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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.

Tommy Trojan says: Keep safe out there.
04/09/2020

Tommy Trojan says: Keep safe out there.

03/21/2020

For graduation 2020, USC has just announced they have decided to postpone the May 15th commencement ceremonies to later in the year. There will be an actual, in-person Commencement scheduled at a later date once travel restrictions have been lifted and large-scale events are once again permissible.

In May, the University will offer a virtual conferring of degrees – with various online events and speakers. Diplomas will be sent to students by mail. We will share more details as they become available.

Fellow Trojans of DADA, as we return to class (not really), how are you handling your confinement? Post photos here. Alu...
03/21/2020

Fellow Trojans of DADA, as we return to class (not really), how are you handling your confinement? Post photos here. Alumni too. Fight On!

Dear Students and Alumni,As you know, all USC classes have moved online for the remainder of the semester. Here are some...
03/19/2020
Coronavirus: How to Be Social While Social Distancing

Dear Students and Alumni,

As you know, all USC classes have moved online for the remainder of the semester. Here are some resources to help you in this difficult time. Stay safe and healthy.

Social:
If you want ideas on how to socialize during this period of isolation, check out this link: https://thewirecutter.com/blog/coronavirus-socializing-online/

And here are museums that offer virtual tours: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article

You can download over 300,000 books from the NY Public Library for free:
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/you-can-now-download-over-300-000-books-from-the-nypl-for-free-031820

You can watch IDFA documentaries for free: https://www.idfa.nl/en/collection/free

Educational:
Aaron Blaise Fundamentals of Animation Courses now available for free online: https://creatureartteacher.com/product-category/special-sale/

Adobe is giving everyone 2 months of free Creative Cloud: https://petapixel.com/2020/03/18/adobe-is-giving-everyone-2-months-of-free-creative-cloud-heres-how-to-get-it/

Drawing Digitally- a guide for beginners: http://www.animationexploration.org/2020/03/16/drawing-digitally/

How to make an animation stand for down-shooting using materials from a cardboard box [pdf]:http://ginakamentsky.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DIY_AnimationStand_1.0.pdf

Animation: Making of, Process, and Behind-the-scenes videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/animationprocess

Free sound effects: https://www.skyesaudio.com/blog/2019/4/1/the-ultimate-free-sound-effects-list-free-to-download

Charter Offers Free Broadband to Households With Students Amid Coronavirus Epidemic https://variety.com/2020/digital/news/charter-free-broadband-coronavirus-students-1203533537/

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Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/here-are-380-ivy-league-courses-you-can-take-online-right-now-for-free-9b3ffcbd7b8c/

Grants:
Glas Animation Grant applications offered early: http://www.glasanimation.com/grant/

Arts Resources: https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

The Rauschenberg Foundation Is Launching Emergency Medical Grants for Artists Who Need Help Paying for Healthcare: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/rauschenberg-foundation-emergency-medical-grants-1800903?utm_content=bufferff7fa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=news

Advice from a professional shut-in on how to maintain social relationships while you’re not in the same space as your friends.

Legendary Disney Producer Don Hahn ( Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) eulogized former Walt...
03/01/2020

Legendary Disney Producer Don Hahn ( Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) eulogized former Walt Disney Studio CEO, Producer, and USC alumni Ron Miller. (Class of 1953)

At the animation Guild's annual Afternoon of Remembrance,   USC MFA grad and Student Academy Award winner ChenlingXie sp...
03/01/2020

At the animation Guild's annual Afternoon of Remembrance, USC MFA grad and Student Academy Award winner ChenlingXie spoke about legendary Chinese animator Dai Teilang (1930-2019).

We all had fun at Mar Elepano's Retirement Party! Lots of love, and lots of our wonderful alumni on hand to see him off!...
02/27/2020

We all had fun at Mar Elepano's Retirement Party! Lots of love, and lots of our wonderful alumni on hand to see him off! Thank you everyone for attending.

Nice interview with recent MFA grad Ana Carolina Guerrrero.
02/26/2020
Meet Ana Carolina Estarita-Guerrero - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide

Nice interview with recent MFA grad Ana Carolina Guerrrero.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Carolina Estarita-Guerrero. Thanks for sharing your story with us Ana Carolina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. I was born in Colombia where I studied Visual Arts and started working with an Experimental Immersive arts colle...

A-ha's 'Take On Me' Passes One Billion Streams on YouTube
02/22/2020
A-ha's 'Take On Me' Passes One Billion Streams on YouTube

A-ha's 'Take On Me' Passes One Billion Streams on YouTube

A-ha’s classic 1985 music video for “Take on Me” has passed the one billion views threshold on YouTube, earning the Norwegian electro-pop trio a special place in the history books.

Congratulations to Pixar's Toy Story 4 for winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Their storyboard team was headed...
02/10/2020

Congratulations to Pixar's Toy Story 4 for winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Their storyboard team was headed by our own DADA alumni Valerie LePointe!

Prof. Tom Sito introducing the annual evening of Academy Award nominated short films, in Beverly Hills. As usual, severa...
02/06/2020

Prof. Tom Sito introducing the annual evening of Academy Award nominated short films, in Beverly Hills. As usual, several DADA students got to attend.

Tomorrow during the Super Bowl, the first "Minions: The Rise of Gru" commercial will debut during the Second Quarter. Th...
02/01/2020

Tomorrow during the Super Bowl, the first "Minions: The Rise of Gru" commercial will debut during the Second Quarter. The film, co-directed by DADA alumni Brad Abelson, will premiere this July.

Today was Mar Elepano's last day at USC. After 26 years, it was tough to say goodbye....
02/01/2020

Today was Mar Elepano's last day at USC. After 26 years, it was tough to say goodbye....

12/09/2019

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Hench-DADA winners at the Los Angeles Animation Festival!
http://blog.laafest.com/2019-winners/?fbclid=IwAR3CEm0YuGxG_-nZLe3gR7WNbJeVh3XUsAKhSmarZaK25nXSFM_EHnERbNk

Yuri Jang, MFA 19, Winner Student Animation Documentary for "Thread"
Xi (Jake) Wang, MFA 20, Winner Student Motion Graphics for "Butterfly"
Bryan Lee, BA 19, Winner Student Experimental Short for "Cage Match"
Carina Sadeli, BA 18, Winner First Time Filmmaker Award for "Saturated"
Cassie Shao, MFA 19, Silver Award for Student Experimental Short for "There Were Four of Us"
Patradol "Dodo" Kitcharoen, MFA 19, Bronze Award, Student Character Based Short for "Go Go!"
CTAN 470 Documentary Animation Class, Silver Award for Student Animated Documentary for "I Never Picked Cotton" Directors: Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez, Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian

Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 USC Award Winners!
12/09/2019

Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 USC Award Winners!

12/07/2019
USC SCA Sound Department

USC SCA Sound Department

Need to destress from finals? Come enjoy a Puppy Break! Ten puppies will be available on the SCA Meldman Lawn to provide a break from studying finals.

Dates: December 11 (Wed) & 12 (Thurs)
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Place: SCA Meldman Lawn

We hope to see you there!

Dada Alumni had a great showing at CTNX in Burbank.
11/26/2019

Dada Alumni had a great showing at CTNX in Burbank.

Nov 19, 1959- Happy 60th Birthday to bad guy Boris Badenov, in the show Rocky and his Friends. For a kid's show, the sho...
11/20/2019

Nov 19, 1959- Happy 60th Birthday to bad guy Boris Badenov, in the show Rocky and his Friends. For a kid's show, the show featured many adult jokes like Boris once said he graduated from USC! Ukrainian Safecrackers College.

Had a wonderful visit to my animation class today from Wayne Unten, Lead Animator on Frozen 2. He wowed our students and...
11/20/2019

Had a wonderful visit to my animation class today from Wayne Unten, Lead Animator on Frozen 2. He wowed our students and showed us lots of behind the scenes cool stuff. - Tom Sito

10/29/2019
Happy 25th Anniversary Hench-DADA!

Watch the video shown at First Frame of alumni near and far wishing "Happy 25th Anniversary" to Hench-DADA!

https://vimeo.com/369437848

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Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts's cover photo
10/27/2019

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

First Frame 2019 was AWESOME!
10/27/2019

First Frame 2019 was AWESOME!

We all had a great time Thurs Night at the USC Student show First Frame at the DGA Theater in West Hollywood. It was won...
10/25/2019

We all had a great time Thurs Night at the USC Student show First Frame at the DGA Theater in West Hollywood. It was wonderful to see all the exceptional films, and all the alumni who came to celebrate with the new graduates.

To celebrate the 25 Anniversary of the animation program, we screened a clip reel of greetings from alumni around the world. These included Hawaii, New York, Chicago, Turkey, Singapore, China and New Zealand. Happy 25th birthday DADA!

Once more, USC placed in the Student Academy Awards. Congratulations to Emre Okten and his team!
10/18/2019

Once more, USC placed in the Student Academy Awards. Congratulations to Emre Okten and his team!

They just announced the results of This years 24 Hour Animation Contest. Where teams of students are given just 24 hours...
10/10/2019

They just announced the results of This years 24 Hour Animation Contest. Where teams of students are given just 24 hours to make an animated short. USC had three teams in the competition. We placed 8th out of 291 schools, from all around the world. Congratulations to our guys, and congratulations to all who participated.

All USC Animation Alumns: the deadline to get in your 25 Anniv greetings is TOMORROW! If you want the details, PM me."Le...
10/09/2019

All USC Animation Alumns: the deadline to get in your 25 Anniv greetings is TOMORROW! If you want the details, PM me.
"Leave That Alone, and Get Out of Here!"

Check out this fantastic interview of our wonderful student Bryan Lee for Voyage LA:http://voyagela.com/interview/check-...
10/05/2019
Check out Bryan Lee's Artwork - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide

Check out this fantastic interview of our wonderful student Bryan Lee for Voyage LA:http://voyagela.com/interview/check-bryan-lees-artwork/

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Lee. Bryan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist. I grew up watching the “classics”. Spongebob, Jimmy Big Brain, Samurai Jack, Avatar, Naruto. Growing up in an Asian household, there was...

09/30/2019

Congratulations to MFA grad Yuri Jang, whose film Thread has been selected for the #EveFilmFestival

09/17/2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 First Frame films, installations, games and VR to be presented at the Directors Guild of America on October 24th:

Bad Tuna by Deena Baum

Between the Shadows by Chun Chun Chang

Butterfly by Xi Wang

Caffè by Margaret Spencer

Cage Match by Bryan Lee

CHICHI by David Nessl

Circles of Care by Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero

Daisy by Yu Yu

Divine Sins by Yimin Zhang

Go! Go! by Patradol "Dodo" Kitcharoen

Head Shot by Sequoyah Madison

Kim by Madeline Landry

Nowhere by HyeonJeong Cho

Objective by DeLon Warren

Overnight by Chenglin Xie

Soup by Aya Kashima and Franklin Okike

Standard Operating Procedure by Eli Ayres

There Were Four of Us by Cassie Shao

Thread by Yuri Jang

Two by Emre Okten

Where the Jungle Ends by Joe Stucky

You're Yolking Me by Esperanza Guevara

DOCUMENTARIES, INSTALLATIONS, GAMES, AND VR:

Alien Anecdotes by Mitch McGlocklin + Bob Yong

Hush by Crystal Jow

I Never Picked Cotton by Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez. Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian

Land of the Free? by Alissa Brasington, Liam Campbell, Brian Cawley, Lakota Dodging Horse, Ken Egu, C. Leigh Goldsmith, Haley Hudkins, Hannah Kreiswirth, Kaitlyn Leewing, Sequoyah Madison, Molly Murphy, Patrice Pinardo, Chenglin Xie

Relation • Ship by Zoey Lin + Kun Xia

Wetware by Maryyann Landlord, Satrio Dewantono, and Ann Lee

First Frame 2019 is sponsored by a generous donation from Digital Domain! Thank you Yifu Zhou (MFA '15).

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts
09/17/2019

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

Congratulations to the Hench-DADA CTAN 470 Documentary Animation Production students whose collaborative film "I Never P...
09/14/2019

Congratulations to the Hench-DADA CTAN 470 Documentary Animation Production students whose collaborative film "I Never Picked Cotton" won Best College Film at the Chicago Southland International Film Festival! Co-director and editor Quyên Võ Lê traveled to Chicago to represent the film and participate in the Q & A.

Directors: Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez. Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian

Student Assistant: Yuri Jang

So far the film has participated in the following festivals:

2019 BEST COLLEGE FILM, Chicago Southland International Film Festival
2019 World Student Panorama, Ottawa International Animation Festival
2019 Portland Unknown Fingertip Exhibition, Portland Unknown Film Festival
2019 Official Selection, Ojai Short Film Fest
2019 Official Selection, 5th Annual Montana Film Festival

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts's cover photo
08/28/2019

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

Freshman and First Year Orientation tomorrow. Time to welcome the Class of 2023! Welcome Back, and have a great school y...
08/22/2019

Freshman and First Year Orientation tomorrow. Time to welcome the Class of 2023! Welcome Back, and have a great school year, everybody.

Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts
08/16/2019

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

Tom Sito at SIGGRAPH today hanging with DADA alumni Kaitlyn Yang and Brian Lee.
08/01/2019

Tom Sito at SIGGRAPH today hanging with DADA alumni Kaitlyn Yang and Brian Lee.

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.

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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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About Hench-DADA

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. Hench-DADA has incorporated into its curriculum a theoretical and critical approach to the development and research of digital art forms as well as an 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. -Professor Kathy Smith

The following academic degrees are offered:

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Fine Arts

3-D Animation in Cinematic Arts Undergraduate Minor

Animation & Digital Arts Undergraduate Minor

Science Visualization Undergraduate Minor

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This Wednesday's (final!) guests in CTIN-511 are Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond, creators of The Dragon Prince! Although CTIN-511 is an IMGD class, all USC students (including our animation siblings!) are welcome. :) Justin and Aaron are two longtime members of the entertainment industry and possess a myriad of films and games under their belt; independently, they have worked direction and production on games such as Uncharted and League of Legends, and film media including Avatar: The Last Airbender and Futurama. Together, alongside co-founder Justin Santistevan, the trio founded Wonderstorm, an entertainment startup in LA that focuses on innovating storytelling and play media. The studio released The Dragon Prince, an animated franchise series, on Netflix in 2018, and is currently working on an AAA video game in the same universe. Come on down to CTIN-511 and listen to what Justin and Aaron have to say about storytelling and the games industry on Wednesday, April 24 at 4PM @ SCI 108!
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