sor and as Lead In­struc­tor to Pixar Story In­tern­ship. With over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, Luhn has con­trib­uted to big stu­dios and ti­tles such as In­dus­trial Light & Magic, The Simp­sons, Wild Brain En­ter­tain­ment and, of course, the award-win­ning Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios.

He has worked in an­i­ma­tions such as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Mon­sters Inc., Find­ing Nemo, Cars, Rata­touille, UP, Toy Story 3 and Mon­sters Univer­sity.

Nierva is an award-win­ning En­ter­tain­ment Art and Char­ac­ter De­sign mas­ter. He has worked with ta­lented artists at Turner Fea­ture An­i­ma­tion, Warner Brothers, Baer An­i­ma­tion and Hanna Bar­bera.

As a se­nior Pixar Artist since 1997, Nierva has worked on Toy Story 2 and Mon­sters Inc. He was awarded the An­nie Award for his char­ac­ter in Find­ing Nemo and the Pro­duc­tion De­signer for films UP and Mon­sters Univer­sity.

Gor­don is an an­i­ma­tion ex­pert who has taught in­ten­sive an­i­ma­tion through­out the world for more than 10 years. As a lead­ing an­i­ma­tion di­rec­tor in Pixar Stu­dio, Gor­don is one of the founders of pop­u­lar an­i­ma­tion blog/pod­cast Spline Doc­tors.

His work can be seen in Mike Wa­zowki from Mon­sters Inc., Gill from Find­ing Nemo, Edna Mode from The In­cred­i­bles and Lin­guini from Rata­touille.

He has been an­i­mat­ing char­ac­ters at Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios for more than 16 years and has worked on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, to name a few.

Dur­ing the learn­ing ses­sions, the lead­ing ex­perts will dis­cuss and demon­strate key skills re­lated to story de­vel­op­ment, char­ac­ter de­sign and an­i­ma­tion, be­sides shar­ing their tech­niques in pro­duc­ing suc­cess­ful an­i­mated films.

Ev­ery­thing rang­ing from pre-pro­duc­tion to sto­ry­board com­po­si­tion and char­ac­ter to set de­signs will be touched on.

Stu­dents will also learn through ques­tio­nand-an­swer and cri­tique ses­sions, while the ex­perts re­veal the cre­ative in­spi­ra­tions to mo­ti­vate stu­dents to cre­ate suc­cess­ful an­i­ma­tions and films.

Stu­dents will also ac­quire un­der­stand­ing on how to pol­ish their tech­niques.

They will take part in a demo reel ses­sion with An­drew Gor­don. Open to stu­dents who want to re­ceive con­struc­tive crit­i­cism pro­fes­sion­ally and sub­se­quently, this ses­sion de­vel­ops a bet­ter sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity in im­prov­ing dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion projects.

The One Academy con­tin­ues to en­sure that stu­dents are nur­tured in line with in­dus­try­driven and prac­ti­cal coach­ing ap­proaches cou­pled with its mas­ters-train-mas­ters teach­ing phi­los­o­phy.

This has proven to be ef­fec­tive in cre­ative ed­u­ca­tion as it goes on to pro­duce count­less in­ter­na­tional ex­perts for the world.

The One Academy aims to nur­ture stu­dents as next-gen­er­a­tion lead­ers of pro­fes­sional an­i­ma­tion pro­duc­tion through its “Mas­ters Train Mas­ters” phi­los­o­phy.

This en­ables stu­dents to pick the best brains in the in­dus­try while be­com­ing lead­ing ex­perts them­selves.

The One Academy em­ploys qual­ity aca­demic staff to en­hance stu­dents’ learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ed­u­ca­tion stan­dard.

For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

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