Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cal Arts Photo

This has to do with movies rather than comics, but animation has a special place in my heart, because it beautifully blends design, art, "color science" and visual storytelling. Plus, the sheer skill level of many animators is staggering.

It's incredible to see how many of the alumni that came out of CalArts in a relatively short period of time went on to a more than successful career in animation and film.

I often wish I could have been a student at CalArts in the 1970s, being classmate of Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Geln Keane , Henry Selik, Pete Docter (the list goes on and on).
I think this is testament to Walt Disney's clarity of vision.

The man was a businessman first, and  in that regard he was a genius.

But Disney’s business model kept (and still keep, in my opinion) quality within the frame.

Of course the company will shamelessly squeeze every penny out of their properties, but on the other end it fostered and promoted new talents and new characters as well.