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Michal Makarewicz Directing Animator

Michal Makarewicz Directing Animator

CTNX 2013
On location, Burbank CA

Please help CTN welcome Michal Makarewicz, award winning Pixar Directing Animator and co-founder of The Animation Collaborativewhich offers focused, professionally instructed, a la carte education, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We are proud to announce that Michal will be instructing a workshop and will be on the exhibitor floor all weekend.

He will be presenting
Acting and Performance for Animation.” on Friday and “What’s Next for your Demo Reel: Getting the most out of every piece” with fellow Animation Collaborative instructors Victor Navone and Royce Wesley on Sunday!

Workshop Description:

Pixar Directing Animator, Michal Makarewicz, will be presenting his thoughts on what makes an animation performance unique and memorable.
Performance Lecture, followed by brief Q&A session. Friday.
There is a lot we juggle as animators.  Creating organic performances for animation that are unique, memorable, and still deliver the information in a clear way to the audience can be very difficulty.
This lecture dives deep into my personal work-flow, technique and theories about how I go finding my performance and character within a scene.  By taking a larger look at how to prepare for, and what to keep in mind when you approach your shots, this lecture will hopefully shed some light on the struggle and mystery of creating a unique character driven performance.Born in Poland, Michal Makarewicz was raised in South Africa, Boston and California.  He initially went to UC Riverside to study computer programing, but quickly realized it was not for him.  Mike always had a passion for film and decided to switch colleges, going on to study computer animation.  Mike was fortunate enough to have some great mentors in college and, following his graduation, he was one of two people accepted to the internship program at Pixar.

Mike joined Pixar Animation Studios in early 2003. He has been an animator on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up (Supervising Animator on the Up DVD short: Dug’s Special Mission), Toy Story 3, Cars 2 (Directing Animator), and Brave.  He was awarded an Annie in 2008 for “outstanding Character Animation in a Feature Production” by the International Animated Film Society for his work in Ratatouille.

In addition to his work at Pixar, Mike has been teaching animation since 2005.  He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school Animation Mentor, and instructed classes at California College of the Arts in Oakland and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Mike is the co-founder of The Animation Collaborative in Emeryville CA, where he currently teaches animation lecture & demo workshops.

Mike currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he spends his leisure time outdoors and working on short film projects.

“We simply want the best experience for the teacher and the student at Animation Collaborative.  We work hard to maintain the quality of the experience here.” ~ Michal Makarewicz

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