Mo-Graph Mentor

CAMPUS TOUR!

Interested in learning more about our program? Here’s a recording of a recent campus tour where you can get a glimpse of our online classroom and hear answers to questions you might have. Still have questions? Shoot us an email and we’ll get back to you asap.

We are currently enrolling for Summer 2015. Click here to apply!

{Student Interview} Remington McElhaney

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1)    Tell us a little bit about yourself. (location, occupation, interests, etc.)

Hi my name is Remington McElhaney and I am a motion graphic designer at VeracityColab and a student at Mograph Mentor. I love motion graphic design and especially 2D animation. I was born and raised in Northern Idaho and lived there for 21 years. I freelanced for 3 ½ years and had an absolute blast doing it! I now live in Southern California and work as a motion designer at an amazing studio called VeracityColab. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and trying to stay active by playing basketball.

2)    How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?

I had been a huge fan of Michael Jones for years, so when I saw the video uploaded I was incredible interested. First I thought he just made the video for a company that was starting this, but once I found out that he was actually starting it himself I was instantly sold. I was interested in Mograph Mentor because I had been 100% self-taught for motion design so there were some pretty large gaps in my education. It’s a lot of fun sitting around watching After Effects tutorials, it’s not as much fun busting out a color theory book and teaching it to yourself! So I saw this as an opportunity to grow as a designer and animator, and help fill some of my gaps of knowledge.

3)    What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?

I love the passion that fuels Mograph Mentor and how their goal is to serve you the best they can. The amount of work that has gone into creating this program is incredible and it definitely shows. The mentors are all crazy talented and all share a passion for teaching. The Q&A’s are also amazing. When else do you get to be one of 4-5 people picking the brain of Jorge Estrada?

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Class Experience

Here at MoGraph Mentor we strive to make each live class as impactful and helpful as possible. This means adhering to a curriculum that moves through concepts and project tasks from week to week. Although we want to continue to move students forward, we still make time for open discussion and organic Q&A.

The live experience is hosted on a platform called Fuze. This allows us to stream HD feeds and audio from all students and mentors. Upload video content, share screens and make live annotations over the top of imagery for our critiques.

Here is a look at the live experience.

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{Staff Interview} Christal Huth

1) What is your experience like as an admissions director?

I have loved it! First of all it’s exciting being a part of something new and I’m so proud to help build this program. My role is the first stop in the journey for students and I think my favorite part is getting to know a little about each student.  I’ve been inspired by how talented and hard working our students have been. It’s a small part, but I love the feeling of plugging their potential into a place where it will flourish.

2) What is the most common question you get asked?

That would probably be related to who their mentor will be. A lot of students are eager to figure out who’s class they will be in.

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{Student Interview} Curtis Burris-White

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 1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

What’s up I’m Curtis Burris-White, a Senior Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, and Cinematographer from Detroit, MI. It’s always been a dream of mine to have a career in media arts in some fashion, but I never would’ve guessed in motion graphics. A little over 4 years ago, I was toiling away at an auto parts plant here in Michigan when the auto industry was upended. I was faced with a major decision: do I continue to work for a pay check or take a chance and do something I was really interested in and could put my heart into. Well I took the plunge! I knew absolutely nothing about editing or Final cut, or Photoshop so I attended Spec Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield MI and they gave me enough information to light a fire inside me. Upon graduating their dual concentration (Radio/Video) program I landed an internship at the NBC affiliate here in Detroit. That’s where I got introduced to motion graphics. I devoured every tutorial and watched all the breakdowns I could. Through hard work and persistence I landed a job opportunity with a start-up production company, “Velocity Cow”. There I worked my way up from editor to Senior Editor, Mograph Designer and Cinematographer. I’ve been blessed to say the least and enjoy every moment of what I do. Even the tough ones! In my off time I enjoy having fun with my wife and three little girls.

2) How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?

I love learning so as I was checking out Vimeo for some new tuts and inspiration the MM explainer video popped up in a search. I watched it like a hundred times and decided to see what the program was about. So I did some research into all the awesome mentors and their work, as well as subscribe to MM’s blog to see what students were saying about the program. The students absolutely loved it and I was sold!

3) What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?

What I like the most is being able to speak to mentors of this caliber who are genuinely invested in your growth. Michael has done a wonderful job of assembling the Justice League of art directors, animators, and artists to help guide students. This is where MM shines! The insight and direction that comes from Colin Hesterly has been amazing. Also being in class with other designers from across the globe has definitely broadened my perspective and approach to design.

Honestly I don’t see a single thing I would improve. I’m excited to see MM grow, and to see how the community of alumni will one day contribute to the growth and evolution of this program.

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