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Students embrace animation workshop ...UTT offers formal academic course

The Trinidad Guardian
Wednesday 28, May 2008

Twenty-three students were exposed for the first time to the fundamentals of animation character design at University of T&T (UTT).

This was a first for UTT which intends to introduce a diploma in Animation in September 2008. The course will introduce trainees to the fundamentals of animation with focus on principles and mechanics of animation.

This training was as a result of years of developmental work by course administrator Camille Selvon Abrahams.

For the past six years, short courses were conducted through the Annual Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival, with major support coming from The T&T Film Company. however, this will now evolve into a formal academic course at the University of T&T.

"I have to commend UTT for having the vision and the foresight to embrace this art form as a relevant and viable subject for inclusion in the curriculum" said Selvon Abrahams.

The workshop also allowed participants to explore the social and cultural relevance in conceptualisation for Caribbean animation. This was conducted by artist Mario Lewis.

The trainees themselves expressed great enthusiasm and excitement after their three days of training.

"This course was really good, great actually," said Stephan James. "It really equipped me with the tools that I need to take animation further. Thank you!"

The University of T&T will also be hosting the seventh annual Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival carded for September 2228.

This year, in collaboration with Toon Boom Animation in Canada, UTT will be conducting an animation competition on the web with the theme Bridging the Caribbean and South America through the Arts and Festivals. This will allow South American animators to be exposed to the ever popular Animae Caribe Festival here in T&T.

Prof Michael Smith, professor of Information Computing & Telecommunication Digital Media Studies at UTT, said: "The workshop reached capacity in less than a week, so animation is clearly an area of interest. The talent is here and UTT will train the next pool of animators in Trinidad."



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