It turns out UOIT and Durham College offer an animation program, focusing on Game Development I think. Anyway there are two videos on youtube that caught my eye.
Colin’s Bear is just stunningly hilarious. This 15 second animation gets funnier the more times you watch it. If you are even marginally on the cusp of the animation industry you will get all the jokes he managed to pack in here. Brilliant.
The Durham College Animation Program listing on youtube is remarkable for one fact: there is NO animation at all on the reel! Nothing. Nada. Just that incredibly annoying two-camera interview technique where someone isn’t looking into the camera.
Poking around the UOIT website I found something good though. There’s a program called Summer Shorts for kids aged 13 and up featuring video game design, Maya, writing, PR, public speaking … 13 years old?!? Not only will I try to get my 10 year old son enrolled, but I will try to audit as well! OK maybe not, but it’s an “incredibly creative workshop” series that really stands out.