Tip for NCAA Final Four 1st-timer: ‘It’s going to blow you away’

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “Man, where do you start? First, it’s understanding the enormity of it, that when you get there, it’s going to blow you away,” Wright said. “And I would even give more advice now in that when we went in ’09, it blew us away, right, so I knew to expect that.”Wright’s Wildcats lost the national semifinals to North Carolina in ’09. In 2016, Villanova beat the Tar Heels for the championship.“The difference in seven years, what they had done to the Final Four and all of the trappings and the murals on the side of buildings of your players, everything had grown so much, I was shocked. Still shocked, even though we had been there before,” Wright said.“Just to understand, don’t feel like you’re not worth it when you get there and you’re blown away. It happens to everybody. And just try to concentrate on the basketball part of it.”Everything about the last month has been new and exciting to Moser and the Ramblers, starting with their Missouri Valley Conference championship and first NCAA appearance for the school since 1985.Nothing has fazed Sister Jean’s team.“So I love that they’re enjoying this,” Moser said. “Now, with that said, times it by about 100 with the Final Four hoopla, and I get that. I’m going to let them enjoy the ride, and when we’re in film, when we’re in practice, when we’re in walk-throughs in the ball room, everything is going to be as normal, as focused and about what we do. These guys are mature enough to handle it, and that’s all I can do. I mean, you can’t simulate what’s about to happen. They’ve got to go through it, and I want them to go through it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES With Majerus gone, Moser has tried to channel him through mutual friends and admirers, such as former University of Utah player and Saint Louis assistant coach Alex Jensen.“I worked with Al Jensen, who’s now at the Utah Jazz, and we were texting each other and going to have a conversation, and we were talking about a couple things Coach Majerus was doing,” Moser said. “But I definitely am in the school of thought, it is my first time, and if I can get any advice or anything, I’ll take it all in and then mix it to what we do.”Beilein said what sets Final Four weekend apart is the time demands, including media obligations.“It’s our duty as college basketball teams and (for) fans to satisfy those requests. But it is, it’s a lot of the same questions over and over and over and over again, and you’ve just got to do it and do it the right way,” Beilein said. “Do not get frustrated by it because you will have enough time to plan if you plan your day right.”Along those same lines, Wright said the grandness of the whole thing can be overwhelming.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wish Coach (Rick) Majerus was around,” Moser said. “Obviously I was so close to him, and, ironically, it was 20 years ago almost to the date that he was in San Antonio with his Utah team. I wish I could tap into that.”Moser will be the only coach in the national semifinals in San Antonio this weekend who has not previously taken his team to a Final Four. Michigan coach John Beilein, whose team will face Moser’s 11th-seeded Ramblers in Saturday’s first game, is making his second Final Four appearance with the Wolverines. Michigan lost the NCAA championship game in 2013 to Louisville.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn the other side of the bracket, both Villanova’s Jay Wright and Kansas’ Bill Self are leading their teams to the Final Four for a third time. Each has won a title.The 49-year-old Moser worked as an assistant for the late Majerus at Saint Louis for four seasons in between a stint as Illinois State head coach and taking the Loyola job in 2011. Majerus, who died in 2012, took Utah to the Final Four in 1998, losing to Kentucky in the title game. 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(AP Photo/David Goldman)A big believer in asking for advice, Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser is in the process of tapping into his friends and associates in search of a few Final Four hacks.Moser did not want to reveal during a teleconference Monday with reporters to whom he was turning for tips. He did mention one person he would have liked to have been able to connect with during the last phase of the Ramblers’ improbable NCAA Tournament run.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterslast_img read more

CalArts grads scramble for jobs

first_imgVALENCIA – Graduation is show time in the CalArts animation program, with students vying for studios ready to hire them. So the online success of Alex Hirsch’s six-minute video “Off the Wall” couldn’t have come at a better moment for the fledgling animator. Who knew that drawing a few squiggly lines would grab so much attention? Hirsch’s creation is an animated doodle on a wall who tries to impress live-action humans. Wallby is the kind of stick-and-circle character a grade-schooler might draw when the teacher’s not looking, and Hirsch knows it. But instead of jaw-dropping art, humor and story drive Wallby’s animated adventures. Hirsch’s classmates co-star. The formula earned almost 600,000 hits on YouTube.com. “I just wanted to cram all my friends into something as a parting Hallmark card to my school,” said Hirsch, who graduated Friday from Valencia’s California Institute of the Arts. The video has been more than that for Hirsch, 21. Major studio executives saw it and were impressed, and it won Hirsch a lunch meeting with one executive who encouraged him to pitch ideas to the studio. “My portfolio probably isn’t good enough to make its way to him,” Hirsch said. “But the short’s funny, so that’s worth its weight in gold.” Hirsch is on the job interview circuit, as are fellow students. At a CalArts job fair a couple of weeks before graduation, students tried to catch the eye of representatives from The Walt Disney Co., Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Nickelodeon and other companies. And they did it with their portfolios alone, since they are barred from being in the same room with potential employers rifling through their work. After a few hours, students come back and look for their names on a list. If a company listed a student’s name, it means he or she won a short job interview in a “speed-dating” kind of format at the school. Over the years, students finding their names absent from the lists have been reduced to tears. For Adrian Molina, 21, last year’s job fair got him a job at Pixar. He cut through the competition with his short film “Unicorn vs. Narwhal,” a mostly hand-drawn animation depicting an epic battle in the clouds. Molina was working at the CalArts library while studio representatives were poring over his portfolio. Then, his good friend Hirsch called to tell him his name was on the list, and Molina took off from the library to interview for his dream job as an animator. The months of working every day on his short film – with 18-hour days toward the end – paid off at the job fair. “It’s an exciting day and an awful day, depending on who calls you back,” Molina said. CalArts students such as Molina not only invest their time in the hopes of landing a great job, but their money, too. Tuition at the school is $31,290 a year. More than a quarter of students pay it all, while the rest rely on various forms of financial aid, ranging from work-study to full scholarship, said Margaret Crane, a spokeswoman for the school. To its credit, CalArts has a long list of alumni who have graduated from its animation programs and done more than just find paying jobs in the industry. Tim Burton is virtually a cult figure; Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise co-directed “Beauty and the Beast”; Craig McCracken created “The Powerpuff Girls”; John Lasseter became an executive at Pixar after having directed both “Toy Story” movies and “A Bug’s Life.” When he was a student at CalArts before going on to direct episodes of “The Simpsons,” Jim Reardon made a 1986 Peanuts parody called “Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown.” Reardon works at Pixar. In Reardon’s gory CalArts classic, Charlie Brown shoots his way through the revenge fantasy audience members have probably always had for him. The short film shares space on YouTube.com with the more recent creations of Hirsch and other current and former students. Cynthia Overman, associate director of the character animation program at CalArts, has fond memories of seeing Reardon’s short when she was a student a year behind him. Since then, things have changed because animation is computer-based instead of film-based and the job market is different, she said. “I think it opens up a lot of opportunities for new stories to be told that aren’t necessarily being told in Hollywood, as it is now,” she said. An animator with a laptop can make animation for sale to all sorts of clients, from Web sites to cell-phone companies, she said. “When I (studied) here, you worked in television or you worked in feature (animation), and that was it if you ever wanted to have a job,” she said. Some graduates never find jobs in animation. But Molina, the recent graduate, said such failings can usually be blamed on not putting in the work. During the all-nighters they pull working on their projects and chugging energy drinks, students build strong bonds with each other. The year culminates with a boisterous marathon showing of all the students’ animation shorts. Students down alcohol and cheer each other on at the “open show.” Then comes the “producer’s show,” when only the best shorts are showcased and students dress up to hobnob with studio execs – another stepping stone to a potential job. “It’s like the open show is the bachelor’s party and the producer’s show is the wedding,” said student Dimitri Frazao, 25, who helped Hirsch with his video. As he stood near the CalArts entrance with a couple of collaborators on his “Off the Wall” short, Hirsch, a rapid-fire talker with a triangular face and a wispy beard, paused to wave at girls who played minor roles in his live-action animation. Friends Hirsch, Frazao and Nick Butera, who all worked on “Off the Wall” together, didn’t want to talk about their job prospects in front of each other. But they said they hoped to stay in contact, something Hirsch later said was a foregone conclusion. “Animation’s a small industry, and no matter where you go you’re going to meet your friends from CalArts,” he said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more