ATEC Professor Explores Applications for Non-narrative Animation

ATEC Colloquia Series

Thursday, Nov. 6

Noon – 1:00 pm

ATC 3.914

Abstract: This talk will feature work being done on an ongoing collaborative research project between ATEC, Computer Science, BBS and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.  The project utilizes motion capture technology along with tools and techniques normally used in film and game production to create a clinical tool for speech therapy.  The talk will explore additional uses and applications for 3D animation in non-narrative capacities.

 

Bio: Eric Farrar is an Assistant Professor of Computer Animation in the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program at UT Dallas.  With a background in music and visual communication design, he completed an MFA in Computer Animation and Visualization working through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University. He then went to work for the Los Angeles based visual-effects studio, Rhythm & Hues where he worked as a character rigger, creating bone and muscle systems for digital characters.  Films on which he worked include Night at the Museum and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.  Eric is currently teaching courses in 3D animation including the Animation Production Studio course as well as courses focused on character rigging, which introduce students to some of the more technical elements of preparing 3D models for animation.