So today from 8:30am to 3:15pm (with a lunch break of an hour in the middle) a couple of Story Artists from SONY came to Ringling today and delivered a presentation to Computer Animation majors. It was frickin awesome! Although some of the information and terms they used was all new to me because the presentation was actually aimed more toward the juniors. At least I'll know some terms before we actually learn them in class :)
Anyway, they showed some of their storyboards for their animated films, along with live-action movies like Spider-Man 2, and had us watch some movie clips. The clips from movies included American Beauty, Jaws, Spider-Man 2, and a few others that I can't remember. The two guys basically analyzed the compositions of the shots in those films and described how they were done.
What I enjoyed most was when we watched two shorts from Ringling juniors in the audience, and the two SONY guys gave them advice on how to create a successful set-up for the character(s), any changes they should make to make the piece more... dynamic, for lack of a better word.