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Are you an animator but you're not quite sure how to get "into character"? Do your animations need better "actors"? This course is a combination of script, story and character analysis techniques from the traditional acting discipline and a series of movement based characterization exercises applying the principles of acting to 3D characters. Through this process non-actors responsible for creating and manipulating virtual characters can have a greater understanding of the actor and director's creative process and contribute to the whole process to a greater degree. Our presenter for the evening is John Finnegan (see bio below).

  • Workshop
When Apr 06, 2006
from 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Where New York City
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Thursday, April 6, 2006
6:30PM - 8:00PM

NYIT 11th Floor Theatre Space
New York Institute of Technology
16 West 61st Street (at Broadway)
New York, NY

**** Please note that space for this event is limited. Reservations are NOT being accepted. ****
**** Also, be aware that this is a 'Hands-On" event so please dress casually and comfortably. ****

Presenter Bio

John Campbell Finnegan
John Campbell Finnegan is an Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University College of Technology in New Albany, IN.
He received his bachelors degree in theatre at the University of Massachusetts concentrating in acting/directing and lighting design. His MFA is from
The Ohio State University in Acting and Design. John studied a year and a half at the Advanced Center for Computer Art and Design at The Ohio State University focusing on three-dimensional computer animation and rendering. John is a professional actor/director and in 2004, the Indiana Theater Association named John Indiana 's Best Director for his production of ART at South Bend 's Civic Theater.

John's Computer Graphic Fine Art has been displayed in numerous galleries in Indiana and across the United States . His work will appear
in Art in the Digital Age, edited by Bruce Wands. While at Purdue, John has co-authored two texts, The Web Page Workbook and Web Design and
Development Using XHTML
, both from Franklin Beedle and Associates. John is an active member of ACM:SIGGRAPH having served on
the Education Committee of the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee and as the SIGGRAPH 2003 Educator's Program Chair. John is also the Conference
Chair for SIGGRAPH 2006. John is continually developing this course which previewed at SIGGRAPH 2004 and continued in 2005.

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH wishes to thank New York Institute of Technology for its generous support of this event.

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Event Organizer:
Lynn Pocock NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board of Directors & NYIT

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Please note - this event has limited seating.
It is also a Hands-On event which may involve audience participation so it is recommended that you dress comfortably.

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Members (including student members) - Free
Faculty, Students, and Staff of NYIT - Free
Non-Members - Free
Non-Member Students (with proof of current, full-time status) - Free
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