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Michael Boas

Visiting Lecturer

School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

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Michael Boas

Visiting Lecturer

School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Bio

Mike Boas has been making movies in Rochester, NY, since 1998. His background is in art and animation, but also works as live action editor and producer. Through his company, Mad Dog Movies, he has produced 2D cartoon animation and motion graphics for Animatus Studio, END Films, Red Shirt Productions, Wood Entertainment, and many others. His animation work has appeared in features, short films, advertisements, DVD/Blu-ray featurettes, industrial films, and at trade shows and film festivals. Feature credits include AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE, THAT GUY DICK MILLER (each SXSW premieres) and QUENTIN TARANTINO: THE FIRST EIGHT. He animated the intro to the Rondo Award winning MEDIEVAL TIMES: THE MAKING OF ARMY OF DARKNESS. He contributed hand-drawn animation for the feature BUBBLE GIRL and assisted on stop-motion effects work for JOHNNY GRUESOME and WIDOW'S POINT. His short film H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE OTHER GODS has played in festivals on four continents. Boas designed and animated the Apex Award winning HELP MIKEY MAKE IT OUT, a fire safety game for kids, produced by Animatus Studio for the Prevention 1st nonprofit. In the world of live action, Boas acted as editor and first assistant director on the experimental feature 3.14, which involved shooting in California's Death Valley.  For the drama HERO OF THE UNDERWORLD, Boas was producer, co-editor, and first A.D. Boas has taught students of all ages at Animatus Studio's Animation Workshop and at several Maker Faires. Boas is on the executive board for the Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences and is co-runner of the Rochester Writers Workshop.

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Areas of Expertise

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-221
3 Credits
This course will teach students the basics of Adobe After Effects. Students will learn production theory as well as gain practical experience in 2.5 D animation production.
SOFA-121
3 Credits
This class will introduce students to the gamut of animation thinking and making through classroom instruction and hands-on practical experience. Lecture and readings will emphasize the process, theory and practice of animated filmmaking with extensive film screenings to illustrate each technique and related aesthetics. Hands-on supervised studio sessions will guide students to an intuitive understanding of the process of producing animation and students will use this understanding to analyze various animated works. Each student will develop their personal vision through assigned projects utilizing the material discussed in class. **This course has a facilities fee for Non-SOFA students.**
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-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-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 fully storyboarded and formatted. Particular attention will be paid to the visual storytelling aspects of converting a written script. Layouts from the production will also be developed.
SOFA-107
3 Credits
This course will introduce the concepts and mechanics of movement for animation, focusing on, but not limited to, character based movement. Animation principles will be introduced and applied using hand-drawn methods, which will serve as the foundation for their application in any desired medium. Weekly exercises will be recorded using standard animation software, and will be reviewed, discussed and open to group critique.
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-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-323
3 Credits
This course will focus 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-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.

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