Check out ETC faculty member, Ralph Vituccio, staff member Jon Underwood and student Michael Tsai!
Congratulations to the CMU Graphics Lab for inclusion on this list of the The Top 100 Schools in Animation worldwide. #9 out of 100. In listing its awesomeness, the Building Virtual Worlds and Dramatic Structures of Interactive Games, classes here at the ETC gets a mention!
9. Carnegie Mellon University's Graphics Lab – Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University's Graphic Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers another unique program: a graphics program with an animation focus—with a twist. Their list of incredibly fine-tuned training courses offer their students specific training that will make them experts in niche fields. Courses include oddballs like Physically Based Character Animation, Pixels to Percepts: Visual Perception for Computer Vision and Games, Physically Based Modeling and Interactive Simulation, Generating Natural Human Motion and Data-Driven Character Animation. CMU is a solid choice for aspiring video game designers looking for a well-rounded education, with courses like Digital Narratives, Building Virtual Worlds and Dramatic Structures of Interactive Games. If you aren't convinced to its success, hear this: Disney is. So much so that they located their Research Lab on the CMU campus. As such the school has a rich working relationship, and Disney evens holds a few spots open in their internship program every year for CMU students.
Congratulations to the Jesse, MK, Chris and Ralph, instructors of BVW and to Chris Klug instructor of Dramatic Structures!
Alumnus Seema Patel sent us email asking for help with ETC spinoff Interbot's latest endeavors.
For the past couple months Interbots has been working on an iPad game to help children with autism practice daily routines and social interactions. We’ve developed a prototype of “Popchilla’s World”, and are running a Kickstarter campaign throughout the month of April, National Autism Awareness Month, to raise money to expand the prototype into a complete game.
We’d obviously appreciate contributions to the campaign, but we could especially use some help getting the word out. If you know of anyone who is affected by autism and could forward the link to them, we'd really appreciate it.
Thank you so much for your help and support!
Please help get the word out and support if you can!
We received this email from ETC alum Tom Smith from ETC spinoff SilverTree Media. Play a game today, and call itresearch!
Dear Friends of the ETC,
On March 28th, we launched our third SilverTree game Cordy Sky, which is Featured on the Apple App Store and Free to Play! The game is a casual "jump platformer" starring Cordy and it has been picking up some great reviews. In just a few days, It has skyrocketed to the top 100 of All Apps on the App Store and we are all really excited. We hope you get the chance to pick it up and play! If you like the game and would like to support us, please consider buying a gear pack or just rating the app 5 stars and leaving a review. You can't imagine how helpful this is, as we are taking the grass-routes approach to marketing.
Our other SilverTree Media games are also available: Cordy (Google Play, Apple) and Sleepy Jack (Google Play, Apple iPhone, iPad). Cordy is listed a Top Ten Best Android Game of 2011 by the New York Times, and featured by both Apple and Android on a number of top ten lists including "Best Platformer". Sleepy Jack is also featured on Apple and Android, and is picking up some great reviews including "Top 10 Best Mobile Game of 2011" by Pocket Gamer and "Game of the Week" by Kotaku.
Thanks to you all for helping to get word out there for our studio, we couldn't have done it without the help of the ETC! We would really appreciate your continuing to share the news with your friends. All SilverTree Games can be found here. Feel free to follow SilverTree on Facebook as well: facebook.com/themeedj
Congratulations to our friends at Silvertree on a job well done!