Mark Stanger is an award winning character and creature animator with 20 years industry experience. Since 2009 Mark has worked at Weta Digital as an animator on such ground breaking productions as Avatar, Tintin, The Avengers, The Hobbit Trilogy, The Planet of Apes films and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Character Animation is a specialised area of the animation process, which involves bringing animated characters to life. Mark will teach our Character Animation (MDDN432) course, as part of our Master of Design Technology (MDT) programme delivered out of the new Miramar Creative Centre, working alongside students to create digital animated sequences using the latest software and technology being used by leaders in the film and visual effects industry around the world. The course will focus on technical workflows, design and implementation skills, and good practices for animating complex digital characters. Students will develop problem solving for addressing design challenges, along with teamwork skills to contribute to an animation production.
“The collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington and film industry partners — Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Park Road Post Production and Miramar Creative Ltd, will provide talented Masters level students with unprecedented insights into the creative industry.”
— Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.
Prior to Weta Digital, Mark had extensive experience as an animator and animation supervisor on Emmy, VES and Annie award winning animated television programs. After completing a degree in Visual Arts with honours in drawing and painting at the University of Victoria in Canada, Mark went on to earn diplomas in both classical and computer animation from Sheridan College. While working on cutting edge visual effects films Mark continues to ground his practice in drawing and performance recently studying for a summer at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and also running the figure drawing sessions at the Wellington Art Club in Miramar. A full list of Mark Stanger’s film credits can be found over at IMDb. Click here for the full Character Animation (MDDN432) teaching plan.
About the Master of Design Technology (MDT)
The Master of Design Technology is open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree who already has some basic understanding in digital design technologies, and who wishes to build further relevant skills appropriate for the Visual Effects related ICT industry. The MDT is a one-year, full-time, 180 point professional Master’s degree that will provide students with the skills needed to work effectively in highly technical design professions such as game design, Visual Effects (VFX), exhibition design and multimedia design.
Next intake for MDT is March 2018 — February 2019. Applications open 1st October 2017. Book an advice session to find out more about the programmes we offer.
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