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    Animation Mentor adds Lori Arnold to head Career Services

    Animation Mentor Names Lori Arnold to Head Career Services

    AnimationWorldNetwork
    December 29, 2006

    Animation Mentor, the online character animation school, has brought aboard management and production vet Lori Arnold as director of career services. Arnold will tap her solid experience supervising artists and working on 20 feature films to oversee the school's job placement program and enhance its already strong ties with the studios.

    Arnold comes to Animation Mentor after spending more than a dozen years at Industrial Light & Magic, where she worked her way up from production to CG department production manager. In her final role, Arnold was responsible for more than 100 artists in the animation and creature group, overseeing hiring, employee development, contract negotiations, event recruitment and more. She worked on numerous award-winning films, including PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, WAR OF THE WORLDS and STAR WARS: EPISODE III -- REVENGE OF THE SITH, beginning as an assistant and graduating to associate producer.

    Said Bobby S. Beck, president/co-founder, Animation Mentor: "With her knowledge of the industry, extensive connections and great personality, Lori will take our job placement services to the next level. She will be yet another bridge to the studios, helping us keep in touch with their employment needs and helping our students land the job of their dreams."

    Added Arnold, "I am thrilled to join Animation Mentor because I believe in the talent coming from the program and have worked closely with many of the school's mentors on numerous films. Already, Animation Mentor students have found terrific jobs at companies such as Sony, DreamWorks and ILM, and I look forward to elevating their great success rate with the graduates to come."

    Based in Berkeley, California, Animation Mentor (www.animationmentor.com) is a distance learning school at which top working professionals teach the art of character animation to students worldwide. Opened March 2005, the school offers an 18-month program built from the ground up by its founders, Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena, whose combined credits include CARS, FINDING NEMO and STAR WARS: EPISODE III. Animation Mentor's California-certified curriculum includes student mentoring; expert audio/video lectures; live, realtime Q&A sessions (web classes); eCritiques and 24/7 creative community.
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    Animation Mentor Holds First Graduation Ceremony

    AnimationWorldNetwork
    January 15, 2007

    Students from four continents gathered Jan. 13 at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center to partake in online animation school Animation Mentor's first-ever graduation ceremony. Many flew for more than a day to meet their fellow graduates and mentors, all of whom are working studio animators, in the physical world for the first time.

    The ceremony recognized graduates from the school's September and December graduating class. One hundred forty-four from 15 countries, ages ranging from 21-56, earned a diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation recognized by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Many have already found jobs at such widely recognized film and gaming studios as Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks/PDI, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Electronic Arts.

    Director Eric Darnell (MADAGASCAR, ANTZ) delivered the inspirational address at the fun and emotion-filled ceremony. Mentor Choice, Best Forum Ninja, Most Supportive Personality and other awards were given, in an event that embraced the school's roots in social networking, Internet technologies and one-on-one, mentor-focused education.

    The event was kicked off by Animation Mentor founders Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena, who gave their sincere thanks to the students and their families for believing in the school.

    Darnell followed with "simple advice" for a complex world and insight into the animation industry. He counseled graduates: "Like any collaborative enterprise, animation can be pretty politically charged: one of the best tools I have found to negotiate the landscape is to give people you work with the same respect you expect them to have for you."

    Darnell also delivered the hopeful message, "While the entertainment industry seems to operate on whimsy and luck, if you work hard, you will discover that luck has a way of finding talent."

    The director ended his talk with congratulations and a recommendation, "You are truly making history, you are on the tip of the spear for what is happening in the 21st century for our industry and business in general. The three words to happiness and success in this world is to follow your bliss. Never forget why you are doing what you are doing, it's because you love it."

    The highest achievement, the Mentor Choice Award, was given to Will Kistler, Mike Stern, David Sloss and Brandon Beckstead.

    All the remaining award-winners were chosen via ballot by their fellow classmates. Aja Bogdanoff and Brad Bradbury were named Best Forum Ninja; Tom Barrett and Derek Andre were honored with Best Personality in a Q&A (web-conferencing classes); David Sloss and Brian Campbell received kudos for Best Dialogue Acting; and Fernanda Veloso and Will Kistler for Best Silent Acting.

    Additional awards were handed out for Walk Cycle with the Best Personality, Most Entertaining Video Reference, Most Supportive Student and Most Improved Student.

    Based in Berkeley, California, AnimationMentor.com (www.animationmentor.com) is a distance learning school at which top working professionals teach the art of character animation to students worldwide. Opened March 2005, the school offers an18-month program built from the ground up by its founders, Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena whose combined credits include CARS, FINDING NEMO and STAR WARS: EPISODE III. AnimationMentor.com_s California-certified curriculum includes student mentoring; expert audio/video lectures; and live, realtime Q&A sessions (web classes).
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    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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