LSU’s Laboratory for Creative Arts and Technology [LCAT] “is envisioned as a place for exploration of how Information Technology affects all forms of human expression, whether that expression is artistic, commercial, scientific, or instructional in nature. Collaborations between artists, musicians, scientists, engineers and writers will help develop new technologies and modes of communication through interdisciplinary research, activities and programs,” Said LCAT director Steve Beck.
One of the largest and most public of LCAT’s recent programs was the highly successful Red Stick Animation Festival (April 21-23), which drew crowds to the recently opened Shaw Center for the Arts. The festival was comprised of three types of events. “On Thursday we had a set of workshops. People had the opportunity to learn, through hands on experience, about anatomy for animators, video game development, and acting for animators. Friday we had a full day of lectures from professional video game designers, animation studio recruiters, and of course professional animators. Throughout the three days we had screenings ranging from the five animated short films nominated for Academy Awards, to Cartoon-A-Palooza, animation for a family audience,” Beck said.