Monsters University DRAMATIC ARTS: Bringing a Character to Life #MonstersUEvent

Monsters University Animator

I made it out of Physics 250 alive and I got a pretty good grade in the class too! Now it was time to head to Dramatic Arts with Instructor and Supervising Animator Scott Clark. I don’t want to play favorites but everyone at school was buzzing about this class inparticular and I was really looking forward to it.

  • SOCIOLOGY 203: Deconstruction of a Character with Ricky Nierva (Production Designer) & Jason Deamer (Character Art Director)
  • ENGLISH 101: How to Tell a Great Story with Instructor Kelsey Mann (Story Supervisor)
  • PHYSICS 250: Global Illumination with JC Kalache (DP-Lighting), Sanjay Bakshi (Tech Dir) & Christine Waggoner (Simulation)
  • DRAMATIC ARTS: Bringing a Character to Life with Instructor Scott Clark (Supervising Animator)
  • ANTHROPOLOGY 152: Monsterizing the World w Dice Tsutsumi (Shading/Lighting Art Director) & Robert Kondo (Sets Art Director)

My classmates really didn’t let me down! Not only was the class so much fun, it’s great how animated animators get when they teach animation (say that 10x fast). Animation is the art of bringing things to life. It’s an incredibly complex and creative process. Especially when you’re working in 3D because 3D animation includes moving forward and back, sideways, up and down. Each movement has to be precise and just one character, like Sulley can have hundreds of controls. You can animate just 1 particular body part, like Sulley’s tail, and then use different speeds to mimic motion. OR you can make a monster who ways hundred of pounds dance – like Scott Clark did with Sulley. Normally teachers are very suspicious of laughter in class but we couldn’t help ourselves. Sulley was all arms and legs as he did the cabbage patch. The demo was awesome but it was crazy to think about how many controls and effort it took to get this guy dancing.

It’s too bad  the Monsters University campus website doesn’t have a “rate my course” page, all of the instructors would have recieved rave views but Dramatic Art would have won most fun. Don’t forget you can check out Sulley dancing in Monsters University in theaters June 21, 2010 and check back tomorrow for my notes from ANTHROPOLOGY 152!

I have been invited to attend Monsters University by Disney/Pixar and will receive a full scholarship to pay for all my expenses. I have promised to complete all my homework in a timely manner and not to cheat on tests.

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theaters on June 21st! Register for classes online:
“Follow” Disney/Pixar on Twitter
and visit the Official Monsters University website.

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Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.


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