Wilmington Author & Filmmaker Lectures At MIT On Animation

WILMINGTON, MA — Michael Scaramozzino, DreamLight’s President/Creative Director, was recently invited to kick off the annual guest lecture series for the MIT Animation Group. Michael presented a one hour lecture to the group on Nov. 19th. at the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. The lecture covered his unique Agile 3D CGI animation process as outlined in his book — Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Michael outlined the many steps in a traditional 3D CGI animation production process. This process generally includes three distinct phases; pre-production, production and post-production. Such a structured production pipeline is often useful in large productions or when the production is spread across different groups of specialists. Michael then showed how he transforms this traditional segmented production process into a more condensed iterative process in a manner similar to the Agile development process increasingly used in modern software development. With this condensed production process a sole filmmaker or very small team quickly assembles a rough story reel. Then through an iterative process of testing, analyzing and refining shots they progressively transform the rough story reel into a finished animation. The resulting condensed approach often yields the most efficient process possible for a small focused team.

After a brief introduction Michael launched the Keynote presentation with a screening of DreamLight’s first 3D animated CGI short film — BlastOff! The short film is based on the original BlastOff! Bed he designed and built for his son as seen on HGTV’s Look What I Did! The award-winning short film was screened at over a dozen film festivals across the country. A new HD1080p version of the film is currently in production to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the film and the 30th anniversary of the DreamLight studio. Stay tuned!

Michael then outlined many of the steps from the production of The Autiton Archives 3D animated web series pilot webisode – Fault Effect. This was the 3D animated CGI short film production that was further detailed in the book. He then presented a screening of the pilot webisode as was released with the book.

Michael concluded the Keynote presentation with a world premiere screening of DreamLight’s new social media viral video — Trick Shot Video. This 30 second 3D CGI micro short was created as a promotional sample to take advantage of social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.

Following the presentation Michael fielded a one on one Q&A segment and book signing. Students had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the author/filmmaker as well as purchase a signed copy of his book – Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short. The book is also available on Amazon.com.

(NOTE: The above press release is from DreamLight.)

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