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.
On Friday Oct 7, the theme for the 14th annual 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students was announced as Walls. Keeping in mind that walls can be both metaphorical and physical, students were challenged with creating a 30 second animated film that includes a wall in one form or another. Students from around the world worked in teams of 5 to complete a 30 second animated film from scratch. The competition set a new record this year with over 690 students participating from 29 schools from around the world. The final works were reviewed by a panel of industry artists. Sheridan placed 7th in the competition with numerous others in the top 50. Congratulations to all the award-winning films.
Earlier in May, 3rd Year Sheridan animation student Vladimir Mokhov won first place at the first Ubisoft NXT Showcase for Animation. The NXT Showcase is an annual competition designed to put a spotlight on local art and game development student talent ready to kick-start their careers in the industry. In its third year, the competition welcomed student submissions from 10 post-secondary schools in Ontario. Animation was a new discipline added to the showcase this year. The winners of the Modeller and Animation Apprenticeships will spend three months working with the some of the industry’s top talent, contributing to games being created at the studio. With 83 Ontario art and animation students competing for the coveted NXT Showcase Apprenticeship awards, Vladimir Mokhov won a highly-sought after apprenticeship with Ubisoft Toronto, a Microsoft Surface Book, and a Ubisoft Toronto prize pack. This year, in addition to the 1st place winners, Ubisoft Toronto offered apprenticeships to… Read More
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.
Animation alumnus (2013) Ben Anders’ film Jo Minkus was released by Nickelodeon International after being picked up in 2014 in their International Shorts program, the Network’s annual search designed to identify and develop new ideas and up-and-coming animation talent. Ben created Jo Minkus during his time at Sheridan College where he did a sample of the film right before graduating.
Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation program released seven films that were featured on Supernova‘s live website today (September 10th 2015), preceding their event to be held on September 18th, 2015. The “Animated Film Lounge” was created with the help of Animation professor Nancy Beiman and showcases current Sheridan students and post-graduates who worked on various films as part of their 2015 Capstone projects.
Eight members of Nelvana Limited stopped by Sheridan to help third and fourth year Animation students with their portfolios and group films. Nelvana develops, produces and distributes animated content, and is part of the Corus Kids Television entertainment portfolio. Corus Entertainment has also owned Nelvana since 2002. Helen LeBeau, Vice President of Production and Broadcast Operations at Corus, was among the presenters who spoke to students in the evening of the event.
Sheridan College’s own Chris Walsh, professor for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Animation program, released the latest trailer for his upcoming horror short film “The Shutterbug Man”.
With the end of this school year comes a wave of exhibits by Sheridan Animation, Arts and Design students. This week, the Sheridan Gallery at Trafalgar campus has taken on a distinctive woody smell as graduating students of the Crafts and Design: Furniture program display their final projects. Included are many imaginative table, chair and cabinet designs, many of which are also for sale to the public. If you did not get a chance to check out this exhibit, do not despair! All the graduating Crafts and Design students in the furniture, glass, textiles and ceramics programs will have their work exhibited at the gallery during our Open House, on April 27th. The Arts Open House will include many exhibits and special demonstrations worth seeing. We hope to see you there!