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Young Animators; Birthday for Walt
by Karl Cohen
Precursor art for 'Snow White' (1937), part of the Disney Museum's celebration of Walt who would have been 111 this Dec 5. photo: Disney Museum
Animals of War Created by Egan
Brian Egan’s “Animals of War” was commissioned by the History Channel and features his nice, sweet line drawings of animals and a light, humorous soundtrack. Since graduating a little over a year ago from the animation program at SF State, Brian has also worked on shorts for a Cartoon Network show based on
SF Disney Museum Features Snow White and Walt Birthday
The exhibit “
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic
” is on display until April 16 at The Disney Family Museum in the Presidio and well worth seeing. The exhibit of 200 works associated with the creation of the film is the museum’s first major temporary show. It was curated by Lella Smith, creative director of The Walt Disney Company's Animation Research Library.
On Wed. Dec. 5, the Museum is celebrating Walt’s birthday with free admission and lots of special events. They will have extended museum hours (10am – 8pm). They also have a second temporary exhibit that is a brief survey of stop-motion work. It highlights several major artists with ties to our area including Phil Tippett (“Star Wars”), Willis Obrian (“King Kong”) and Art Clokey (“Gumby”).
ParaNorman Puppets and Art
I recommend you check out the exhibit of “ParaNorman” Puppets and Concept Art, at
The Cartoon Art Museum
, before it closes Feb. 17, 2013.
Students leaving the Market Street, San Francisco, campus of the Art Institute of California. photo: courtesy AIC
Update on For-Profit Colleges Financial Trouble
A series of recent business articles report campuses are being closed across the US as quarterly profits head south. Career Education Corporation will close 23 of their 90 schools (in Calif. they run the Calif. Culinary Academy in SF, Brooks Institutes in Santa Barbara and Ventura and two Le Cordon Bleu campuses in LA). They haven’t announced which campuses will close.
The Univ. of Phoenix, the nation’s biggest chain, will close 115 campuses and “satellite locations.” The “Huffington Post” informs us the chain is Google’s biggest advertiser and that they spend about $170,000 a day for ads on Google!
Kaplan, owned by the Washington Post Co, will close nine campuses. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. will close three of their Everest College locations and sell four others. While none of the above corporations run filmmaking or animation programs, the closures suggest most or all of the for-profit schools in the nation are seeing declining enrollments.
Even though George Romney praised for-profit schools as providing great educations, especially ones that gave him money, a Yahoo news article earlier this year suggested that they may not be able to be so generous in 2016.
In "Most Calif. for-profit colleges lose state grants" the writer explained that 137 out of 170 for-profit schools in the state were no longer eligible to get CAL Grants for their students and that the grants that will be awarded will be smaller than the ones given for the 2011-12 school year. Several schools with film and animation programs were on the list of schools affected including the Academy of Art and some of the Art Institute of California campuses. They either had low graduation rates or high rates of former students defaulting on loans.
Posted on Dec 03, 2012 - 09:07 PM