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West Virginia State University EDC Workshop Explores Exciting World of 3D Animation

West Virginia State University EDC Workshop Explores Exciting World of 3D Animation

4/10/2014
 
Contact: Kimberly Osborne
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April 10, 2014
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West Virginia State University EDC Workshop Explores Exciting World of 3D Animation

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Learn how to create your own digital worlds and simulate life-like events in the worlds of your imagination. Join animator Steve Gilliland for his workshop “Animation 101” at the West Virginia State University (WVSU) Economic Development Center (EDC) Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will introduce beginners to the open-source 3D software Blender that is available as a free download. A series of exercises will send participants flying through 3D space where they will learn how to add cameras and lights, sculpt sets and characters, or pick from the hundreds of objects and character models donated by other Blender users.

“You don’t need to be an artist or computer scientist to attend the workshop, although they certainly would be welcome,” said Gilliland, an Assistant Professor of Communications at WVSU. “Participants will get to play with Blender, a powerful and free 3D computer modeling and animation software program. You could think of Blender as the ultimate video game with virtually unlimited levels.”
  
Gilliland has extensive experience in both live-action and animated filmmaking. He has worked as a cinematographer, videographer and editor on scores of projects, including documentaries, commercials and music videos, and has production designer credits on three feature films. He has conducted dozens of workshops for all ages and has given presentations for organizations such as the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy, the West Virginia Filmmakers’ Guild and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Africa.

Launched in 2012, the Creators Program is a series of community workshops focused on essential skills and knowledge needed to create for mass media and art. WVSU partners with the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and the West Virginia Film Office on the series. Workshops are designed for people of all skill levels, including students and others interested in expanding their creative endeavors.

The cost to attend the workshop is $20. Students are eligible for a discounted rate of $10, and registration is requested for all. To register, visit www.digiso.org and click on “The Creators Program” tab.

The WVSU EDC is located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.
           
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