Animation Educators Forum Annual General Membership Meeting Featuring Virtual Reality at USC

Please join The Animation Educators Forum (AEF) in person or via online streaming for a lively discussion on this year’s hot topic, Virtual Reality!

April 16th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
University of Southern California
USC School of Cinematic Arts – Room SCA112
900 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

VR has the potential of ushering in a new age of media on a par with the dawn of film. This exciting time holds the promise of new content delivered in innovative ways, but it also requires new ways of thinking and teaching. We will consider how to prepare students for the challenges ahead and showcase the latest developments in VR with onsite demonstrations.

Our featured guest speakers will be:

Eric-HansonEric Hanson, Associate Professor, John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts,School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

Eric Hanson is a visual effects designer specializing in the creation of digital environments. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a BArch. Having worked with leading visual effects houses such as Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Dream Quest Images, and Walt Disney Feature Animation, his work can be seen in The Day After Tomorrow, Cast Away, Mission to Mars, Fantasia 2000, and The Fifth Element, among others. Eric is a member of the Visual Effects Society, International VR Photography Association, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is currently a partner of xRez Studio, a practice engaged in leveraging emerging graphics technologies to disparate markets, including natural history, cultural heritage, and entertainment. He is an industry leader in VR and has set up the rst course in Occulus at USC.

Andy-FedakAndy Fedak, Assistant Professor of Animation at California State University, Fullerton

Andy Fedak was born in 1978 and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from New York University and his MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Utilizing stereoscopic projection and computer graphics techniques appropriated from contemporary Hollywood production, Andy
augments the world around him into surreal narrative vignettes focusing on anxiety, consciousness, anarchism, and revelation. Some macabre, others humorous, each piece digs deeper into an unknown territory that is uncanny, yet familiar. His work has shown at LAXART in Los Angeles, The Palace of Fine Art in Mexico City, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Laguna Art Museum, and other venues around the world. His rst solo exhibition, featuring new stereoscopic and virtual reality work, was recently on display at the Luckman Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles from November 7 to December 19, 2015.

With a relevant topic, great speakers and an excellent forum we anticipate a highly engaging day. We hope you can join us!

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The itinerary for the General Membership Meeting is now available in a PDF file for downloading.

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