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2007 Digital Media Festival at UMass Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Design Department announces the 2007 Fifteenth Annual Digital Media Festival.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 7:30 PM
College of Visual & Performing Arts, Recital Hall Room 153
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

This year's festival will take place on Friday, November 16th at 7:30 PM on the North Dartmouth main campus in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Recital Hall Room 153. This annual festival will present a variety of student work and features two and three-dimensional animation, still images and interactive media projects from classes at all levels. Design Department professors of Digital Media Harvey Goldman, Mark Millstein, Scott Ahrens, Shawn Towne and new faculty member Heather Shaw will be on hand to introduce and discuss the work. The Festival is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Formerly known as the Electronic Imaging program, this year's festival is the first to carry the new, more appropriate name Digital Media, changed officially last spring. In the Digital Media major, students pursue studies in digital imaging, storytelling, animation, interactive media, web design and virtual reality. Many alumni from this UMass Dartmouth program have gone on to hold important positions and make significant contributions to the animation and design industry.  

This year, alumni Dan Flynn, will be on hand to receive the Distinguished Digital Media Alumni Award, and to show a short clip of Word Girl, the new PBS animated series he works on at Soup-2-Nuts, the Watertown, Massachusetts based studio he was recruited by after graduating last spring. Word Girl is a new animated series on PBS that follows the every day life and superhero adventures of a normally mild-mannered 5th grader, Becky Botsford. Disguised as Word Girl, she fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage, all in a day's work.  
  
Highlights for this year's festival also include three-dimensional animated computer characters from Professor Harvey Goldman's Digital Media Four class, competing this year for the championship in the Dance Contest. Students use three-dimensional modeling and animation software to design and build their own characters, and then storyboard and animate a unique walk and dance for each. In the festival, every character will have a chance to parade their goods and show off their dance moves.

Student work from last spring's course in Virtual Reality, taught by Professor Scott Ahrens will also be featured. In the department's Virtual Reality Laboratory, students create and study immersive computer generated experiences and environments. The theme of the work shown in this year's festival is Dangerous Places. The lab's mission is to train the next generation of creative leaders to use synthetic simulations to address real world design and communication needs. The Virtual Reality Lab is now entering its fifth year of operation.

New faculty member Heather Shaw will introduce a new focus of study in the Digital Media area, Motion Graphics. Professor Mark Millstein will present sequences from his storyboarding and storytelling course, Digital Media Two, and Professor Ahrens and Towne will present student work in interactive media design. Senior students in these classes develop programs that teach through careful interface design and organization of content.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The campus is located at 285 Old Westport Road in North Dartmouth. Park in lot number 8 and follow the signs to the College of Visual and Performing Arts Recital Hall, room 153.

For more information about the program go to the website: www.umassd.edu/cvpa

For further festival info please contact Professor Harvey Goldman at (508) 999-8563 or email him at hgoldman@umassd.edu.
 

Author:  "Harvey Goldman"
Date:  31-Oct-2007
Department:   College of Visual & Performing Arts

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