Jeff Martin, who organized the actors’ panel for TMA students last Friday sent a note of appreciation to the department, “Thank you for your support of the actor panel in conjunction with Selected Shorts on Friday, Nov. 18, in the Nelke. It was a huge success, in my opinion. I was especially pleased to see several media arts students at this workshop, which in my experience doesn’t happen very often because my events don’t cross over a whole lot. The media arts students were able to discuss things pertinent to them such as the writing process, relationship between directors and actors, etc.” Approximately 50 people in attended the panel in the afternoon.  Below are some shots of the actors that participated in the panel, including Zach Grenier, Jane Kaczmarek, and Rene Auberjonois, as well as Shannon Hale, who introduced the actors at their story telling performance Friday night.  Not only did the students gain many insights, but the audience thoroughly enjoyed these master story tellers and their tales on Friday night. 

A special thanks to Jeff Martin for putting all of this together. The Universe recently highlighted Jeff and his work as the BRAVO! series producer. Click here to see the article.  

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Kelly Loosli attended the Creative Talent Network Animation Expo (CTNX) in Burbank, CA, this past weekend.  CTNX “presents a unique opportunity that brings together the top professionals from both the traditional and digital worlds of animation.” Thursday Kellyvisited Sony Studios where they demonstrated their Storyboarding process and the software they use.  He also connected with their HR people. Later that evening, he went to Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra where one of his former students, Anthony Holden, was having a gallery show. Friday Kelly visited Disney Feature and Dreamworks to meet with former students.  Most of the day on Saturday, Kelly attended CTNX. A few of his students had booths while many former and current students were there to attend the event. Kelly enjoyed seeing everyone and reconnecting.   He also met with HR people from all the major studios, as well as visiting with some of his software and hardware vendors.  One of the highlights of the trip was, as Kelly put it, “the giant pizza party organized by David Dibble and Justin Kunz in Illustration where all the BYU peeps both past and present and all the Mormon artists and BYU Idaho people were invited. There must have been 60-70 people there. It was a great event and a lot of fun.”

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