Laika Visits Sheridan College to Recruit Animators

“Betse Green, Recruitment Manager from the animation company Laika, paid a visit to Sheridan on March 12, 2013.  Sheridan has long been a destination on her list and we were very happy that she made a trip for us.  Laika has set up a formal College/University relations program, through which they will be hiring interns, including students who are returning to school and graduates.  Betse spoke to our 3rd and 4th year Bachelor of Animation students, as well as post graduate Computer Graphics students, and she held portfolio reviews with selected students.  Betse was looking for students showing interest in stop motion, Computer Graphics and story & design.  We hope that Betse and Laika will bring some Sheridan students on board soon as both interns and in permanent roles.  Betse had great feedback on our students and commented that they seemed eager, bright and very talented.  She was proud to bring back her notes to her Art Directors to review. ”

– This account was provided by Co-operative Education Adviser, Steven Khan.

Associate Dean Angela Stukator Reporting From The Game Developers’ Conference in San Fran.

“This week, the city of San Fracisco is occupied by thousands of game designers, developers and educators from all corners of the globe. It’s a wild scene with swarms of game enthusiasts filing into the Moscone conference centre to learn about what’s hot and not in the game industry.

Avrim Katzman, Nicolas Hesler, Max Piesner and I [Associate Dean Angela Stukator] are crossing paths occasionally as we try and cover as much ground as possible. The first two days are boot camps in animation and game design (Nic’s stompin ground) and summits on education (that’s mine) and game narrative (Max’s). There have been some great papers and panels with titles that speak volumes: “Taste like chicken -authenticity in a totally fake world”, “Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” “Evolving the emotional content of games”, and “we are not heroes- contextualizing violence through narrative”.

There are lots of major players giving these talks – Colleen Macklin from Parsons, Mary Flanagan from Dartmouth, Tracy Fullerton from USC, and artists like Warren Spector and Ian Dallas, among many others. The exhibition floor opens today (Wednesday) and Sheridan will be there in booth 231. More tales to tell no doubt as partners, alumni and attendees drop by to check out our reel and our extensive collection of cool swag.”

– This post was written by Sheridan’s Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design and emailed to Anne Whitehead for publication