Journal Entry – Week 1

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Respond to at least 1 prompt on this page (you are welcome to respond to both). For instructions on how to submit a journal entry, please follow these instructions. FORMATTING FOR THIS WEEK: Use the title format “[FirstName] [LastName] W1” and select the Category “Journal Entry – Week 1”

Prompt 1

Please tell us a bit about yourself. What is your name? Why did you pick this course? Is there a particular genre/era/type of animation you’re interested in learning more about? What is your major? What are your career goals? Include a few fun facts about yourself (hobbies? pets? favorite food?)

Prompt 2

Name an animated film or tv show that you like. Why do you think you like it?  Is it the characters, the animation techniques? Include this in the journal post. Research the studio/artist that created it as well as the date it was created and include this information in your post.

Natalia Ruzzi W1

Hi there! My name is Natalia, I’m a VAT major currently in my last semester at BMCC. I chose this course because animation has always been one of my favorite types of media even though I myself do not necessarily want to be an animator. One of my favorite types is claymation, so I would always love to learn more about that. Frankly the more time I spend at BMCC, the less I feel like I know what I want to do career wise, but as of now I think I would like to write for shows or be an assistant on sets. I’m a big fan of rodents (currently have a gerbil) and I enjoy collecting stickers and stationery.

Ricardo Aristizabal W1 MES 160 1100[35616]

My name is Ricardo Aristizabal, I chose this course because I needed a W intensive and wanted to do it while learning something personally interesting. Animation has been part of my life ever since I can remember, Pixar ruled my attention with Toy story, wall-e, finding Nemo, Incredibles, etc. I’m majoring in psychology, aspiring to become a school psychologist. I practice stand-up, meme-making, podcast production. Pizza, pizza, pizza.   

Yusuf Aldacher – Week 1

Hello everyone! My name is Yusuf Aldacher. I am a sophomore in BMCC and this is my last semester in which I’m soon going to be graduating in this Spring of 2022. I am majoring in Studio Arts. My career plan is to be a character designer or background designer for the gaming industry. My hobbies of mine are just drawing anything that includes modern military and medieval characters. The reason I chose this course is that I always admired how animation reached different levels throughout the years and always had a curiosity about how it all started. The animations of anime are what first inspired me to go for drawing. The Japanese animations of their “anime” cartoons were way ahead of their time or even more advanced than the Disney or western animations. I’m very interested in learning how did the Japanese make their animations so immersive.

Kari Munoz; Journal 1

Hello Everyone! My name is Kari Munoz. This course was chosen because it was required for my Business Administration degree. Since it appears more visually appealing, I’d like to learn more about “Stop motion” animation. My major is Business Administration, and after BMCC, I plan to transfer to Baruch College to pursue a Marketing degree. My current interests include going to the gym to keep myself healthy and doing eyelash extensions as a side hustle. :)))

Tyree McQueen: W1

Hello, Professor and classmates of World History of Animation, my name is Tyree McQueen. I am a sophomore here at BMCC and this is my fourth and final semester, as I will be graduating this spring 2022. My current major is Animation and Motion graphics. Art and animation have truly been a passion for as long as I can remember and I am just so glad I have the opportunity to follow this career path and actually have an interest in what I am learning. When I think of an area of animation era of animation I would love to learn more about, I always think of the Golden Age of Animation, specifically the tropes and methods used by these animators during their earlier years. I have always been a fan of Max Fleisher and his style of animation, but i would love to learn more about how the animator utilized rotoscoping to create such realistic and fluid imagery. It must have been one interesting process.

I am involved in a couple of hobbies, each focusing on a different aspect of my personality that I aim to cultivate. To improve my artistic and creative skills, I joined a digital design community on Discord. Every Friday, we gather in a server to learn new skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and even Procreate. This has allowed me to create more expressive art that I am proud of. I also attend Kickboxing every weekend from Friday through Sunday to increase my athletic and physical capabilities. This helps me maintain my productivity and output into the new week and relieves my stress from constantly doing schoolwork. When I think of an animated property that I truly like, the film that always comes to mind is Fantasia. I don’t if it was the aesthetically pleasing backgrounds, the visual gratifying practical effects combined with traditional 2d animation, the fluid imagery synchronized perfectly with the musical scores, or classic principles like squash & stretch being utilized within the wonderful dance sequences, but this movie truly knew how to push the limits of what animation could be going forward. Just an overall amazing spectacle to watch.

Anna Pinkas – Week 1 – Prompt1

Hi everyone, my name is Prof Pinkas and I’m excited to teach this class and to meet you. I have a background in traditional animation and interactive art. I’ve been teaching at BMCC for 8 years. I have a 5 year old son and 10 months old daughter. I live in Brooklyn, NY and love to listen to podcasts and bake. My favorite animated films of all time are Lotte Reiniger’s works.