When a film director has a vision, he or she communicates with many production departments to create that vision. When a Clemson professor has a vision for the future of his program, he must communicate with many Clemson departments. Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, director of the Digital Production Arts (DPA) program, relied on his experience in films to steer the "production" of a newly remodeled DPA studio.
The production studio in 118 McAdams Hall, previously held a recording room, a classroom, greenscreen and motion capture system and a workroom. Dr. T, as the DPA students affectionaltely know him, led the way to change the footprint of the studio and create enhanced multipurpose space. The DPA studio now also houses an open work area with 21 workstation "pods" and a state of the art cinema-grade screening room.
This summer, DPA is hosting mentors from DreamWorks Animation as talented students produce two 15-second computer-generated animated short films. Students and mentors review "dailies" in the new screening room.
DPA plans to hold a reception in the fall to welcome everyone to its new home. Detailed information about the Digital Production Arts program is available at www.clemson.edu/dpa