SYLLABUS + SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

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CTAN 522 Animation Department Seminar – Spring 2013
Class: Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm / SCB 104 / 1 unit
Seminar Blog: https://spring2013animationseminar.wordpress.com

Instructor: Mike Patterson – patte1@usc.edu
SA: Miguel Jiron – mjiron@usc.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-6pm / Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm

Week 1 – January 16
RICHARD LEMARCHAND
Co-lead game designer at Naughty Dog studio, Richard is best known for his work on the studio’s flagship Sony PlayStation game series, Uncharted, Uncharted 2: Among Theives, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune. He is a new faculty member in the interactive media division of SCA looking to create synergy between games and animation.

Week 2 – January 23
THE DREAMWORKS PIPELINE
Dreamworks outreach supervisors Grazia Como and Tiffany Feeney will outline the studio’s production pipeline from top to bottom. They will discuss outreach related initiatives and challenges targeting recent and upcoming graduates.

Week 3 – January 30
STUDENT SCREENINGS – Fall Work
Work from the following classes will be screened.
A pizza party will follow!
CTAN 101 – Introduction to the Art of Animation – Sheila Sofian
CTAN 495 – Visual Music – Mike Patterson
CTAN 544 – Introduction to the Art of Animation – Lisa Mann
CTAN 555 – Animation Production and Design – Mike Patterson + Candace Reckinger
CTAN 579 – Expanded Animation – Kathy Smith

Week 4 – February 6
GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY
Best known as creator, director, writer, and producer of both Dexter’s Laboratory (from his Calarts student film) and Samurai Jack, Tartakovsky is one of the most innovative and multitalented artists working in animation today. His work has earned multiple Emmy and Annie awards.  He recently directed Hotel Transylvania and is at work on a new film.

Week 5 – February 13
BRIAN KING
A musician and composer for film, Brian is the creator of the Scoring for Film and Television program at USC’s Thornton School of Music where he focused on the creative workflow between filmmaker and composer. Brian performed live in the first Rhythms +Visions / Expanded + Live visual music event in 2010.

Week 6 – February 20
DAVID ISAACS
David is an Emmy award winning writer and producer of sitcom and drama. He’s best known for his work on the Simpsons, Cheers, Fraisier, and Madmen. David recently launched the “Comedy@SCA” initiative along with Jack Epps and Barnett Kellman to help SCA students create work in comedy.

Week 7 – February 27
CARTER GOODRICH
Award winning character designer and art director for feature films and shorts. Best known for his work on Despicable Me, Ratatouille, Brave, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Shrek, and Prince of Egypt. Carter is also a well-known illustrator for print. His work includes 12 covers for The New Yorker, and editorial illustrations for numerous publications and books.

Week 8 – March 6
MEG AND JONATHAN WELLS
Creative directors of FLUX in Venice, CA.
Flux is a creative studio and global community celebrating film, art, music, design, and culture. Jonathan and Meg design and produce experiential events, curate and commission film, video and art programming and host events.

Week 9 – March 13
PETER CHUNG
Animation director, writer, character designer, and storyboard artist, Peter is best known for creating the Liquid TV series, Aeon Flux. Other works include Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, The Animatrix, and the new feature, Firebreather for Cartoon Network.

SPRING BREAK – March 20

Week 10 – March 27
ALEX MCDOWELL
A production designer on live action and animated films, Alex’s work includes Minority Report, Fight Club, Corpse Bride, Watchmen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Rise of the Guardians, and The Crow. His new research is in immersive design and lateral creative workflows.

Week 11 – April 3
JERRY BECK
A well known animation historian, author, and co-editor of the well known on-line blog, Cartoon Brew. He has produced, executive produced, consulted, curated animation with studios including Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Frederator. Jerry celebrates animation from it’s earliest days to it’s most innovative new forms.

Week 12 – APRIL 10
MASH-UP SCREENING !
This is an open screening of grad and undergrad animation work. There will be a sign up sheet for anyone wishing to screen works in progress and hear feedback from their classmates. The screening is meant to generate dialogue across DADA and make students aware of the work being done at our school.

Week 13 – APRIL 17
DADA GRADUATE PANEL
The panel’s focus: What have our recent graduates experienced in their quest to find careers in animation? How have they continued their animation practice?
The panel members will include: Melissa Bouwman, Joe Rothenberg, Lisa Anderson, Ryan Kravetz, Elizabeth Willy, Matt Friedlander, Debra Allison, and Greg Araya.

Week 14 – APRIL 24
PES!
The stop motion filmmaker PES will be our guest. We are in SCA 112 to allow for more students to attend.

Week 15 – MAY 1
ADOBE FIRST FRAME at the DGA
Annual screening of animation at the Directors’ Guild of America

Final – MAY 8
STUDENT SCREENINGS – Spring Work
Work from Production 1 and other classes will screen followed by a party.

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