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Collin's Applied Graphic Design Technology and A Bunch of Short Guys Host 'Industry Giants 2005: Fram by Frame" Computer Graphics and Animation Forum

COLLIN’S AGDT & A BUNCH OF SHORT GUYS HOST “INDUSTRY GIANTS 2005: FRAME BY FRAME” COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION FORUM

June 24, 2005 -- Get beyond the illusion at the fourth annual "Industry Giants 2005: Frame by Frame, Computer Graphics and Animation Forum" at Collin County Community College District (Collin). The forum takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 in the John Anthony Theatre at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 East Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

"A one-day Animation Masterclass for students and professionals will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 8 in room C-104 at the Spring Creek Campus. Bobby Beck, president and CEO of AnimationMentor.com, the online animation school, will lead the presentation.

Advance tickets for the "Industry Giants 2005: Frame by Frame" forum are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Tickets at the door will be $15 for students and $20 for the general public. Advance tickets for the Masterclass are $40 for students and $60 for professionals and include admission to the Industry Giants 2005 forum. Tickets at the door will be $45 for students and $65 for the general public. Advance tickets are available at www.industrygiants.org, by phone at 972.516.5089 or visit www.abunchofshortguys.com.

Hosted annually by Collin’s Applied Graphics Design Technology (AGDT) Department and the nonprofit animator’s group A Bunch of Short Guys, "Industry Giants 2005: Frame by Frame" includes individual presentations by industry professionals followed by a panel discussion on creative approaches and methods. The event features a distinctive lineup of speakers working in all areas of animation and special effects for film, television, gaming and interactive theme park rides.

Guest speakers include Chris Williams, senior character animator with Sony Pictures Imageworks, who worked on the Academy Award-winning Spider Man 2; David Bossert, director with Disney Toon Studios; Stop Motion and 3-D Animator David Tart, an animation director with DNA Productions and Chris Olivia, pre-visualization specialist with Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios. Bobby Beck will join the panel discussion the day of the forum, which will be led by Rita Street, managing director of Radar Cartoons.

The Applied Graphic Design Technology Department at Collin is a graphic design and new media discipline within the Fine Arts Division. Academic degree and certificate programs include: graphic design, 3D animation, digital video, multimedia, internet/web design and gaming animation. The fulltime faculty is joined by more than two dozen associate faculty who bring current industry expertise into the classroom. For information contact AGDT Department Chair Gaye Cooksey at gcooksey@collin.edu or 972.881.5968.

A Bunch of Short Guys (ABOSG) is a non-profit organization that fosters education and career development for students and professionals in the animation and visual effects industry. The group hosts free monthly meetings on the third or fourth Saturday of the month at Collin. In addition, ABOSG presents Industry Insights, an ongoing series featuring industry artists, as well as various training workshops. Meeting information, a members’ online forum, event information and more can be found at www.abunchofshortguys.com or contact ABOSG President Tom Ottinger at president@abunchofshortguys.com.

"Industry Giants 2005: Frame by Frame" and the associated Animation Masterclass are made possible through the generous support of AnimationMentor.com, Videotex Systems, Inc., Alias, Element X Creative, Digital-Tutors, Your Next Tee, KURV Studios, DNA Productions, Janimation, ImageTap, and others.

For additional information on Industry Giants 2005: Frame by Frame, to schedule interviews or to request photos or B-roll, please contact Meg Fullwood at Fast Forward Productions, 214.946.9509 or by e-mail at mhz@airmail.net.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.