Stinky Shoe and Coach LaRoo “Shout Out” at Portfolio Night
MILWAUKEE, WI. – Stinky Shoe, a wise-cracking green high-top and his pal Coach LaRoo will be appearing at the 15th Annual Portfolio Night, presented by Milwaukee Area Technical College. This year, however, he will be surrounded by a cast of diverse friends – the animated shoe mates. Bella a sweet ballet toe shoe, Lacey, an energetic go-getting soccer cleat, Hiker Hank, a wise ole’ sole and Lenny, a loafer who….well, loafs.
MATC students, with oversight by faculty and the creative team of Active Across America, are involved in every step of the process during the program’s development, including concept art, animation, music, production and editing. “Through the Shoe Horn Shout Outs, I have had the opportunity to be a team leader, learn more about process and how it applies to a final production,” noted Keith Kamikawa, MATC Student and animation project lead.
“This project offers students and recent graduates the real-world experience of working with clients, completing projects, meeting deadlines and bringing a professional product to market,” said James McDonald, Associate Dean of the School of Media and Creative Arts at MATC. “We hope to continue this partnership in an incubator model that provides even more experience for the students.”
Shoe Horn Shout Outs are 90-second educational interstitials combining live action and animation to engage and empower young people in the topics of health, wellness, self-esteem and more. The programs are available at no cost via mainstream media sources to educators and caregivers for use in educating kids about important issues. Most recently, the first interstitial in the series – Hand Wash Jive is airing on MPTV and Food Is Fuel will be the next to make its broadcast debut.
“Active Across America, a content development company, presented us with a professional opportunity for our students to participate in,” said Tim Decker, Animation Department Co-chair, an eighteen-year veteran in Hollywood animation.
“We are thrilled to work with the talented students at MATC, who have demonstrated a great deal of professionalism and skill at their craft,” said Deanne Monaghan, resident of Whitefish Bay and principal at Active Across America. “Because of this partnership, we are able to communicate some very important messages to kids that will be readily available across a multitude of distribution channels to showcase the student’s work.
The 15th Annual Portfolio Night, presented by Milwaukee Area Technical College, will be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 5-8pm at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, 500 North Harbor Drive in Milwaukee.