Bulk content, virtual cameras, compositing…how do you explain concepts like these to your grandmother?
“Animation like Shrek,” is how recent graduate Trevor Danehy often summed up his courses for the non-tech savvy. But that doesn’t begin to cover it.
Students in the electronic art and animation program explore the places where fine art and new technologies intersect, creating groundbreaking work. One such project is The Terri Dreams, a production that combines filmed and animated pieces with live theatre for a unique audience experience. More than 60 students from various majors worked on the project, which culminated in a live performance in Sursa Performance Hall that had audience members on their feet applauding.
Danehy worked on the animation portion of one dream, syncing it to an original music composition by another student. For him, the project was a lesson in collaboration, in combining his talents with those of others and seeing the wonderful things that can result. The experience gave him a taste of what it’s like to work in the real world—one of the outcomes of immersive learning.
“The industry is coming together,” says Danehy. “There are no more one-man armies.”