Moana mo­ti­vates bud­ding an­i­ma­tors


Stu­dents of South­ern Cross Cam­pus (SCC) who have shown an in­ter­est in an­i­ma­tion now have ac­cess to 15 spe­cially set up com­put­ers.

Do­nated by the An­i­ma­tion Col­lege, the stu­dents will learn all there is to the art - from pre­pro­duc­tion through to the fin­ished prod­uct.

An­i­ma­tion Col­lege sales and marketing di­rec­tor and 2D an­i­ma­tor, Gene Har­ris saw a real need to help the stu­dents at SCC af­ter see­ing they didn’t have PCs set up for an­i­ma­tion.

‘‘There are a lot of su­per ta­lented kids in south Auck­land and we are keen to pro­vide some ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties and ca­reer paths for them,’’ he says.

He has also been talk­ing to soft­ware part­ners to of­fer ac­cess to dig­i­tal soft­ware train­ing and com­puter hard­ware.

Through ac­cess to their sup­plier part­ner Xce­rio who of­fers cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for dig­i­tal soft­ware, they have dis­cussed pro­vid­ing a ‘‘free lo­gin to on­line learn­ing tools, specif­i­cally train­ing in Adobe Cre­ative Suite,’’ he says.

Year 12 stu­dent and an­i­ma­tion en­thu­si­ast, Natalia Na­tini says the lat­est Disney flick Moana has in­spired her to get se­ri­ous about it. She wants to learn how to ‘‘con­trol car­toon characters’’.

If she had the chance to cre­ate her own an­i­ma­tion film, she says it would be based on Poly­ne­sian characters.

An­other stu­dent, Mahuta Wil­liam says he would base his characters on the Ja­panese manga se­ries Naruto and nin­jas.

‘‘Naruto in­flu­ences me to cre- ate my own characters,’’ he says.

Most of the stu­dents have shown an in­ter­est in draw­ing characters like Manga and an­ime.

‘‘A lot of our stu­dents are into Naruto and Dragon Ball. At the art depart­ment, we broaden that [in­ter­est] with lo­cal in­flu­ences. We look at the an­i­ma­tion that has come through New Zealand,’’ Head of Vis­ual Arts at the school, Susie Gil­roy says.

The school’s prin­ci­pal Robin Sta­ples says it’s about un­der­stand­ing new ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for the stu­dents.

‘‘It’s not only about the money for the hard­ware and soft­ware, it’s about see­ing how an­i­ma­tion works in ca­reers for the kids. And the con­nec­tion of tra­di­tional art with dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion is hugely ex­cit­ing.’’

A new An­i­ma­tion Col­lege Manukau cam­pus is set to launch in April de­liv­er­ing a Diploma in Ap­plied An­i­ma­tion Level 6.

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