Skype guest lecture with Freelance University in Auckland

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!

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One thought on “Skype guest lecture with Freelance University in Auckland

  1. We found out later that it was a fire drill exercise. We couldn’t believe it going off in the middle of the lecture! I totally agree with your comment; lecture ending in a very cartoony way, hahaha. No more fire alarms for the next lectures!

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