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Black Tie Event will feature entertainment design projects

December 18, 2012

Students and faculty in entertainment design are holding a formal celebration to mark the program’s first semester at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The Black Tie Event will be a free screening of student projects from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in room 210 of the Applied Arts Building, 415 13th Ave. E.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. From 6:30-8:30, animation and digital cinema projects will be shown.
From 8:30-9:30 p.m., a comics exhibition and an artist reception will be held.

Featured works will be from beginning, intermediate and advanced students from seven classes.

One such project is “Soar,” a short, 3D animated film by senior Matthew Culbertson, of Brooklyn, Wis. The film is based on the poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” by Shel Silverstein. The film can be seen on his blog.

“I wanted to tap into a style of my own after reading Silverstein's lyrics. Much of the visuals relate to childhood nostalgia and the younger heart,” Culbertson said. “For me, the message is that even through hard times youth can soar above it all and prevail. The sidewalk ends in a place where anyone young at heart would like to venture to.”

Culbertson also created the music that accompanies the film. “It was a great experience and opportunity to explore poetic possibilities within animation and through my own music and visuals,” he said.

Culbertson, who graduated Saturday with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, also created a video showing how the animated film was created.

The BFA in entertainment design program prepares graduates for careers in digital media. The program encompasses disciplines related to the entertainment and media industry, with concentrations in animation; comics and sequential art; and digital cinema. For more information, go to the website.

Entertainment design is one of four new art majors, which previously were concentrations, approved for UW-Stout in February and April by the UW System Board of Regents. The others are industrial design; interior design; and graphic design and interactive media.

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