Hello San Diego! VanArts proudly presents a Story & Animation Masterclass, featuring instructors Matthew Luhn (Story Supervisor) and Andrew Gordon (Directing Animator) -- both from Pixar Animation Studios.
This exceptional 2-day event takes place in San Diego on July 26th/27th, 2013, offering participants a rare and exciting opportunity to learn from the industry's top talent. This class has toured the world, with this being one of only a few stops in 2013. other locations on the tour
Geared toward experienced animators, story writers, character designers, students and enthusiasts alike, the skill sets covered are not software-specific. Lectures are organized with visuals, including live-action and animated clips, supplemented by a printed workbook. This masterclass provides you with the tools needed to help create your own stories and feature-quality animation, plus offers a great opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry.
DAY 1 - Friday
Andrew Gordon will focus on the animation techniques used on Monsters University. Shot progressions, multiple examples, and general best practices for how this work was accomplished will be talked about in some of the lectures.
* content & timing are subject to change
DAY 2 - Saturday
Story is King at Pixar Animation Studios, but it’s not always easy. Matthew Luhn will discuss his experiences working on Monsters University in Story, and how the final characters and story structure were developed. Matthew will also be teaching students how they too can create their own successful stories and characters using the techniques he has learned over the last 17 years at Pixar.
Matthew and Andrew are highly experienced, first-class educators who thoroughly enjoy sharing their incredible knowledge, experience, and passion for what they do. Both worked on Pixar's latest film, Monsters University, and for the first time, will be covering aspects of this during their presentations in San Diego.
Story Supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios
Matthew's IMDB profile
Matthew Luhn began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as an Animator on the very first CG movie, Toy Story. Since that time, Matthew has worked as a Storyboard Artist generating new ideas and characters on Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, UP, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, and current Pixar movies in development.
Prior to Pixar, Matthew attended the California Institute of the Arts, and would later be hired as an Animator on the award winning TV show The Simpsons.
Matthew grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where his family has owned and operated Jeffrey’s Toys toy stores for three generations.
Directing Animator, Pixar Animation Studios
Andrew's IMDB profile
Andrew Gordon has been animating characters at Pixar Animation Studios for 16 years. He joined Pixar in 1997 where he has been an Animator on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Toy Story 3. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc., Gill, from Finding Nemo and Edna Mode, the costume designer in The Incredibles, and Linguini from Ratatouille. He supervised animation on Pixar’s Academy Award nominated short film Presto, and is currently a directing animator on Monsters University, due out in 2013.
Andrew studied animation in Vancouver, New York and New Jersey, and prior to his work at Pixar, he worked in the Looney Tunes division of Warner Brothers. He was awarded "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" by the Visual Effects Society for his work in Finding Nemo.
Passionate about teaching animation for over 13 years, Andrew began teaching at the Academy of Art, where he taught all levels of the animation program there. He has taught animation intensives throughout the world. Andrew has been also actively involved in The Pixar Animation Internship, helping lead it for for 2007, 2009 and 2010. Andrew is a contributing lecturer at Animation Mentor. He is a frequent guest artist at CSU Summer Arts Program. He is one of the founders of Spline Doctors, a blog/podcast dedicated to animation education. He helped develop and teach at the California College of Art's new animation program. Andrew has recently co-founded a workshop called the Animation Collaborative, which brings some of the best teachers in the world together to teach animation, story and character design.
HORTON GRAND THEATRE
This legendary, historic theatre features excellent sight-lines, comfortable seats and great atmosphere. Perfectly situated in downtown San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, it is located at 444 Fourth Ave. (between Island & J St.), San Diego, California. venue location map
What others are saying...
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"It was an awesome, awesome event. I loved it. I got a lot more out of it then what I expected. Thank you to everyone involved, especially the instructors!"
"These classes were some of the best classes I have ever taken!! I would say everyone who works in animation gets burned out and depressed after awhile. These classes certainly inspired me to do better work! Thanks again and a wonderful job on putting these classes together!!!"
"The only way I could describe the masterclass would be energizing. I couldn’t wait to get animating again!"
"Shows, presentations and gatherings like this are gold to us working professionals. They are rare and there is a sincere need for us to congregate and learn. Make them available and people will come to learn and network..."
"Thanks so much to you guys for coming out here. It was a fantastic couple of days and I learnt so much!"
"This class was the best thing I could have done for myself as an artist/animator. It was both inspirational, and extremely valuable. I can't wait to go again!"
"Great class! I was very inspired and also exhausted by the end of the 2 days. :)"
"Thank you! Thank you! Also, I have to note that the gentlemen from Pixar were so generous about talking to each and every one of us regardless of the long day they had already had. That was amazing and thank you! What a great series. Highly recommended."
"It was an awesome opportunity to meet Pixar artist and learn their works, and minds. Thank you for this great opportunity!"
"I was really impressed and loved it. I am so inspired and hopeful now. The information has helped me to assess my skills and help me to move in the right direction."
"I thought both Andrew and Matthew were excellent speakers/teachers, and answered all questions clearly. I was very impressed with their abilities to reach out to the audience, and make everything clearly understood."
"I'll never look at my work the same again. That's a good thing."
"Thanks again for a great masterclass. Both days perfectly complimented each other."
"The Masterclass was amazing!"
$499.00 Tuition Fee ($US, no taxes)
- 2 full days of instruction
- workbook with notes prepared by the instructors
- custom class t-shirt
- refreshments during morning & afternoon coffee breaks
- draws for prizes & giveaways!
Class size is limited and strong interest expected. To avoid disappointment, please register early (these classes often sell out weeks in advance). See below for the event Terms and Cancellation Policy.
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Terms & Conditions
Cancellations for a full refund will be accepted up to 3 weeks before the event. Anytime after that date, a $100 cancellation fee will apply. Last day to cancel is the day before the event. Transfers (to a substitute attendee) can be accepted anytime and with no fee, provided they are first approved by VanArts. Transfers are the responsibility of the original registrant to arrange. Refund and transfer requests must be made via e-mail to: email@example.com, and require confirmation of the original registrant's identity.
FEES & TAXES
There are NO ticketing fees, service charges, or taxes. For non-Canadians, a "foreign transaction fee" of 1-3% MIGHT be applied by your credit card issuer (this fee, if any, is beyond VanArts' control and is the purchaser's responsibility, including for cancel/refund and discount transactions).
The event organizer, VanArts, reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event with reasonable discretion and for any reason (inclement weather, low enrolment, instructor illness, or any other unforeseen circumstances). In the case of cancellation by us, registration fees will be refunded in full. If the event is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund, or, transfer their registration to the rescheduled event. In all cases, we shall have no further liability beyond the registration fee, and regret that any transportation and hotel costs, cancellation penalties, or any other costs incurred by registrants are not reimbursable. In the event of any unforeseen last-minute scheduling problems, we reserve the right to substitute an equivalent, qualified instructor who might not be listed in the course description.
This class is open to anyone, however minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The suggested minimum age to attend is 16. Please, this is not a beginner's class.
For taking notes, pen & paper are recommended. Laptop/tablet computers are permitted, but please no recording with these. PLEASE, NO AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE CLASS MATERIAL OF ANY KIND IS PERMITTED. Out of respect for fellow attendees and the instructors, we ask that attendees please refrain from live tweeting, texting, cell phone calls, etc. during the class, and wait for a break to do so. Some images above are copyright © Disney/Pixar, all rights reserved. This class is being organized and produced by VanArts.
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