Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Simpsons/Starz Tour

Hey animation students,

We’re having an awesome contest right now. The PRIZE will be a tour to STARZ Animation-Creators of the Simpsons. Your tour guide will be Herman Sharaf, character layout artist on “The Simpsons”. You’ll get to have lunch with Herman and have yourself drawn as Simpsons characters at the end of this wonderful adventure!

You might be asking. HOW CAN I WIN THIS CONTEST?!!! Two students with the highest GPA at the end of this quarter will win. One student will be picked randomly at then end of finals week!!

Stay tuned for more details.

The tour will happen in October during the first week of school!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Iain Mccaig is coming Aug 14th 12-3pm!!!!!!!!!!!!

Iain Mccaig is coming to the Inland Empire! 12-3pm Aug 14. Rm. 126-128.

Snacks and drinks will be served!

Iain McCaig is an illustrator and conceptual designer. He was involved in the Star Wars and Harry Potter film projects as well as John Carter of Mars.

In October of 2008, a book of McCaig's work, entitled Shadowline, was released. The book is a story illustrated by McCaig that includes samples of his film and personal work as well as images and narrative that lays before the reader the heart of his process and passion for creating images and telling stories. Iain is creating his own films and has his own feature film in pre-production.

Look at this guys credits!!

1. John Carter of Mars (2012) (post-production) (concept design supervisor)

2. Outlander (2008) (concept/story director: Ninth Ray Studios)
3. Charlotte's Web (2006) (concept artist: Ninth Ray Studios)
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (conceptual artist)
... aka "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The IMAX Experience" - USA (IMAX version)
... aka "The Goblet of Fire" - USA (short title)
5. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) (concept artist)
... aka "Revenge of the Sith" - USA (short title)
... aka "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" - USA (DVD box title)
... aka "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" - USA (promotional title)
6. Peter Pan (2003) (storyboard artist)
7. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) (concept artist)
... aka "Attack of the Clones" - USA (short title)
... aka "Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience" - USA (IMAX version (promotional title))
... aka "Star Wars II" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
... aka "Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones" - USA (video box title)
8. Taking the Wheel (2002) (storyboard artist)

9. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (concept artist: USA)
... aka "Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace" - USA (video box title)
... aka "The Phantom Menace" - USA (short title)
... aka "Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace" - Japan (English title)
10. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) (storyboard artist)
... aka "Interview with the Vampire" - USA (short title)
11. Dracula (1992) (storyboard artist) (uncredited)
... aka "Bram Stoker's Dracula" - USA (complete title)
12. Hook (1991) (storyboard artist)
13. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) (storyboard artist)
14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) (concept/storyboard artist) (uncredited)
... aka "El Exterminator 2" - USA (Spanish title)
... aka "T2" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
... aka "T2: Extreme Edition" - USA (video box title)
... aka "T2: Ultimate Edition" - USA (video box title)
... aka "Terminator 2" - Japan (English title)


* 2000s
* 1990s

1. Outlander (2008) (co-producer)

2. The Face (1998) (assistant producer)


1. People: A Musical Celebration (1995) (TV) (script)
2. Star Control 2 (1992) (VG) (writer)

Costume Designer:

1. "Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II" (1 episode, 2007)
... aka "Star Trek: New Voyages" - USA (original title)
- World Enough and Time (2007) TV episode


1. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (uncredited) .... Orn Free Taa's Aide
... aka "Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace" - USA (video box title)
... aka "The Phantom Menace" - USA (short title)
... aka "Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace" - Japan (English title)

Visual Effects:

1. The Book of Stars (1999) (visual effects storyboard artist)


1. The Face (1998)

Miscellaneous Crew:

1. Killing Time (1997) (VG) (director: live action)

Animation Department:

1. Killing Time (1997) (VG) (character concept artist)


1. Within a Minute: The Making of 'Episode III' (2005) (V) .... Himself

Nucleus Gallery Event -Disney Artists Book!

Be sure to head down to Nucleus gallery this Saturday, Aug 7th to see some of Disneys top visual development artists original art from the their first book “Peck n’ Paw and the Black Mirror. 7pm-10pm. There will be over 20 artists works represented. Come down to meet the artists opening night

Peck n’ Paw Raffle Contest:
They will be having a raffle contest to win this original artwork by Scott Watanabe valued at $100. Each raffle ticket is $5 and you can purchase as many as you’d like to increase your odds of winning. Prizes also include a signed book or exclusive art print. Here’s a sneak of what’s inside the book by Paul Felix!

210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
STORE 626.458.7482-GALLERY 626.458.7477
Sun-Thurs: 12pm-8pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Loren Bivens-Introduction to screenplay Part I!

Loren Bivens, our production teacher at Art Institute Inland Empire, who is also a screenwriter, who holds a MFA from one of the most prestigious writing schools in the world talks about screenwriting and the 3 act structure.

Loren Bivens Intro to Screenplays Part I-Art Institute Inland Empire from santosh oommen on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Two new videos up!

Hey folks,

I've put two videos up for your viewing pleasure.

Sunil Thankamushy-former animation lead at EA on Medal of Honor, Founder and animation director of Spark unlimited., who teaches here on Fridays!

Sunil Thankamushy-Animation director from Spark Unlimited from santosh oommen on Vimeo.

Chris Ayers-character designer on tv and filim does a demo on animal drawing

Chris Ayers-Character Designer at the Art Institute Inland Empire from santosh oommen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Donivan Howard -Concept Artist on Disney Animated Films comes to the Inland Empire

Donivan Howard ,concept artist and visual development artist who has worked for Disney, Rhythm and Hues, and Microsoft games doing concept art will come talk to us about his process, and what it takes to be a concept designer and visual development artist today.

Hope you can make it! R141 12pm on Friday!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Great site with great animation art tips

Here's a great site called the THE ART CENTER, with tons of great tips.



Its coming.

Cecil Kim, Ruben Morales, The cinematic animation lead, and others!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Christian Gossett Red Star Creator in the Inland Empire

Christian Gossett will be speaking at the Art Institute Inland Empire Feb 25 at 12pm!

Internationally published as an artist and writer at the age of nineteen, Christian Gossett was one of the first designers hired by Lucasfilm Licensing to retro-design the Star Wars galaxy in 1993. Gossett was only 23 years old when his radical concept drawing of a ‘double-bladed lightsaber’ was presented to George Lucas. George’s approval memo hangs in a frame on the wall of Gossett’s studio. Seven years later, this design would be made famous as Darth Maul’s signature weapon in The Phantom Menace.
Bringing this same unique talent to bear when designing characters and weapons for the film and videogame industry, Gossett’s work has earned him a position on the Academy Award-winning design Weta Workshop team of New Zealand, for Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake.
His videogame career began at Activision on the PSX and continues today across all entertainment software platforms. Gossett’s ongoing project, The Red Star, having successfully launched as a PS2 / PS3 game, is now in development as a feature film at Universal Pictures. The Red Star has sold over a million units worldwide, was voted among the “Top 100 graphic novels of all time” by Wizard magazine, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed independent comics’ series of the decade.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Kung-Fu Panda TV Show

Hey folks,

I had a chance to check out out the new show, and all I have to say is its great! The pacing looks good in one episode..the interstitials animated here look great! Look for it Fall 2010

There's no indication that Kung Fu Panda is being produced in the building except for a Shifu puppet and some small items around

Nickelodeon Tour Pictures

We had a great time at Nickelodeon Studios. We'll hopefully tour again soon!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Two new awesome teachers that are here this winter 2010 quarter!

Sunil Thankamushy
who was the Animation Director for Spark Unlimited Inc, a video game studio based in California, USA. He has worked on games such as Call of Duty, Finest Hour, Medal of Honor, The Lost World Jurassic Park. His Career started with Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks Studios hiring him to work as an animator in their Games Division where he went on to lead the Team in MEDAL OF HONOR. After several years at Dreamworks and then Electronic Arts, in summer 2002 Sunil co-founded Spark Unlimited INC, where He was the animation director on
“Call of Duty: Finest Hour” (2004), was a WW2-themed first person shooter. Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (2006)and Legendary. He is the Founder/CEO of DEEPBLUE Worlds Inc, online virtual world's studio based in California, USA. He'll be teaching 3d animation and character rigging on Fridays!

Jim Busike, character modeler who has worked at High Moon, on Darkwatch 2, and Bourne Identity , Several of the Final four games as well as JetX20 PS2!. He'll be teaching 3d animation studio as well as Animation Portfolio Production.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Todd Ammons-Visiting Artist video

Hey folks, If you missed Todd Ammons lecture. Here it is. Todd was an artist at Disney for 9 years, a game animator at Heavy Iron, and Insomniac games on great games, like Resistance, Ratchet and Clank, Sponge Bob, and the Wall-e.

Todd Ammons Animation Supervisor speaks at Art Institute Inland Empire from santosh oommen on Vimeo.