Animation Skillnet and partners Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Ireland will host a Masterclass ‘From Southpark to Star Wars and the Future of Animation’ this evening with Terrence Masson, Chair of the MFA Computer Arts department at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
To give a flavour of the masterclass in advance, Terrence had a chat with Animation Skillnet about emerging skills in the Animation and Visual Effects industries. Terrence explained that fundamental skills like figure drawing, colour theory, composition, lighting, etc. will always be critical for the Animation and Visual Effects industries. However, these skills combined with ever-changing new technology, like AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Machine Learning, VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) are important for staying ahead of the curve.
Lifelong learning in Animation
To Terrence, lifelong learning means always looking out for the ‘impossible’ tasks. Namely, newer, unsolved problems that combine things in new ways. He is always learning from his students as they explore, fail and discover ‘happy accidents’. Terrence also highlighted that although various existing XR (Extended Reality) technology such as VR, AR, and MR are becoming more advanced in terms of creative use and application, AI and Machine Learning which will have a massive and profound effect on everything we do.
Read the Animation Skillnet interview with Terrence Masson
Read the interview with Animation Skillnet by clicking here. Animation Skillnet provides subsidised training solutions to the animation, games and VFX (Visual Effects) sectors in Ireland through high-end, bespoke training courses that are designed and delivered by industry specialists. Animation Skillnet also co-organises and supports professional networking events and conferences for these sectors in Ireland and internationally, including Animation Dingle and Women in Animation Ireland. Visit the Animation Skillnet website to find out more about becoming a network member and about their upcoming events.
About Terrence Masson
Chair of the MFA Computer Arts department at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Terrence is an animation and visual effects artist and producer with 30 years of production and education leadership experience. He came up through the ranks on more than 20 feature films including Hook, True Lies, Interview with the Vampire and three Star Wars movies; his work also includes short animated film, broadcast, video games and interactive media. He developed the original CG animation method for South Park in 1996 and his short film ‘Bunkie & Booboo’ won first place in the World Animation Celebration.