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Mari Jaye Blanchard

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

585-475-5303
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Mari Jaye Blanchard

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

Education

BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; MFA, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

585-475-5303

Currently Teaching

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
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.
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-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-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-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-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-203
3 Credits
This course focuses specifically on the sequential stages of hand-drawn animation. Students explore every stage of production of a short animated scene, including dialogue, from ideation to clean up. Each week will build on the previous week's progress. The final result will be a complete penciled scene.
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-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-628
3 Credits
This course is an in-depth examination of structural elements of both the written and visual aspects of the animated film and the pre-production process, specifically. Particular attention is given to the application of materials to a short film format and the layout of movements and visual composition via editing into storyboards. Students will create and submit various written scripts culminating in a final production script for development into working, formatted animation storyboards. Story elements will be created and shown by developing elements of the script, as well as visual treatments by utilizing subtext and thematic understanding.
SOFA-355
3 Credits
This study abroad course will allow students to work immersive in a foreign country putting into practice visual storytelling, language, human relations and reporting skills they have acquired up to date. In the course, students will study local/national cultural, social and/or environmental issues. Students will work individually or as a collaborative team through the concept, planning, design and building of an animated film project (travel journal, interview, experiential) Because visual storytelling is in a perpetual state of flux as a result of constant changes in practices and technology, -this course will provide the opportunity to explore visual storytelling in this shifting terrain. The content taught in this course will change frequently and the course may be repeated for credit, however each particular topic may have limits on repeatability. Travel fees will be required.
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.

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. Tired Tongues. Aug. 2016. Westbeth Gallery, New York. Installation.
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. Every Single Inch of Ground. 24 Nov. 2016. Museum van Loon, Amsterdam. Exhibit.
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. Every Single Inch of Ground. Dec. 2016. Lite-Haus, Berlin. Exhibit.