Emersonions to animate Museum of Science

by Beacon Staff • March 28, 2007

related to the theme of animation, including works such as claymation, computer animation and flipbooks.,The Museum of Science will be showcasing animated works by Emerson students and explaining the science behind the sketch board this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, student work will be on display in the museum's temporary exhibit of animation.

Open to the public until May 16, the exhibit will include a variety of components related to the theme of animation, including works such as claymation, computer animation and flipbooks.

Viewers who come between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday can enjoy 45-minute presentations of short animated films as well as demonstrations and information sessions.

The museum's publicist, Sofiya Cabalquinto, believes the Emerson student work is "a perfect complement to the exhibit," which is trying to show a frame of contemporary animation as well as the conventional.

The students involved in the showcase have been under the wings of professors John Craig Freeman and Kathryn Ramey. Junior Scott Fleishman, whose computer animation will appear in the showcase, says he owes a lot to the guidance of his professor.

"I took John Craig Freeman's Animation 1 class because it sounded interesting. I didn't know much about the class, and I had no idea how difficult it would be. 3D animation is one of the most complex

things I have ever attempted to use," Fleishman said. "But after countless hours of sitting in front of the computer, I actually started to understand it, and I realized the potential of the program."

Although Fleishman applies himself as a film student at Emerson, his interest in animation came as a pleasant surprise.

"Two semesters later, I ended up with one and a half minutes of animation that I worked harder on than anything else I've ever done," he said. "Craig's a great teacher, and I wish there was an Animation 3 class so I could keep going."

Their artwork comes to the museum out of special request, said Cabalquinto.

"We decided to work with Emerson because of its great art program," she said.

Cabalquinto added that the museum receives requests from other organizations for special programs, selected on a case-by-case basis.

Well known for its interactive exhibits, planetarium and the Mugar Omni Theater the museum attracts students from all over Boston to take part in activities and special programs, hosted in part to bring students together in a both fun and educational environment.

"The Museum is always looking for ways to partner with the community,"

Cabalquinto said.

The showcase will not only give the public a chance to admire Emerson creativity at its best, but will allow them to see the underbelly of animation, perhaps giving them a greater appreciation for the minds behind today's animators.

The Animation Showcase is included in the regular exhibit halls admission. Admission is $16 for adults.