Massive Collaborative Animation Projects at Decision Theater North


Among training workshops, webinars, mapathons or thesis defenses, Decision Theater North has recently been supporting an increasing number of small classes and seminars, for undergraduates as well as graduates, which have expressed the desire and need to make use of our high-definition, multi-screen environment for visualization, real-time and remote collaboration. 

One of these has been Yale's Center for Collaborative Arts and Media Massive Collaborative Animation Projects with collaborators from Western Connecticut State University, Ferris State University, Yale University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fullerton College, University of Northern Colorado and more. UAF Computer Art students use DTN regularly to collaborate with teams from other universities while being able to share, display and work on animation projects in our interactive environment. 

The instructor, UAF Associate Professor Miho Aoki, describes the project as:

an animation production consisting of students and faculty members from various schools, worldwide, working together to deliver a short animation. MCAP consist of multiple production phases allowing students from different areas of study to contribute their talents. Collaborative work help students to develop their creativity and give team work experience. 3D Animation production often requires many participants. MCAP facilitate a collaborative working experience for students in schools of various sizes and locations.

Miho Aoki and her students have also taken advantage of our "maker-space like" development space which houses tools for virtual reality development and 3D-printing to print a scale model of Denali constructed and rectified for rectangular projection from elevation data.