This past Thursday afternoon, October 7th, Neil Hunter and Paul West, the co-coordinators of the Algonquin College Animation Program, were fired from their position. There’s been no official statement, but further information should be available regarding the changes in the coming week.
The timing of this move seems really odd, particularly with the Animation Festival looming so close on the calendar. Word of the change is slowly reaching the staff, and members of the Ottawa animation community have been downright shocked and are expressing concern for the program. Under Neil and Paul, and for a few years, Derek Bond, the program has really developed into what is almost a world-class school.
I’ll keep you posted.