Video Symphony Re-Launches 3D Fx/Animation Curriculum

TV, film and DVD education center Video Symphony in Hollywood has re-launched its 3D FX/Animation course curriculum. The program will now be led by noted visual effects artist Paul Runyan, whose credits include the TV series Max Steele and Starship Troopers: Chronicles.

According to Video Symphony president Mike Flanagan, the center has spent more than a year developing a one-year intensive training program that features both 3D animation using Newtek’s Lightwave package and visual effects techniques such a green screening. “We are now confident that we offer one of the best Lightwave-based training programs in the country,” he boasts.

In the 3D FX program, students work on a series of projects from concept to completion to develop real-life skills that will help them launch their careers. In addition to technical know-how, the curriculum is designed to provide an education in traditional aesthetics and work-flow techniques used by working industry professionals.

Video Symphony’s 3D FX/Animation program also includes classes on the fundamentals of digital editing, using Avid or Final Cut Pro; graphics programs such as Adobe’s Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator; audio editing and mixing with Pro Tools; and other major applications like particularly Maya, Digital Fusion and Combustion.

The 3D Visual Effects classes will remain small with 10 Macs and 10 PCs equipped with various 3D and 2D animation applications. Each workstation is networked to a 22-computer render farm powered by Butterfly Net Renderer. For compositing projects, students will work with a portable green screen, a Panasonic 24p digital camera and a conversion deck.