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

John Kahrs’ Paperman Oscar sends Sheridan Animation Students a ‘Selfie’

A couple of months ago, we hosted John Kahrs, a Disney animator who made a short film called Paperman. He showed his film to a packed audience and spent hours with students looking at their reels. Then Paperman got nominated for an academy award and we thought the least we could do was send him our congratulations. Then Paperman won for Best Short Animated film and John Kahrs made sure we knew, sending us this pic of his trophy and our card. – Angela Stukator, Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design