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Mark Reisch

Assistant Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Mark Reisch

Assistant Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Advanced Studies in Animation Certificate, AnimationMentor.com; MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Currently Teaching

SOFA-225
3 Credits
In this course students will examine facial expressions and learn how to create emotion in the face. Advanced rigging techniques, especially pertaining to the faces, will be presented. Students will be presented with techniques to dissect sentences and reconstruct them in to useable connected speech for animated characters. Students will produce a series of short three-dimensional computer animations using a pre-rigged character.
SOFA-620
3 Credits
In this advanced three-dimensional modeling course, students will refine their knowledge and skills by creating objects and characters in 3D space. Students will build and create on their previous modeling knowledge and will be introduced to digital sculpting. Modeling concepts such as edge-loop placement for proper animation deformation will be emphasized.
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-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-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-215
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to three-dimensional computer animation and character rigging. The basic principles of animation will be addressed in relation to three-dimensional animation. Character rigging techniques are presented and will include skeletons and animation controls. Students produce a series of short 3D computer animations and some basic character rigs. Students will become familiar with a variety of 3D computer animation techniques.
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-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-695
3 Credits
This course will explore advanced character animation utilizing performance, emotion, and speech. Course content will include facial expressions and scenes with multiple characters interacting. Professional animation software will be used. By the end of the course, students will be able to create advanced biped character animation with dialogue and emotion.
SOFA-590
3 Credits
An exploration of the interconnected careers of the entertainment industry and the city of Los Angeles for a behind-the-scenes look at either film or animation. Students travel during the winter break. During the course students will discuss the industry, city, and their travel. This course has a mandatory travel component and requires an additional travel fee. Permission to enroll is required.
SOFA-226
3 Credits
This course will focus on three-dimensional character modeling. Students will learn about anatomy and creating economical topology for deformation in animation and be introduced to industry-standard digital sculpting techniques.

In the News

  • January 2, 2018

    Students and faculty involved in the Character Mosaic project.

    RIT project addresses dearth of minority characters in 3D animations

    Discouraged by an underrepresentation of minority characters in 3D-animated works, two School of Film and Animation faculty launched the Character Mosaic Project. The initiative aims to build a library of ethnically diverse, well-built characters that are free of charge to independent animators/filmmakers and students around the globe.

     

Featured Work

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Blanchard, Mari Jaye, Mark Reisch, and Vicky Mejia Yepes. Swing. By Mari Jaye Blanchard. 22 Nov. 2019. Frameless Labs Symposium, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Reisch, Mark. The Opportunity. 16 Nov. 2017. Rochester Institute of Technology Sofaculty Show, Rochester. Exhibit.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Reisch, Mark. "Virtual Classrooms for Content Creation." Building and Supporting Augmented and Virtual Reality Makerspaces. University at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY. 29 Apr. 2019. Conference Presentation.