Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Fall 2020


Everyone has their own ways of coping with the current challenges.

The online adventure continues! With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the programs I teach in are continuing in a virtual capacity for both Fall and Winter semesters. For ANC, a two semester program, it means I have an incoming cadre of students who I will never meet in a physical classroom. Establishing a successful rapport will be challenging without face to face meeting. Fortunately there are excellent tools available now so it will just come down to my own proficiency. 

This term I'm teaching a new class in the new Fanshawe Animation program (ANI). This is the first intake of program, so stakes are high to have a good outcome. Here's a summary of the classes and assignments this term:

ANC Animation Intro (6012)

6012 - Bouncing Balls (BB)
6012 - Pendulum (PM)
6012 - Ball with Tail (BT)
6012 - Ball with Legs Jump (BLJ)

ANI 3d Animation 1 (1069)

1069 - Rigid Pendulum (RP)
1069 - Bouncing Balls (BB)
1069 - Seaweed (SW)
1069 - Ball with Tail (BT)
1069 - Ball with Legs Jump (BLJ)

ANC Preproduction (6020)

6020 - Storyboard (SB)
6020 - Conversation Movie (CM)
6020 - Simple Rig (SR)
6020 - The Chase (TC)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Summer 2020

As you all know, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grind away. The lock-down measures are easing, slowly in some places, quickly in others. Frequent comparisons to the 1918 flu pandemic are fodder for social media. It seems that how you respond to the recommended safety measures is a sort of political signaling now. It makes me feel so tired: like I've been holding my breath for days and only notice when I sigh.

There are so many aspects to this that I would have never imagined or predicted but I try to focus on the positive stories in this crazy situation. I am extremely thankful to be living in a place where cases are few. It haunts me to think of the number of people who have lost their lives in this. Today there are over 345,000 family members taken too soon. It puts all other difficulties in perspective.

Winter and Blue hope you're doing OK.

We continue to foster kittens to add some bright light to our day. A furry cuddle can make a huge difference.

The fall semester at Fanshawe will be fully online. All of my working time is spent preparing ANC and ANI for this new delivery method. How to build a rapport with a new cadre of students will be the most important question to answer. I am fortunate to be working with an awesome team of educators and I learn a lot every day.

Stay well, stay safe, stay sane.

Thursday, March 19, 2020


I thought the strike of '17 was the biggest disruption to teaching I would ever experience. I was off by a significant margin. On Friday March 13th, I met with my ANC students for the last time and we were sent home. Today it's official that the rest of the program will be delivered online.

I'm an in-person kind of guy, so it's tough to make this change but safety comes first. The logistics on my end are manageable. It's overcoming obstacles for students with limited access to hardware/software or internet that presents a real challenge. 

It's been a whirlwind as everyone is working to get things ready for classes to resume online on Monday the 23rd. I'll update this post and let you know how it goes.

*update one - added first stream on Twitch.tv/dglatour here:

A quick(ish?) demo of removing unknown nodes, posing the ray rig, snapping, IK/FK switching, and constraints for the Weight Lift (WL) exercise. Constraint workflow starts around the 19 min. mark.

*update two - May 25th. For the most part, the semester completed successfully. There are still a couple of students with 'I' grades who have to complete and submit their final projects. I'm really impressed with how smoothly my students adapted to the move online. Staying motivated and engaged has been a struggle for everyone with lock-down malaise hanging over them. Thankfully, everyone so far remains safe and healthy.

 - David

To ensure the health and safety of our students and campus community, and to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19, Fanshawe campuses will be closed as of 11:59 p.m. March 17, 2020.  Student services and academics are moving to a virtual delivery format. For COVID-19 updates, please the FAQ page on the College website.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Winter 2020

Welcome to the new decade (the roaring 20's?). This term I'll be making group work central to the ANC educational experience. I will update this post later to say whether it's a big dumpster fire or a wondrous treasure chest filled with magical unicorn glitter. (*update: glitter!!) This meme below made me chuckle, so I thought I'd share it here.

Artist unknown but I hope they are learning to trust and love again. 

As usual I'll include the full list of class links below, for archival purposes. This term I'm teaching 2 ANC classes: Animation 2 (6017) and Project Development (6018).  This cadre of ANC students have proven to be very skillful when they actually come to class. I'm excited to see what they are going to achieve for their final projects.

Along with my classes, I will be dedicating a lot of my time to getting the new Animation program ready for this Fall. There's a lot of curriculum to write and classes to plan. It is going to be an intense term.

   - Dave

Here are all the class links for the Winter semester (*links not connected yet.)

  Project Development (6018)
LinkedIn/Profile (LP)
Web Presentation (WP)
The Fight Scene (FS)
Mock Interview (MI)
Final Integrated Assignment (FIA)

  Animation 2 (6017)
Ball Legs Turn (BLT)
Lip Sync (LS)
Melee Attack (MA)
Weight Lift (WL)
Thesis Animation (TA)

(*link to group project videos and teamwork reflective page)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Fall 2019

I'm fond of cats.

Welcome to the Fall term of 2019.

I'm excited to meet the new cadre of ANC students I'll be working with over the next two semesters.
(We're going to make some cool stuff!).

There's also a new 2 year animation program in the works that I'll be helping design with my colleague Paul W. (Tons of new things for me to learn.)

I can't wait to get started!

My office hours this term are on Thursdays 12-4p
in room 508-1. To make an appointment just email:
Amber Farmer (a_farmer2@FanshaweC.ca)
Alyssa Jarvis (amjarvis@fanshawec.ca)

The Cintiq is significantly less awesome without a stylus

First question: have you got your Wacom styus? You''ll need it for Pre-Production class tomorrow!

Here are all the class links for the Fall semester

  Pre-Production (6020)
6020 - Week 01 (SB)
6020 - Week 03 (CM)
6020 - Week 07 (MT)
6020 - Week 08 (TC)

  Animation (6012)
6012 - Bouncing Balls (BB)
6012 - Pendulum (PM)
6012 - Live Ball (LB)
6012 - Ball Leg Jump (BLJ)

Let's start with an INTRODUCTION!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Winter 2019

Actually this images inspires me to resolve to make hats for my cats. Images of annoyed cats to follow?

Happy New Year and welcome back. Preparing for the second semester of ANC has been going well and I'm excited to get back to it. This semester I'm teaching:

MMED-6017: Animation for Characters 2
MMED-6018: Project Development Thesis
MMED-3024: Animation MoCap

I'm teaching section 01 of the VGD Anim/MoCap class, with Jeremy Dilks and Eric Wilkins on the other sections. I taught this last winter with Eric teaching the other sections. I'm looking forward to re-teaching this class with Jeremy in the mix to see what he can add to the magic.


*Update - here is the archive of the class specific pages for W19

ANC - Animation 2
6017 - Week 01 (4P)
6017 - Week 02/03 (MA)
6017 - Week 04
6017 - Week 06 (WL)
6017 - Week 09 (LS)
6017 - Week 11 (CP/AF)

ANC - Project Development
6018 - Week 01 (LP/WP)
6018 - Week 05 (TSM)
6018 - Week 06 (CL)
6018 - Week 11 (CR)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Welcome to Fall 2018

Picture of the surprisingly rare artifact: a Wacom stylus
Hard to believe it's already been a year since starting at Fanshawe. It's been a eventful and educational journey so far (with some very unexpected twists and turns along the way!)

The ongoing Wacom styus shortage is still being addressed. We're using the handful we have to fill the gap. Please make sure you sign them in/out. Watch your class announcement page for updates on stylus availability in the book store. (soon, I hope)

Dave's office hours this term are
Tuesday 12-3p in room 508-1
to make an appointment please email
Alyssa Jarvis or Amanda Moir

My classes this term are:
ANC Pre-pro (6020)
ANC Anim 1 (6012)
VGD Portfolio Dev. (1040_01)

It looks like it's going to be a great semester; see you all in class.


*Update - archive of links for the Fall 2018 semester

6020 - Week 01 (HW1)
6020 - Week 03 (HW2)
6020 - Week 07 (MT)
6020 - Week 08 (TC)


1040 - Week 01/02 (LP/AP)
1040 - Week 03 (WP)
1040 - Week 08
1040 - Week 10