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On Monday, August 6, Autodesk will be hosting the 2nd Annual Autodesk Student Experience event, a series of talks and presentations tailored exclusively for students. Featured speakers include Autodesk technical evangelists, studio recruiters and more, as well as a special presentation from Shawn Kelly of Animation Mentor.
Curious about what our Education events are like? Watch the video from our SIGGRAPH 2011 Education events here.

Time (PST)

Description

4:30-5:30pm

Registration & AE AREA open:
Come early for the opportunity to speak with our Maya and Mudbox experts Lee Fraser & Marcel de Jong and see our technology partner showcase featuring the latest Lenovo, AMD and WACOM products.

5:30pm

Autodesk Introduction
Learn about the Autodesk programs including the new Student Expert program for Media & Entertainment products and hear from Art Academy’s Christopher Erickson, SIGGRAPH Student Volunteer.

5:50pm

Walt Disney Animation Studios Talent Development Student Programs - What you need to know
Dawn Rivera-Ernster, Director, Walt Disney Animation Talent Development & Recruitment will share how the studio develops Interns and Trainees in all areas of an animation pipeline including Engineering, Art and Production roles.

6:10pm

Lenovo Introduction

6:15pm

Suite Product of Mine: Mudbox & MotionBuilder
Autodesk’s Mark Schoennagel & Louis Marcoux will show you how to integrate Mudbox & MotionBuilder into your existing workflow

6:45pm

Animation Mentor Session: “Blinks & Eyes ”
Give your characters the spark of life! Shawn Kelly of Animation Mentor and Industrial Light & Magic will give an in-depth and practical look into how animators can use subtle eye animation and carefully timed blinks to bring a character to life.

7:30pm

Wrap-up & Prize giveaway with AMD

7:40-8:45pm

Reception
Cocktails and snacks will be served. (Please bring valid id)

Reserve your place today!

Please note: This event is primarily for students who are enrolled in a program of study from a recognized college, university or community college, OR.. have graduated in the Spring 2012 or Summer 2012 semester of a recognized college, university or community college. You may be required to show proof of student status or recent graduate status during registration.

Shawn Kelly

Dawn Rivera-Ernster

Event Details:
August 6, 2012
5:30pm-7:30pm PST(registration opens at 5pm)
Reception from 7:30pm-8:30pm PST
JW Marriott at LA LIVE
Gold Ballroom Salon 3
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Autodesk thanks its partners.
On Monday, August 6, Autodesk will be hosting its annual Education Summit in Los Angeles. Our worldwide community of post-secondary and technical educators, program directors, trainers and more, will have the opportunity to connect with Autodesk staff and executives to discuss key industry trends and best practices, network with their peers and learn about our products and programs. This event will be followed by a reception.
(please note that secondary educators are welcome to attend)

Time (PST)

Description

2:30pm

Registration opens

3:00pm

Autodesk Introduction
Learn about the new Autodesk Educations programs and product offerings

3:15pm

Autodesk Introduces: Virtual Production, with David Morin
With the success of Avatar, virtual production exploded on the scene as a new, effective way to make movies in the digital age. Centered on the ability for filmmakers to interact with virtual worlds in real time, virtual production enables an iterative workflow that is blurring the boundaries between pre-production, production and post.

3:35pm

Virtual Production: WorldBuilding with Alex McDowell, Production Designer, 5D Institute, 5dconference.com
Alex McDowell is one of the most innovative and influential designers working in narrative media, with the impact of his ideas extending far beyond his background in cinema. McDowell advocates an immersive design process that acknowledges the key role of world-building in visual storytelling.

4:10pm

AMD Introduction

4:15pm

Autodesk Product Showcase
Lee Fraser & Marcel de Jong will demonstrate the latest technology powering Maya, Mudbox & MotionBuilder – the building blocks of Virtual Production.

5:00-6:00pm

Educator Reception & AE AREA open
Take the opportunity to speak with our Maya and Mudbox experts Lee Fraser & Marcel de Jong and see our technology partner showcase featuring the latest Lenovo, AMD and WACOM products.

RSVP your place today!

Alex McDowell

SEE BIO
Event Details:
August 6, 2012
3pm-5pm PST (registration opens at 2:30pm)
Reception from 5pm-6pm PST(a light snack will be served upon arrival)
JW Marriott at LA LIVE
Gold Ballroom Salon 3
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Autodesk thanks its partners.
On Monday, August 6, Autodesk will be hosting an information session about its Secondary offerings, including the Digital STEAM Workshop, which offers high school teachers the opportunity to experience a project-based learning program. This event will also feature guest speaker Pete Bandstra, Program Director, 3D Arts at Full Sail University.

Time (PST)

Description

9:30am

Registration opens
A light breakfast will be served

10:00am

Event Begins

10:00am

Autodesk Introduction
Learn about the new Autodesk Education secondary programs and product offerings.

10:30am

From High School to Art College
Pete Bandstra, Chair of 3D Arts at Full Sail University, will share the standout traits universities look for in students for acceptance into a computer arts program.

11:00am

Presentation TBC

11:30am

Wrap-up

Reserve your place today: me.education@autodesk.com

Pete Bandstra

SEE BIO
Event Details:
August 6, 2012
10am-11:30am PST(a light breakfast will be served)
JW Marriott at LA LIVE
Gold Ballroom Salon 4
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Shawn Kelly
Animation Mentor

Shawn Kelly realized his dream to animate films with the help of three mentors who took a personal interest in his career. Convinced that animation lovers everywhere should have the same opportunity, he cofounded Animation Mentor, an online animation school with student/mentor relationships at its core.

Kelly works with Bobby Beck, Animation Mentor’s CEO and cofounder, and cofounder Carlos Baena to help define and shape the school’s overall direction. Kelly balances his Animation Mentor role with his work as a senior animator at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in San Francisco, Calif.

Born in Santa Rosa, Calif., and raised in Petaluma, Kelly set his sights on working at ILM at age 5 when the movie Star Wars hit the big screen. Under the tutelage of animators Bill Hennes and John Root, he studied drawing and computer software throughout high school, attended community college and later enrolled in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

A summer internship at ILM introduced Kelly to another influential mentor, animation director Wayne Gilbert. It was through Gilbert that Kelly realized he wasn’t learning what he needed at school. Kelly left the academy in 1996 for a job as character animator at former video game and educational company Presage Software, but continued his studies with Gilbert twice a week.

In 1998, Kelly fulfilled his lifelong dream and landed a job at ILM. Since that time, he has worked on numerous films including War of the Worlds, for which he animated tripods and probes; Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, where he helped develop and animate the vulture droids and animated Yoda in a pivotal swordfight; and Rango, where he was the Lead Animator for both the Mayor of Dirt and the Spirit of the West. Kelly also worked as Lead Animator on all three Transformers movies. Kelly’s credits feature 23 films including Hulk, the Star Wars prequels, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and The Avengers.

Kelly received the 2007 award for the “Best Single Visual Effect of the Year” by the Visual Effects Society (VES), an organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and application of visual effects. Kelly’s winning effect was for the desert highway sequence of Transformers, in which Bonecrusher skates through traffic, destroys a bus and fights Optimus Prime.

Kelly has developed curriculum and taught at the Academy of Art University and was on the team that earned the 2000 CLIO award for Best Computer Animation for a Pepsi/Star Wars “Alien” campaign. Kelly currently lives in San Anselmo, Calif., where he reads a lot — especially comics — and writes short films.

Alex McDowell
5D Organization

Alex McDowell is one of the most innovative and influential designers working in narrative media, with the impact of his ideas extending far beyond his background in cinema. McDowell advocates an immersive design process that acknowledges the key role of world-building in visual storytelling.

Since moving to LA from London in 1986, McDowell has designed for directors as diverse as Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Zack Snyder and Steven Spielberg. He recently completed Man of Steel with director Zack Snyder, produced by Chris Nolan. With many awards for his film design work, McDowell was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Royal Society of Arts in 2006. McDowell currently serves on the AMPAS SciTech Council. He is Design Consultant at the School of Cinematic Arts, USC, and is Visiting Artist at MIT’s Media Lab, where he collaborated with composer Tod Machover on the robot opera Death and the Powers.

He continues to work as a visual consultant and speaker, focused on the reframing of the designer’s role in the future of storytelling - building worlds as containers of narrative, and machines of the imagination. McDowell is co-founder and creative director of the 5D | Institute, and the 5D | Building Worlds initiative, a global series of distributed events and an education space for an expanding community of thought leaders across narrative media.

Dawn Rivera-Ernster
Director, Walt Disney Animation Talent Development & Recruitment

Dawn Rivera-Ernster manages global outreach, artistic and technical recruitment teams, and Disney Animation’s student programs. Dawn attended the American Academy of Art, Chicago with an emphasis on Advertising and Design.

Pete Bandstra
Program Director, 3D Arts

Pete Bandstra is Program Director for 3D Arts degree program, which includes Computer Animation Bachelor Degree and Game Art Bachelor Degree programs at Full Sail University. Taking the role of Program Director over the associates degree for Computer Animation, Pete would design and launch the Bachelor degree in 2006, followed by Game Art Bachelor degree in 2008.

Working the last 14 years educating the students inside the classroom, as well as serving as a professional freelance educator. Pete was honored with the prestigious Full Sail University Top Gun Award in 2001.

Pete worked as a freelance visual effects artist throughout Florida, generating 3D content for commercials projects, sporting events, and for Johnson Controls in Cape Canaveral Space Center.

Pete earned a Bachelor degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University, as well as an Associates of Science in Recording Engineering from Full Sail University.

Virtual Production: WorldBuilding with Alex McDowell

World Building proposes an experiential virtual collaborative space that integrates technology and the creative process from inception through iteration to tangible experience. Translating an obsolete 20th Century linear industrial model into a fluid non-linear workflow, World Building opens new possibilities of immersive storytelling & the weaving of multiple narratives across media.