I just spent the last couple days (Sunday-Tuesday) in San Francisco for preliminary meetings with the Academy of Art University regarding my online stop-motion course. I hadn't been there since 1999 so it was fun to check it out again...quite a beautiful city, I really like it. The Academy staff is very nice and they have some great facilities there for animation. So it looks to be a good experience overall, once I really start crackin' with writing the course content. I'll be returning there in April for the official demonstration video shoots, so lots of preparations must soon be underway.
I don't have any pictures of my whirlwind trip to post, but I can borrow a few to reference the Cartoon Art Museum where I happened to stumble upon the Mary Blair exhibit.
I also got to see many surprising original pieces of animation art, including: original animation drawings, cels, and concept art from practically every classic Disney feature ever made and many others from Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros and elsewhere. Plus some original 1950s comic strips like an actual Pogo strip, Andy Capp, lots of stuff like that. They even had an original Gertie the Dinosaur drawing, which was outstanding to be in the presence of, even though it was much smaller than I thought it would be.
Hopefully next time I go I'll have a camera with me to make for a more interesting blog.