Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rotoball 2010: A Global Animation Challenge

Rotoball 2010 from The Carrot Revolution on Vimeo.

DATA Di animation students Joshua Bell, Isreal Ruttenburg, James Murray-Di Salvo, Gerardo Melero, and Jose Murillo worked for several months to get their 15 second animations submitted to Rotoball 2010, a global collaboration organized by Apple Distinguished Educator David Gran from the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China.  The Di students each entered their creative and individualistic approaches to animation which included hand drawings w/digital ink & paint, 3D w/Cinema 4D, Flash, and 3D/video compositing.

This years Rotoball project included 23 schools from 12 states and 6 countries and was shown as part of the Shanghai Student Film Festival as well as on (seen above).
"I had been waiting to work on this project since the 2008 - 09 school year.  It is great to finally see it online a year later for the world to see." -James Murray-Di Salvo

"It makes me feel great to have combined elements of 2D and 3D graphics to make a short animation that would be watched by people world wide." -Jose Murillo

"It was a good experience as a whole, but what really made it amazing was the fact that I got to participate in a project with other students on a global scale." -Isreal Rutenburg

"I spent 6 weeks learning how to rotoscope in Adobe After Effects to create our 15 second segment which combines video and 3D animation.  It was nice to learn software with a specific and very special project in mind." -Gerardo Melero

"I feel proud to make my cartoon to support DATA globally and be a part of the 2010 Rotoball project." -Joshua Bell

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Community in B&W Shows at Garrow Gallery

My Community in Black and White, a photography exhibit from students in Cathedral City schools, is on display during the month of April, 2010 at the Garrow Gallery at College of the Desert.  This exhibit was organized by PSUSD Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Louisa Castrodale and judged by local photographer Ethan Kaminsky.

DATA Di Student Recognized by The Palm Springs Mayor and Sustainabilty Commission for Photography

DATA Di junior, Victor Gonzalez (center), was recognized by Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet (left) and ETAL Chair Larry Flechter (right) for his image being accepted into the Earth Through a Lens photography exhibit along Palm Canyon Drive.  

The event was initiated by the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission.  23 photographers from across the country in addition to one local student photographer were selected for the show and accompanying catalog.  An Artist's reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Suites Hotel in Palm Springs, Ca. on April 22, 2010.  

"Earth Through a Lens a national photographic competition and exhibition was established by the Sustainability Commission of the City of Palm Springs to address a Commission mandate:  to enhance public education regarding development of a sustainable society. A side goal of this project is to encourage photographers, both amateur and professional, to document how human activity impacts the earth. “Earth Through a Lens” is a key piece of the Palm Springs’ Earth Day celebration and commitment to make Palm Springs a sustainable city."
-Larry Fechter
Chair, Earth Through a Lens


PSST - Earth Through a Lens - Palm Springs Life Magazine

Exhibit will mark 40th Earth Day with photos - My

Earth Day to be marked with inaugural exhibit - My

Visit the Earth Through a Lens website

View all of the DATA Di student submissions



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Di Create Releases Issuu II

DATA Di is pleased to announce issue II of Di Create Magazine.  This issue is dedicated to the Fashion | Energy shoot at DST Studios in Palm Springs, Ca.

Thanks again to the following local professionals for the time and energy they graciously donated to DATA digital imaging students!

Dick Taylor and DST Studios, Imagine Imagery, Joel Cummins Photography, Brian Evans Photography, Epidemic Skateboard Shop, Josef Saliba Salon, JL Hair and Make Up, and DATA teachers Cami Saliba, Jill Nation, Rose Gonzalez, and Matt Cauthron

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Career Pathways Externship

During the month of April, DATA Digital Imaging instructor Matt Cauthron was fortunate enough to participate in the 2010 Faculty Externship Program sponsored by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Career Pathway Initiative.

"This experience provided me with an insight into the professional careers of local creatives and expanded the curricular possibilities I can offer my students".

"It was amazing to work and assist on architectural shoots in Big Horn and Indian Wells country clubs, learn about lighting and video while shooting Healthy Living TV at the Eisenhower Medical Center, go behind the scenes while shooting a concert at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino, shoot aerial photography over the 2010 Kraft Nabisco Golf Tournament, and plan student projects in graphic design, photography, and digital media".
-Matt Cauthron, Digital Imaging Instructor

A very special thank you to the following individuals for their support in making this happen!

Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery
Ethan Kaminsky, Kaminsky Productions
Luis Fausto, Synergy Designs
Kim McNulty, CVEP Program Manager
Dr. Diana Verney, PSUSD CTE Coordinator

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fine Arts Creativity Awards at Palm Springs Art Museum

The 2010 FINE ARTS CREATIVITY AWARD AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM at the Palm Springs Art Museum was once again a rewarding experience for DATA Di students.

Congratulations to the following!

Markie Hackwith
Georgia Fogelson College Scholarship

Spencer McQuinn
Light Painting
Honorable Mention for Creative Use of Media

"The Fine Arts Creativity Awards Program was established to give young and emerging artists the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artwork displayed in the museum galleries in a professional manner. Each year the variety of artwork submitted and the statements they make are unique and thought-provoking. These artists express ideas that are always personal yet at the same time speak to wider social issues that impact their lives.

Since 1991, over 800 young artists have exhibited here at the museum. Many of these students have gone on to careers in the arts and the museum is proud to have been an early source of encouragement."