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Creative Mind

Creative Mind

By Academy of Art University
Get inside the Creative Mind with candid conversations with working artists from all over the world and the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team.
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Virtual Production & VFX - Charmaine Chan (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars Andor”)
“A lot of times I actually tell a lot of the artists on my team to literally turn off your computer step away and go outside. It's just one of those things where you get so much inspiration by things in the real world. I can literally sit on a bench somewhere and just stare at the corner of a building and see how the light just goes across that building throughout the day.  It's just one of those things that I find very relaxing and being able to just like study how light interacts with a lot of things in real life.”   Light. The basis for film, photography, and the main ingredient in compositing and visual effects. It is no wonder that our guest on this episode of Creative Mind, Charmaine Chan, has spent over 14 years at Industrial Light and Magic. Today, Charmaine can be found in London working as Lead Compositor for feature films, television, theme park rides, AR/VR, and real-time compositing on set for shows like Disney’s The Mandalorian, Star Wars Andor, and The Batman. Light is her medium.   “Just being able to capture a moment. when you see that light still it's like,’ Let's then deconstruct it. What's going on in this image?’ So, for me, I constantly refer to what I see out my window because it will always come back to you.”   Working at the crossroads of technology and art Charmaine offers up plenty of great advice to give students and working professionals on what it takes to work as a VFX artist, where virtual sets are headed (and how to take advantage of them), and how to survive as a working compositor.   You can view her reel here - https://vimeo.com/318665903 And visit her website here - https://www.charmainechan.net
49:17
May 4, 2021
Illustrating Peace & Equality - Creating Diverse Children's Books
10 Teams. 4 Weeks. 2 Words. 1 Incredible book collection.  https://www.roomtoread.org/p-e-book-collection/ The Peace & Equality Book Collection brought together diverse writers and illustrators from the United States to create 10 books in just four weeks. The books, aimed at children ages 3-8, explore themes related to creating a more peaceful and just world, with the goal of recognizing the work we must continue to do as a society to create social, political, economic, and cultural systems grounded in peace and equality.  Four Academy of Art grads were tapped to illustrate four titles and Academy instructor Julie Downing served as an art advisor for the project. In this special episode, we get to hear from them and the authors of these unique and fascinating books. For more about these great artists and authors check out their websites.   Illustrators - Kris Duran - https://krisduran.com/ Peili Huang - https://www.peiliart.com/ Samantha Jo Phan - https://www.samjophan.com/ Authors -   Dr. Artika R. Tyner - https://www.artikatyner.com/ Mon Trice - https://www.montrice.net/ Jocelyn Argueta - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jocelynargueta/ Julie Downing - https://www.juliedowning.com
31:02
April 28, 2021
Fine Art Painter - Jess Velarde
Jess Velarde is an oil painter known for using rhythmic brushwork and rich color to create scenes that bring moments of beauty, transcendence, and inspiration into everyday spaces. Born and raised on California’s Central Coast, early exposure to the arts and a deep connection to the beauty of the natural world shaped the direction of her work — evident in her early landscapes as well as her current botanical and figurative paintings. Her art embraces the materiality of oils on canvas through brave, textural interpretations of light and shadow that straddle the line between realism and impressionism. While knowing she wanted to pursue painting from a young age, Jess worked as a professional photographer for eight years before returning to school to earn her MFA in Painting from Academy of Art University, where she also studied in Florence, Italy. She now works full-time as a Fine Artist, creating paintings for collectors around the world from her home studio in Los Angeles. Check out our special video episode where Jess walks us through her website and e-commerce site setup - https://youtu.be/IOb9pKV1VE4 Website: www.jessvelarde.com Online Store: https://jess-velarde-art.myshopify.com Instagram: @jessvelardeart Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessvelardeart
39:45
April 21, 2021
Fine Art Painter - Lucas Bononi
Lucas Bononi received his BFA in Painting at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2016. Lucas’s current body of work is an exploration of the ontology that exists between man and his surroundings. He often employs both traditional and contemporary methods to his artmaking and feeling both energies at work within him they tell his story. Lucas has exhibited in numerous group and juried exhibitions across the U.S and internationally. He was awarded First Place in the Portrait Society of America's Annual Members Competition, the Best in Show Award in the BoldBrush Painting Competition, and the Purchase Prize, Best in Show for the Annual Exhibition held at SCNY, NY. In 2019 he was the cover artist for American Art Collector Magazine Sept and has been a featured artist in Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, American Artist, and International Artist Magazine among other publications. You can view Lucas Bononi’s work here - https://www.lucasbononi.com/ And on his Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lucasbononiart
58:50
April 14, 2021
Painter & Fine Artist - Craig Nelson
Since 1970, Dr. Craig Nelson has been depicting figures landscapes, and various environments in rich vibrant oils. His passion for the subjects relates directly to his brushwork, weaving mood and emotion into each work of art. After graduating from Art Center College of Design with distinction, Craig began his career working in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios, creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines. Craig's countless movie posters include "The Cowboys", "Slapshot", and "Homeward Bound" among many others. His album cover credits include, "Sammy Davis Jr. Live", "Rick Nelson, Country" and "Natalie Cole, Thankful" along with many more. Collectors include James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation, UCLA Dental and Law School, the U.S. Air Force, UCSF Dental School, and many more. He has won over 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals. The "Arts for the Parks" national competition awarded Craig the Grand Teton Natural History Award for a painting entitled "Dining Alone". His work is collected in the United States, Asia as well as Europe. In 1974 Craig began teaching at Art Center College of Design and for the past 30 years has been sharing his knowledge at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is the Executive Director of the School of Fine Art, MFA & BFA, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Craig is currently a signature member of the California Art Club and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Craig's books "60 Minutes to Better Painting" and "The Drawing Bible"  published by North Light are now available.  He teaches two to three workshops a year which has gained in popularity attracting students from all over the United States and Europe.   Craig's annual Figurative Painting workshop and his Sonoma Plein Air Painting workshop are held in Santa Rosa, California.  His European Painting workshops have covered many areas throughout Italy and France, Austria, Holland, and the Italian Alps.
01:06:11
April 7, 2021
Story For Animation - Caitlin VanArsdale
In this episode of Creative Mind, we talk with Caitlin VanArsdale about working as a visual artist, pitching her own ideas to executives, and what newcomers to the world of storyboards should know. We talk about why watching films are so important and why having a certain style is great if you have a dozen or more styles in your bag of tricks to pull from. We also get deep into where animation is headed as the idea of a “cartoon character” has evolved from just something to entertain children. For Caitlin VanArsdale, the world of animation is her home. As a storyboard artist by title Caitlin takes a script and brings it to life for a team of animators, designers, and editors to create a television episode or film. As a creator, a more apt title, Caitlin is finding the emotion and the meaning behind what a character is doing or going to do in just a few frames. On character, Caitlin says, “I always work character out. I never start with a concept and that might sound counterintuitive to a lot of people. Think about all of your favorite stories, your favorite shows, your favorite movies - those are going to be really memorable characters and characters that you either relate to or, learn something that you learned once or, something that triggers an emotion in you.” A look at Caitlin’s credits and it is easy to understand where her thinking lies. She has worked on the Oscar-winning short film Hair Love, the upcoming Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse 2, and done a long stint on The Powerpuff Girls. Although a wide range of visual styles, at their core these properties are touching on our own firsthand experiences, fears, and emotions. Caitlin points out, “I think for a very long-time animation has sort of been forced into the whole of this is kid stuff. And if you look at animation as a medium, instead of a genre it opens up the doors to do literally anything. You can make a horror film, you can make an epic, you can make whatever you want.” To see more of Caitlin VanArsdale’s work check out – Website: cachava.net Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cachava/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cachavaa
52:44
March 30, 2021
Muralist - Michelle 'MRBBABY' Ruby
MICHELLE 'MRBBABY' RUBY A Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Ruby aka Mrbbaby, uses elements of her heritage as inspiration for her striking and lively art work. Bbaby is heavily influenced by her community, as well as her Puerto Rican/Mexican upbringing. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, MrBbaby is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist's aim is to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer's interpretation. You can find more of her work here - https://www.instagram.com/mrbbaby/
37:19
March 17, 2021
Lead Animator - Kim Ferrari
“Dive in and make yourself available because there is a tendency as an artist to just try and hone your skills before you put your vulnerable self out there.  So what if the first two rounds don't go that well? You're going to learn a ton from them and keep building.” On this episode of Creative Mind, we talk about Kim’s journey right out of school to landing a role that is both rewarding to her and children. Kim Ferrari, who received her Master of Art in 2D Animation, knows first-hand that a career as an animator is a marathon of twists and turns. Before she even graduated she was working at Bento Box Entertainment in Atlanta, GA finishing up her degree online and her thesis project, Sisters, all at the same time. What seems like an impossible quest is just how the precarious work-life balance is for a freelance artist. From the jump, Kim worked at some eclectic animation houses including Titmouse, Ghostbot and others. Her credits include the shows The Awesomes, Future Worm, Whisker Haven Tales and other corporate clients. But it is her role now, lead animator for Duck Duck Moose/Khan Academy where Kim was able to find a home and be the animator and mentor she wants to be. With the release of Khan Academy Kids, she has been able to put her love for education to use as well as be everyone’s favorite manager. And be sure to watch Sisters her thesis film co-produced with her sister Ciara on Academy Flix
48:04
March 3, 2021
Biographer & Writer - Keith Ryan Cartwright
KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT is a journalist, advocate for public education, libraries and independent bookstores, and an occasional adjunct professor of journalism for the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University. He has interviewed a former president; two Nobel Laureates; Congressional and military leaders; Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs and innovators; Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners; members of the Rock & Roll and County Music halls of fame; Olympic gold medalists; philanthropists and a humanitarian, who lived in a teepee. For more than 13 years, Cartwright has chronicled professional bull riding, rodeo and the Western way of life. “Black Cowboys of Rodeo” is his second book.
50:08
February 24, 2021
What is Intellectual Property? - A Quick Creative Mind Guide
As designers it is our fundamental responsibility to create innovative solutions to problems and opportunities. The output is often powerful, provocative and, in some cases, valuable. Attorney Lloyd Dakin discusses with industrial design students issues concerning patents, utility patents and copyright laws covering everything from phone designs, sculpture, fashion and more. ***Disclaimer: The Purpose of this Presentation is to provide News and Information on Legal Issues. All content provided is for Informational Purposes Only, and should NOT be considered legal advice. The presentation of this information does NOT establish an Attorney-Client Relationship with the listener. The listener should NOT act on the information presented or in the distributed materials without first consulting legal counsel. If you desire legal advice for a particular situation, you should separately consult an attorney.
52:56
February 17, 2021
Book Marketer - Hannah Moushabeck
“Books, can be such an incredible way to help children along the way, and it's such a quieter and healthier way than television or movies where commercial gains is much more prominent in that industry as opposed to books, which has a more of a noble quest.” On this episode of Creative Mind, we talk with book marketer Hannah Moushabeck. She is a first-generation Palestinian American and a second-generation book nerd. Born into Interlink Publishing, a family-run publishing company, she learned the value of literature at a young age. A 2020 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, and current member of the executive board of the Boston Teen Author Festival, Hannah has also worked editing and marketing children’s books for Chronicle Books, Interlink Publishing, and The Quarto Group. With that background Hannah brings a wealth of knowledge to one of the most important steps in the world of books, getting books into the hands of readers. You can find Hannah online here – Twitter @hmoushabeck Instagram @hannahmoushabeck
54:05
February 10, 2021
Criminologist & Children's Book Author - Dr. Ashley Wellman
Dr. Ashley Wellman is a professor of Criminal Justice. The Girl Who Dances with Skeletons is her first children's book. In addition, she has written a forthcoming young adult fantasy novel. Her most important and fulfilling role is being mom to her daughter, Reagan, their skeleton crew, and pup, Sophie. Ashley has a passion for photography, travel, and working with children.  From Dr. Wellman's website "When faced with the tragic loss of my husband in 2018, my dearest friend challenged me to take a break and write for my soul. There was one rule: find joy in what you are writing. What started as a means to survive trauma evolved into a way to heal. Today, writing serves as a gift, allowing me to tap into what really matters: creating a meaningful, happy, and magical life for my family. My daughter's innocence and light  inspire embrace uncertainty, break boundaries, and dream bigger. The result... stories to thrill, move, motivate, and entertain." http://myfriendfresno.com/ https://www.ashleywellman.com/
01:07:50
February 3, 2021
Toy Designer & Illustrator - Suzy Ultman
Suzy Ultman has been creating toys and books for family and friends since childhood. A born storyteller, Suzy is an illustrator, product designer, toy creator, and bookmaker of sophisticated and simple objects that inspire and delight young and old alike. Suzy grew up in Pennsylvania but her life and work have taken her around the world both as a visitor and a resident. From living in Los Angeles to Portland, across the sea to Amsterdam and back to Boston, Suzy’s exploration and immersion into these places influences her work even today. Whether gracing your bookshelf or decorating a nursery, Suzy’s signature products tell a story of connection, community and finding your place within a global family. When she isn’t in her studio folding paper, designing textiles, or creating toys, she can be found strolling through antique shops, finding treasures at flea markets, and communing with nature. She's nested with her husband and three sons in their cozy home in Ohio. Website: https://www.suzyultman.com/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/suzyultman/ Linktree: https://linktr.ee/suzyultman
33:58
January 27, 2021
Children's Book Editor - Taylor Norman
“A good picture book should be able to be read by anybody,” says Taylor Norman, editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco and our guest on the podcast this week. As an editor it is Taylor’s job to find the right manuscript and shepherd it through the process from acquisition to print. No small feat as creating picture books is a multimillion-dollar industry creating memories that last a lifetime. Getting you book in front of a publisher like Taylor requires you as the author/illustrator to become immersed in the field. This is not a quick output, or one-off idea to try. The work you create can fill libraries and enter the world of “literature”. Talking to parents is the first step if you think you have a good idea. “I think as a parent, you want the right book for the right moment at all of your moments. And there's tons of melodrama in one day in a kid's life. And ideally, the picture books that get published address those types of moments in a kid's life,” Taylor says. As far as the books she is looking, “I'm interested in books that have a purpose because they're authentic and they tell a true story that a kid will respond to.”
01:34:10
January 20, 2021
Creative Mind - Introduction with host Bobby Brill
Being an artist is lifetime adventure. I know that sounds pretty lofty and idealistic, but in reality, that should be your goal – a lifetime creating with a nice paycheck to go along with it. On each episode of Creative Mind, I talk with some amazing working artists - illustrators, video game designers, art directors – and we talk about how to build a career and keep it going, what skills you should develop, and what your investment in art school is really about. My name is Bobby Brill and I started this podcast for two reasons – one, to get to talk to some really cool artists. It is so important in your career to hear what other artists are doing, what is trending and what path to take when your career pivots, because it will. For example, I went to art school and studied painting but make a living writing and directing videos. So, getting the right advice from the right people to help your career flourish is key. And the cool thing is many of our guests are faculty and alumni of Academy of Art University. The other reason is to help students and their support team – parent, relatives, the people helping pay for your education – to understand what an art school education looks likes. To answer those questions that are gnawing away in the back of your mind. Can my kid really earn a living making video games? The quick answer to that is Yes – and I wish I was working in video games as that is the most exciting content being made for the last 30 years. So if you are thinking about going to an art school or looking for that nugget of advice to keep your career moving forward take a listen to my podcast - Creative Mind.
01:40
January 13, 2021
Art Licensing for Products - Shari Warren
If you have ever walked through any retail store whether it be a Bed, Bath & Beyond, a Home Depot or even a supermarket, the more astute artist will recognize an abundance of graphic elements and illustrations on the packaging, cups, tools, wall art, coffee mugs, and more. The more cynical artist will say, “I could have done that!” Well, yes could have but you didn’t. And that is basically our fault. So much the freelance life of an artist and designer is chasing down work-for-hire, one-off freelance jobs. These are great but these are often buyouts and one-time payments. The thought of licensing your artwork, in the most layman of terms “renting it” to a company has never crossed our minds or been something we even thought was possible. This is where Shari Warren brings in her expertise. On this episode of Creative Mind, artist and art licensing expert Shari Warren walks us through the business and creative side of art licensing. Often touted, but not exactly wrong, as “making money while you sleep”, licensing is about selling your artwork to a client for a certain length of time, print run, product numbers or SKUs, and/or usages. Think of it as your drawing on a series of coffee mugs, coffee plates and coffee bean canisters. Without thinking too hard you can start to see that as an artist we are often leaving money on the table by not exploring the world with an eye toward trends and seasonal experiences. As an artist and illustrator living in Northern California, Shari has a life-long passion to create artwork that makes people smile. “I use a variety of media, both traditional and digital, to create my work and love to experiment with different artistic techniques. That said, all of my artwork begins with good old-fashioned pencil and paper,” she says. Her professional background is in the publishing and software industries working as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Art Director. Today, she devotes her career to staying up on current consumer trends and creating art collections for consumer products that I hope people will enjoy and buy. At the Academy of Art, she teaches “Illustration for Consumer Products and Licensing”, a business and portfolio development class, where students learn how to research the retail market, identify current trends to create original art collections for licensing to companies, create a professional portfolio website and marketing materials, and learn about art business basics. Topics covered include creating marketable art collections and product mock-ups for their portfolio to license to manufacturers and publishers who make consumer retail products and to create their own products. As well as evaluating their own illustration style and how it relates to specific product categories, customer demographics and how to "create art that sells". You can see more of Shari Warren work here - https://www.shariwarren.com
46:59
December 16, 2020
Creativity & Entrepreneurship with Jonathan Deiss
“I think one of the things about the creative professions in general is built into them inherently is problem solving. If you want to become, say a biologist, really what you're doing as a biologist is you're discovering things that already exist. As a creative you're inventing things that don't exist.” Creative director and entrepreneur Jonathan Deiss has had a very unique career. After being accepted to Ivy League schools to study architecture, eventually graduating with a Master’s Degree from UCLA, Jonathan headed down the path to deign buildings. However, it was what become known as Web 1.0/2.0 that attracted him more, to work in burgeoning world of websites and digital design. Jonathan realized, “Education isn't just about what you're learning. It's also about learning to learn.” Over the years Jonathan rose up the ranks of advertising agencies like Tribal DDB, Dailey & Associates, Trailer Park, TBWA Chiat Day, The Ant Farm, mOcean, Real Pie, Mojo, Publicis, Leo Burnett and Sapient. He has overseen accounts for Activision, Clearwire, Wells Fargo, Epson, ESPN, Warner Brothers, Disney, Kia, Mutual of Omaha, Disney, Paramount, Fox, and Sony to name a few. He’s done a lot of TV, film and video game marketing as well as traditional marketing. He then went “client side” and helmed creative for Beachbody globally and was responsible for all creative department business including, not only all design direction, but also department budgeting and administration, talent acquisition and retention, and product development. When talking about all of the projects he has worked on and projects he has overseen, Jonathan points out, “You have to learn the discipline of learning in order to succeed in life. One of the ways that I've succeeded is by having a hunger for figuring things out. And the only way you get hungry about figuring things out is if you train yourself over the course of your life from childhood, to have an interest in discovery to have curiosity, to be interested in new things, new ideas, new information.” That curiosity led to Jonathan creating two new ventures, two projects that could not be more different from each other. TheThrillStudio.com is the home 3D printed orcs, dragons and wizards. Micowilderness.com is the home to spiders that are as large as your hand. When we talked it was hard not to chuckle at the idea of spiders but Jonathan said something very wise, “Whether or not you're going to be a great professional in whatever industry you choose is going to be more based on your work ethic, your, your intelligence, your ability to problem solve and your attitude.” And he is right. So, enjoy this episode of Creative Mind. To contact Jonathan Deiss head over to his website - http://jonathandeiss.com For the latest in 3D printed collectibles – http://thethrillstudio.com For all the creepy crawlies – https://www.microwilderness.com
59:32
December 9, 2020
Stop Motion Artist & Musician - Aaron Guadamuz
As an artist your career will last your lifetime, at least that should be the plan. And what you study in school may not always be what you do all the time. New opportunities come up, new technologies are developed, sometimes you find out that you are good at something you never even thought of. On this episode of Creative Mind, Bobby Brill talks with Aaron Guadamuz – he is a musician, stop motion artist, animator, curator and technologist if we can be so bold. In short Aaron is a working artist, and an artist working in the contemporary art scene as well. That hard to understand often frustrating world of art that few people like and even fewer “get” right now. Aaron Guadamuz is a Bay Area native, illustrator, animator, musician, photographer and handyman who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. He has worked closely with a number companies, organizations, and record labels including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Trouper Films, Sega of America, Sony, Namco, Napster, Stones Throw, Sargent House and Insect Records. Always with an ear to the ground for the strange and obscure, he works with a variety of underground and mainstream artists and filmmakers.  He is one third of the art rock outfit Father Howl and a contributing writer and editor for Gowanus Film Society in Los Angeles.
48:52
December 2, 2020
Ravi Sawhney - Psycho Aesthetics
Ravi Sawhney is the CEO of RKS Design & Innovation. In 2020 RKS Design celebrates 40 years of disrupting the design marketplace. Ravi has lead RKS Design to the forefront of product and technical innovation globally. He is a highly respected designer, author, entrepreneur and speaker. He has written a powerful and compelling book called Predictable Magic. His proprietary research methodology called Psycho-Aesthetics which is highly regarded and is the foundation of thinking that his team uses with their clients. He has created many successful startups along the way. He is also the Founder and CEO of LoanGifting which addresses how to relieve student debt for Americans.
26:52
November 18, 2020
The State of Virtual reality with Philip Kauffold
Phillip Kauffold studied animation at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, then got his start in games working on Tomb Raider: Anniversary at Crystal Dynamics. While animating the Tomb Raider games, he also started rigging characters and props, and eventually managed the cinematics pipeline. Following that, he worked on a variety of mobile games at DeNA – San Francisco such as We Rule, We City, and Dreamtopia. He also worked freelance on other projects, such as an avatar system designed to help people with hospital discharge instructions. Phil started teaching character and creature rigging at Academy of Art University in 2012, and has developed curriculum for technical animation, animation, and virtual reality.
01:02:06
November 11, 2020
Video Game Programmer - David "Rez" Graham
David “Rez” Graham is the Director of Game Programming at The Academy of Art University and a senior AI programmer currently working independently on a self-funded unannounced project. He has worked in the games industry as an engineer since 2005 spending most of that time working on various kinds of AI, from platformer enemy AI to full simulation games. Most recently, he was the Lead AI Programmer on The Sims 4 at Maxis. Prior to that, he worked at PlayFirst, Slipgate Ironworks, Planet Moon Studios, and Super-Ego Games. He is the co-author of Game Coding Complete, 4th Edition, has two articles in Game AI Pro, one article in the upcoming Game AI Pro 3, and regularly speaks at The Game Developers Conference. Rez spends his free time acting and running tabletop RPGs.
01:15:14
November 4, 2020
How Video Games are Made
Concept Art Lead Michael Buffington and UI/UX Lead Greg Eichholzer lead us on the hero's journey into game design. What it takes, the skill needed, the type of jobs, the pay for those jobs and everything in between. Taken From 2020's AFroComicCon, the virtual event video can also be found on out Youtube page - https://youtu.be/flBfTXi1Itw
01:06:01
October 28, 2020
Illustrator & Educator Robert Revels
Robert Revels is a seasoned professional artist and University Instructor. Robert’s high attention to detail, ever-evolving skill set, and his commitment to deliver his very best have earned him a reputation that is highly respected. He is expert in 3D Modeling, Illustration,  and both Traditional and Digital Painting. Robert has worked on a variety of projects ranging from children's books to large concert backdrops for artists including Carlos Santana and U2. He is the recipient of numerous awards among them, a Judges Choice Award from the San Francisco and New York Society of Illustrator's. Since 2000, Robert has served on faculty teaching at his alma mater, Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA where he specializes in teaching Illustration. Robert also offers professional contract work and private consulting. Please contact Robert via email at RevelsArt@gmail.com 
57:13
October 21, 2020
Stop Motion Animation with Gillian Hunt
Gillian Hunt is an artist working in the animation industry as a background painter for 2D animation, and a set dresser, puppet fabricator, scenic painter, and set builder for stop motion animation. Her credits include the upcoming Guillermo Del Toro film Pinocchio, Crossing Swords on Hulu, The Chef show on Netflix, Robot Chicken and more. She give us a tour of the industry and what skills are needed to start working in the tiny world of stop motion animation. Visit her website at www.gillmakesart.com
35:24
October 14, 2020
Children's Book Illustrator - Eda Kaban
Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey with a great passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars. She has traveled the globe wearing a backpack slightly larger than herself. Her travels brought her to the States where she studied illustration. Her work can be seen in a variety of publications. She has worked with clients such as Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books, Macmillan, Lufthansa Airlines, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe among others. Her illustrations have been recognized by Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration and 3X3. She is represented by Shannon Associates and she continues to search for stories through love, laughter, and observations of the people around her. When she is not drawing, you can find her climbing some rocks, or biking the hills of the Bay Area. She currently resides in Oakland happily with her husband, their small son and two Siamese cats, where they continually water their plants too much.
50:28
October 7, 2020
Community Architecture with Sameena Sitabkhan - Creative Mind
In this episode of Creative Mind, Sameena walks us through some of B.Lab’s projects in the San Francisco Bay Area including community builds for the NCH Community Garden and Point Perch in Hunters Point. Two projects that were aimed at revitalizing the lower income areas for the existing residents. A collaboration, between students and the actual residents of the area, that gives both groups a chance to find out what is possible, what is needed, and what is wanted.  This thinking is at the soul of B.Lab, the Building Lab design/build program in the School of Architecture. Their goal is to cultivate and foster a spirit of diversity, equity, and advocacy for future public practice among students. Sameena also points out, “Architects don’t get a lot of opportunity to work directly with the client, there is always go betweens.” Such a community-forward venture has equal benefits for the students as well. “Our B.Lab students are working with the clients, with the neighbors, with the communities that are going to be using the piece that we are designing and building.” Sameena points out that for students this is the core of all B.Lab projects. “We are stepping in on a community that doesn’t know us. Where coming in there and we are going to build something and it’s our job to be guests in that community and it’s our job to leave our privilege behind and just listen.” After this crucial step, the community engagement, students can utilize their skills as architects and designers to make something memorable and useful for the community. “Architecture is not something that operates on the space of only one site, Sameena Sitabkhan, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the School of Architecture at Academy of Art University. Sameena goes on to say, “Anything on a site is connected to all parts of the city, and to multiple people, and different things happening around it. In my mind it can be bench that creates public space. That is architecture to me.”
49:16
September 23, 2020
Fred Newman - Master of Sound Effects - Creative Mind
Snap. Wham. Zoink. What does that sound like in your head? What do you visualize when you hear these words said out loud? These mouth sounds , or onomatopoeia if you want to get technical, are the basis for sound effects and sound design and is just one of the tools that sound artist Fred Newman uses to take create an auditory journey, are real theater of the mind, for animations and films. With every zip, zap and scrunch, Fred contorts his face and vocal chords, personifying each sound that he makes. He is a master of this. Throughout his long career as an actor, voice actor, composer, comedian, musician, and singer, Fred has created the voice or sounds of some of our most loved and watched characters. Fred was the voices for both the furry little Mogwai and the slimy green monsters in the 80’s horror flick Gremlins . He was the voice of Skeeter, among others in the long running cartoon franchise Doug . For a more nostalgic generation, he served as the sound effects maestro for the old-time radio homage Prairie Home Companion . The sound scape is Fred Newman’s world. In this episode of Creative Mind, Fred walks us through the concept of sound, why each crinkle and snort leaves a lasting impression on us. How simple, but immediately recognizable sounds, like the trumpet-like blast from an elephant, lock into our consciousness and forever become associated with a felling. It is these feelings that he, and all sound designers and composers are trying to elicit from the listener or viewer all the time. They become layers in a larger audio landscape. And each snort and swish Fred creates out of thin air is a story in and of itself. A must hear, for anyone interested in how sound can guide your thinking and tell a unique story. After you listen head over to our YouTube page to see Fred on stage and in action. For more insights into the world of music, film scores, and sound design check out previous Creative mind episodes with the Director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Brad Hughes and film composer Gunnard Doboze .
27:11
September 16, 2020
Gunnard Doboze - Film Composer - Bonus Episode Part 2
In part 2 of this bonus episode of Creative Mind, Director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media has a candid conversation with film score composer Gunnard Doboze about what it takes to get into the world of sound design, composing and film scores. Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco.
30:02
September 9, 2020
Assistant Director James Cho - Creative Mind
Originally from Taiwan, and based in Toronto, when of course he is not out for 6-8 months on location, James Cho serves as assistant director on mainly Chinese film productions. His specialty are films produced outside of China, but for mainly a Chinese-speaking audience. Films like the recently released “THE BRAVEST ”, a big budget firefighter movie being released by Sony Pictures and akin to Ron Howard’s “Backdraft” in its beautifully shot and art directed scenes of fire and destruction and the soon to be released Mandarin-language cop thriller “THE HUNTING ” staring Tony Leung and Olga Kurylenko set in Paris. Not to mention his time with Jackie Chan on “KUNGFU YOGA ”.
37:19
September 2, 2020
Gunnard Doboze - Film Composer - Bonus Episode Part 1
In part 1 of this bonus episode of Creative Mind, Director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media has a candid conversation with film score composer Gunnard Doboze about what it takes to get into the world of sound design, composing and film scores. Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco.
29:55
August 26, 2020
Antonio Borja - Automotive & Industrial Design
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more.    To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit https://www.academyart.edu/   Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/academy_of_art/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/academy_of_art/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AcademyofArtUniversity LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/academy-of-art-university/ YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/academyofartu/
01:00:23
August 19, 2020
Inside the World of Documentary Filmmaking
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we dive in the world of making documentaries. Marjorie Sturm walk us through her film and process for dealing with sensitive subject matter. Executive producer Tod Mesirow explains the art of interviews. We also here from cinematographer Dave Drum about some first steps into getting into documentary films. Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
30:03
August 12, 2020
Musician & Composer - Brad Hughes
Brad Hughes is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which hosts the annual Grammy Awards, and serves on the Education committee of the NARAS San Francisco chapter.  He holds a BFA in World Arts & Cultures from U.C.L.A., and an MFA in Music from The California Institute of the Arts. When creativity meets innovative technology, art takes on many different shapes and forms. A successful collaboration of the two in a film soundtrack and scoring can lead to the best work results—a symphony of the next century orchestrated on both apps and physical instruments. “Students who come here have a dream. And we empower that dream by providing them with the training and technology to help them grow as artists.” says , director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media at the Academy.
01:04:36
August 5, 2020
Inside the World of Low Budget Film
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we jump into the world of writing, directing and producing for low budget films. We speak with prolific writer-director Doug Campbell about getting a film made in 2 weeks. We also hear from Academy Award nominee Chris Moore on producing films that are well below the Hollywood multi-million dollar budgets.  Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
30:00
July 22, 2020
Inside the World of Children's Books
This bonus episode of Creative Mind features Inside the World of Children's Books. Illustrator Julie Downing and author Marissa Moss give some tips and insights into writing and creating images for a children or young adult illustrated book. This bonus episode was originally streamed on Urban Nights Radio, a college radio station produced and managed by the students of the Academy of Art University. Urban Knights Radio is heard around the world and is one of iHeartRadio’s top college radio stations. Listen to Creative Mind on Urban Nights Radio live on Saturday at 9 am or Sunday at 6 pm! https://www.iheart.com/live/urban-knights-radio-6381/ Links: Julie Downing Marissa Moss Urban Nights Radio School of Illustration ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
30:00
July 8, 2020
Master Illustrator - Chuck Pyle
In this episode of Creative Mind, we sat down with Chuck Pyle, the director of the School of Illustration to talk about how to work as an artist; how to build your business. When he arrived at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University in 1972, he was an 18-year-old with big plans: Take a few classes at the Academy, then head off to New York, become a famous political cartoonist -- and bring down Nixon.  Chuck Pyle is an internationally sought-after artist, working with clients from New York to Tokyo. His clients include Microsoft, Pacific Bell, Safeway, Avis, Ask Jeeves, Sun Microsystems, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Penguin, Bantam, Book of the Month Club, Houghton Mifflin, Seattle Opera, Nisshin Foods, and the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology. Mr. Pyle received the 2015 Distinguished Educator in the Arts award from the Society of Illustrators. Today, more than 40 years later, he is Director of the Academy’s School of Illustration (a post he’s held since 2003) and one of the university’s most beloved instructors. He continues to guide and inspire thousands of students and is revered for his patience, generosity and refusal to adhere to a one-size-fits-all method of teaching. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:17:56
July 1, 2020
Anthony Jones - Concept Artist
This bonus episode of Creative Mind features the exclusive talk from Concept Artist, Anthony Jones. This is the highlight from the 2-hour-and-half talk that we provided when he dropped by the School of Game Development to give a live concept art demo. Be sure to check out the full talk and drawing tutorials on the Academy of Art Youtube page: https://youtu.be/BO54xwnxngI Monsters, robots and creatures - the work of concept artist and illustrator Anthony Jones can be found in work produced by Blizzard, Disney, Paramount, Wizards of the Coast, Sony and Fox. He is going to share what it takes to start and maintain the career in today’s game design, concept art and illustration. Born in California, he attended Barstow High School; soon he realized that what he loved the most was the art. Anthony also discovers another vocation such as teaching; after having done dozens of workshops and online tutorials, he creates Robotpencil, a company founded to guide future talents to improve their skills. Links: Anthony Jones Robotpencil The full version of Anthony’s talk School of Game Development ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
42:09
June 24, 2020
Footwear and Leather Accessories Designer - Damion Le Cappelain
No outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes and a killer bag to match. In this episode, Bobby Brill talks with Damion Le Cappelain, the Footwear and Accessory Design Coordinator for the newly launched track at the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. In this episode, Damion shares how he became a fashion designer with a biology major and music industry background. As he worked in the music industry, he found his speciality as a graphic designer for music records. He then began a love for sneakers which developed into a passion for creating men’s footwear. So, he went back to school to learn the craft of footwear design and entered the fashion industry as a footwear designer for major brands after graduation. Damion received a Masters in Menswear Footwear from the Royal College of Art, London. Prior to this, he studied footwear design at Cordwainers London College of Fashion. Damion Le Cappelain has 8 years’ experience teaching footwear and accessory design, joining School of Fashion in 2017. Prior to this post, Le Cappelain was professor of accessory design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Before teaching, Damion designed men’s footwear for Hudson in London and various freelance and consultation work for companies including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tom Lipop, T&F Slack and Roots Collective. Le Cappelain continues to produce bespoke made to order shoes and bags for his customers and work on his line. Links: Damion Le Cappelain If The Shoe Fits: Damion Le Cappelain Footwear & Accessory Design Degrees ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
40:32
June 17, 2020
Jean Paul Gaultier
This bonus episode of Creative Mind features Jean Paul Gaultier, a French haute couture and prêt-à-porter fashion designer. Enjoy the highlight of his inspirational lecture from his visit to Academy of Art University when he came to San Francisco for the opening of the exhibition at the de Young Museum, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” in 2012. You can watch the full version of his talk on Academy of Art University’s YouTube channel.  https://youtu.be/7LJHbqVPK98 Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. Link: The full version of Jean Paul Gaultier’s talk Jean Paul Gaultier’s visit to Academy of Art University School of Fashion ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
06:33
June 10, 2020
Fashion Product Development - Andrea Skillings
In this episode, Bobby and Andrea  Skillings, Fashion Product Development Program Coordinator at Academy of Art University, cover the real-world job of working in fashion - brands, design, international business, and working with factories in the US and overseas.  Andrea explains the critical and theoretical ideas about fashion product development such as technical drawings, industry-standard software, sourcing material, international shipping, factories around the globe...etc. Most importantly, she goes deep into careers in fashion and how you’re actually making money either as a small independent designer or a major big chain. Don’t forget to check out our bonus video for this episode where Andrea takes a tour of a local clothing factory in San Francisco to get a behind the scenes look at how business gets done. Andrea Skillings received an MA in 20th-century fashion from The New School University and a BS in Fashion Merchandising, Textiles and Design from the University of Rhode Island. She joined the Academy of Art University in 2016 as an adjunct instructor and in 2017 was appointed Program Coordinator of the Product Development program. The program, through her leadership, focuses on the tools required to bring a fashion product from a basic concept to designing the product and into the roadmap of the product build. Through critical and theoretical discussions around product development, Skillings advocates empowering her students in developing professional skills that will translate from the classroom to the workplace. Links: Andrea Skillings Bonus video: DAD Sewing Factory tour School of Fashion ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:07:47
June 3, 2020
The Business of Fashion with Ilse Metchek
This bonus episode of Creative Mind features Ilse Metchek, the President of the California Fashion Association to discuss the business of fashion. Ms. Metchek created California Fashion Association in 1994 with assistance from the major financial and manufacturing participants of the region’s apparel industry. Ms. Metchek was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Exporters’ Textile Advisory Committee (ETAC) in 1998, and still serves in that capacity. Her public service includes participation on the Executive Board of the California Fashion Foundation, the Advisory Council of UCLA Extension, Board member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and the Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Link: California Fashion Association School of Fashion ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
25:37
May 27, 2020
Documentary Filmmaker - Marjorie Sturm
In this episode of Creative Mind, we deep dive into documentaries. Marjorie Sturm, the director behind “The Cult of JT Leroy”, walks you through how a documentary happens and how a documentary should be made. Marjorie Sturm is an award-winning filmmaker whose films span a broad perspective: narrative, documentary, and experimental. Her film "The Cult of JT Leroy" pierces the heart of this (both figurative and literal) cause celebre. Her film explores the fact and fiction surrounding the rise and fall of JT Leroy, those caught in the elaborate web of artifice and the ultimate real-world consequences. Currently, she teaches documentary editing at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Links: Marjorie Sturm The Cult of JT Leroy School of Communications and media technology ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:11:27
May 20, 2020
Academy Award Winner Jana Memel
Tell me your story. Give me your pitch. That sounds easy, but for most of us crafting a pitch can be nerve-racking. In this episode Academy Award winner and Executive Director of the Schools of Entertainment at Academy Art University gives us the good, the bad, and the ugly on a simple pitch for a movie. Jana Sue Memel is an Academy Award-winning producer and writer. Ms. Memel has produced over 25 movies and over 65 half-hour, live-action shorts that have played as television series in more than 30 countries. The films she has produced have won Writers Guild and Directors Guild Awards, Emmys, CableACE Awards and the Humanitas Prize. Link: School of Motion Picture and Television ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
15:46
May 13, 2020
Writer/Director - Doug Campbell
No matter the budget, Doug Campbell can still tell a great story.  In this episode, film director/writer Doug Campbell sat down with the host of Creative Mind podcast, Bobby Brill and Steadicam operator Justin Jach (both former students of Doug's) to discuss the in's and out's of what goes into making a Hollywood feature in less than 15 days, how to work with low budgets, and how to get the most out of your script. And most importantly, how to be a director that runs a set that people want to be on.  Of the 35-plus features Doug has directed, over 20 of them he wrote or co-wrote. Doug grew up in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, making his first Super-8 when he was 14.  Doug wrote and directed his first feature at age 24. An actor's director, Doug runs a well-organized, fun, fast-paced set, and his films are consistently on-time and on-budget. His films regularly air on Lifetime, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more. Photo credit - Eugenio Castro  *****  Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:02:53
May 6, 2020
Hollywood Producer Chris Moore
This bonus episode of Creative Mind features Chris Moore, a Hollywood producer who is known for Manchester by the Sea (2016), Reindeer Games (2000) and The Adjustment Bureau (2011). This is an exclusive recording from the event where he sat down with the executive director of Schools of entertainment and Academy Award winner Jana Sue Memel during his visit to the School of Motion Pictures & Television at the Academy of Art University. He generously shared insights into the entertainment industry and what it takes to work in the industry as he answers questions from students. A 25-year veteran in Hollywood, Moore started in a studio mailroom before working as an agent selling scripts. When he saw that the films of the scripts he sold weren’t sticking to the vision he imagined, Moore jumped to producing. When elements of that didn’t follow his liking, he teetered a bit into directing before ultimately deciding that the producer hat suited him best. Link: School of Motion Picture and Television ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:44:44
April 22, 2020
Game Development UI/UX Lead - Greg Eichholzer
In this episode of Creative Mind, we dig a little bit deeper into the mechanics of gameplay, specifically the UI and UX.  The UI/UX world has grown a lot in the last 10 years and it’s one of the fastest growing segments in the digital industry. We sit down with Greg Eichholzer who has worked on many games and developed a lot of interfaces, and he is going to share some great tips and tricks to help you develop a good UI UX platform for your game. Greg most recently was Associate Art Director at RockYou, Inc. and previously was a Lead Artist at Kabam, Inc. He has animated game elements, illustrated, and designed UI for PC, web games, and mobile games. Notable games Greg has worked on include Dragons of Atlantis, The Godfather: Five Families, Kingdoms of Camelot, Marvel: United, The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown, and Scooby-Doo! Case File #2: The Scary Stone Dragon. Greg is an MFA candidate at Academy of Art University and holds a BFA in Visual Communications from Cazenovia College, NY. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:01:49
April 15, 2020
Esports Team Owner - Andy Miller
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we are welcomed by  Andy Miller, the owner of the San Francisco Shock, the San Francisco-based professional esports team, to dive into the fast-growing esports industry and the impact on society and the job market. Andy is no stranger to technology, having been the Vice President for Mobile Advertising at Apple and co-founder of Remix Media, Inc. and its app Spun, as well as co-founder of start-up vehicle StartingFive. He is also a co-owner of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. So, it is no surprise that he is the Chairman and co-owner of NRG Esports, an esports league that is "Fueled by the energy of talented individuals, this particular team represents the concentrated ambition to achieve one goal. That goal: to build the ideal esports team for many years to come." But what does that mean to the average gamer or animation student? Andy breaks down the "camaraderie and competition" that drives players into the fast-growing world of online play. Links: San Francisco Shock The Overwatch league NRG Esports School of Game Development School of Animation & Visual Effects ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
07:41
April 8, 2020
Concept Art Lead - Michael Buffington
The world of video games still starts with pencil and paper, and Drawaholic mastermind Michael Buffington is an expert in world-building, or as it is called in the world of design and animation, a Concept Art Lead. In this episode, we go into Michael's early life where he learned success is not just handed to you, all the way up to now as an alum and instructor at the Academy of Art University. It is here at the Academy that he tasked the students to sign a pledge to create over 10,000 drawings as part of the University's student clubs, Drawaholics. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube Photo Credit – Eugenio Castro
01:12:41
April 1, 2020
Children's Book Author and Illustrator - Julie Downing
Julie Downing is a prolific children's book illustrator and author with over 50 titles on bookshelves to date. Bobby and Julie discuss her over 30-year career working solely in the world of children and young adult publications. Visit her website to see more of Julie's work and you can even take her class at Academy of Art University! Links: Julie Downing Illustration ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube Photo Credit – Eugenio Castro
49:36
March 18, 2020
Author & Illustrator Marissa Moss
For over 20 years, Marissa Moss has been delighting children and young adults with her stories of heroic women, and one particular young girl, Amelia. In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, Marissa talks about the steps aspiring authors need to take when creating historical nonfiction, a genre that mixes a bit of literary magic into real life events. A great quick primer for anyone wanting to work in children’s books. This content originally appeared as part of the Academy of Art University’s class series ILL 318: Writing for Picture Books. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
19:18
February 27, 2020
Art Director & Illustrator - Krystal Lauk
Krystal Lauk - Art director & Illustrator Krystal Lauk is an art director, illustrator, and the owner of the San Francisco-based boutique agency, Krystal Lauk Studios, and a graduate of the Academy of Art University. In this episode, Krystal tells us about her journey from Arizona, where here interests were in more surrealist painting as seen magazines like Juxtapoz, to her move to San Francisco after an eye-opening visit to the Academy’s Spring Show. And it was after graduation from the Academy of Art University, when Krystal took the leap to start her own agency and began working with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley's tech world. Her insights into the world of illustration, branding, and marketing provide some of the best tips for students and professionals alike. You can find more information and contact Krystal through her website here - Krystal Lauk Studios Links: Juxtapoz Academy of Art University Spring Show Krystal Lauk Studios School of Illustration Chuck Pyle David Lantz Dylan Vermeu Krystal’s keynote about Technical Illustration ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube Photo Credit – Judy Holtz
36:54
February 26, 2020
A Career in Animation
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we get some real insight into having a successful career in animation from 3 animation industry professionals; Sherrie H. Sinclair, Felix Hallock, and Kim Ferrari. Sherrie worked in character animation for Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida for nine years before serving as the Traditional Animation Director for the School of Animation and Visual Effects here at the Academy. Her film credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo and Stitch. She is an expert in cartoons! Kim Ferrari and Felix Hallock are Academy of Art University alumni who have found success in animation upon graduation. Kim is currently working as a Lead Animator at Duck Duck Moose while Felix Hallock has returned to the Academy as a traditional character animation instructor helping budding new animators. Link: School of Animation & Visual Effects ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
18:52
December 20, 2019