Writer, animation story artist and director Brenda Chapman recently visited Trafalgar campus to speak to Sheridan Bachelor of Animation and Computer Animation students about the techniques and strategies of visual storytelling. That evening, MacDoanld-Heaslip Theatre was packed with artists eager to learn more Brenda’s words of wisdom despite a blizzard brewing outside.
Home to Canada’s largest arts school, Sheridan College has been teaching animation since 1971, and today offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in animation, as well as three post-graduate programs in computer animation, visual effects and character animation. Our graduates include Oscar nominees and winners who have helped fuel the surge in popularity of animated films by studios including Pixar, DreamWorks and Disney. Most recently, Animation Career Review named Sheridan as No. 1 among the top 100 animation schools in the world. Sheridan also offers an innovative Bachelor of Game Design and a cluster of high-demand graduate certificate programs in the gaming discipline.
BY: LUCAS CASALETTO As Oscar season heats up, we turned to Animation faculty member Nancy Beiman, who will cast one of the votes on the nominated entries. Nancy has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) since 1996. AMPAS members get advanced screenings of films in the Academy theatre in Los Angeles. There are also special screenings in New York, San Francisco, London, England, Vail, Colorado, although none in Toronto. Nancy described the process of being asked to be a member of the AMPAS.
Sheridan opened its Trafalgar Campus to prospective students and their families for Open House on Saturday, November 15. In addition to the usual activities and tours of our Open House, for the third year in a row, FAAD added “Portfolio Day.” This gave prospective students in Animation, Game Design, Illustration, Photography, Bachelor of Design and Interior Design a chance to have their portfolios reviewed by our faculty members. For the Bachelor of Animation alone, over 150 applicants from across Canada lined up with their families for a chance to have their work reviewed by our professors and experts. We opened our doors at 11 am, with the last students seeking portfolio interviews staying until 4 pm. Students were also able to visit our studios, see demonstrations and meet the dean, associate deans and program coordinators. Couldn’t make it to Sheridan’s Open House to check out our creative campus? Well, you can get… Read More
Over 100 academics from around the world gathered at Corus Quay in Toronto last week to attend the 26th annual Society of Animation Studies (SAS) Conference. Sheridan is the first applied institution to host the prestigious conference, in recognition of its rich history in the field of animation and the quality of its graduates, many of whom attended the conference as presenters. This year also marked the first time the conference was held in Canada. “The SAS conference is a terrific forum to discuss animation from a multitude of perspectives,” said Tony Tarantini, Professor of Animation at Sheridan and the Conference Chair. Tarantini led a panel on the first day of the event which coincided with the closing day of the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) . The panel, titled “40 Years of Sheridan,” featured Sheridan alumni panelists Kris Pearn, Director of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,… Read More
Over the past month, our own Animation faculty Nancy Beiman has been interviewed twice on the subject of her class at CalArts in the 70s, first for Vanity Fair and then for NPR radio. Nancy’s peers at CalArts included names now famous in the Animation industry, like: Tim Burton, Henry Selick, Mike Giaimo, Brad Bird, Gary Trousdale, John Lasseter and John Musker. Read the Vanity Fair article here. Listen to the interview on NPR here. To learn more about Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation program, click here.
Thursday April 25 had been penciled into the planners of graduating Sheridan Bachelor of Animation students and Toronto animation professionals for months as the day when industry pros would come to Sheridan to view student films. Sure enough, by the time animation splashed onto Sheridan’s SCAET screen, the theatre was so full that people were sitting in the isles. Following screenings, industry professionals were able to interview students for positions at their animation and gaming companies (and these interviews are continuing today). Students mounted displays of their films, 3D set designs, posters and more in the Trafalgar campus Learning Commons, and industry representatives toured around meeting students one-on-one. The campus was all abuzz with the excitement felt by students who were releasing their work into the world for the first time, and by potential employers who were keen to recruit the very best talent that Sheridan has to offer. Industry… Read More