Friday, December 2, 2011

Siggraph back in LA in 2012...seeking volunteers!

A great opportunity! Volunteer at the Siggraph conference. It's August 5-9, 2012.


Hugo 3D: screening on Friday Dec. 9 at Ultrastar Hazard Center

Let's all go see this on Friday night, December 9th, screening is at 7:15! Be there around 6:30.

Hugo looks beautiful and will be inspiring for all of you before finals week.

As usual, meet outside the box office and I'll hand you a ticket. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

CTN - Great job all Ai folks!

We had a huge, hardworking group of students that fully represented the best of MAA and AiCA-SD at the CTN Animation Expo. Both organizers of the event, Tina and Tara told me how great all of you were. Thank you!

We also had a large showing of faculty and students who attended the event. Thank you all for continuing to develop your skills and your contacts within the industry. Like other southern California industry events we are continually recognized and our presence is noted!

Next year let's continue to support this conference with student volunteers and faculty.


Internships Available for Winter quarter

Please get in touch with me if you do some Flash or 3D modeling, have a 3.0+ GPA, have reliable transportation, a strong work ethic, a blog/website, and a resume. We have a few companies in the area who are looking for interns.

Double Take Media Solutions


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scholarship! Scholarship! Application due Monday Nov 14 5pm HURRY!

it's time for the annual EDMC scholarship. Last year, more MAA students won cash awards more than any other major. Let's do it again! Pick up the application from me, SFS, the Library, or Career Services.

Fill out the application.
Write a good essay.
Get 2 letters of reference.
Request an unofficial transcript at the Registrar's office.
Submit your application.

Now do it!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nickelodeon Internships for winter/spring 2012

 Come see me if you are interested! -Jason
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SDAFF animation festival tonight at 6:30! Arrive EARLY!!!

Sorry for the confusion everybody. I was thinking the screening started tonight at 7pm. It's at 6:30pm which means that you need to arrive before 6pm if you want a ticket! Spread the word!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

open labs, Fall 2011

here is the list of open labs. 
The NORTH BUILDING IS NOW OPEN FROM 4AM TO 1AM! Not 24 hours, but almost!
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Friday, October 14, 2011

SDAFF Animation Festival: Wed Oct 26 7pm!

It is time for our yearly pilgrimage to the animation festival which our own Sam Chen curates.

The three MAA classes running on Wednesday night will be attending this screening as a field trip. I have a limited number of tickets for other interested students. Contact me to be put on the interest list!

We will meet at the UltraStar Cinemas in Hazard Center at 6:15pm on Wednesday the 26th. It will be a great event! 

Here is the link to the animated shorts in the program.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tom and Jacob's visit!

Ask the 50 students who attended last Friday night if the event was worthwhile. It was one of the best events we've ever had! Tom, who currently works at Blizzard  and has interned at Pixar was definitely the more outspoken one. Jacob, who currently works at Dreamworks was the more serious one. But together they laid down some great advice and insight. They were very entertaining and informative. Several of Tom's coworkers came down from Blizzard too. Thanks to all of our guests!
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tutoring schedule

Students, if you need tutoring please consult the schedule below. I've highlighted when various topics are offered. Remember that Wattana has office hours in room 286 on tuesdays from 10am-noon and on Thursdays from 3-5pm. Harry has office hours in room 134 on Wednesdays from 1-4pm.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

CTN needs MORE volunteers

Send me your qualifications and contact info right away if you want to volunteer! Especially if you have already emailed Tara. here's what Tara says:

Just let them all know that they need to be available ALL 3 days of the event (November 18 - 20th) to be cast for 10-12hrs over 2-3 shifts and are responsible for their own lodging.  The Marriott is filling up quickly so if they plan to stay at the hotel they should make a room reservation quickly.   When not assisting they can enjoy the show :)

Also: any students that have experience with merchandise / credit card transactions would be a plus.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

GREAT guest speakers! Week 1 of the Fall quarter: Friday October 7th at 7pm

Do not miss this event! It will be our quarterly department social and I'll bring the pizza.

Tomas Jech and Jacob Gardner are professional animators from the Games and Film industry. Collectively, their work experience includes Shrek Forever After, Halo Reach, Megamind, and the upcoming Puss in Boots. Tomas is a former Pixar animation intern, and now works as an animator on major game releases. Jacob is a feature film animator. He also co-founded Speaking of Animation (podcast blog), and instructs at iAnimate- an online animation school.

And g'day to Jacob!
Say hello to Tom!

This lecture will cover a wide variety of topics- Industry tips, networking ideas, interview preparation, and being an engaged artist. But there’s more! Everything from dating, to eating, to bathroom etiquette... this lecture covers it all. Bring your notebooks and pencils... And be sure to ask lots of questions.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

summer 2011 Grad Portfolio Show

Please come to see the work of this quarter's graduating class. It's fun to attend and lots of good stuff to see! Support the MAA summer 2011 class.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
San Diego Air & Space Museum (Balboa Park)
free shuttle to & from the event leaving from the front of the north building

view the invitation here

Grad Speaker: Alum Corey Bolwyn!

Fall 2008 grad Corey Bolwyn will deliver the commencement speech at our summer 2011 graduation ceremony on Friday September 23rd at the Sheraton Harbor Island at 4pm. I encourage all MAA students to attend the ceremony, support our class of summer 2011, and listen to the words of one of our top alumni.

Since graduating, Corey has worked on Alice in Wonderland, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Alvin & The Chipmunks: the Squaekquel, and Tangled.

You can view his website here 
and his IMDB listing here 


Monday, August 8, 2011

Learning Lab schedule for SU11

room 172. Free peer tutoring. No appointment required. Take advantage of this great resource if you need it! Check the schedule below to find out when a tutor is waiting for you to help you on the topic you need.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fluid Effects workshop on Saturday 1-5pm

Floyd is telling all of you to come to his Fluid Effects workshop in room 165 this Saturday August 6th. Obey!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Diagram of open labs

Many of you have found this diagram helpful. It shows the computer labs not being used for classes. Keep in mind a lab might already be reserved for special functions, events, etc.
You may work quietly in any classroom, even if a class is in session.
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Summer schedule of Free workshops

Check out the latest workshops offered this quarter. Free, as usual.
Please attend so we can continue to offer this resource.
I've highlighted ones most related to our field of study.
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MAA Department Social this Thursday July 28th 12-1pm

Hi everyone,
sorry for any confusion regarding our postponed department social!  We postponed to this Thursday 12-1pm so we could wrap with Comic-Con first. Tara Steinke from CTN Animation Expo will be here again to talk about CTN and raffle off some free 3-day passes. I'll bring pizza.

Rooms 145-6-7.

See you there!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

summer break activities

If you want to participate in some free activities with other students check out these upcoming events. I'll be at the movies on Tuesday 6/28 to see "Bad Teacher" and I'll be at Boomer's on Tuesday July 5th. I challenge you to air hockey, skee ball, or go carts!  --Jason

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Quarter event: Week 2 Pizza & CTN Animation Expo

On Friday July 22nd from 12-1pm, Tara Steinke from the CTN Animation Expo will make her yearly visit to tell us about the Expo which is held in November up in Burbank. 

It's a worthwhile convention and all students should attend. I will nominate volunteers to help out at the show so if you're interested let me know.

We'll have some pizza and she will raffle off some tickets to the Expo.

See you there!

Spike & Mike "New Generation of Animation" screening Fri. July 15th 7pm

For those of you unfamiliar, Spike & Mike was one of the original animation festivals. Spike is a hardcore old dude who, back in the day, helped many animators get recognized by the public. 

The screening will be on our campus, in rooms 145-6-7. Spike will talk about his experiences in the animation community before he screens the latest compilation.

All attendees will get a free DVD as well. The cost is $5 on the day of the show, while they last!