Press Release

NYU’s Animation Program Selects the Video LunchBox

April 27, 1999, New York, NY --Animation is experiencing a resurgence on television, and high school students have taken notice. Watching animation is not enough for students who want to bring their own creations to life. The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University is launching a summer workshop to help high school animators learn the skills to do just that. The NYU program will feature Animation Toolworks’ Video LunchBox.

The NYU summer Filmmakers’ Workshop for High School Students in Animation will offer twelve high school students a one-month immersion in the art and practice of animation. Students will attend classes, tour animation studios, attend guest lectures and special screenings, and practice, practice, practice. The program is intensive enough for students to earn four college credits.

“Our goals for the one month program are ambitious,” said John Canemaker, Director of the Animation Department. “To be successful, we need to let students repeatedly try a skill, have it critiqued, and then try again. The faster they can do their animation and get feedback, the quicker they will learn. With this need for instant feedback, we have outfitted our studio with four Video LunchBoxes from Animation Toolworks.”

 “Stop motion, traditional drawn animation, and cut out animation will all be taught,” commented Rosanne Limoncelli, Production Manager in NYU’s Film and TV Department. “The Video LunchBox is already being used in our university classes. It takes minutes to learn, provides instant feedback, and stands up to heavy use by students. The LunchBox was the natural choice for the program.”

Hit TV series such as "The PJs" (Fox), "Celebrity Deathmatch" (MTV) and "A Little Curious" (HBO) are all created using Animation Toolworks' Video LunchBox. This revolutionary device is literally changing the way stop-motion animation is done, making it easier, faster and more viable as a TV production medium.

Created two years ago by Oregon-based Animation Toolworks, the Video LunchBox is a device used to capture still images from a video camera and playback this sequence of images at the same rate as film images or television video. It enables animators to instantly test their work in progress, monitoring pacing, lighting, and registration. This early, rapid testing eliminates time-consuming errors and allows for confident, rapid progress during animation. The LunchBox's instant feedback also makes it possible to quickly and cheaply try alternatives, resulting in bolder animation. Video LunchBoxes have been installed in animation studios and educational facilities around the world, including MTV Animation, Will Vinton Studios, Tippett Studios, Curious Pictures, the National Film Board of Canada, NYU, CalArts, USC, UCLA, and Philadelphia University of the Arts.

Animation Toolworks serves professional animators and animation students by providing tools to reduce their cost and reinforce their creativity. The Video LunchBox is widely used by traditional and stop motion animators, and in universities, high schools, and even elementary schools.


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