Nickelodeon Animation Studios has formed a partnership with Muir Middle School to help get its media program running, said Carson Smith, human resources manager.
Nickelodeon's media technology services team, under Director Boris Beaubien, worked with Muir's Principal Greg Miller to develop a three-session, one-hour class that serves as an introduction to the role of the computer in the animation process.
The media technology team brought computers into the classroom and instructed the students on how to safely install hardware and trouble-shoot potential issues during the first class.
The second class addressed the type of software used in the animation process and how to install and trouble-shoot.
For the final class, the media technology team, along with one of the studio editors, brought editing workstations into the classroom and instructed the students in how to assemble and cut together animated footage using software called Final Cut Pro.
Nickelodeon has also partnered with Burbank High School and on April 25 presented BASH, Best Animated Shorts Festival, which showcased 11 short animated films that were written, produced and directed by students from the high school's animation program. It was the culminating event after a year of mentoring projects taught by Nick artists.