Studio Connect Looks to Bridge the Gap Between 3D Design and Animation Graduates and Studios Looking for Talent

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3D Training Institute (3DTi) is launching a new, free service, called Studio Connect in January 2014, to bridge the gap between graduates who have learned Autodesk 3D software (3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and Inventor) and studios who need assistance for their projects in the film, gaming, architectural, and manufacturing industries.

Studio Connect
Studio Connect will help bridge the gap in the industry between graduates looking for work and studios looking for well-trained talent.

3D Training is launching a new and innovative service, “Studio Connect,” that addresses a major industry problem. With most studios facing stringent production deadlines, they lack the time and resources to train and manage fresh graduates, and prefer to hire experienced talent. Studio Connect will act as a life line between graduates who have learned Autodesk 3D software (3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and Inventor) and studios working on film, gaming, architectural, manufacturing, and other design projects.

Studio Connect will launch in January 2014, and is free for participants. Although this service was created for graduates who have completed the 3DTi training programs, a few spots will be open to graduates from other schools and colleges. The selected participants will have the opportunity to gain the critical experience that studios seek, while working in teams on simulated production projects.

The Studio Connect training will be conducted by 3DTraining Institute, in conjunction with distinguished industry professionals from reputable animation studios and architectural and design firms. Graduates will be mentored through practice production projects/pitches. These projects will add to the students’ portfolios and demonstrate their mastery of critical production skills. Participants who fulfill the graduation requirements of Studio Connect will be added to a talent database and will be eligible for paid work on actual projects. The talent database is maintained by 3DMIRAGE, a well-known production consulting firm, whose clients include Click 3X, Mechanism Design, Cyber Extruder, Imaginary Forces, and Provision Interactive.

“This program is truly win-win,” says 3DTi Advisory Board Member Gary Sharfin, owner of Private Idaho, a New York-based production/post-production studio who has hired 3DTi graduates for his company. “Graduates participating in Studio Connect will get the opportunity to work with simulated clients and understand their needs, and studios will benefit by having a pool of well-trained and qualified talent for their projects.”

Joel Orr, who helped found Cyon Research Corporation, created Computer Graphics World Magazine, and is a member of 3DTi’s advisory board, had this to say about Studio Connect. “Studio Connect will help bridge the gap in the industry between graduates looking for work and studios looking for well-trained talent that is ready to ‘hit the ground running.’ I encourage studios to take advantage of this service, which will give graduates the break they deserve! This will help keep work in the United States and utilize the pool of skilled talent that exists here.”

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About 3D Training Institute
3D Training Institute (3DTi) is the leading provider of short-term production-based training programs in Autodesk Software. Popular trade magazines have recognized 3DTi as “One of the top schools, where students can put their careers on the fast track.” 3DTraining Institute was one of the first companies to offer project-based training in a simulated live online production environment. Recently, 3DTi became one of the first live online training centers to become an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC). For more information, visit

3DMIRAGE is a production and consulting company that specializes in providing a wide range of services for companies that need assistance in executing 3D design and animation projects. The company helps studios find the most efficient solution to complete projects within budget and on time. 3DMIRAGE’s experienced team consists of creative directors, modelers, animators, visual-effects artists, and technical experts who can ensure a project’s success, starting from any stage, through completion. For more information, visit

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