Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gary Clair stops by

A fixture at the Academy for many years, and one of the original founding students of the school, Gary Clair's professional responsibilities as of late have denied us the pleasure of his company until our last session this week, where he made a surprise visit. Here he is mobbed by his many fans.

Gary's visit prompted a reach into the archives to feature this design he created a few years ago which was published in our schedule. Clicking on the image will give you a better view.

Follow this link to enjoy Gary's blog:

It was great seeing Gary again and we look forward to many more visits from him in days to come.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Recent guest speakers

Hello everyone, and thanks for your patience with updates to the Academy's blog. It's been a very active time the past couple of months, but things are settling down enough to share recent news.

Former Academy student Josh Leiberman has sold a series concept to Cartoon Network and is in production on the 7 minute pilot. He stopped by last week to say hello and everyone enjoyed an excellent presentation from him as our guest speaker for the evening. Definitely one of the best presentations we've ever had as far as insight and advice goes about pitching show concepts and studio internships.

Here's Josh with some of his fans.

To visit Josh Lieberman's blog and find out more of what he's up to, follow this link:

Bridget McCarty started with us when she was in high school. She's since gone on to establish her own Internet business selling fine miniatures. She makes a good enough living from her business that she can support herself completely through her art.

In the next two shots, students get a closer look at Bridget's samples and write ups about her work while she explains her marketing techniques as well as sharing practicle business advice for artists.

Visit Bridget's site through this link:

A big thanks to Bridget McCarty and Josh Lieberman. Everyone gained from their time with us. We hope to see Bridget and Josh again in the near future and we wish them continued success in all their endeavors.