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A Dream Review

Students Get Professional Assessment By DreamWorks Animation Artists

April 3, 2013

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Kristine A. Macasieb, left, and Ashleigh-Lauren Perez listen to critique.

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“Drive the visuals through the story,” DreamWorks Animation artist Jason Scheier (“Kung Fu Panda” 1 and 2) advised junior Kristine A. Macasieb, as he completed his review of her digital paintings titled “Atlantis,” “Nomad’s Land” and “The Sacred Cave.”
 
“Basically, when I’m designing an environment, I should implement more visual cues, details that give the scene a back story,” the 20-year-old Cal State Fullerton art major said.
 
Macasieb and fellow art major Ashleigh-Lauren Perez recently were having their work analyzed by animation professionals at the DreamWorks Animation studio in Glendale as part of DreamCrit, a program combining artists’ presentations, creative critiques and industry networking.

Students submit portfolios or reels for consideration, and if their work is selected, they are invited to attend and participate in the DreamCrit.
 
Four to five CSU campuses participate in each event, which are held several times each semester. Fullerton students meet at the Glendale studio, and San Jose State and San Francisco State students meet at the DreamWorks Animation studio in Redwood City. The two studios are joined by a streaming video wall, providing a life-size, real-time experience.

Topics covered by the DreamCrit range across animation, visual development, storyboarding, modeling, lighting and production management.
 
“CSUF has had a long relationship with DreamWorks,” said Charles E. Grieb, professor of art. “Marilyn Friedman of DreamWorks initiated the concept of the DreamCrit, inviting CSUF and the other CSUs to participate.”
 
For a grateful Macasieb, the experience “helped me see the weaknesses and inconsistencies in my work,” she said, adding that Scheier “suggested different ways I can take the process and research behind my artwork further. I also liked learning from the critiques Scheier gave the other presenters. Listening to what he had to say was especially insightful for me.”
 
The overall discussion “helped me envision what to prepare for in the future,” said Macasieb, who plans a career as a visual development artist.

Perez, who plans to graduate this spring, agreed, adding: “There’s something really inspiring about being at the studios, like the dream becomes more tangible. There are amazingly talented people there, and they make really awesome stuff and are willing to spend time with us. I would like to work there, and I’m going to try my hardest to do so someday.”

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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