Bruno Degazio Develops Particle System for Music Composition – published in eContact

A serendipitous moment occurred in May 2012 when Bruno Degazio was asked by animator and fellow Bachelor of Animation Faculty member Dave Quesnelle for a piece of sound design for an animation project he was directing, entitled Sky Girl. This project was a co-production between students of Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation program and a similar program at the Communications University of China in Beijing. The film is based on a Huron Indian myth, which describes the creation of the world from the sound of the drum. The way the Hurons put the idea is, “The sound of the Drum is the heartbeat of Nature.”  Dave’s sound design idea was to have a chaotic mass of natural sounds — frogs, crickets, birds, and so on — which gradually coalesce into a rhythmic pulsation, and then merge with the rhythmic beating of the drum. This is how Bruno’s particle system research project… Read More

Disney filmmaker John Musker visits Sheridan College

By Anne Whitehead I quickly found myself to be the third wheel between old friends as I followed Nancy Beiman and John Musker around the Sheridan Animation department, looking at displays and meeting students. I later learned that Nancy and John have known each other for 38 years, after having studied animation together in the pioneering class of Character Animation at Cal Arts. Nancy was the only female classmate back then, and she remembers instructors being very tough. The program had been launched in order to stock Disney with animators following the surprise success of Aristocats, and was run by Disney at the time. The program is now an integral part of the Cal Arts curriculum. Now an animation teacher, Nancy showed John around Sheridan studios, stopping to watch student films. John encouraged every student he spoke to, enjoying their films even when he found them “a little left field”… Read More