ATEC short films impress animation studio with intricacy

November 04, 2015

ATEC’s first summer Animation Studios class completed and screened two short films created under the guidance of Dallas-area animation company, Reel FX. The students showed the shorts, entitled “Snatch” and “Terminal B,” first to representatives from Reel FX and later at a premiere at the Angelika Film Center in mid-September. Peter Dang, an ATEC senior who came up with the original idea for “Terminal B,” directed and worked on the animation for the film. He said collaborating on the projects with experts from Reel FX was an excellent chance for students to get a taste of the real film industry.

AIR Time featuring ATEC Professor Todd Fechter

September 29, 2015

Discover what ATEC Professor Todd Fechter and his students are capable of achieving as he shares two short films — “Snatch” and “Terminal B” — during his interview. It’s amazing what can be done in a mere 1 minute and 27 seconds or less!

FrightLite to be Screened at Student Filmmakers Association

May 06, 2014

FrightLite, an animated short film created by Arts and Technology animation students and faculty, has been selected for screening at the SMU Student Filmmakers Association Spring Film Festival. The film depicts a boy who grapples to overcome his fear of monsters. The event will take place at the Mockingbird Station Angelika Film Center on Tuesday, May 6 from 7-9 pm. A question-and-answer session will follow the … Continue reading “FrightLite to be Screened at Student Filmmakers Association”

Animation Program Gets Top Marks Second Year in a Row

May 01, 2014

For the second year in a row, the UT Dallas Arts and Technology (ATEC) animation program has been recognized by Animation Career Review among the best program nationally and regionally. Animation Career Review cite the ATEC program as  the number two animation school program in the southwest and 20th nationally.  The criteria used in making this list consists … Continue reading “Animation Program Gets Top Marks Second Year in a Row”

New 3D Film Celebrates Tricks and Treats

April 04, 2014

With Halloween still months away,  Arts and Technology faculty member Todd Fechter’s new animated film honors both the trick and the treat of the annual celebration. Rigg R Reet is a 3D animated film about a little, candy-obsessed girl who stumbles onto a trick-or-treat jackpot. The film combines a unique, hand-sketched look with a streamlined production workflow. … Continue reading “New 3D Film Celebrates Tricks and Treats”

ATEC Alumni Put Animation Skills to Work on Feature Film ‘Free Birds’

November 13, 2013

The new feature film Free Birds is a digital showcase for the finely detailed work of local animators, including four UT Dallas alumni who contributed to the project. Sing Khamnouane BA’05, MFA’08; Kenneth Kanipe BA’09; Nicholas Shirsty BA’10, MFA’13; and Edward Whetstone BA’11 graduated from the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program and now work at … Continue reading “ATEC Alumni Put Animation Skills to Work on Feature Film ‘Free Birds’”

Animation Faculty and Alumni Premiere New Films

November 01, 2013

Two animated films premiering this year feature the work of Arts and Technology faculty and alumni: Disney Pixar’s Toy Story of Terror and Reel FX studio’s Free Birds. ATEC Faculty Sheds Light on Pixar Film ABC, Disney Channel, and Disney XD recently premiered the new Disney Pixar’s Toy Story of Terror Halloween special featuring the lighting work … Continue reading “Animation Faculty and Alumni Premiere New Films”

ATEC Students Shine Bright with 3-D Animated Film ‘FrightLite’

October 12, 2013

From concept to completion, the process of making a two-and-half minute computer animated film can take an entire academic year, as a group of Arts and Technology (ATEC) students at UT Dallas recently learned. In a new, two-semester course, undergraduate and graduate students in the ATEC program worked as a multidisciplinary team to create FrightLite, a short film … Continue reading “ATEC Students Shine Bright with 3-D Animated Film ‘FrightLite’”

Innovative Program Named Best in Texas

August 29, 2012

UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology (ATEC) program has been named fourth among the “The Best Animation Programs in the South” by Animation Career review, an online resource for people aspiring for careers in animation, graphic design, digital art, game development/design/art and related fields. The ATEC program ranked first among Texas universities. According to the Animation … Continue reading “Innovative Program Named Best in Texas”

Upcoming Changes to ATEC Animation Curriculum

April 06, 2012

Fall 2012 will debut a new structure to the animation part of the Arts and Technology curriculum. Several prerequisites will change, and the ability to explore the various areas within animation will be easier. However, change does not often occur without confusion and adjustment. A new introductory course will be offered, ATEC 2326 Computer Animation … Continue reading “Upcoming Changes to ATEC Animation Curriculum”

Call for Work: Animation Guild Showcase

March 30, 2012

The Animation Guild is now accepting demo reels, 2d and 3d artwork, and sound designs for this year’s Animation Guild Showcase. The deadline to submit work is Wednesday, April 18. Submission guidelines: Submit work to the ATEC server: \atec01Showcase Limit demo reels to 5 minutes. Must be in Quicktime format. Images must be Targa, JPG … Continue reading “Call for Work: Animation Guild Showcase”

Film Festival to Screen 3 UT Dallas Video Projects

April 07, 2010

Three films produced by students and faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas have been selected for the upcoming Dallas International Film Festival. The 2010 Dallas International Film Festival runs April 8 – 18, and three UT Dallas-made video projects have been chosen to participate April 12 in the North Texas College Showcase, featuring the best … Continue reading “Film Festival to Screen 3 UT Dallas Video Projects”

ATEC Prof to Take Clinical Concepts to Virtual World

September 03, 2009

Assistant Professor Marjorie Zielke has been awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant to create online training in neonatal nursing through an ongoing collaboration with the UT Arlington School of Nursing (UTASON). Zielke, with Arts and Technology (ATEC) faculty members Monica Evans, Frank Dufour and Todd Fechter, will build a Web site that allows student nurses to … Continue reading “ATEC Prof to Take Clinical Concepts to Virtual World”

ATEC Alumnus Builds Career, One Monster at a Time

July 02, 2009

Tony Tyler’s infatuation with computer animation began with Tron, the groundbreaking science fiction film from 1982. Decades later, he read an article in the UTD Mercury about the University’s new Arts and Technology (ATEC) program and thought perhaps he could learn how to create virtual worlds and the creatures to inhabit them. Today, the ATEC … Continue reading “ATEC Alumnus Builds Career, One Monster at a Time”

ATEC Prof Designs Robots for ‘Terminator’ Sequel

March 05, 2009

An Arts and Technology (ATEC) faculty member has had a small stake in whether the next installment in the Terminator series flies or flops at the summer box office. Todd Fechter, assistant professor of 3D computer animation with the ATEC program in the School of Arts and Humanities, spent the last two months working on … Continue reading “ATEC Prof Designs Robots for ‘Terminator’ Sequel”

High School Girls Talk Technology in Engineering School Tour

February 27, 2009

High school students visiting UT Dallas for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day got a lab tour, an introduction to some of the technology behind high-tech toys and a thumbnail sketch of the path that brought one faculty member to her current position as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. Students from Irma Rangel Young … Continue reading “High School Girls Talk Technology in Engineering School Tour”