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Thomas Gasek

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

585-475-7403
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Thomas Gasek

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

Education

BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology; MFA, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

585-475-7403

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-610
2 Credits
A forum to establish among a diverse student group a common vocabulary for discussing film language and structure, collaborative relationships, and a sense of community, while exploring issues related to scene analysis, production practice and planning, story boarding, story telling, visual music, School of Film and Animation policies and professional business realities.
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-890
4 Credits
Students work independently according to their approved timeline on their thesis project. They must meet on a regular basis with their committee chair and at least twice with their full committee during the semester. This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Once the thesis committee determines that the candidate has completed 50 percent or more of the project in Research and Thesis I the student should register for this course. Students must also write a Thesis Paper that summarizes in detail their thesis experience.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
Students work independently according to their approved timeline on their thesis project. They must meet on a regular basis with their committee chair and at least twice with their full committee during the semester. This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Once the thesis committee determines that the candidate has completed 50 percent or more of the project the student should register for SOFA-890-Research and Thesis.
SOFA-617
3 Credits
This course will give graduate students a basic and solid understanding of stop-motion animation. The class covers all aspects of stop-motion in its various forms but will mainly concentrate on stop-motion puppet / character animation. There will be demonstrations on model fabrication, animation techniques and camera / grip techniques. This is an introductory course more in-depth topics, like latex and silicon mold making and intensive postproduction techniques will be introduced but not pursued in depth.
SOFA-522
3 Credits
This is an introductory course that will give students a basic and solid understanding of stop-motion animation. The class covers all aspects of stop-motion in its various forms but will mainly concentrate on stop-motion puppet/character animation. There will be demonstrations on model fabrication, animation techniques and camera/grip techniques. More in-depth topics, like latex and silicon mold making and intensive post production techniques will be introduced. There will be opportunities for students to practice animation with specific goals and assignments.
SOFA-892
0 Credits
The School of Film and Animation continuation of thesis course provides student additional semester(s) to complete their thesis research, project, and thesis document.
SOFA-698
1 - 6 Credits
Provides the student with on-the-job experience in the field of film/video/animation. The student seeks and acquires a school approved internship position in a business or industry. The working environment provides the forum for learning more about the student's chosen career. A final interview with the internship coordinator assists the student in evaluating the experience. The coordinator should be the faculty member most familiar with the student's internship field.
SOFA-699
0 Credits
The Graduate Film and Animation Co-op will provide students with the option to work in the film industry and get paid. There is no academic credit awarded for this course. The opportunity must demand a minimum of 20 hours per week. Students may apply for co-op employment to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Permission from the film and animation graduate program director required.
SOFA-887
0 Credits
The Film and Animation Part-Time Co-op will provide students with the option to work in the film industry. There is no academic credit awarded for this course. Students may apply for co-op employment to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Permission from the Film and Animation graduate director required. Co-ops are typically paid work experiences and can be either part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) or full-time (min 35 hrs/wk). All co-ops must fall within an RIT term (fall, spring, summer).
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-518
3 Credits
This course will be geared toward the small animation business owner and individual freelance animator. We will discuss the setting up of a small business and all of its operations. There will be reference to bigger business entities and many of the same principles will apply to both types of businesses. The elements of discussion will teach students how to go about approaching animation work in the industry from a small business point of view and from an individual approach. There will be many references and sources pointed out in the classes including State, Federal and private websites full of information on the workplace. The class will discuss the creation of sample reels, websites, self-promotion, research and interview techniques all related to the individual animation. Discussions of ethics and individual responsibilities will be covered.
SOFA-625
3 Credits
This course will give graduate animation students an opportunity to explore a visual language of acting and posing that will help their storytelling abilities. Acting, timing and pacing are critical elements to any successful character animated film. Identifying and building a library of expressions, poses, and movement for emotional and visual expression is the goal for each student. Students will study reference material from successful silent and animated films. They will also create their own reference material through acting and filming themselves and other students. The visual references will be scrutinized on a frame-by-frame basis for a deeper understanding of this visual language. The class will include demonstrations by practicing actors and animators. Graduates will produce some animated studies related to the acting principles.
SOFA-317
4 Credits
This course is the animation student's second experience in producing an animated film individually or in collaboration with a classmate. This course provides practice in all phases of single-frame film production. Students design and produce a short film with sound. Weekly meetings will discuss and critique the progress and merits of the project. Students will rely only on techniques learned in previous classes. Final film must be screened for the RIT community.

Featured Work

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External Scholarly Fellowships/National Review Committee
5/9/2018 - 6/17/2018
     Fulbright Specialist Program - World Learning
     Amount: $10,000.
3/17/2016 - 4/3/2016
     Fulbright (US Government)
     Amount: Flight / Housing and $200 per day
Full Length Book
Gasek, Tom. Frame by Frame Stop Motion; The Guide to Non-Puppet Photographic Animation Techniques. second ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press / Taylor and Francis Group, 2017. Print.
Gasek, Tom. Frame by Frame Stop Motion;The Guide to Non-Traditional Animation Techniques. 1st ed. Boston, MA: Focal Press (Routledge Publishing), 2011. Print.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Gasek, Tom. Ain't No Fish. By Miki Cash, Tom Gasek. Jan. 2017. Bridgetown Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados. Exhibit.
Gasek, Tom. Ain't No Fish. Director. Tom Gasek & Miki Cash. 17 Apr. 2015. George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Exhibit.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Gasek, Tom. "Non-Puppet Photographic Animation." Fulbright Grantee. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Lima, Peru. 18- 4/3 Dec. 2016. Lecture.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Gasek, Tom. San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. Director's Award. San Francisco, CA, 2014.
Published Review
Beck, Jerry. "Books Books Books." Rev. of Frame by Frame Stop Motion, ed. Focal Press. Frame by Frame Stop Motion 1 Oct. 2011: 1. Web.
Published Article
Gasek, Thomas.“Flying the Flag at Se-ma-For.” ASIFAEast Exposure Sheet. Association Internationale du Film d’Animation East Chapter. 13 September 2010. Web. ^
Installation/Exhibit/Performance
Gasek, Thomas. “Off-Line,” 2010, a dozen film festivals including South by South West (SXSW), ASIFA East, Black Maria Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Imagine Science Film Festival, Animation Block Party, The Big Easy, and Stop Motion Montreal. Exhibition. ≠