DMA SUCCESS STORY: 3D Modeling Student (& Storyboard Artist) Cammy Vanek

By Phill Powell

Cammy Vanek, our latest DMA Success Story, certainly made the most of last summer. She learned a lot about 3D modeling and animation, had a fun time and made a ton of new friends. And those friendships have already helped her land a gig as a storyboard artist for an animated series being developed!

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“I became good friends with two people who have since offered me a storyboarding job on an upcoming animation series they’re working on!” says Cammy.

Cammy’s a 13-year-old from Surfside, Calif. She attended our tech camps at UCSD, and had such a great time there in late June that she went back for two more fun weeks in early August, by attending one of DMA’s super-cool DMA Academies.

In her first week with us, she enjoyed discovering one of today’s hottest tech subjects at our 3D printing tech camps, led by instructor (and DMA Assistant Director of Curriculum & Instruction) Marcus Duvoisin.

She returned for DMA’s two week animation academies, as guided by instructor Christopher Rios.

Cammy had a great time at DMA, as you can tell from her remarks when we spoke with her:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: CAMMY VANEK

What did you actually create at DMA tech camp?
During my first week – which was in the 3D Modeling and Industrial Design course – I created a playground design in the shape of a plane, which we later printed out. During the two other weeks – which was in the 3D Animation with Maya course – I created a 3D model of a human being and an animation of a dragon flying around and then landing.

Sounds like you made some cool stuff…
I also created a squirrel eating itself. It was horrifying.

I bet. So exactly how did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
I was really happy with myself, knowing that I had learned the skills needed to complete the project. And I felt a sense of accomplishment.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
Hanging out with my roommates — I stayed overnight — and doing all the overnight activities with them. For example, when going to the beach, me and my friends built an under-appreciated sand couch. While we were building it, everyone thought it would collapse but, after a few hours of work, everyone (including the counselors) wanted to sit on it. It was great.

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
I made tons of friends! Throughout the weeks, I connected best with the people I was living with. I became good friends with two people who have since offered me a storyboarding job on an upcoming animation series they’re working on!

You learn many new and exciting skills at DMA, and it provides a wonderful experience. In other words, it’s awesome!
– 3D Modeling & Animation Student (and Storyboard Artist) Cammy Vanek

Wow! That’s fantastic! Do you think you’ll use what you learned at DMA when you’re back at your regular school?
I believe I will because I go to an art school (OCSA) and I will be trying out for the digital media conservatory they have there. So the skills I learned will definitely be useful.

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
Yes, I would, and I probably am, with the two aforementioned friends. We were thinking of doing the music production tech camps.

Would you recommend DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
I would definitely suggest it. You learn many new and exciting skills at DMA, and it provides a wonderful experience. In other words, it’s awesome!

Were your parents pleased with your DMA experience?
I believe so. I’ve been very interested in 3D modeling and animation, and now I have the skills to do them.

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You can learn to surf and make movies at UCSD, or explore 3D modeling and animation…like Cammy.

HERE COMES SUMMER!

The thermostat may be plunging outside, but smart moms know that summer vacation is just around the corner. Go ahead and talk to your teen now about how they’re going to make the most of their upcoming summer. DMA is loaded with great camps at the University of California, San Diego.

Or try one of DMA’s other tech camp locations across Canada and the U.S.

DMA has been running incredible summer tech programs for 15 years, and this is sure to be our best camp season yet.

We’ve just added new DMA camps and locations and the time to lock in your course selection is now, before classes completely fill up. (DMA keeps its class sizes small, so students can get plenty of personalized learning attention.)

And now you can get the best for less!

DMA Winter Savings are now in effect. Register today!

Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!