32TEN Studios, a stage rental and practical effects house headquartered in Marin, CA, has launched a new series of educational, hands-on workshops designed to help filmmakers, game designers and entertainment industry professionals further their production and postproduction technical skills, while also teaching the art and craft behind those disciplines.
The Professional Workshop Series will offer educational programs designed to satisfy a range of filmmakers, from the basic film enthusiast to the industry veteran. Led by prominent industry experts with extensive filmmaking backgrounds, the workshops will educate through the use of hands-on seminars. They will be held on a regular basis on the stage at 32TEN Studios.
The first Professional Workshop program, entitled, “From Green Screen to Silver Screen,” to be held on March 31 will walk participants through the basics of digital postproduction visual effects. The session, designed for educators and film enthusiasts, will be led by Vince de Quattro, who was recently named as the director of artist development for 32TEN Studios.
De Quattro will also lead a series of recurring Production Workshops, commencing March 22. These three-hour evening workshops are designed for both independent filmmakers and producers looking to understand the animation and effects marketplace, as well as young artists looking to assume roles as production assistants, production coordinators, and ultimately producers in the feature animation and VFX industries. These sessions will feature production training in bidding, artist management, the culture of the hybridized art/technical entertainment industry, and other guidance for producers of short film, commercial and music videos.
The third event in the Professional Workshop Series will be a presentation entitled “Models and Miniatures in a Digital Age” by Fon Davis on April 4, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Davis will discuss the considerations when deciding on a scale for the model, choice of materials and level of detail. He will show examples of when miniatures are the best option over live action or CG, and explain the reasons why. Lastly, he will unveil the tricks of the trade that artists use to make models and miniatures look full scale and completely realistic.
Future Professional Workshop events are slated to include such topics as visual design, crane operation, pre-visualization technologies, high-resolution camera technology, motion capture, motion control, stereography and pyrotechnics.
“Our vision for 32TEN Studios is for our historic site to serve as a creative hub for the Marin County and Northern California filmmaking community,” said Tim Partridge, president/CEO of 32TEN Studios. “We also intend to provide the community with the opportunity for continued learning of new production technologies and techniques with this series of regularly scheduled workshops.”
“The Visual Effects Society, Bay Area Section, is very excited as to the creation of 32TEN Studios,” said David Tanaka, VES sectional chairman, Bay Area. “The services they will be offering to the entertainment industry at large, and the potential opportunities they hold for skilled artists and technicians throughout the Bay Area, are endeavors the VES Bay Area surely supports. The founders of 32TEN are all former colleagues and acquaintances to many in the VES membership, and their company name, which bears a familiar address to many of us in the VFX industry, is of special significance. The VES Bay Area board of directors looks forward to collectively sharing in 32TEN’s local community outreach, and to collaborating with them on future projects, including their Professional Workshop Series, and other upcoming educational events.”