Professor Stephan Larson received a Gold Award from the Spotlight Short Film Awards

Professor Stephan Larson received a Gold Award from the Spotlight Short Film Awards for his animation In Capricious Hands. The Spo​tlight Short Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers through a unique and important international film competition. The spirit of the Spotlight Short Film Awards is to value each film based upon it’s artistic merit alone. The organization is composed of industry professionals: filmmakers, independent film consultants, film festival organizers,  festival programmers and judges who have been in the business nearly 20 years, and share a passion for independent film. For the 2015 awards, over 25,000 independently produced film submissions were reviewed  and 75 Gold Awards were given. Larson’s animation, In Capricous Hands, finished the film festival circuit in early 2016 with over a dozen festival appearances across the United States including the Phoenix Film Festival, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Boston Underground Film Festival.

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Stephan Larson “InCapriciousHands”
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Computer Art Program Adds Motion Capture

The School of Art and Design Computer Art program has added motion capture to its curriculum. A Shadow motion capture suit and workstation will allow students to capture the motion of live actors and then use that captured motion within animation. Motion capture can speed the production of “realistic” animation considerably by providing a base for animators to work from — the animation process jumps straight to adjusting and nuancing the motion capture rather than animating everything from scratch.

The motion capture suit uses the same technologies as the motion capture suits used on many Hollywood production sets. The suit is designed to be worn by various sized actors and can capture motion wirelessly from over fifty feet away. The range of the suit makes it quite versatile, capturing simple motions like walking or standing but also capturing larger motions like sports activities.

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Computer Art Alumni Participates in Residency

Computer Art alumni Adrian Rivera is completing a residency as part of the Ayatana Artistic Research Program. The residency, Biophilia, is focused on the education and enrichment of artists through exposure and interaction with specialists working in biology. During the residency, the artists met with various scientists working in many different fields such as insect acoustics, biohacking, botany, mycology, and ornithology. The resident artists of the Biophilia Residency will take part in a group exhibtion in Ottawa, Ontario later in 2015/2016.


Rivera’s work (seen below) is derived from a source object or concept, the structures grow and deform in response to it’s surroundings. As new structures are formed pre-existing ones may shift and bend in the wake of new matter. As aspects of the natural world are imitated, the organisms have the ability to take forms not seen before by removing control and allowing living matter to grow onto the structures created.

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Link to the Ayatana Artistic Research Program

Link to Adrian Rivera’s Portfolio Site

Link to Computer Art Program at Northern Michigan University

Art and Design Alumnus Takes Film Festival Awards

Joe Rule, a recent graduate of the Computer Art program, won the Best of Show award at the Saugatuck Shorts Film Festival on October 12 for his animation “Eat Your Vegetables.” The animation was completed as part of AD 403: Senior Exhibition in April, 2013. “Eat Your Vegetables” also won the Best in Animation category in the Young Michigan Filmmakers Festival over the summer and the Best Animated Film in the Made-in-Michigan Film Festival on October 19.

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Made in Michigan Film Festival
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Artwork by Electronic Imaging Students Displayed in Michigan Legislature

For the next year, artworks by Scott Coullard (Ruined City) and Scott Zuckerman (Fracture), Electronic Imaging students from the School of Art and Design, will be displayed in the Michigan House of Representatives’ Anderson House Office Building in Lansing. The artwork was selected by Professor Stephan Larson for the Legislature project that displays artwork of students from each of Michigan’s 15 public universities.

The Arts in the Legislature initiative is a partnership between the universities’ Presidents Council and the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives to promote art in every day life. Each piece of student artwork was framed with a special nameplate acknowledging the artist, compliments of the House and Senate.

Electronic Imaging
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School Hosts Photoshop Wars 2010

Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on March 19, 2010. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants.

The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Erin Wiljanen. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two or three participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.

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NMU Listed in Top 50 Game Design Programs

The Princeton Review included NMU among the Top 50 recommended undergraduate game design schools in the country. The top 8 were ranked and the remaining 42 were listed alphabetically. The recommendation is particularly noteworthy as NMU lacks a specific game design program.

Electronic Imaging has had students successfully go into the game design field based on technical fluency, adaptability of skills, and willingness to fit into the game design pipeline. While this is a learning process, Electronic Imaging stresses being flexible as an artist, constantly learning, and broad design awareness. Students interested in pursuing game design are encouraged to take computer science courses in addition to art and design courses.

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The Princeton Review
http://www.princetonreview.com/top-fifty-undergraduate-game-design.aspx

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School Hosts Photoshop Wars 2009

Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on March 20, 2009. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants. The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Melissa Miron. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two or three participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.

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Art and Design Student Wins TLC Award

The annual NMU TLC awards are given to students that exhibit exceptional use of the NMU laptop in their academic coursework. Electronic Imaging major Michael Beckett won a TLC Student Award in the Technological Sophistication category for a series of images he created using Adobe Photoshop and a website he developed using Adobe Dreamweaver. The award will be presented during the Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning on April 16.

“The series of images and the website – demonstrate considerable creativity and attention to detail, and offer an outstanding example of what is possible with the laptop computers that are provided through the TLC program.”

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School Hosts Photoshop Wars 2008

Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on April 4, 2008. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants. The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Chris Paluch. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two to four participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.

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