School of Art, Media, and Technology

TONIGHT: How To Get A Job

Written by:


Mitch Butler + Ken Tanabe present:

How to get a job in the Film, TV, Motion Graphics, Animation Industries

Bring your reels and urls for critique!

Location: CDT Open Lab, 10th floor, 2 W 13th St.
Date: April 30
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pizza will be served !!!!

Mitch Butler: Bio

Mitch Butler makes a weekly animated short film for CBS News seen by 5 million viewers.

Butler is an award-winning cartoonist specializing in visual explanation. His cartoons have deciphered nonfiction topics for Discovery Channel, PBS and ABC News, among others. He has taught graduate classes in animation and storytelling at New York University, Parsons School of Design and The School of Visual Arts in New York.

Butler has consulted with technology companies to develop animation software. He directed episodes of “G.I. Joe” for Hasbro and has created graphics for commercial projects for companies that include American Express, Pepsi, Hewlett-Packard and Coca-Cola. Butler’s short film, “The Smell of Horror,” screened at film festivals internationally.

He is co-creator and on-camera correspondent of CBS News’ “The Fast Draw,” an animated news series appearing on a number of CBS News broadcasts, including CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and CBS News Sunday Morning, and The CBS Early Show.

Mitch grew up in Alaska and his favorite sport is long-distance dogsled racing.

Ken Tanabe: Bio

Ken Tanabe is a designer, animator, and art director that specializes in motion, print, identity, and interactive media. He earned a master’s degree from the Design and Technology program at Parsons School of Design. Ken Tanabe’s staff positions have included Senior Designer/Animator at Freestyle Collective and Interactive Designer at AKQA. Currently, Ken Tanabe divides his time between freelance work and independent design contracts in New York City.

Ken Tanabe has done work for Samsung, Polo Ralph Lauren, American Express, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, AMC, HBO, Showtime, and many others. He has been a speaker on behalf of Freestyle Collective at MacWorld in San Francisco and at Apple’s flagship Soho store in New York. He has also written several tutorials for the Pro section of Apple’s website.

Ken Tanabe is a member of the adjunct faculty at Parsons School of Design, where he teaches on the graduate and undergraduate level. He has taught design for print and web, and currently teaches a class on advanced motion graphics. Ken Tanabe was also invited to teach an intensive class on interface design at Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic.

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