Animation masters provide guidance
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.
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