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Bringing Interactivity to Museums: An Interview with MDM Faculty Larry Bafia, Part 2

Oct 28, 2015 By Crissy Campbell

Larry Bafia has had an incredible career—from the claymation days of Will Vinton Studios, to being the Commerical Animation Director at PDI/Dreamworks, to now being a full-time faculty member at the Centre for Digital Media. I sat down to talk to Larry about his involvement with MDM...

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From Claymation to Digital Media: An Interview with MDM Faculty Larry Bafia, Part 1

Oct 20, 2015 By Crissy Campbell

Not everyone can say they started their accomplished careers molding characters out of clay. But that’s exactly how Larry Bafia’s career began. His profession has spanned many mediums and huge technological shifts—from creating characters with clay to teaching leading-edge digital...

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Back to the Future: How I manipulated past events to become faculty at the Centre for Digital Media

Apr 16, 2015 By Dave Fracchia

Warning! This blog contains references to the 1985 movie Back to the Future. If you don’t know it your parents will…do you want them knowing more than you? Last night, Darth Vader came down from Planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't take the CDM Faculty position, that he'd melt my...

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An Improv Inception or Solving Problem-Solving Improvisationally

Nov 13, 2014 By Patrick Pennefather

I'm trying something new this week. I'm going to reverse engineer the next Interdisciplinary Improvisation class for the Master of Digital Media Program —one that disassembles and analyzes the inner workings of what I'm going to teach in a reckless (and likely impossible) attempt to...

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Elephant Trails: How Old Technologies & Business Practices Continue to Influence Us

Mar 26, 2014 By Richard Smith

There is a saying in business that when developing a new product or service you should seek to "pave the elephant trails." This refers to the actual pathways through the forest left by elephants, and—by extension—the pathways through our lives that many people have followed and (...

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Disrupting the Classroom: MDM Faculty Patrick Pennefather On His New Interactive eBook and SXSW Session

Feb 28, 2014 By Crissy Campbell

Improvisation is a key component to the Master of Digital Media program, teaching self-awareness, time management, teamwork and listening skills to students before they enter the digital media industry. MDM faculty and improvisation instructor, Patrick Pennefather, believes very...

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Centre for Digital Media at South By Southwest 2014

Feb 25, 2014 By Crissy Campbell

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a music, film and interactive conference and festival held every year in Austin, Texas, bringing together the brightest minds in music, film and digital media. SXSW is a chance for creative people to meet, share ideas and develop their careers. SXSWedu...

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Robots or People: Is There a Place for People in the Future of Information?

Feb 19, 2014 By Richard Smith

If you read my last post about how data are turned into information and then how information is turned into knowledge, you might remember the two lists of activities that all start with the letter C. To recap, data ("random facts") are turned into information (organized, useful) by...

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