MSJC program Films new TV show                                                        

Students and instructors from Mt. San Jacinto College will load up high-tech video equipment and head out to some of the Inland area’s most interesting attractions this summer to film a new TV show called “Investigation: Animation.”

The new show is part of MSJC’s Festival of Animation and Video Entertainment program, better known as FAVE. It will feature locations like the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, Diamond Valley Lake and the Western Center Museum, both in Hemet, and the Perris Sky Diving Center, said Don Smith, instructor and department chair of multimedia at Mt. San Jacinto College.

FAVE’s “Investigation: Animation” will air on the Temecula-based cable station KZSW-TV starting in the fall.

By filming the show, MSJC students will get hands-on experience in animation principles.  Folks at home will get an interesting and informative show that will tell them about some of the destinations and attractions in the Inland area, Smith said.

“The show is loaded with animation effects that will appeal to a wide audience and attract high school students wanting to get into the program after high school,” Smith said.

MSJC began the FAVE program in 2007 after the college received a two-year, $250,000 state grant designed to improve vocational opportunities for high school students. The program links public high schools with the community college and local industries. Participating high schools or districts include San Jacinto Unified School District, Temescal Canyon High School, Riverside ROP, Temecula Valley High School, West Valley High School in Hemet, Beaumont High School and Rancho Vista High School. Industry partners include KZSW-TV, RKR Media, Altek Media, the City of Temecula and the Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology.

“Investigation: Animation” will also become a tool for learning in participating high school animation classes to help students understand topics they are working on, Smith said.

FAVE targets two growing industry areas: animation and video. The show provides on-the-job experience for advanced animation, video and production students at the college.

Smith, who serves as the show’s host, graduated from the California Institute of the Arts. He helped create dozens of commercials for clients like TRW, Rockwell and Mercedes-Benz. He also worked on a Mick Jagger video and feature films like “The Last Starfighter” and “Labyrinth.”