There are not many animation schools that teach puppet animation. But one school does stand out above the rest. DeAnza College located in Northern California. I recently spoke to Marin McNimara about his classes and discovered that his students learn many of the different forms of animation done by hand. These include cel animation, clay animation, and puppet animation. Some of his past students have created animation that you can watch on the Internet. The most popular one is the short created by Jules Jammal and Mike Bates called Skullwell Predicts.
Director of De Anza's animation program, Martin McNamara has produced and/or directed dozens of animated television commercials, title sequences and educational films for studios such as Colossal Pictures and his own production company, Saga City Media. He co-produced the Nickelodeon Network pilot film for the animated series, "Rocko's Modern Life" with De Anza grad and series creator Joe Murray. Recently, he supervised advanced De Anza students, interning as character animators, on Broderbund's interactive CD, "Rugrats Storybook Adventure."
McNamara serves as San Francisco program director of the International Animators' Association (ASIFA) and has directed international conferences for the Society for Animation Studies, for which he writes extensively.
He received a B.A. in Communication Arts (University of Notre Dame) and an M.A. in Cinema (San Francisco State University) and teaches animation production, storyboard, soundtrack design and animation history.
Contact Marty by calling 408-864-5663
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