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Professor Penny Dhaemers
Arch 138 & 139X, Aug 28-Dec 4 Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm
Lab Assistants: Daniel Ebuehi and Hoey Yip
The overall agenda for the class meetings
consists of seminar discussions,
project demos, guest speakers, viewing
of historical and current animations,
presentations by firms, researchers, and field trips.
to class: Discussed animation forms.
The class is held either in the
Wurster Hall lobby or Rm
481. Distributed info. Gave out storyboard assignment.
Viewed the Electronic Theater
Siggraph 2003, which showed the best'animations
of that year featuring 'The
Eternal Gaze', the animation of the life of Alberto Giacometti
by Sam Chen.
Sept 4 Storyboards:
Class put up their storyboard work which we discussed and
in detail. We pointed out
meanings and what was to be seen and not seen in each
Sept 11 2 Guests:
Marcus Hanschen, Visual Studies, and Dave Sherwin, Computer
class went to the Worth Ryder Art Gallery in Kroeber Hall where
guests talked about the content of
the art exhibit from the point of view of animation. The
class returned to the Wurster Lobby
and watched the director's copy of the 'Eternal Gaze'
which features Sam Chen detailing
the what and why he created what he did to depict
the life story of this man he
so greatly admired. Group discussion in response to
Sherwin's talk about the
animation. After this the class watched the Electronic
Sept 17 A non class
lecture / optional for class to attend Stanley Saitowitz lecture in
Wurster Hall. The point was
to see how Alan Tse's work was used by Stanley. Alan is
be our guest on the 25th.
Sept 18 Guest:
Professor Dennis Lieu, ME
Field Trip to Mechanical Engineering to visit
Prof Dennis Liew to see and discuss
the animation work of his students. Returned to
Wurster Hall and viewed more
Sept 25 Guest: Alan Tse from
Stanley Saitowitz Associates,
He gave an interesting talk
and discussion about the whys and wherefores of all of
highly detailed Architecture
work, Wurster Hall Lobby. Arriving early for his
he stayed and actively
participated in the remainder of the class.
Oct 2 Midterm
Oct 9 The class went to Worth Ryder Gallery in Kroeber to look at
a graduate show.
came and gave us a detailed report on
his job and interaction at
Pixar. He stayed after class and spoke to many students
Oct 16 Completion of Midterm A
Eadweard Muybridge was featured and compared with the filming
of Matrix details as shown on 'Dateline
2001'. The Muybridge process demonstrated
'reality of motion'
while the Matrix similar process showed how the 'unreality of
The class then viewed the
interview of John Lassitor of
Pixar on '60 Minutes', 2003.
Additionally they looked at the 'how to' details of the 'Matrix Reloaded'
Oct 23 Members
of the class using Maya went to an Alias Users Group Maya presentation at
Pixar in Oakland.
The rest of the class met, discussed and viewed the following:
early historic Pixar video tapes; a specific scene from 'Crouching
Hidden Dragons'; the
amazing Shadow Puppet by Chuck
Gamble; a student
animation tape and many
student animations in digital form.
Oct 30 Guest: Ed
Raymond from IASTE. Iaste
is the labor union which represents ILM
and other animation and
theater houses. He gave the class an amazing amount
info about their
positions and rights and what they can and should legally expect
at an animation company.
Before he arrived there
were student digital animations projected and discussed.
Nov 6 Midterm
B After this the class
nine animations from the Siggraph
San Diego Animation Theater Program
Part 2, section:
Nov 13 Guests:
1) Michael Sechman from MSA
Michael showed and
explained in detail his work, travels and techniques for achieving
images. 2) Anthony Burke, Prof UCB Arch
Anthony showed his own
animation and replayed it explaining every part. Then he
showed work from across
Nov 20 Guests: 1) Dr.
Len Ochs, Psychologist,
Talked about animating
Brain Wave Function
and showed progressive brain wave images that were
to be animated.
2) Hp Duiker and Stephen Toh
from ESCFX talking about
making of The
the conclusion of the
showed us 'how to' details of the multiplication of the 'Mr. Smith'
Dec 4 Guests: 1) Tom
Krizner, MA in Visual
Studies. Tom showed us his highly
unusual images and the
incredible equipment he designed and made that enabled
him to produce them.
2) Eric Wong from ILM
Demoed the program he gave at the Siggraph Convention
which showed amongst other
items the detailed software development of 'The HULK'.
He showed a video summarizing
all the great movies presented by ILM and
additionally brought books
with beautiful stills to show us yet more.
Dec 5-12 Midterm
C Individual appointments
Dec 16 Final in
Room 172 Wurster 5-10pm
Guests Reviewers: from
Esc Entertainment creators of the Matrix Trilogy