Students were excited to learn the ins and outs of life as a character artist
A packed theater at 79 New Montgomery for alumnus and visual development artist Nick Orsi (pictured center). Photo courtesy of Becky Johnson.
Academy of Art University alumnus Nick Orsi shared his experience as a character artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios with a group of enthusiastic Academy students last month. Orsi graduated from the Academy with a degree in 2-D animation and continued on as an intern with Walt Disney Animation Studios in Southern California. He assisted on his first feature film, Zootopia, produced by Disney and directed by Byron Howard (Bolt, Tangled), Rich Moore (Wreck-It-Ralph, The Simpsons) and Jared Bush.
Disney’s 55th animated film, written by Bush and Phil Johnston (Wreck-It-Ralph), follows Judy Hopp (Ginnifer Goodwin) who wants more than anything to be a police officer. However, in the utopic land, the traditional candidates for police officers are much larger animals. Judy ends up becoming a “meter maid,” instead of the glorious hero she wishes to be. While out on the job, she meets Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and together they must solve a seemingly controversial conspiracy. The land Zootopia in and of itself proclaims that anyone can be anything and Judy lives by this treasured ideal.