Eric Miller Talks with University of Utah Animation Students

On March 14th of this year I had the pleasure of meeting with animation students from the University of Utah.  I told them a little about my past experiences, and how I eventually started my own animation company.  It was really great to talk with them and answer some of the questions they had about the industry. They also gave me some really cool University of Utah swag.

I found the below article about their trip on the university's website, and since Eric Miller Animation Studios was mentioned I thought I'd share with our readers.  An excerpt is below, and links to read the full article are at the end.

 

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The Animation Career Trek: A Journey through the Animation Industry of LA

By Guest Writer: Rachel Luebbert

The lifespan of a student is quick and fleeting. Within a few short years, a student soaks in a breadth of knowledge and is then released into the free air of the professional world. This transition is exciting and can provoke many questions regarding the navigation of the professional world.

In a partnership with Career Services, the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Film and Media Arts, ten animation students explored these very questions during spring break. With help from students leaders Taylor Mott and Daniel Stergios, Career Coach Eric Bloomquist and Academic Advisor Jennifer McLaurin, the Animation Career Trek traveled to Los Angeles where students gained insights to the Animation Industry. Career Treks are trips hosted by Career Services that surround talking to current employees about their professional experiences. This is the first Animation Career Trek and the first to travel outside of the Utah.

The trip lasted four days and was a diverse compilation of visits to large and small studios as well as intimate Q & A sessions with animation professionals. On the first day, students took a tour of DreamWorks Animation Studios and heard from the CEO of Eric Miller Animation Studios. David Sainz described their tour of 6-Point Harness, a smaller animation studio: “During our visit they gave us a detailed breakdown of what the pipe line looks like to fully create an animated film—from starting a project to the final product. This is something I could never really imagine until this tour.” At a networking dinner later in the trip, the students talked to individuals in all different roles of animation; from an intern to a production coordinator to a storyboard artist, each individual offered a unique perspective on the path to enter the film industry. Sainz explained, “During this dinner, I talked to Alejandro Melendez who works as a creative executive at Film 45. He gave me suggestions to stand out in such a competitive industry.” Students heard firsthand the importance of building their network.

Continue Reading the full article on The University of Utah's website.

Bink in 3D World Magazine... Again!

We are very excited to once again have Bink be featured in the 3D World Magazine.  In this article Bink's animator Scott Raymond shares 10 Animation Tips and Tricks to help us all become better animators.  We have been very humbled by all the attention Bink's first episode has received, and it is thanks to the very talented crew members like Scott.  

Scott Raymond

I had the privilege of first working with Scott at DreamWorks Animation on Madagascar 3. After 8 years at DreamWorks Animation Scott left, and started teaching and developing a new animation program at Austin Peay State University.  When I was looking for an animator to help with Bink I reached out to Scott, and he agreed to come on board.  Scott was recently featured as one of our Talent Spotlights, so to learn more about him check out the post here.

To read the Bink article click the image below or to read other great articles in the September issue of 3D World Magazine you can purchase issue 211 at the 3D World Magazine's website.

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After reading the Tips and Tricks watch Bink to see Scott's advice put into action.

 
 

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The University of Toledo Loves Bink!

Although Bink has yet to be released we have heard Eric Miller's alma mater, The University of Toledo is getting very excited about the yellow and blue furred creature.  

On April, 29th, 2016 The University of Toledo Alumni eMagazine did an article about Bink which ended up being the feature article for the April 2016 issue. This article was written by Vicki L. Knoll based on an interview she had with Eric earlier in the month.

 UT Alumni eMagazine April 2016 Cover

UT Alumni eMagazine April 2016 Cover

On May 16th, 2016 The article was printed in the UT News paper as well as being posted on their online edition.   

 UT News Paper May 16, 2016

UT News Paper May 16, 2016

We also just learned Bink has made The University of Toledo's Homepage.

 University of Toledo's homepage on May 25th, 2016

University of Toledo's homepage on May 25th, 2016

We are very thankful for all the love from the University of Toledo, and we can't wait to share Bink with all of you when we release the first episode(In June!).