Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts The John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts is an international and multi-cultural program focusing on animation in all its forms.http://anim.usc.edu

The John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts is an international and multi-cultural program focusing on animation in all its forms. The fundamental philosophy of the program strongly encourages innovation and experimentation, and it emphasizes imagination, creativity, and critical thinking.

Mission: As an international and multi-cultural program, the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts has incorporated into its curriculum a theoretical and critical approach to the development and research of digital art forms as well as a historical understanding of how traditional media, drawing, painting, sculpture, video and installation art have transposed or been incorporated into animation or art in motion. We have constantly strived to merge new technologies with traditional practice and to encourage the study of the human form, organic media, and gesture as a way to explore complex ideas and emotions across a temporal medium. We truly believe the art form of animation developed as a way to reflect our own physical and mental evolutionary process.

07/01/2019

Congratulations to Sicong Tian for winning an ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Educators Forum 2019 Scholarship!

Congratulations to all the crew on Pixar's Toy Story 4, especially our Hench animation alumni like Arjun Rihan, Mahyar A...
06/24/2019
Box Office: 'Toy Story 4' No. 1 With $118M U.S. Bow, Clears $238M Globally

Congratulations to all the crew on Pixar's Toy Story 4, especially our Hench animation alumni like Arjun Rihan, Mahyar Abousaeedi, Eric Chen, Seong Yong Kim, Jan Pfenninger, and project Story Head Valerie LaPointe.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-toy-story-4-no-1-118m-us-bow-1220467

The Pixar movie did big business despite coming in behind expectations. Meanwhile, 'Child's Play' scared up $14 million, while 'Anna' bombed with $3.5 million in a career-worst for controversial filmmaker Luc Besson.

SC Animation at Annecy 2019. Alumni Simon Wilches Castro and Tom Sito.
06/15/2019

SC Animation at Annecy 2019. Alumni Simon Wilches Castro and Tom Sito.

Have a restful and safe Summer Break, everyone! See you in August.
05/28/2019

Have a restful and safe Summer Break, everyone!
See you in August.

Congratulations MFA class of '19! (8 of 16 pictured: Cassie Shao, Ana Carolina Estarita, Maryyann Landlord, Daniel Ma, Y...
05/16/2019

Congratulations MFA class of '19! (8 of 16 pictured: Cassie Shao, Ana Carolina Estarita, Maryyann Landlord, Daniel Ma, Yuri Jang, Molly Murphy, Dodo Kitcharoen, Chenglin Xie.)

Tonight we screened the films of the graduating class of 2019!
05/12/2019

Tonight we screened the films of the graduating class of 2019!

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts's cover photo
05/10/2019

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts's cover photo

Rebecca Sugar came to visit the School of Cinematic Arts, as part of USC Animation’s Peter Chung’s directing class. ...
04/26/2019

Rebecca Sugar came to visit the School of Cinematic Arts, as part of USC Animation’s Peter Chung’s directing class. The students in his class were fortunate to have front row seats! In an auditorium filled with her fans, Rebecca gave us great advice on making films and pilots, sharing her inspirations and journey to creating Steven Universe. She shared maps showing her early plans for Steven Universe and delved into how her personal life had influenced the show. So inspirational! #usccinema #animation #uscanimation #uscsca #rebeccasugar #stevenuniverse #su #inspirational #animationschool

04/20/2019

Rebecca Sugar is presenting tonight in SCI 106, 7pm. Come early for best seats!

Everyone had fun at Studio Day on Monday.
04/10/2019

Everyone had fun at Studio Day on Monday.

SCA's Talent Week opens with the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts' STUDIO DAY with Atomic Films to Disney TV Animation to DreamWorks TV, to Sony Pictures, to Nickelodeon among many other excited and interested companies who want to talk to students!! #FightOn

By Popular Demand: Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe) is coming to Hench-DADA on Friday April 19th, 7pm. Don't miss it! No ...
04/09/2019

By Popular Demand: Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe) is coming to Hench-DADA on Friday April 19th, 7pm. Don't miss it! No RSVPs, just come early for best seats!

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts's cover photo
04/09/2019

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts's cover photo

04/08/2019
More documentation of Frankenstein Re-animated

Dr. Frankenstein in pursuit of the Creature: Motion capture by MFA Leon Cruz and BA Yimin Zhang; background animation by MFA Dariel Filomeno; score by Wesley Chu. Sled scene: Animation by Mariam Khayat; score by Wesley Chu. Experimental Baby: Animation by Chun Chun Chang, Cheng Guo, Kaitlyn Leewing, Molly Murphy, Daniel Rico-Madrazo, Cassie Shao; score by Kara Ford.

04/08/2019
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Re-animated

Two mad scientist laboratory creation scenes projected on Doheny Library. Original animation by current MFAs, Eli Ayres, Jairus Williams, Ricardo Munoz. Score by Kaufman School Screen Scoring MFAs, Yifan Lin and Robert Wolf. Rotosope created by students in CTAN 448.

04/08/2019
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Re-Animated at USC 4-4-19

Mary Shelley, thank you for inspiring us with your novel, Frankenstein! What a wondrous celebration we had! Congrats to the 140+ students from Cinematic Arts, Architecture, Roski, Kaufman, Thornton, and Dramatic Arts. (Mt Tambora animation by MFA '2021 Leon Cruz with live Kaufman dancers and music composed by Nathan Alexander, mixed by DADA Sound Supervisor Bethany Sparks.)

04/04/2019
Trailer for April 4th, 2019, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Re-animated" at USC

See you tonight!!! 45 minutes of original animation by Hench-DADA, music scored by Thornton students...interactive "Faces" by Yo-Yo Lin DADA BA '15, MAP's Dr. Frankenhead, Frankenflatables by Usc Roski, Kaufman Dancers and School Dramatic Arts students perform, and Architecture's "Smellovision".....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lBNHNgDZng&feature=youtu.be

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s immortal gothic horror novel and feminist text, Alumni Park in front of USC's Doheny Memorial Libra...

Save-the-Date: The Hench-DADA 2019 Animation Graduation Showcase --May 11th, Norris!
04/02/2019

Save-the-Date: The Hench-DADA 2019 Animation Graduation Showcase --May 11th, Norris!

March 26, 1976- USC sophomore Levar Burton screen tested for the role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark TV miniseries Roots...
03/26/2019

March 26, 1976- USC sophomore Levar Burton screen tested for the role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark TV miniseries Roots. The role made him a star.

03/19/2019
GLAS Animation

GLAS # Four!!!! Congrats to Einar Baldvin and Jeanette Bonds

GLAS Animation Festival 2019 is around the corner and we are excited to reveal the trailer featuring clips from films you'll see at the fest. Join us in Berkeley March 21-24th to see some of the most exciting animation from around the world.

Visit our website to view our special guests, programs, and competition selections.

To register for passes and more info visit: http://www.glasanimation.com

Register online by March 15th. Tickets and passes also available for purchase in person on-site.

SEE YOU THERE!

03/05/2019

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019
ALUMNI PARK
7:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Reservations requested.
RSVP at: visionsandvoices.usc.edu

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s immortal gothic horror novel and feminist text, Alumni Park in front of Doheny Library will come alive with a multimedia interactive and live performance extravaganza. At sundown, the music starts and an immersive exploration of the spine-tingling sights, sounds, and smells begins! Digital projection mapping will transform the Library’s exterior into a vibrant, electronic palette for re-telling the original story of Frankenstein. Under the direction of digital artists Akiko Yamash*ta, Yo-Yo Lin, and numerous USC faculty, dozens of USC students working in animation, interactive media, music, theatre, dance, art and design, and architecture have re-animated Mary Shelley’s enduring classic in stunning fashion. The event will alter your mind about our traditional notions of life, death, and monsters.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Lisa Mann (Cinematic Arts), Amy Murphy (Architecture) and, Tyson Gaskill, Patty Johnson, Anne-Marie Maxwell, Marje Schuetze-Coburn and Tim Stanton (USC Libraries)

For more information, [email protected] or
(213) 740-0483.

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03/05/2019

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In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s immortal gothic horror novel and feminist text, Alumni Park ...
03/05/2019

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s immortal gothic horror novel and feminist text, Alumni Park in front of Doheny Library will come alive with a multimedia interactive and live performance extravaganza. At sundown, the music starts and an immersive exploration of the spine-tingling sights, sounds, and smells begins! Digital projection mapping will transform the Library’s exterior into a vibrant, electronic palette for re-telling the original story of Frankenstein. Under the direction of digital artists Akiko Yamash*ta, Yo-Yo Lin, and numerous USC faculty, dozens of USC students working in animation, interactive media, music, theatre, dance, art and design, and architecture have re-animated Mary Shelley’s enduring classic in stunning fashion. The event will alter your mind about our traditional notions of life, death, and monsters.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Lisa Mann (Cinematic Arts), Amy Murphy (Architecture) and, Tyson Gaskill, Patty Johnson, Anne-Marie Maxwell, Marje Schuetze-Coburn and Tim Stanton (USC Libraries)

For more information, please visit our website or contact us at [email protected] or
(213) 740-0483.

Admission is free. Reservations requested.
RSVP at: visionsandvoices.usc.edu

90 Years Ago. Feb 1929. The USC Film School is born.
02/13/2019

90 Years Ago. Feb 1929. The USC Film School is born.

DADA's own Musa Booker is featured.http://www.animationmagazine.net/schools/whos-teaching-stop-motion-today/?fbclid=IwAR...
02/11/2019
Who’s Teaching Stop Motion Today? | Animation Magazine

DADA's own Musa Booker is featured.
http://www.animationmagazine.net/schools/whos-teaching-stop-motion-today/?fbclid=IwAR244Bsa8a33Q74IHTXHD4jKEkY7-XvRACzKxA0SX2nds4iQjedBOKNlnPw

***This article originally appeared in Animation Magazine’s 2019 International Education & Career Guide*** Animation lovers marked this past holiday season as the 25th anniversary of Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas — the stop-motion classic that achieved the evergreen status studio exe...

Learned today about the passing of Ron Miller, Son in Law of Walt Disney, who chaired the company from 1970-1984. Ron wa...
02/10/2019

Learned today about the passing of Ron Miller, Son in Law of Walt Disney, who chaired the company from 1970-1984. Ron was a USC grad. He met his wife Diane Disney on campus.

Had a wonderful time at the Annie Awards celebrating with old DADA alumni. Met with alum Ezra Edmonds, and saw Simon Wil...
02/04/2019

Had a wonderful time at the Annie Awards celebrating with old DADA alumni. Met with alum Ezra Edmonds, and saw Simon Wilches-Castro who's film The Emperors Newest Clothes was nominated for best Special Program. Alum Miquel Jiron worked on Spiderman into the Spiderverse, and Incredibles 2 had alum Arjun Rihan.

Congratulations to DADA alum HyeonJeong Cho for winning the Best Animation prize at this year’s LA CineFest !
01/27/2019

Congratulations to DADA alum HyeonJeong Cho for winning the Best Animation prize at this year’s LA CineFest !

WRIGLEY INSTITUTE SUSTAINABILITY PRIZE!Have an idea that can result in meaningful environmental change?We want to help t...
01/23/2019

WRIGLEY INSTITUTE SUSTAINABILITY PRIZE!

Have an idea that can result in meaningful environmental change?

We want to help translate that into reality!

All entrants receive support developing a professional business plan, networking opportunities and coaching to develop their pitch to potential investors.

Feb.8 Pitch Workshop
Feb.15 Applications due
Mar. 21-22 Pitch Evaluations + Finalists Announced
Apr. 16 Final Pitch Showcase

PRIZES:
1st Place: $7,000
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $3,000

Open to all USC students, staff, faculty and alumni (a current student must be on each team.)

https://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/sustainabilityprize

From Charles Addams (1932-1988), the carrtoonist creator of the Addams Family. Probably done in the late 1930s. Now, whe...
01/07/2019

From Charles Addams (1932-1988), the carrtoonist creator of the Addams Family. Probably done in the late 1930s. Now, where are my rowers..?

USC Classes begin Tomorrow. Have a great Spring Semester, everybody!
01/06/2019

USC Classes begin Tomorrow. Have a great Spring Semester, everybody!

Bardel Entertainment Inc
12/15/2018

Bardel Entertainment Inc

Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody's gonna die. Come apply to work on Rick and Morty SZN 4? #BARDELVIBES

https://bit.ly/2C1Zv2N

Congratulations to MFA alum David Nessl whose film “Chichi” has been accepted into the Sundance Film Festival!!!
12/05/2018
Cartoon Brew

Congratulations to MFA alum David Nessl whose film “Chichi” has been accepted into the Sundance Film Festival!!!

Watch the trailers for the animated shorts that will compete at Sundance Film Festival next month.

A great night for USC at the Los Angeles Animation Festival!
12/03/2018

A great night for USC at the Los Angeles Animation Festival!

Congratulations to all the USC alumni and students who won awards at the LAAF Animation Festival!Honorable Mention WHERE...
12/03/2018

Congratulations to all the USC alumni and students who won awards at the LAAF Animation Festival!

Honorable Mention
WHERE THE JUNGLE ENDS- MFA Alum Joe Stucky
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Third Place, Best Character Based Animation
DAISY- MFA alumna Yu Yu
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Best Student Stop Motion Animation
ALL THE WAY DOWN - MFA Student Chun Chun Chang
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Best Student Mixed Media Animation:
RELATION SHIP MFA alumni Zoey Lin and Kun XIA
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Humanitarian Award
LAND OF THE FREE? - Documentary Animation Production class:
Alissa Michelle Brasington, Liam Campbell, Brian Cawley, Lakota DodgingHorse, Ken Egu, C. Leigh Goldsmith, Haley Hudkins, Hannah Kreiswirth, Kaitlyn Leewing, Sequoyah Madison, Molly Murphy, Patrice Pinardo, Chenglin Xie!
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Best Traditional 2D Animation
BAD TUNA - BA alumna Deena Baum
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Best Claymation
THE MUD - MFA alum Brandon Lake
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Best Experimental
FLOREANA - MFA alum Louis Morton
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Best Motion Graphics
EQUIPOISE - MFA alumna Simo Liu
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Best of the Fest
FLOREANA - MFA alum Louis Morton!!!

The Los Angeles Animation Festival is proud to announce the following winners for 2018:

Best of the Fest - Floreana (USA) Louis Morton

Best Feature - North of Blue (USA) Joanna Priestly

Best Comedy 1st Place - Animal Behaviour (Canada) Alison Snowden & David Fine

Best Comedy 2nd Place - 'F' for Formula (USA) Santino Vitale

Best Comedy 3rd Place - Telling People You're Native (USA) Joey Clift


Best Motion Graphics - Equipoise (USA) Simo Liu

Best Motion Graphics 2nd Place - A Logo Creation (Spain) Adolfo Ruiz

Best Motion Graphics 3rd Place - The Soul of a Circle (USA) Jonathan Lacocque


Best Short from a Series - Lullaby Theories: A Secret (USA) Jonathan Lacocque

Best Short from a Series 2nd Place - & Black & White (Croatia) Darko Bakliza


Best Documentary 1st Place - New York City Sketchbook (USA) Willy Hartland

Best Documentary 2nd Place - Story of Aishan (China) Hong Jia Bao

Best Documentary 3rd Place - Changyou's Journey (USA) Perry Chen


Best Character-Based 1st Place - Little Bandits (USA) Alex Avagimian

Best Character-Based 2nd Place - Billie (UK) Maki Yoshikura

Best Character-Based 3rd Place - Daisy (USA) Yu Yu


Best Experimental 1st Place - Floreana (USA) Louis Morton

Best Experimental 2nd Place -The Elephant's Song (USA) Lynn Tomlinson

Best Experimental 3rd Place - Medium Rare (USA) Luca Cioci


Best Music Video 1st Place - Emulate-Okay Kaya (USA) Daniel Zvereff

Best Music Video 2nd Place - Celebrating Mister Rogers (USA) Melissa Crowton, Olivia Huynh & Drew Hodges

Best Music Video 3rd Place - Signal (Republic of Korea) Hwang Ji Lee

Award of Excellence (Presented by Sangaria Ramune) - Tectonic (USA) Ed Skudder

Humanitarian Award - Land of the Free (USA) USC Documentary Animation Production class: Alissa Michelle Brasington, Liam Campbell, Brian Cawley, Lakota DodgingHorse, Ken Egu, C. Leigh Goldsmith, Haley Hudkins, Hannah Kreiswirth, Kaitlyn Leewing, Sequoyah Madison, Molly Murphy, Patrice Pinardo, Chenglin Xie

Best Direction - Animal Behaviour (Canada) Alison Snowden & David Fine

Best Story - The Magical Mystery of Musigny (USA) Emmett Goodman

Best Character Design - Happy Foot vs. Sad Foot (USA) Mike Hollingsworth

Best Art Direction - Unexpected Discoveries (USA) James Mabery

Best Design 1st Place - Diving In A Sea Of Light (USA) Micah Buzan

Best Design 2nd Place - Serph-Sparkle (Japan) Taro Otani

Best Design 3rd Place - Carlotta's Face (Germany) Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld


Best Commercial 1st Place - Voicing CSA: The Mouse (UK) Aaron Wood

Best Commercial 2nd Place - The Story of Our Workflow (Maylasia) Alex Safavinia

Best Horror Comedy - Spider vs the Living Dead (USA) Scott DaRos

Best Clay Animation - The Mud (USA) Brandon Lake

Best Classic Animation Style - Embraced (France) Justine Vuylsteker

Best Mixed Media Animation - The Lineman (USA) Jay Shipman

Best Traditional 2D Animation - Bad Tuna (USA) Deena Baum

Best CGI Animation - Final_Final (Canada) Matt Greenwood

Best Illustrative Animation - The Backward Astronomer (UK) Jake Nelson

Best Cut-Out Animation - Concatenate (Canada) Simone Northey

Best Children’s Animation 1st Place - Mi Abuelita (Guatemala) Giselle Pérez

Best Children’s Animation 2nd Place - Limbo (USA) Jennifer Stachovic

Best Children’s Animation 3rd Place - A Priori (France) Maïté Schmitt

Best Student Comedy - Barry (USA) Anchi Shen

Best Student Direction - Descent (USA) Hailey Katelynn Marshall

Best Student Mixed Media Animation - Relation.Ship (USA) Zoey Lin

Best Student Stop Motion Animation - All the Way Down (USA) Chun Chun Chang

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General information

The John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts was born more than twenty years ago with several film graphics courses taught by Professor Gene Coe. In 1985, Dr. Richard Weinberg, an accomplished software developer, was brought on board as a joint appointment with the School of Engineering to create the USC computer animation laboratory. Together, Weinberg and Coe designed the original MFA in Film, Video, and Computer Animation Program. Vibeke Sorensen, the founding director of the CalArts Computer Animation Lab, joined the Division in 1994, and became the first Chair of the newly established Division from 1995-1999 before departing the division in 2004. In the fall of 1997 and with help from Mr. John C. Hench, the school opened its newly remodeled Animation Studio and welcomed its newest faculty member and artist, Professor Christine Panushka, formerly of CalArts who chaired the division from 1999-2003. In the fall of 1998, two time Academy Award nominee and animator Ishu Patel joined the faculty, as did then visiting artist and now Associate Professor Kathy Smith who chaired the division from 2004-2009. Today the John C. Hench Division offers a BA and MFA in Animation and Digital Arts, as well as an undergraduate minor and is part of a inter-divisional Media Arts & Practice PhD iMAP. Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/uscanimation/

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