Animation Demo and Lecture Masterclass - Featuring Pixarian Michal Makarewicz

When is the last time you've looked at something and said, "That is so cool" without even thinking about it? Well, this happened to me tonight when I was perusing The Animation Collaborative's website - now let me tell you why. Admittedly, I had heard of The Animation Collaborative (AnimC) before and was aware of their lecture series which involve animation industry professionals (from Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks and more). But I can honestly say that I've never taken the time to truly sit down and learn about them and read through their mission before.

As if having Pixar Animation Studios located in Emeryville, California wasn't enough to make you want to move to "Sunny California", The Animation Collaborative is also located there. The brick and mortar animation educator takes a slightly different approach than a full-fledged animation college in that it allows you to enter a series of sessions ranging from Beginning Animation, to Advanced Storyboarding, to Rigging. What I see as the benefit to this method (and made me say, "That is so cool") is because I would personally love to enter the animation industry, but as an adult who is unsure which area of animation I would best land in, this would allow someone to "try on" an area of animation to see which area they fit within the best.

That's not to say that The Animation Collaborative is only for exploratory or entry level students - they offer many advanced courses and it would be a great way to expand your horizon or "brush up" in the area of continuing education (even if you are in the industry currently) . 

Details - Animation Demo and Lecture Masterclass

Michal Makarewicz photo
courtesy of AnimC
My main reason for writing this was actually not to gab about how intriguing I thought AnimC was though! I actually wanted to inform our readers (especially our international readers) of a way to connect with The Animation Collaborative at an upcoming Animation Demo and Lecture Masterclass being held in Berlin, Germany on August 24-25 (at the Auditorium Friedrichstra├če).

The course is the first international Masterclass for AnimC and will be taught by none other than the Annie Award Winning Pixarian, Michal Makarewicz. The official description of the course is below - 

This masterclass discusses animation from a variety of artistic perspectives, breaking down and explaining the simplest to the most complex choices. Beats, Rhythm, Texture, Variety and Entertainment, Relatability, Phrasing, Thought Process, Minimalism and Editing are discussed. Using technical and graphical examples, sound clips from great composers, video clips of famous actors and film scenes, these lectures demonstrate the dynamic, subtle, humorous & startling effects that various choices will have in your work, and how you can apply them.

Photo © Auditorium Friedrichstra├če

Additionally, some additional information about Michal is also provided below (from The Animation Collaborative website) - 

Michal Makarewicz joined Pixar Animation Studios in early 2003. He has animated on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and Brave. Michal has been a Supervising Animator on the Up DVD short: Dug's Special Mission, Directing Animator on Cars 2 and most recently, Supervising Animator on Pixar's first half-hour TV special, Toy Story of Terror. Michal was awarded an Annie for "Outstanding Character Animation in a Feature Production: by the International Animated Film Society for his work on Ratatouille
In Additional to his work at PIXAR, Michal has been teaching animation since 2005. He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school, Animation Mentor and instructed classes at California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art University. Michal has also been a contributing mentor the the Pixar internship program for the last several years, helping foster growth and development within the company. Michal owns and operates The Animation Collaborative located in Emeryville, California. AnimC offers a series of workshops which bring in some of the most talented artists & instructors in the industry to teach animation, character design, story and a variety of other subjects, in small personal setting.

If you're looking to expand your knowledge base or are looking to brush up, you could do no better than attending this Masterclass in Berlin. Register soon as the event is only a few short weeks away. Once the event is wrapped as well - if you've attended we'd love to hear from you. Send us an email summarizing your experience and let us know what the highlights were and what you most took away from the two-day course. 

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