By Pamela Park
Madeleine Chaffin was a first year student in the animation program at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California when the COVID-19 pandemic turned her world upside down. As APU’s classrooms and technology labs closed their doors, the university sent its students home, and learning moved to online lectures and Canvas-based assignments. Madeleine and her classmates struggled with how to finish their animation projects, when the gear to complete these assignments was out of reach. “When Covid-19 broke out earlier this year, my classmates and I were scared, but not from the thought of catching the virus itself; we were more worried about whether or not we could finish our final animation class assignment — our freshmen short films!”
Before the pandemic, Madeline and her classmates had been working in the school’s animation lab on Wacom Cintiq Pro 24s. Madeleine’s project entailed making a one minute film over the course of a semester, which included pitching ideas, making concept art, producing a storyboard, then an animatic, then finally creating a final film.
“When APU had to send all of its students home, I was not sure I could finish my animated film without all the hardware and software I would be leaving at the college labs. Our program director, Tony Bancroft had some experience with Wacom’s newest display, the Wacom One, and talked to the school about acquiring some for us students to take home.”