Online Animation School Sets Graduation for Siggraph Week 2007

July 10, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Berkeley, CA – July 10, 2007 —, the online animation school® where all of the teachers are working studio animators, is holding its second graduation concurrent with SIGGRAPH 2007. Imageworks’ David Schaub (SURF’S UP, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE) will present the inspirational address at the San Diego ceremony. Students from 17 countries will graduate from the innovative online school, which propelled more than 60% of its first class into coveted studio animator positions.

“By holding graduation simultaneous with the industry’s premiere event, we are saying that we are here to stay, right in the middle of things,” said Animation Mentor President/CEO, Bobby S. Beck. “We are so excited that David will present the commencement speech, not only because he is such a versatile and important talent, but also because of his reputation for helping artists create great work.”

Since joining Sony Pictures Imageworks in 1995, Schaub has served as an animator, animation director and animation supervisor on many notable feature films including SURF’S UP, Academy Award®-nominated THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and Academy Award®-nominated STUART LITTLE. He was animation supervisor on THE POLAR EXPRESS, for which he received a Visual Effects Society (VES) nomination, and was supervising animator on STUART LITTLE 2, for which he received a VES Award for Best Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture.

Animation Mentor’s graduation ceremony will take place Monday, August 6 at 2:00 PM at the San Diego Convention Center, followed by a 5:30 PM reception at the W Hotel. Students will earn a certified diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.


Based in Berkeley, California, is an online animation school at which top working professionals teach character animation to students worldwide. Opened March 2005, the school offers an eighteen-month program built from the ground up by its founders, Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena, whose combined credits include CARS, FINDING NEMO and STAR WARS: EPISODE 3.’s California-certified curriculum includes student mentoring; expert audio/video rich media lectures; live, real-time, interactive Q&A sessions (web classes); eCritiques® and 24/7 online creative community. More information at:

Rochelle Winters, 213 250-4603
Smoke & Mirrors Public Relations, Inc.