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A Director of Pixar Animation Teaches at AU---

A famous animation producer, Mr. Andrew Gordon, from Pixar Animation Studios came to Asia University



A famous animation producer, Mr. Andrew Gordon, from Pixar Animation Studios came to Asia University (AU) and gave students a vivid lecture on animation on February 25..

Andrew Gordon who is the producer of Toy Story 3, A Bug's Life, Monsters, etc., has been producing animation characters professionally for 16 years. Moreover, he has received an Animated Feature Film Award.


Andrew Gordon came to Taiwan on February 24 and the next day he gave a lecture at AU. In fact, Andrew Gordon takes much of his time out to teach animation around the world. This time he came to Taiwan and held a one-day animation workshop at AU. 

To help students, who are interested in design and animation, to understand the relevant concepts in advance, AU invited some of the senior high school students in Taichung City to participate in the workshop. To the students, this was a rare opportunity to interact with a well-known specialist.

In the workshop, Mr. Gordon told the students all aspects of character animation, including the basic principles, staging and pose design, as well as advanced techniques for gesture, face, and hand animation. And he emphasized that a successful animation could not be made without creative stories.


The AU Vice president, Professor Yu-Tung Liu, said that animation is a new concept, and it began at the time when the Walt Disney launched its first animation film. Professor Liu, also pointed out that because the advancement of animation industry is very quick, animation teaching needs to adjust itself with time, and that to be the pioneer of the design teaching area, the content of design teaching in the College of Creative Design, AU, will also have to adjust time by time to meet the new trend.


Although this was Mr. Gordon’s first time to Taiwan, he said that Taiwan is a friendly and energetic country, and that there are lots of great stories which can be the sources of next animation films. Now, he tries to become a film director of Pixar, and he said if one day he becomes a director, he will put the stories into new films and then launch it all over the world.


At the end of the workshop, Mr. Gordon said that there are so many animation engineers from Taiwan in Pixar Animation Studios that he is curious about the education of animation in Taiwan. And he is looking forward to seeing many Taiwanese students’ creative works in the future.



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