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May 22nd – 3Minute Film Festival

May 15, 2010

The 110 minute program will be screened one time only at Santa Fe’s beautiful movie palace, the historic Lensic Theater, Saturday May 22, at 7pm. Two Art Center Design College projects were selected to compete in this year’s event. Make sure you get you tickets early so you can cheer on your peers! Dara Elerath, Shannendoah Gallagher, Natasha

Woodards, and Levon Washee have projects entered that could use your support! You’ll want to tell your friends and family to get their tickets early as the screening always sells out quickly. Last year we had to turn away a lot of friends and family at the door, even though tickets were still available only a week before, so let them know as soon as possible. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12. You can buy tickets online by following this link, then clicking on the 3‐Minute Film Festival:

The Santa Fe Reporter will present prizes in various categories to deserving films directly following the screening. Corazon night club, located at 401 S. Guadalupe, will graciously be hosting an after party for the festival after 9 pm on May 22 with free admission for everyone with a 3MFF ticket stub.

You can follow announcements on Facebook at!/profile.php?id=1180866920 .


The Visual Effects Pipeline

May 14, 2010

I know this is a bit late, but I wanted to share this email I received from Teri over at our ABQ campus. -Emmett~AN

Rachel Nicoll from Sony Pictures Imagweworks was on campus May 6th to do a presentation on the Visual Effects Pipeline. Rachel spoke to a group of about 40 animation students and animation enthusiasts. She brought handouts to describe the different jobs on a Visual Effects Pipeline and explained in great detail who does what part and how that affects everyone up and down stream on a project.

Rachel spoke about her job as a lead Matchmover and how she got her start in this industry. She also had lots of great examples from movies that Sony Imageworks has helped to create and some wonderful behind the scenes snippets of how all the pieces of a production come together to make the finished shot that ends up on the big screen.

There was a short question and answer session and Rachel offered insights on what to do and not do on your demo reel to set yourself a part from all the other prospective applicants for a job. She left the Sony Imageworks demo reel on campus for anyone to check out and watch all the great footage she wasn’t able to get to in the hour and half presentation.

An invitation to visit the Sony Imageworks studio in downtown Albuquerque was also extended and plans to take a small group of 15 animation students through the Art Center Animation Club is already in the works.


May 20th – Marcom Mixer

May 14, 2010

6th Annual NM MARCOM Mixer
Thursday, May 20, 2010, 5:30–8:30 pm
1550 Mercantile Ave NE, (Top floor above REI)
Albuquerque, NM 87107

RSVP at (look for the box about half way down the page on the right)
Your $20 admission includes an annual subscription to Albuquerque the Magazine, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a chance at some great door prizes! I’ve invited all of the usual groups and a few more…

 • Albuquerque Press Women,
• AIGA New Mexico,
• American Marketing Association,
• American Society of Media Photographers, www.asmp‐
• Association of Fund‐Raising Professionals, www.afp‐
• Association for Women in Communications,
• Meeting Professionals International,
• New Mexico AdFed,
• New Mexico Broadcasters Association,
• New Mexico Press Women,
• Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico,
• Public Relations Society of America,
• Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development, www.shsmd‐
• Society for Marketing Professional Services,
• Society for Technical Communication,‐nm‐
• Abq WebGeeks,
• Ignite New Mexico, www.ignite‐
• Webuquerque,

Be sure to sign up asap since we will be limiting the attendance to 300 again this year. In addition, since we will be serving liquor, you need to be at least 21 years old to be admitted.

Teri~ AN

Drawing at the Zoo with the Art Center Animation Club and animators from Sony Pictures Imageworks

May 12, 2010

On April 24th, a group of 12 students from the Art Center Animation Club and four animators from Sony Pictures Imageworks. Phan, Shawn, Josh and Jacques, got together for a day of drawing animals at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque. This was the first time that these two groups had gotten together, but it certainly won’t be the last. As we walked around the zoo, entire exhibits were blocked from view by all the drawing going on. Other patrons would stand on their tiptoes to see what was so intriguing and eventually shuffle off to the next cage. The gentlemen from Sony Imageworks were awesome in offering feedback and critiques on how to make our drawing s even better. Several people brought cameras and everyone had a great time. In fact, we all agreed that we need to do this as a regular event. The gentlemen from Sony Imageworks said they would plan the next one, which should take place in the next three weeks or so.

Teri Farley AN

Some Creative Writing

May 12, 2010

The task, write a blues song. The result, a “talking blues” (check out “talking blues” wiki)  song. This is something I wrote for creative writing a while back. Enjoy.

Talkin’ Werewolf Blues

Don’t know what had me out that night,
At an hour that I shoulda’ been asleep.
But I woke in a most awkward state,
Mongst’ a steamy pile of broken sheep.
Some green grass… Then a whole lotta’ red.
Christmas-time colors

I lay there frozen in the early dawn
Then I heard this sorta this low toned growl.
The sound got louder and the lights got brighter
And I felt a sudden urge to howl.
It was cold… I shoulda’ put some clothes on.
My wife was right again.

Then this pack of wolves trotted outta the mist
And circled right around my head.
I’ve never been so scared in all my life.
I would’ve run, I should’ve fled.
If I was a bit more coherent… And not so naked

They began to talk amongst themselves,
Discuss’n this scene that the had found.
It’s not everyday you come across
A werewolf laying on the ground.
Werewolf, that must be me… excessively hairy hound of the damned… moon driven, lupine chaser of livestock.
They didn’t actually speak
But I understood em’
Canine tele-pathy

They sniffed and growled and done run off,
Took all morning to get home that day.
When I told my friends what’d happened,
No one believed what I had to say.
That sucked.
It’s to be expected, though.
Seems they always thought I’d snap.
“Not a matter of why, but when” they’d say.
“He’s not quite right”… “a little funny, if ya know what-I-mean”… “It’s always the quiet ones”…
“It’s bout time he finally cracked”

Well, my life’s back to normal now,
I doin’ the things I usually do.
Cept’ once a month when the moon is full,
I wake up the next morning… smelling of copper… a little disoriented.
Cold and naked at the zoo.

So long sanity.
Howdy, Thorazine.

-J. Hall

TACDC Phoenix Visit

May 11, 2010

Throughout the month of May, The Art Center Design College (TACDC) will be setting up shop in Phoenix.  This is an opportunity to see examples of the work that students are doing, answer any questions you might have about the school and even speak to some of the instructors. Join us and discover how a degree in art and design at The Art Center Design College could be the right choice for you. To learn more click here or call (800) 825-8753.

The Phoenix office is located at 5110 N 44th Street, Suite L200 at the corner of 44th Street and Camelback.

Touring Tucson

May 10, 2010

Talk about a field trip worth its weight in gold…Design Styles class met Friday for a walk around the old Presidio area downtown (think Tucson Art Museum).  The weather was favorable for such an outing, and we sure had tons of fun learning about the different styles and unique histories of the residences.  Ellen Lowery, our seasoned instructor (and I only mean ‘seasoned’ because of her vast experience guiding this tour for so many past Design Styles classes) gave thorough descriptions, as well as titillating tidbits that most ‘tour guides’ wouldn’t recognize as delicious folklore.

more info on the Corbett House can be found here

We gathered in front of the Corbett House, a well-restored mission Revival bungalow.  It is representative of Tucson’s middle class in the early 1900s.  According to the Tucson Art Museum’s website, J. Knob Corbett migrated to Arizona’s weather to treat tuberculosis in 1880, where he later built the residence in 1906-7.  He was the Postmaster in Tucson for 23 years. See the Tucson Art Museum’s website for more details and a peek at this house’s interior.

Many other sites (or sights), included:

The Owls Club (a three-story residence hall for bachelors in the region) was built by Southwestern architect Henry Trost.  It is a prime example of the Mission Revival Style built in 1902, although its ornate façade seems a bit busy for the period.  It’s tough to see in this photo, but note worthy, those are Horny Toad “Corinthian” column ornamentations…priceless Southwestern stuff! Owl's Club, Tucson

The Steinfeld House – sorry no imge yet – (also by Trost) was built in 1900 of brick and stucco in the California Mission Revival style.  Apparently, it is the first residence in Tucson to have a bathtub complete with indoor plumbing.

My ‘hand’s down’ favorite is the Rockwell House – which I wish I had a better image, I’ll try to get one soon-(1907-1908, Holmes & Holmes) because it represents the English Tudor Style (and sticks out like a sore thumb).  The building material of the first story is brick, while the second story is comprised of dark wood half-timbering with light colored stucco (how dramatic).  According to all documented accounts of this house, it was designed from the interior out, without regard for the irregular forms on the exterior (an interior designer’s selfish little dream)!historic rockwell house

The tour was not complete without a visit to the first motor lodge of the region (the Hitchfeld motor lodge), now referred to as Hinchcliffe Court – again, image on it’s way (i hope).  It was built in 1910-11 (attributed to Holmes & Holmes) and included a courtyard surrounded (in a horseshoe plan) by 10 Craftsman Style bungalows.  The auto court was designed to attract the motoring public.

“….Charles Hinchcliffe built the bungalows…in the hoity-toity neighborhood then known as Snob Hollow. Hinchcliffe had lived in California and evidently was influenced by the popular California bungalow style, whose dominant theme could be described as less-is-more. Each snug cottage was given one bedroom (a few have two), a sunroom, living room with fireplace, dining room with elaborate wooden built-in cabinets and shelves, bathroom, porch and a tiny backyard. To save space, there were no hallways, and each had an ingenious cabinet for rollaway beds. Hinchcliffe ran the bungalows as a resort for well-heeled winter visitors. These tourists were mostly Californians….”

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Hinchcliffe House (1910, Holmes & Holmes) is described as “an excellent but deteriorating example of the Western Stick style bungalow.”  The small apartment in the back of the house is a miniature version of the main house.  The Japanese-inspired roof and exterior ornamental details were meant for the Japanese climate, unfortunately, the design has not acclimated well to the desert’s dry heat and monsoon rain.

Like many older buildings in Tucson, restoration is essential.  While so many of these structures have been properly cared for and restored, others are left to deteriorate.  Here’s hoping a broad neighborhood revitalization project encourages downtown Tucson to urge land/homeowners to restore these gems to their full glory.

I think we all enjoyed the tour (even the little guys Lullen brought for adventure) as we have all truly enjoyed the hardest class at school- Design Styles!  Thanks Ellen for suggesting the tour and helping us survive the semester.

If you want to peruse other places listed on Arizona’s National Historical Registrar, check out the collection at

~Jules, ID/LA