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Learning From the Pros

Learning From the Pros

Every other Tuesday afternoon, from 2:30 to 3:30, Camilla Sanders-Avery’s students at Carver High School, in Birmingham, Alabama, have a videoconference with some of the most successful animators in Hollywood.
The students display their animation projects and get immediate feedback from the experts. No sugarcoating here: “They tell you exactly what your work needs,” says senior Eric Gates. “They don’t hold anything back.” The frank critiques can initially rattle kids accustomed to handing in assignments, getting a grade, and moving on. But many students rise to the challenge. Soon, they’re revising their illustrations, storyboards, and film clips, laboring mightily to show the pros, and perhaps themselves, what they’re capable of achieving.

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