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Festival To Get Animated At Old Town Theatre

Sept. 26, 2013
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

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Sam Houston State University will “animate” downtown Huntsville by highlighting the work of its computer animation program on Saturday (Oct. 5).

“Animation at Sam” will present more than 20 works created over the past year, at 5 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. at the Old Town Theatre.

“The selections from Animation at Sam reflect the diversity of the courses that SHSU’s computer animation program offers, and represent a range of approaches to animation including narrative and non-narrative animation, character animation, experimental animation, and motion graphics,” said Edward Morin, assistant professor of computer animation.

The projects that will be presented include works created in sophomore- to senior-level classes and four that used source material from the StoryCorps Project, an independent nonprofit that collects and archives interviews that are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

When The Tooth Fairy Overbooks, Helpers Step In from ANIMATION@SAM on Vimeo.

Stephanie Pina's "When the Tooth Fairy Overbooks, Helpers Step In" is one of four StoryCorps Project creations that will be presented at the "Animation at Sam" festival on Oct. 5. For the project, students in the ARTS 2344 "2D Computer Animation" class animated a story from the StoryCorps Project database, using the original storyteller's voice as narration.

“For the class project, each student selects a story from the StoryCorps website, downloads the transcript and the audio recording, and then, based upon their selection, produces a time-based work that includes a series of images and animated sequences,” Morin said. “The final results typically resides somewhere between a graphic novel and a completed animation.

“A great deal of the instruction in the computer animation program is centered on technical concepts; however, an equal emphasis is placed on exploring animation as a visual story-telling medium,” he said. “This project helps students to examine the human experience; it provides a platform for them to make discoveries about their own experiences by making connections to the experiences of others.”

Three of the animations that will be presented—those by Stephanie Pina, Lee Teran and Catherine Young—were selected to be screened at the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival at West Virginia University this past March.

The festival also provides an opportunity for students to share their creative vision and talent with SHSU and the Huntsville community, as well as get feedback on their work outside of the formal classroom experience.

“The festival will give students a chance to celebrate their hard work; most work weeks, sometimes months, to complete a single project,” Morin said. “Events of this nature help to remind students that they are creating work for an audience, an easy thing to forget after spending hours in a dark room in front of a computer.”

The festival is free and open to the public.

Also that day, computer animation students will volunteer at the Old Town Theatre booth at the annual “Fair on the Square” from 1-5 p.m., during which time they will answer questions about the program and their experience in it.

For more information, contact Morin at emm026@shsu.edu or 936.294.1318.



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