Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ai InSite - New Online Publication

On behalf of The Art Institutes, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new online content publication called Ai InSite - http://insite.artinstitutes.edu/

What is Ai Insite?
· Ai Insite is a free web resource providing access to the thinking of creative minds on issues ranging from design, media arts and fashion to the culinary arts.
· Content includes quotes and comments from industry leaders and faculty from The Art Institutes schools.
· The site will be a search-engine-friendly resource for industry advice on creative arts topics.

When are articles published, and can I be informed of updates?
· New articles are published a few times a week.
· Readers can stay informed of article updates via:
1. RSS feed :: instant notification of updates to your inbox or RSS reader.
2. Email newsletter :: weekly article summaries.
3. Social links :: send articles using Share This, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, and other social
media outlets.

How can I provide insights or feedback?
· If you have article ideas and/or feedback, please submit them to aiinsite@artinstitutes.edu

Monday, September 21, 2009

Culinary Students of The Art Institutes Compete on Iron Chef America

In an unprecedented battle, students from The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes were invited to compete on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America. This challenge marks the first time in the show’s history that culinary students have been invited to compete in Kitchen Stadium.

The student-challenger team included Katelyn Remick, Julie Fiedler and Tyler Burke, all of whom attend The Art Institute of Phoenix. They were supported by two alternate student challengers, Cameron Terrasas and Dezirea Elizondo. All of these students were selected based upon their academic and performance experience as well as a deep passion for the culinary arts. To prepare for the Iron Chef America battle, the student-challengers practiced four-to-five times per week in addition to attending classes.

According to Chef Eric Watson, assistant academic director, this team has competed together for more than two years, receiving two gold and two silver medals in state and regional American Culinary Federation competitions.
“Most of the world’s best chefs never have an opportunity to challenge the Iron Chefs, let alone appear on national television,” Watson said. “It’s an incredible honor and an experience of a lifetime for all of us.”
The episode premieres on Sunday, September 27th at 9pm ET/PT and features the students battling Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Art Show - TOMORROW - 9/19/09

I got this from a fellow alum. Check it out!

This is a little last minute but i just got your email and wanted to let you know of a few art shows coming up that i am a part of. The most recent one is Saturday at a very very nice venue in Deep Ellum. You can get all the details at this link.....


I thought that everybody would like to know, and its a good opportunity for some networking as they drew i about 1,800 people last show

Thursday, September 17, 2009

June 2008 Video Production Alum

Ode to a Chipotle burrito
wins $10,000 for Texan

Shane Connelly likes his Chipotle burrito with steak, peppers and onions, black beans and cheese; no lettuce. For that, plus a little musical and video talent, he gets $10,000.

Connelly, of Denton, Texas, was proclaimed the winner Monday of Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.'s "My Chipotle" contest for the best customer-generated commercial.

Contestants created ads about their favorite combination of burrito ingredients and uploaded them to Chipotle's website. Connelly's do-it-yourself spot for his "Oso Closo Burrito" featured a saucy little soul tune about its ingredients. Besides winning the $10,000 grand prize, Chipotle plans to add Connelly's burrito recipe to its Dallas-area menus for a limited time.

Clay Carnill of Rochester, Mich., took second place for his rap-style spot. He gets $5,000 and a party at a local Chipotle for 50 friends.

Chipotle claims there are 60,000 possible combinations of ingredients for its burritos.

"We received thousands of submissions with dramatically different approaches and including everything from original music to animation and photography," Mark Crumpacker, Chipotle chief marketing officer, said in a statement. "The common thread through them all was just how passionate these customers are about their favorite Chipotle food."

The winning and runner-up amateur ads can be viewed at http://www.mychipotle.com/#/home.

The overall "My Chipotle" campaign was developed by Butler Shine Stern and Partners of Sausalito, Calif. Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) operates about 900 restaurants.
Denver Business Journal - by Mark Harden

Click here to view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0hI4PiyUTI

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Introducing The Backbeat Cafe

Looking for a place to book your act or show? Read below for more info on this new and exciting venue!

The Backbeat Cafe & Listening Room
(formerly Opening Bell - Mosaic)
300 N. Akard St. Dallas 75201

It's very much a cross between a Jazz Cafe and a downtown coffee shop - connected by a small hallway to an intimate peforming space ... located across the street from the historic Thanks-Giving Square near the rail line off Akard and Pacific.

Our philosophy is to concentrate on local talent in promoting an array of musicians and artists from jazz nights to acoustic sets - dj's to spoken word performances - while also booking regional touring acts - comedians - special parties and events.

Furthermore - the set-up (for the artists) is the best deal in town:
* NO venue fee
* Light & sound man included
* & the artist(s) gets to keep 100% of the door (set your own price!)
* the only thing we ask in return is promotion of the venue and patronage of the cafe & bar : )

Please contact Nicole Rincon at nrincon@aii.edu if you would be interested in more info or booking a night with Backbeat Cafe.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Filmmaking Certificate Program to be Offered at Comanche Nation College, Lawton, OK

Comanche Nation College
1608 SW 9th Street
Lawton, Oklahoma 73501
Tele: (580) 591-0203
Fax: (580) 353-7075
Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

The Comanche Nation College is pleased to announce a new certificate program, American Indian Filmmaking that will be taught by professional filmmaker Tvli Jacob. This is an entry-level program open to anyone with an interest in learning about making films. There are five sections and each can be enrolled in individually.

Jacob, a member of the Choctaw Nation, is an ABC/Walt Disney Diversity Scholar who has taught motion picture storytelling in youth arts programming. As a videographer for Touchstone Pictures, "America's First Horse", he filmed the supplemental documentary for the motion picture, "Hidalgo". In addition, he produced "Silent Thunder", a short documentary, which received funding through Native American Public Television.

He has taught several film workshops and this includes PBS Reel Native Workshops and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council’s Writing and Directing for Film. He was the Producer for "The American Experience: We Shall Remain” TV Series: Parts I-V, Co-Producer for “Silent Thunder” and Executive Producer for “American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life”. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

The five-week program includes the following courses:
Week 1, Sep 21-25 Introduction to Filmmaking 15 1.5 $100.00
Week 2, Sep 28-Oct 2 Filmmaking Development 15 1.5 $100.00
Week 3, Oct 5-9 Filmmaking Pre-Production 15 1.5 $100.00
Week 4, Oct 12-16 Filmmaking Production 15 1.5 $100.00
Week 5, Oct 19-23 Filmmaking Post-Production-Editing 15 1.5 $100.00


Course instruction will provide the student a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to make a short ten minute movie for the beginner independent filmmaker. Course overview will discuss the process of filmmaking which includes development of the story to script, screenwriting, pre-production, production, post-production, release forms, and marketing.
Course assignments include selecting ten favorite movies from the top 100 grossing films, assigned readings on filmmaking, contacting the Oklahoma Film and Music Commission and requesting a film directory, critiquing movies, and researching the Internet on film topics. Student will learn how to tell a story for a screenplay and develop a short film idea for a screenplay.
15 Contact Hours M-F 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Course Tuition: $100.00
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 20
Class Dates: September 21-25, 2009

Course instruction will include producing and screenwriting: What constitutes a story? What makes a successful producer? How much work goes into making a movie? Class instruction will include reviewing a feature length script, watching the movie, and discussing the movie from screenplay to screen. The student will learn how to write a logline, treatment for a ten-minute screenplay, outline a screenplay, beats, a scene-by-scene outline, and finalize a ten-minute screenplay. The student will then pitch their screenplay to the class. A guest speaker screenwriter will be invited to speak about what a scriptwriter does as a writer.
15 Contact Hours M-F 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Course Tuition: $100.00
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 15
Class Dates: September 28-October 2, 2009

Course instruction will include a guest speaker to discuss what happens in pre-production, paperwork, budgeting, shooting, film jargon and definitions. Students will submit their ten minute screenplay written from the previous class. The class will read, review, and critique student screenplays. A student screenplay will be chosen in class to produce. The students will choose the crew and “break the script” Students will watch a movie and will critique and discuss movie based on students’ exposure to knowledge of filmmaking shooting, camera, lighting, sound, set design, and roles and responsibility of crew members. Students will schedule, budget, and prepare shot lists, storyboard, and find and set-up locations for a student project film shoot.
15 Contact Hours M-F 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Course Tuition: $100.00
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 15
Class Dates: October 5-October 9, 2009

Course instruction will be the movie shoot of selected ten-minute script selected from the pre-production class. Roles of the crewmembers will be designated by class participants. Students will learn to set up camera equipment, lighting equipment, sound equipment, set-design, direct, and act in movie.
15 Contact Hours M-F 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Course Tuition: $100.00
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 15
Class Dates: October 12-16, 2009

Students will edit ten minute movie shoot from production class. Students will learn how to edit using a storyboard, shot list, and editing software. Editing instruction will include editing definitions, Audio Dialogue Replacement (ADR), Foley, cutting, rough-cut, review, credits and final cut. *The post-production class will wrap up with a final showing of the film.
15 Contact Hours M-F 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Course Tuition: $100.00
Minimum enrollment: 4
Maximum enrollment: 15
Class Dates: October 19-23, 2009
*The final film will be included in the 6th Annual Comanche Nation College Film Festival, October 24, 2009.

Come Out and Support Our Interior Design Students!

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Attention Graphic Design Alum

Are you currently working in the design field? Are you willing to take out time to give "real world" advice to our students? Then you should email Julie Janik at jjanik@aii.edu to find out more on being considered to judge at the 5th Annual Clampitt Paper Contest!

Save the Date - Design Portfolio Show

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Help Out AiD, While Having Fun!

The Art Institute of Dallas is hosting its 2nd Annual charity golf tournament, Fore the Arts, on Monday, November 2 at Brookhaven Country Club. The event raises money for our non-profit scholarship fund, which helps keep our students in school. Last year’s inaugural event raised over $20,000, and we would love for you to get involved this time around!

We have a variety of sponsorship packages available (email me at nrincon@aii.edu to get more info), and we also are accepting donations for the raffle. Golfers receive a boxed lunch and a dinner reception.

It’s a great event for a great cause!

Alumni Show in Austin!

Brandon Strange - 2007 Graphic Design Alum


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Recent Client Visits

Drive Collective

Andrea Maiella & Andrew Urbanyi, AiD Interns and Kevin Hanson, Principal

Check out Drive Collective online!


Doug Ruppert, Executive Producer & Mark Haynes, Creative Director - AiDallas Alumni

Check out IDEATION online!