and FIT hosted a Free 3D Animation Career Advancement Seminar: on Friday Jan
13th, 2006 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at John
E. Reeves Great Hall (FIT).
The 3DTi Career Advancement Seminar turned out
to be a great success, with approximately 200 aspiring animators in attendance
to meet and gain animation career advice from our panel
of industry experts which consisted of animation company owners and savvy industry
recruiters who shared their insights on how to launch a 3D Animation career
in today’s market.
The panelists included Chryssa Cooke (independent recruiter for animation companies, formerly with Orphanage and PDI), Scott Sindorf (Co-Founder/Executive Creative Director of UVPHACTORY), Lucien Harriot (CEO of New York-based Mechanism Digital, Inc). The panel
covered topics which featured some of the latest trends in the animation industry,
a discussion on the growing industry demand for skilled animators, the basics
of the hiring process and tremendous importance of a quality demo reel. In addition,
they critiqued three demo reels, chosen in advance from submissions. A Question
and Answer session followed with the evening ending in a raffle of attractive
prizes for some of the lucky participants.
from right to left Chryssa Cooke, Scott Sindorf, Lucien Harriot )
Cooke: Chryssa Cooke has recruited animation talent for such
prestigious animation companies as The Orphanage, Inc, (San Francisco), and
PDI/DreamWorks (Redwood City). Starting her career in professional theater,
Ms Cooke loves the challenge of “finding new talent and then watching
them blossom.” At PDI, she worked in the Commercial and Feature Effects
Division of Production subsequently moving over to work with the Producer and
Production Manager on “Shrek 4D” and “Madagascar.” In
2003, Ms. Cooke took a position at The Orphanage, where she was responsible
for the hiring, orientation and training of all employees, sometimes recruiting
as many as 75 employees on an average of three recruiting pushes per year.
founded in 1999 by three ILM visual effects veterans, specializes in motion
picture and broadcast production, high-end vfx and animation services, as well
as digital filmmaking technology development. Projects include commercials for
BMW/Sprint, Dr. Pepper and Nike; film work includes “Sin City,”
“Hero,” “Hellboy” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”
Sindorf: Scott Sindorf is Principal/Co-Founder/Executive Creative
Director of UVPHACTORY (UVPH), the Manhattan-based design and production studio.
The six-year-old motion design company offers a complete range of creative services
for broadcast, commercial, film, and music video clients.
UVPHACTORY is currently completing a total network redesign for BET; the design
of the soon-to-be-launched Al Jezeera International network; filming a spot
with Alicia Keyes for BET; a current SCI FI movie campaign, and have just completed
the design of the new AT&T logo. Since its formation, the company has attracted
a diverse client base including AOL, AT&T, BET, Bravo, Cartoon Network,
CBS, Cinemax, Cingular, Coca-Cola, Comedy Central, ESPN, FOX Sports, General
Electric, HBO, IBM, IFC, Miramax, MTV, NBC, Scripps Networks, SCI FI Network,
Showtime, USA, US Cellular, VH1, and VOOM HD Network, among many others.
Harriot: Lucien Harriot is founder
and CEO of NYC-based, Mechanism Digital, Inc, a New York City-based digital
production, animation, and visual effects boutique. An animator, programmer
and artist, and Vice-Chair of the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, Mr.
Harriot began his career in post production in 1989 as an animator for commercials.
Since then, he has amassed a wide spectrum of credits including Coca-Cola, Hasbro,
MTV, Nissan, AT&T and HBO, as well as providing computer animation for film
and television clients.
As Animation Director for NBC “Dateline’s”
airplane specials, including “Flight 232” and “Wing and a
Prayer,” Mr. Harriot’s company has researched and re-enacted several
airplane tragedies utilizing a range of effects from simple text overlays to
3D animation. Immediately following 9/11, as Visualization Director on a World
Trade Center Project, he was called upon to re-create a 3D real time model of
the WTC, pre- and post 9/11 to aid in rescue and recovery efforts. “We
spent many days above and many hours under the rubble of the collapsed towers,
taking measurements, photographs and collecting important information to help
the determine the safest points of access to try and reduce the number of accidents
caused by continuing fires and future cave-ins,” says Mr. Harriot, also
one of the founders of Brainstorm Technologies, whose mission is to advance
software and hardware capabilities in the large-scale laser scanning industry.
knowledge of this panel will help attendees get a real bearing on how to advance
in this complex and competitive yet expanding animation industry,” says
Mr. Klass, one of the directors of 3DMIRAGE.
with 3DTI to offer 3D business and fashion applications to our students,” says
Christine Helm, program manager at the Enterprise Center. “We are pleased
to join them in offering this opportunity to students seeking a career in animation.”
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