Animator’s Roundtable: Women’s History Month

Posted in Events, Animated People, AnimateDC Events on March 28th, 2012 by Sharvonique

I’m participating in a special Animators Roundtable meeting in honor of Women’s History Month. I hope to see you there!

Women’s History Month-Animator’s Roundtable Meeting
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Networking: 6:30pm – 7pm
Event: 7pm – 9pm
American University
Mary Graydon Center, 3rd Floor, Wechsler Theater [map]

JOIN ANIMATOR’S ROUNDTABLE IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH! THIS MONTH OUR MEETING WILL FEATURE FOUR AMAZING WOMEN IN ANIMATION FROM THE DC/MD/VA AREA!

In honor of Women’s history month, we will feature four women animators from the DC/VA/MD area. The four women will show samples of their work and discuss how they approach animation from business to aesthetics.

Heather Larkin graduated from Princeton University in 2006, with a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After graduation, she spend time in Kenya, helping with research projects on zebras. She also spent a year in Japan teaching English. Through this time, she always wanted to be an animator. She is currently working as an freelance illustrator and animator in Washington DC. Recently, the Kennedy Center contracted Heather to create animations for a video series about African drumming and dance (which should be online soon). Heather also spends a lot of time on creating original story content. She is currently working on a comic book called “The Seated Lady” and a short film based on a Greek myth. For more about Heather and her work, see her portfolio site at LarkAnimation.com.

Sharvonique Renee Fortune is an Animation Creative, specializing in bringing animated characters and stories to life. Along with producing her original animated content, she currently works as an independent animator. Her freelance portfolio consists of a variety of projects, including award-winning short films, music videos and educational software. She often works remotely and has collaborated with an array of diverse talent located throughout the US, as well as internationally with people in Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Thailand. Fascinated by everything animated, Sharvonique has been credited as a blogger for her “Animated by Sharvonique” blog, has contributed to animation related articles and documentaries, and has taught animation workshops to both kids and adults. Sharvonique has also been given the title “Anime Queen” because of her work with T-MODE, an anime and gaming convention in the Washington, DC Metro area that she co-founded and organizes.

Kelley Bell is a local animator and professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Kelley’s animations have been screened locally and as far away as Berlin, Germany. Screenings include the American Visionary Arts Museum, the Annapolis Film Festival, The Transmodern Arts Festival, and the University of Maryland College Park. She was a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2004, and a semifinalist for the Sondheim Art Prize in 2010.

Catherine Eunice is a Creative Director and VFX Supervisor that has worked in video and television graphics production for over 17 years. She conceptualizes, designs and produces graphics in broadcast design for networks including National Geographic, Smithsonian, PBS and ABC. She has also directed national marketing campaigns including print, web, animation and large scale video display walls for clients such as Northrop Grumman, World Bank, Marriott, NIH and DoD.

Discussion Moderated by Professor Brigid Maher.

Event sponsored by Animator’s Roundtable, School of Communication at American University, and Women in Film and Video.


About Animator’s Roundtable:
The Animator’s Roundtable is a special users group within the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Film & Video. We’re a growing group of professionals, independents, students and animation enthusiasts. The roundtable meets monthly to discuss the tools, techniques and the business of animation. It is open to the public and we invite anyone to join.

Animator’s Roundtable holds monthly meetings to talk about animation, motion graphics, gaming and new graphic techniques in the Washington, DC area. We encourage both professionals and novices to attend. We also promote screenings and additional activities in the DC area.

For more info:
facebook.com/animatorsroundtable
twitter.com/animatorsrndtbl

To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian

Posted in Events, Animated People, AnimateDC Events on March 28th, 2012 by Sharvonique

Buzz Lightyear is making his way from outer space to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC! The Buzz Lightyear action figure that flew on Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station is being donated to the Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth exhibit.

John Lasseter, Pixar’s head honcho, will be on hand to present Buzz and will also participate in a panel following the ceremony. I plan to attend and hope to report back with pictures!

To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian
Thursday, March 29, 2012
12:00pm
National Air and Space Museum
Moving Beyond Earth - Gallery 113 [museum floorplan]
Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20560 [map]
L’Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian Metro Stations (Orange or Blue lines)

Admission: Free

Seating is limited. The Moving Beyond Earth gallery will open to the public at 11:45am.

DC Animation Group: The Washington Post Motion Graphics and Infographics

Posted in Events, Animated People, AnimateDC Events on March 26th, 2012 by Sharvonique

Alberto Cuadra and Sohail Al-Jamea of The Washington Post will talk about the Motion Information Graphics and Static Information Graphics they created for The Washington Post. The presenters will talk about some of the strategies and techniques in creating Motion Infographics and creating successful Infographics for print.

Alberto Cuadra is an information editor for The Washington Post; specialized in explanatory graphics and animation using a wide range of tools, anything from traditional drawing to 3D modeling and animation. A 1992 graduate of the University of Navarra, Alberto worked with the national Spanish diary El Mundo then with the wire agency Reuters in Miami before joining the Houston Chronicle in 2004 as a senior graphic artist.

Sohail Al-Jamea, a native of northern California, is senior motion graphics designer for The Washington Post. Using his background in video and animation graphics, he creates visual stories to illuminate and explain complex stories. Before his arrival at The Post , he honed those skills at ABC, NBC and CNN. He attended San Jose State University and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Meeting Details:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
6:30pm
Living Social Headquarters - On The Second Floor
1445 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 [map]
RSVP: RSVP is required. There is a limit of 75 spaces.


About DC Animation Group:
Meet fellow Professional Motion Graphic Artists, Animators, Visual FX Artists, Film, or Graphic Designers in the DC Area! Come to a Digital Animation Meetup to discuss favorite 2D and 3D Animation/Graphics Software, share animation techniques, and Network with other animators in the area. Get input on your portfolio, make contacts and mingle with new friends! http://www.meetup.com/DC-Animation-Group

Gigacon: A Multimedia Convention in Washington, DC

Posted in Events, AnimateDC Events on January 13th, 2012 by Sharvonique

My alma mater, The Art Institute of Washington, is hosting Gigacon 2012. Gigacon is a multimedia convention based in the Washington, DC area.

Gigacon was originally conceived as an animation forum on the campus of The Art Institute of Washington. It is now an educational, multimedia event that is open to the public. Attendees can learn tricks of the trade from industry professionals, participate in panels and demonstrations, and purchase art in the Artists Alley. This is Gigacon’s third year.

Event Details:
January 14-15, 2012
The Art Institute of Washington
1820 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 [map]
Rosslyn Metro Station (Orange or Blue lines)

Register for Gigacon 2012. Registration is $10 online and at the door.  Admission is FREE for AiW students and alumni - please DO NOT register online!

Schedule:
Jan 14th
10am Panel discussion with all the guests
11am Panel discussion with all the guests
12pm Lunch
1pm Portfolio reviews and Demonstrations
2pm Portfolio reviews and Demonstrations
3pm One on one with the invited guests

Jan 15th
10am Portfolio reviews and Demonstrations
11am Portfolio reviews and Demonstrations
12pm Lunch
1pm One on one with the invited guests
2pm One on one with the invited guests
3pm Alumni panel discussion


About Gigacon:
Gigacon brings the pros to you. Whether you’re a student or aspiring artist (or both), here’s your chance to broaden your understanding and skills. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how industry professionals have carved out their careers. Check out our Artists Alley for work for sale. And there are contests, portfolio reviews and much more!

For more information on Gigacon, check out: http://www.giga-con.com and visit our Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gigacon-Convention/205718919446532.

My Favorite Christmas Specials

Posted in General on December 24th, 2011 by Sharvonique

It’s Christmas Eve and 2011 is drawing to an end. One of the best ways to celebrate this magical time of year is to curl up in front of the TV and watch a Christmas special. Here are my favorites.

A Christmas Story
I never get tired of watching A Christmas Story. I refuse to buy a copy of it because watching it on television during the holiday season is part of the tradition. This movie really captures the nostalgia of being a kid during Christmas.



Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Ah, Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones. An unbeatable combination that makes How the Grinch Stole Christmas! a holiday classic. Everything about this animation makes my heart grow three sizes too big. It also has one of the most descriptive Christmas songs ever.



A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Peanuts gang explore the true meaning of Christmas, which is represented through the now iconic image of a scraggly Christmas tree decorated with a single ornament. But one of the things I like most about A Charlie Brown Christmas is the dancing! The kid in the orange shirt has some serious dance moves.



Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Poor Rudolph. His glowing red nose makes him a misfit. He’s ridiculed by all the other reindeer, including his father, Donner, and even a less than jolly Santa! Luckily, Rudolph befriends other misfits where they all learn to embrace their differences. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer shows that being different is exactly what makes you special.



Feel free to share your favorite Christmas specials. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

DC Animation Group: Holiday Party

Posted in Events, AnimateDC Events on December 14th, 2011 by Sharvonique

Hosted by DC Animation Group. Come and celebrate the holidays with other fellow DC animators in the area to gear up for the next year. 2012 will be an awesome year for animation in DC!

This will be a great way to network and meet other animators in the DC area. This event is free and is open to anyone who enjoys animation, graphic design, technology, happy hours and networking. So please be sure to invite your friends and colleagues for one awesome DC Animation Group Holiday Party Event!

Meeting Details:
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Science Club
1136 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036 [map]
RSVP: Please RSVP for this event. There is a limit of 100 “Yes” RSVPs.


About DC Animation Group:
Meet fellow Professional Motion Graphic Artists, Animators, Visual FX Artists, Film, or Graphic Designers in the DC Area! Come to a Digital Animation Meetup to discuss favorite 2D and 3D Animation/Graphics Software, share animation techniques, and Network with other animators in the area. Get input on your portfolio, make contacts and mingle with new friends! http://www.meetup.com/DC-Animation-Group

Animator’s Roundtable: Animation for Producers

Posted in Events, AnimateDC Events on November 29th, 2011 by Sharvonique

Don’t miss this special Animator’s Roundtable at GV Expo. It’s FREE and open to the public. This is the chance for DC’s best Animators, Motion Designers, and VFX Artists to meet their Producer counterparts.

Producers and Animators don’t always understand each others areas of expertise. Creating an animation or graphics heavy video can often be daunting, so the Animator’s Roundtable has activated its universal translator to help Producers and Animators speak the same language and communicate better! Our expert panel, a mix of Producers and Animators, will share their knowledge and a few tips on planning for and using animation effectively. They’ll help you figure out how to solve your creative challenges with the magic of graphics.

Special Guest Panelists:

Chris Dominici, Potomac Motion
Richard Harrington, RHED Pixel
Pradeep Mistry, PCM Animation
Ann Ramsey, US Dept. of Health and Human Services

This is a FREE event starting right after the close of the exhibit hall floor. Come join us for some networking and a great discussion, so if you’re a Producer, an Animator, or just intrigued, this event is for YOU!

Meeting Details:
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
5:30pm - 8:00pm
GV Expo
Washington, DC Convention Center
Room 152B

RAFFLE! Special prizes! Free and discounted coupons for training classes courtesy of Future Media Concepts!


About Animator’s Roundtable:
The Animator’s Roundtable is a special users group within the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Film & Video. We’re a growing group of professionals, independents, students and animation enthusiasts. The roundtable meets monthly to discuss the tools, techniques and the business of animation. It is open to the public and we invite anyone to join.

Animator’s Roundtable holds monthly meetings to talk about animation, motion graphics, gaming and new graphic techniques in the Washington, DC area. We encourage both professionals and novices to attend. We also promote screenings and additional activities in the DC area. 

For more info:
facebook.com/animatorsroundtable
twitter.com/animatorsrndtbl

Web-Slinging with The Marc Steiner Show

Posted in I'm So Vain on November 16th, 2011 by Sharvonique

I appeared on the August 11, 2011 edition of The Marc Steiner Show. The Marc Steiner Show broadcasts on Baltimore radio station WEAA 88.9 FM, Mon-Thurs from 5-7pm.I was on the show to discuss the new half-Black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man, Miles Morales:

Peter Parker, the legendary comic book alter ego of Spider-Man, is dead. At least, he’s dead in one of the Marvel Comics universes. And in that universe, his powers now rest in a young man named Miles Morales, who happens to be half African American and half Hispanic.
Today we take a look at the new comic book hero, and the history of racial politics and comic books.

Also joining the discussion were Arturo R. García, Managing Editor at Racialicious, and Dr. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, author of Stare in the Darkness and self described “comic book guy.”

Click the button to listen to a podcast of the segment.  Download link

You can also download a copy of the podcast.

DC_SIGGRAPH: 3D Studio Max and Compositing with Combustion

Posted in Events, Animated People, AnimateDC Events on November 15th, 2011 by Sharvonique

DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to a presentation by Rob Cloutier on using 3D Studio Max and compositing with Combustion for an upcoming documentary.

Rob Cloutier has been an animator/compositor for 18 years, working with 3D Studio Max since its first DOS version. He has had a wide range of experience in the games industry, having worked on over 20 computer games such as Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Pirates!, Railroads! and MicroProse games such as Gunship!, European Air War and many others.

Although he often specializes in historical subjects, he has produced animation segments and videos for several other venues including government agencies, documentaries, authors, architectural projects and other organizations. His other accomplishments include publishing his own 3D models disk, writing several articles for trade publications, holding training classes for other animators, and creating marketing videos, game box covers and magazine ads. Please feel free to review his website, www.3dhistory.com.

Meeting Details:
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
7:30pm-9:30pm
US Patent and Trademark Office - Remsen Conference Center
400 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 [map]
(Note - the meeting room might change)
RSVP:  Roberto Ortiz, robertoortiz1@yahoo.com


About DC_SIGGRAPH
DC_SIGGRAPH is the Washington D.C. Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH. ACM SIGGRAPH is dedicated to the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive techniques. We are a membership organization that values passion, integrity, excellence, volunteerism, and cross-disciplinary interaction in all of our activities. For more information on ACM SIGGRAPH go to: http://www.siggraph.org or check out our Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/dc-siggraph.

AnimateDC Events

Posted in General on November 15th, 2011 by Sharvonique

Being a member of the Washington, DC Metro area’s animation community, I’d like to do what I can to support it and to see it thrive. Therefore, I will be posting information about animation related events in the DC/MD/VA area. These events will be listed under the new tag AnimateDC Events.

It’s wonderful that DC area animators are no longer dispersed into isolated groups and are starting to become a closer, stronger network. I think this will lead to a sharing of animation ideas, a greater support of animation projects, and a growth of creative collaborations. This is truly an exciting time for the DC animation community and I’m delighted to be a part of it!