Microdesk Launches Starfish Creative, A New Division Dedicated To Providing Media And Entertainment Training And Services

Aug 11, 2015, 08:00 ET from Microdesk

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Microdesk, a leading provider of AEC business and technology consulting services, today announced the launch of Starfish Creative, a division dedicated to offering training and services on leading Media and Entertainment design software and applications for media, television, and entertainment professionals.

Starfish Creative will offer a wide range of immersive, hands-on courses presented live at their state-of-the art training facilities, via distance learning, or on-site using custom mobile training labs. Participating students will learn fundamental design techniques in workflow-based classes ranging from beginner to advanced level that present best practices for leveraging today's leading technologies, including Autodesk, Adobe, Cinema 4D, Form-Z, Modo, Rhino, SketchUp, ToonBoom and ZBrush.

"The formation of Starfish Creative allows Microdesk to take our over 20 years of experience serving the design and construction industry and apply that to the media and entertainment industry," said Michael DeLacey, Principal of Microdesk. "Our long history of success is built upon our unique approach to delivering high quality training via a team of experts from the industry who can provide participants with valuable perspective on industry trends and best practices for mastering the latest design techniques and workflows that will help them stay ahead."

Skills Training for Local Union Members
As a Contract Services Administration Training Trust Fund (CSATTF) partner, Starfish Creative will provide training for the Multi-Local Skills Training Group (MLSTG), which is comprised of 12 locals from three entertainment unions in the Southern California area. Members of these Guilds qualify for reimbursed training at Starfish Creative. For more details, visit the CSATTF website at http://www.csatf.org/training.shtml.

Starfish Creative is also supporting several other weekend training programs available for members of the Animation Guild, Art Directors Guild, Costume Designers Guild, and Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild.

"As a non-profit organization, Contract Services Administration Trust Fund ("CSATF") administers a variety of programs for the benefit of the motion picture and television industry guilds," said Steven Kaplan, Labor Organizer at The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839. "We are proud to have Starfish Creative on our team of providers, ensuring that class participants are getting the highest level of skill training to help advance their careers."

Partnering for Student Success
Starfish Creative has partnered with MediaMobz, a global producer network and creative collaboration platform, to offer training course attendees the opportunity to create and maintain profiles free-of-charge on the MediaMobz platform. Starfish Creative students will be able to showcase what training programs they have successfully completed, as well as other relevant skills, certifications, and project examples. Class participants will also have the opportunity to bid on project work offered in the MediaMobz marketplace, share their portfolios, and network with other creative professionals from around the world.

"We having been serving Microdesk's training, sales enablement, and thought leadership endeavors with video communications for many years now," said Dave Toole, President & CEO of MediaMobz. "We are thrilled to extend our relationship by partnering with Starfish Creative to provide their training participants with a direct path from the classroom to their next potential project opportunity via our platform."

For additional information about Starfish Creative, visit http://www.starfishcreative.com/.

About Microdesk
Microdesk is a design technology consultancy that combines the leading software tools from Autodesk, Adobe, Bluebeam, IBM, Trimble, and ESRI, with the latest methods, including Building Information Modeling Virtual Design & Construction, to provide business and technology consulting services to help firms successfully plan, design, build and operate land and buildings. Microdesk is a member of the Autodesk and ESRI Developer Networks, a leading Autodesk, Bluebeam and IBM partner, and operates Autodesk, Adobe and Trimble Authorized Training Centers. Starfish Creative, a division of Microdesk, is dedicated to providing Media and Entertainment design software training and services for media, television, and entertainment professionals. Microdesk has 11 offices nationwide, located in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago and Washington, DC. For more information about Microdesk visit www.microdesk.com.

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Megan Fullagar
Microdesk
646-351-8021
mfullagar@microdesk.com

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