Animation

Bring stories and characters to life with the spectrum of animation technologies from stop-motion to cutting edge 3D.

Animation is being used in all phases of commercial and film production.  From TV shows and feature films to broadcast and web commercials. Animation is becoming part of the toolkit for stretching the creative visual and narrative boundaries. 

Explore the basics and history of 2D, Stop-Motion and 3D animation as well as special techniques such as 3D Scanning and Motion Capture.  This course uses state of the art Cinema 4D software, Flash, and Dragon Stop Motion to introduce students to modeling, rendering and animation. Take an informative look at the range of capabilities of one of the most powerful graphics applications. 

For Teachers: we will work with peers to discuss ways of integrating these units into your curriculum or to aid in instruction.

Instructors

Brandon Koons

Portrait illustration by student Skylar CarollBrandon Koons, a native of the midcoast area grew up immersed in digital imaging on the campus of the Center for Creative Imaging. He has recently returned from Boston where he completed a degree in Design/Technology from Emerson College. During this time in Boston, he studied a plethora of fields including Film & TV Production, Motion Graphics & Animation, Scenic Design, Audio Production, and Lighting Design. He also worked on a variety of productions including art exhibits (ArtRages, 2007), dance shows (The Dance Asylum, 2008), film productions (Keys to Success), concerts (All Acapella Live, 2008), and traditional theatre. Of the latter category, his most notable productions were The Rubik's Cube, winner of Boston's Annual EVVY Award for Best Scenic Design and Much Ado About Nothing, winner for Best Lighting Design in the same year. Locally, Brandon has owned and operated his own business Rubicon Edge Design and continued to work on productions such as Letter's End, by Spoontree Productions, soon to perform in Hong Kong. Currently, Brandon is teaching the Design/Tech program at the Midcoast School of Technology, encompassing such fields as animation, 3D design, film/video production, and graphic design.