Last night I completed a 21st Century guest lecture…via Skype…with animation students on the other side of the world in Auckland, NZ. It went really well. At least I think it did; the only quirky thing about the lecture-via-Skype thing is that I can’t readily judge the reactions of the audience, to see, for example, if I’m blathering on too long on a particular topic and should hurry along to the next point.
I was approached to do something like this by Leanne Choi, one of the teachers at Freelance University, after speaking at a panel at AnimFX in Wellington last November. I’m thrilled that it came to fruition in such a seamless way, and I hope that the students got some good tidbits to help them make that difficult transition from student to professional.
The lecture ended in a very cartoony way: as they were playing an animatic I provided for an example, this crazy siren-type sound started blaring. I wondered if something had gone wrong with the sound on my animatic. But no. It was their fire alarm! I guess it was a sign to wrap up! (I joked with my wife that it was probably a student who decided enough was enough: “Oops, I think I ‘accidentally’ pulled the fire alarm! Oh well. I guess we’ll have to just end the lecture there!”
Anyway, if any Freelance students read this–thanks for having me and good luck in your final projects!