Deakin students’ incredible opportunity as Pixar animators hit Melbourne for Masterclass
Fifty Deakin University Animation and Motion Capture students will get their dream animation opportunity when they attend a Master class this Friday and Saturday (April 5 and 6) with other industry professionals given by Pixar Animation Studios’ Matthew Luhn (Head of Story) and Andrew Gordon (Animator).
The Masterclass which has sold out has been geared to experienced animators, story writers, students and animation enthusiasts.
Deakin’s head of animation, Ms Rose Woodcock, said it was great to have the event coinciding with the first year of Deakin's new Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture).
Director of Deakin’s Motion Lab, Professor Kim Vincs said the Masterclass was the result of the university’s close relationship with Vanarts, the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts which is ranked 11th in the world for schools for animation, gaming and design.
“The Pixar animators will only be visiting one other capital city, so this is a real coup for Melbourne as well as Deakin,” she said.
“Our students already have access to some of the best facilities and the Motion Capture studio is known for its motion capture work, some of which can be seen in the Toohey’s Nocturnal Migration television commercial and 7 Up.
“The students who participate in the class will have a real edge as the advertising industry is crying out for animation professionals.”
Professor Vincs said the University was very excited to be hosting the two Pixar artists.
“Matthew Luhn began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as an Animator on the very first CG movie, Toy Story,” she said.
“Since that time, Matthew has worked as a Storyboard Artist generating new ideas and characters on Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, U and Toy Story 3.
“Andrew Gordon worked in the Looney Tunes division of Warner Brothers and has been animating characters at Pixar Animation Studios for 16 years.
“ He joined Pixar in 1997 where he has been an Animator on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Toy Story 3.
“It is going to be a real thrill.”
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