Pixar’s Gordon Instructs at VanArts

VanArts in Vancouver is offering an Animation Master Class with Pixar aniamtor Andrew Gordon on the weekend of April 19-20. Designed for professional animators and studients alike, the seminar will explore the ins and outs of creating high quality feature animation.

Andrew Gordon has been creating character animation professionally for more than 12 years. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997, where he has been an animator on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Gill from Finding Nemo and Edna Mode, the costume designer voiced by director Brad Bird in The Incredibles. His work also included directing several promotional spots for broadcast, web and Blu-ray content. Currently, he is supervising animation for Pixar’s new short film to be released with WALL’E.

The skill sets to be covered in the VanArts courses are not software-specific. All Lectures are presented in an organized method using clips, drawings and informational slides. Topics range from animation principles, design, acting and blocking techniques to facial animation and polish techniques. Most of the techniques are geared toward 3D character animation for feature animation, but can be applied to game work and 2D animation as well.

The cost of the Andrew Gordon Master Class is $529, which includes lunch on both days. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the VanCity Theater at 1181 Seymour St. (at Davie) in Vancouver. To register and view Gordon’s demo reel, go to www.vanarts.com/pixar/.