“Plastic Perils of the Pacific” and “Dissolving Destinies”. Inspiring children to protect the oceans ecosystem through educational cartoons. This presentation will give participants to learn how to draw sea life cartoons from a former Disney artist along with learning about the insights necessary to create an award winning environmental film with mass appeal.
Assistant Professor of Animation Brandon Strathmann has directed and animated two environmental films focusing on protecting the ocean from petroleum based pollution and acidification. He learned the craft of animation from his years spent working for Disney, Fox and Dreamworks Animation. You will get to see two short films “Plastic Perils of the Pacific” done entirely in Adobe Flash animation and “Dissolving Destinies” animated with a combination of Maya and Aftereffects compositing.
This will be one of the first chances to see the award winning “Dissolving Destinies” while it is still on it’s world wide film tour. It has been accepted into eight film festivals so far, including a touring festival, Scinema Film Festival, that will service over 400 locations in Australia. It will also tour in India as part of the WorldKids Film Festival. “Plastic Perils of the Pacific” has screened in well over three dozen film festivals and has also been on multiple festival tours. It has been seen all over the world during the last 3 years. It has won 8 awards: 2 first-place prizes, 2 second-place prizes, a third-place prize, a fourth-place prize, and two honorable mentions.
After the films have been screened Brandon will give a short talk on his experiences designing and animating environmental films created to share important environmental issues with children and their parents. And to share how he had to show upsetting things like pollutions deadly danger to wildlife in an age appropriate manner. Brandon also explains how he collaborated with marine biologists when creating the story for his recent animated hit “Dissolving Destinies”.
You will have the chance to learn the animation secrets behind bringing sea creatures to life as animated characters in the last half of Brandon’s presentation. He shares what he learned from master artists while bringing lovable cartoon animals to life at Hollywood studios. Gesture, acting and caricature are explained in several introductory lessons in animated character design. Materials will be provided on site.
For more information on Brandon's work, please visit http://plasticperils.com/
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Lesley Sustainability Taskforce: Our goal is to empower individuals, and the institution, to contribute to a sustainable community, through a deeper understanding of the ecological connections that bind us all together, through the creation of opportunities for action, and through ongoing assessment of our progress.