Round-the-clock art: Generate at SCAD Atlanta


Generate, SCAD’s professor-led 24-hour art competition, opens the third floor of SCAD Atlanta to students this Friday for its 10th annual event!

What began a decade ago with 14 sequential art students challenged to complete a comic book in 24 hours has grown into a multi-disciplinary event encompassing nine challenges and more than 200 SCAD students.

“This event really speaks to the spirit of SCAD and its dedication to collaboration,” says associate dean Denise Smith. “Challenges are not restricted by major and students are encouraged to get outside of their comfort zone. The students dedicate 24 hours to collaborating and resolving design problems. The result is always amazing work.”

Generate will be the first big SCAD Atlanta event for many first-year students, and highly anticipated by returning Bees. This year’s competition categories include animation, drawing, illustration, interactive design and game development, motion media, sequential art, visual effects and writing.

Graphic design events will include the Atlanta premiere of the documentary DESIGN DISRUPTORS. For more information, visit the SCAD Atlanta Graphic Design blog.

Generate begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 30, concluding the following morning at 10 a.m. Students are asked to bring their SCAD Card and art supplies. Coffee and snacks will be provided. There will be prizes and giveaways for those who complete their challenge.

The Challenges

ALL:  Hard Rock Café Banner Design Challenge

Hard Rock Café Atlanta is challenging SCAD students to design an event banner to be used at local food festivals and other off-site activities.

  • Location: 375
  • Faculty Contact: Prof. Rick Lovell

ANIM:  Animated Short Challenge

Students will work in teams and alongside professional creative leads to design a pitch for an animated short segment including character designs, storyboards and a treatment. Sponsored by The DVI Group.

  • Location: 339 & 340
  • Faculty: Prof. Matt Maloney

DRAW: The Marksmen – SCAD Atlanta Drawing Club Mural Challenge

The Marksmen will be working together, and with any other interested students, to complete a large scale mural on paper throughout the duration of Generate.

  • Location: 308
  • Faculty: Prof. Carl Linstrum

ILLU: ArtGuitar Challenge

Illustration students are challenged to create artwork for ArtGuitar. One grand prize winner will receive a custom Fender Telecaster! Sponsored by ArtGuitar and Binders.

  • Location: 372 & 373
  • Faculty: Prof. Rick Lovell

ITGM: Tabletop Miniature Terrain Building Challenge

Students will build and paint miniature terrain, buildings and props for a tabletop game.

  • Location: 374
  • Faculty: Prof. Chris Dodson

MOME: Open Studio Night Motion Media Challenge

Students will brand the identity for the motion media portion of Open Studio Night. Liane St. Clair, designer for Turner Studios and SCAD alumna, will assist students during the challenge.

  • Location: 338
  • Faculty: Prof. Christina Maloney

SEQA: Comic Book Challenge

Create a 24-page black-and-white comic in 24 hours – content is up to you! Based on the challenge created by cartoonist Scott McCloud. Sponsored by Oni Press, IDW Publishing, and Epson.

  • Location: 341 & 342
  • Faculty: Prof. Pat Quinn

VSFX: Visual Effects Challenge

Students will create a visual effects shot or set. Work must incorporate an FX animation created in Houdini. Sponsored by SideFX and The Mill.

  • Location: Homework Lab
  • Faculty: Prof. Virginia Wissler and Prof. Clarke Stallworth

WRIT: Writing Challenge

Write a publishable piece in less than 24 hours. Writers have the opportunity to see their work published in the Ivy Hall Review.

  • Location: 316
  • Faculty: Prof. Chris Bundy and Prof. Darby Sanders

Generate is open to all students. For more information, visit the Generate blog.

From the Studios of Students: 9 Views of France


France has long been a muse for artists, including SCAD students who may have studied abroad in Lacôste or made their way to France on their own. Several have visited Paris and captured their view of the City of Light in photography, painting or even motion media. As we think of Paris during this troubled time, we want to share the work of those who have been inspired by the city.

Hero image: "Paris," Evan Jang (M.F.A., photography)

"France in Black and White," Taylor Carney (B.F.A., graphic design)


"Travel Channel - Network ID," John Hughes (B.F.A., motion media design)

"Places - Paris," Alissa Huff (B.F.A., film and television)

"Evening in Paris, France," Summer Hilty (B.F.A., illustration)

"Paris," Katherine Frymoyer (B.F.A., photography)

"Paris," Evan Jang (M.F.A., photography)

"Through the Lens: Travel," Darcy Diaz (B.F.A., interior design)

"Gargoyle Watching Over the Eiffel Tower," Tiffany Chu (B.F.A., motion media design)

"Abroad: France," Connor Jones (B.F.A., photography)

Animation captures modern dilemma of digital overload and ADC Award


Be they images or social posts, videos or emails, staying on top of digital keepsakes can overwhelm. Leave it to digital art to perfectly capture how it feels to tame our digital memories into submission. We face a daily monsoon of data, so we think you’ll relate to this Vimeo Staff Pick. ADC and Adobe did, handing the creators a Silver Cube at the Art Directors Club Awards and first prize at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Savannah College of Art and Design students Yeojin Shin (B.F.A., motion media) and Daniel Uribe (B.F.A., motion media), and alumnus Peter Clark (B.F.A., graphic design, motion media, 2014), used a range of motion production tools to combine hand drawn animation, stop motion, illustration and composited effects to bring you Memory Stream. Don’t feel compelled to file, save or share.

Memory Stream from Yeojin Shin on Vimeo.

How my class designed the Super Bowl open


Editor's note: The SCAD/FOX Sports collaboration ran at 2 p.m. during pregrame broadcast, earlier than originally scheduled by FOX Sports. Watch the final animation here:

How did a bunch of art students land one of the biggest jobs on television? As with most things, this dream job happened because of relationships. Many of our motion media design alumni work for FOX Sports. We got together and figured out that designing the 20-second opening title for the Super Bowl would be the perfect assignment for Motion Media 408, a class created to teach students about network branding. Here’s how they did it:


To come up with a unique concept for the Super Bowl open, the class first dug in to understanding the FOX Sports brand and researching its aesthetic. Any designer has to retain this kind of information so that their concept matches the brand’s style.

The students finally landed on three different options to pursue and presented them to FOX Sports. FOX Sports decided to focus on Concept Two: Cleatus racing through New York City to arrive at an activation chamber, where he’d place his football to trigger the start of Super Bowl XLVIII.

With a clearly defined vision, and a healthy dose of notes from FOX Sports, the class began pre-production on the stylized world and story that will draw fans from the nachos to the TV for kickoff. First came the written treatment and laying out the specifics of the animation sequence. Even more important were the style frames and motion tests, which conveyed the style and pacing of the animation to FOX Sports.

Animating a giant football player robot is complicated for anyone, but Motion Capture technology gave the team the perfect tool to work with. They recruited local high school football player Robert Heyward to model the moves that an animated Cleatus the Robot would make along his journey through New York City.

The motion tests gave FOX Sports an idea of how the students would move Cleatus and the cameras in 3D. The students took the animated data and turned them in to motion clips, blending the movements together, or animating Cleatus, at 60 fps, which means for every second they created 60 frames, or images, each with a different pose. The class then rendered each frame and compiled them to create a complete animation.

The team spent a lot of time fine tuning the concept and creating storyboards. These boards showcased the mood, style, specific shots and camera angles in the opening sequence, which gave FOX Sports a scene-by-scene layout to approve.

But the most time-consuming elements of this project were the final design boards, which required several designers and countless hours to produce.
With each style frame treated like its own piece of art, the complete design boards exhibited a few significant scenes from the storyboard. Expertly composited of 3D, 2D, texture and lighting elements, the design boards were made to simulate the refined look of the final animation that you’ll see on Super Bowl Sunday.

Austin Shaw is a motion media design professor at Savannah College of Art and Design. He has worked as a creative director, designer, and animator for companies such as Süperfad, Digital Kitchen, and Curious Pictures, creating original content for the broadcast and advertising industries. His credits include numerous Broadcast Design Award and Emmy-nominated projects.

The 9/11 story you haven’t heard


Over the years, Chris Mennuto (B.F.A., Motion Media) watched his dad struggle to tell the story of how he escaped Tower 2 during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While interning in New York last year, Chris visited the 9/11 Memorial for the first time. Touching the names of his dad's fallen co-workers he was inspired to create a visual presentation of his father's escape. And so was born “18 Minutes,” a powerful two-minute short, which brought his father and his professor tears.

Chris's hand-drawn sketches capture his father’s ordeal with such precision and imbue seemingly cold and impersonal technical tools with a vibrant breadth of emotion. "18 Minutes," the amount of time it took Stan Mennuto to exit the burning building, is a testament to a son's love for his father and to the fact that digital art and storytelling are as evocative as traditional mediums.

To memorialize 9/11, Chris and his dad will show “I8 minutes” today at Indian River State College in Florida. Winner of several awards, “18 Minutes” has also been shown at animation and film festivals around the country.