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Brian Larson

Interim School Co-Director
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-2711
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Brian Larson

Interim School Co-Director
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, Colorado State University; MFA, Miami International University

585-475-2711

Currently Teaching

SOFA-599
1 - 6 Credits
SOFA Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-406
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines to pass this course.
SOFA-799
1 - 4 Credits
Film and Animation Graduate Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-317
4 Credits
Students will explore all phases of animation short film production. Students design and produce a short film with sound that must be screened for the RIT community.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
SOFA-108
3 Credits
This course focuses on the mechanics of motion as applied to animated characters, both human and non-human. Working directly from a live model, costumed and nude, and also employing visualization techniques, students will apply figure-drawing skills along with gesture drawing, focusing on the correct representation of weight, energy and force in sequential poses. Specific attention is paid to improving drawing skills in order to create stronger storytelling poses for animated properties. A variety of drawn animation examples will be screened in class.
SOFA-228
3 Credits
This course concentrates on the structures of temporal organization for the screen in all animated productions. Particular attention is paid to the structures of scriptwriting and the layout of movements and visual composition via editing into storyboards. Various individual written script projects will be required of the student, leading to a final production script for an animated film that will be storyboarded and formatted.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester as well as present a final screening of their thesis.
SOFA-218
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to the basics of design as applied to characters and environments for animated productions. Students will create and develop a cast of characters for an imagined property, focusing on group dynamics, visual appeal and personality development. Line, color, texture, shape, form and story are referenced when developing characters and environments. Students will institute a process of visual development through a variety of exercises, working toward a final, finished project.
SOFA-306
1 Credits
Students discuss and generate written plans for their senior films or capstone projects. Each student will secure a film and animation faculty adviser for their senior year.
SOFA-748
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to the basics of design as applied to characters and environments for animated productions. Line, color, texture, shape, form and story will be referenced when developing characters and environments. Projects will utilize drawing, digital painting, and live action. In this course, a variety of exercises will explore tone, mood, deep and shallow space, and natural and imagined spaces. Students will develop their own personal process of visual development through a variety of exercises, working toward a final finished project.
SOFA-604
3 Credits
This course will build on information gained from foundation animation courses. Multi-week assignments will allow students to fully grasp the production process involved in hand-drawn animation and develop an understanding of different parameters commonly found in animated films, including but not limited to character interaction, emotion and animal movement. Students will have the opportunity to explore various approaches to timing, movement, acting and characterization. Character design and solid drawing skills are highly recommended.
SOFA-498
1 - 6 Credits
Film and Animation Internship is available to film and animation third year students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Internships must be within the film and animation industry. Students must submit a completed approval form identifying the firm and listing their internship responsibilities. Internships are approved by the Undergraduate Program Director or School Director. Students are required to submit a minimum 10-page paper about their experience and obtain a letter of review from their job site supervisor. 90 hours of work earns 1 semester credit. To enroll students must be third year status or above.
SOFA-407
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines of that timeline to pass this thesis course including completion and public screening of finished work or final presentation of craft experience.
SOFA-323
3 Credits
This course will focuse on the continued development of students’ skills in the two-dimension animation medium, using computer software. As an intermediate course, students will build on the skills they accrued as well as learn new, advanced techniques. A variety of examples of 2D computer animation will be screened in class.
SOFA-386
4 Credits
This course provides an opportunity to work on a short film production as a part of a team. Students will serve multiple roles in the production depending on skills and the needs of the team. The production will focus on an area of social change or community within the Greater Rochester area, with the potential to work with non-profit groups directly. Productions using varied and multiple techniques including the mix of live action with animation are encouraged. Productions techniques will be decided based on the skills of the students enrolled. The final film will be screened for the RIT community.

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Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 21 Jan. 2017. KidFilm Festival, Dallas, Texas. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 21 Apr. 2017. Blackbird Film Festival, Cortland, NY. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 31 Mar. 2017. Fast Forward Film Festival, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 3 Mar. 2017. Montana Internationl Children's Film Festival, Missoula, Montana. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 2 Jun. 2017. Okotoks Film Festival, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 14 Oct. 2016. Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York, New York. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 6 Nov. 2016. Hsin-Yi Children's Animation Festival, Seoul, South Korea. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 9 Dec. 2016. New York International Film Festival, New York, New York. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 26 Aug. 2016. San Diego International Kids Film Festival, San Diego, California. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 11 Nov. 2016. marcellus mini movie family film festival, Marcellus, NY. Exhibit.
Brian, Larson,. Love Song of the Drone. 30 Sep. 2016. Kids First Film Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Exhibit.