Colleen Castleman has studied animation for four years, since her freshman year, at Capistrano High School. Nominated for the Animation Mentor Scholarship by her instructor, Kent Baker, Colleen’s artwork and exceptional contributions to peer mentoring have been noticed by ACME mentors for the past several years. Colleen has also been nominated in her school district for Distinguished ROP student and will attend a Southern California university next year, preparing for a career in animation.
“Thanks for providing me with the opportunity to share my work with professionals on The ACME Network and receive helpful feedback to improve my work. And thanks for the Animation Mentor (AM) scholarship. The AM Maya Basics class has been a real thrill! I’ve met all sorts of people on the online campus, and have had a really great time. I’ve learned about all sorts of things, not just animation, but how to impress with a demo reel or how to make a job recruiter remember your interview. It was really a great experience!”
Ken has been officially studying animation for the past two years. Growing up he was a connoisseur of Saturday morning cartoons. One of his favorites is the original “Batman the Animated Series”. He feels he may qualify for some form of extra credit for his years of study in front of his TV! ACME mentors give Ken extra credit for his enthusiasm, progress in his animation studies and his great feedback to other ACME students!
“Growing up, I have been very lucky to have had a number of great teachers. Great in the sense that they inspired me to dig deep, work hard and instilled values that helped shape who I am. I count the ACME community and the AM professional mentors as some of those wonderful teachers that I have had. It can be very intimidating to share your work with industry professionals, but I knew that my AM mentor’s critiques were spot on and helped me improve my work. He was patient, very accessible and encouraged us to contact him if we ran into any problems. The AM Maya class provided a great foundation and it will help me be one step closer to my dream of becoming a professional 3D animator.”
Daniel caught the eye of The ACME Network mentors on one of the ACME On-Air live telecasts. We were impressed to learn that he had only been studying animation for the one semester with instructor, Arthur Scott King at Diablo Valley College. Through Daniel’s hard work and consistent involvement his work was progressing quickly. As a U.S. Marine, he was up for the challenge!
Daniel’s been drawing since childhood and shared, “I’m sure any artist you ask would say their artwork is very personal. ACME has helped me grow out of my shell by encouraging me to put my work out there for other students and professionals to critique. It’s was scary even before putting my work out there, knowing the possibility of negative comments, however, the high level of professionalism shown by the ACME community and the AM mentors have changed my view of showing off my work. Without their feedback, how else could I grow? ACME has definitely made the experience easier and the AM Maya scholarship has been a tremendous benefit!”
“Thank you ACME for the Animation Mentor scholarship! I had a lot of fun learning Maya! It’s created a deeper appreciation for the work they do at Pixar. Our AM mentor told us it takes 2 weeks for them to make 8 seconds of a film! That’s a lot of work! AM is a lot of fun! On the road to discovering who I am as an artist, I’ve learned that I love 3D animation work. The AM community and its mentors play an important role in helping me learn. The advice the mentors give you is invaluable.”
“The Maya Workshop: Animation Basics at Animation Mentor is an amazing class because my mentor takes the time to impart valuable information about how to better utilize the tools in Maya. This class has already helped me learn new modeling techniques and effective camera angles for my animations. It is also inspiring to network with students and alumni who provide great insights on how to improve my work. The Animation Mentor community is very welcoming and I look forward to exploring more of the campus.”
“I have always been fascinated with animation and I knew from a young age that I wanted to study this subject in college. I pursued my passion by taking beginning animation classes at Diablo Valley College to study the fundamentals and techniques of animation. It was through these classes that I discovered ACME Animation, which is an amazing resource. ACME Animation is a great program that allows students to better hone their skills in animation by receiving feedback from mentors and industry professionals. I received constructive critiques from ACME that helped me develop my knowledge in animation techniques and the finite details that make an animation more appealing.”
“I am currently applying for a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction to begin a career as a User Experience Designer. UX Design is a combination of all my passions, which I discovered through exploring my interests of animation and technology. This amazing Animation Mentor scholarship that ACME generously gave me has already helped me improve in my work and expand my knowledge of 3D animation. I have learned new skills in this workshop and will apply these concepts to my educational and professional work.”
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