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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.
Congratulations to all of the USC Hench-DADA alumnx and students who won awards at the Los Angeles Animation Festival!
BEST STUDENT MUSIC VIDEO, "Ballad of a Fish" by Aijian Olivia Chen
BRONZE AWARD, MOTION GRAPHICS, "The Waste Tide" by Xiaotong Wen
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, "Vicky & Xingyu" by the CTAN 470 Documentary Animation Production class: Eli Ayres, Shelby Chan, Yuyuan Chen, Georgina Chiou, Lexie Chu, Thomas Edgar-McNerney, Vicky Xingyu Gu, Lucy Hirschfeld, Tia Kemp, Mariam Khayat, Ruike Pan, Julianna Pantoja, Nia Sallie, Jose Guadalupe Sanchez III, Sonya Yang
FILMFEST AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN 2D ANIMATION, "Carrie Fisher is Dead" by Tiffany Lin
FILMFEST AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN VISUAL FX, "Simulacra" by Curry Sicong Tiana
FILMFEST AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN, "Izzy’s Demons" by Greg Garay
2020 WINNERS BEST OF THE FEST Bench Winner Rich Webber FEATURE Up We Soar Winner Yan Ma CHARACTER-BASED SHORT Art is Angst Winner Björn Granberg Ahlmark Metro6 Silver Award Geoff Hecht Deep Fears Bronze Award Ryan Chu STUDENT CHARACTER-BASED SHORT Beautiful Winner Mulan Fu Ma’ii Silver A...
Pause, Play, Repeat (4:29) Play Video Thesis Vid Close Vid Close A film that identifies the patterns that exist in the macro and micro systems around us. [email protected]www.ankitapanda.com/ Anim'est - International Anmyimation Film Festival, Bucharest; Supernova, Director's Choice Ankita Pan...
Hidden Stories has launched! To see story 3, head over to hiddenstoriessc.com/story-3
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Hidden Stories is a digital theatrical experience by USC School of Dramatic Arts, in partnership with USC Libraries. Pulling from there collecting COVID-19 project, a group of designers curated a collection of stories around USC‘s community experiences of the pandemic. Six stories have been turned into digital multimedia representations.
Stay tuned for our website launch on Friday, Oct 9 @ 12PM PST
With a distinguished career in both stop-motion and 2D animation, the veteran USC professor of animation and digital arts continues to provide indispensable artistic leadership for the animation studio.
and SA Armando Sepulveda Mendoza
Zoom fun by: Alissa Brasington Shideh Ghandeharizadeh Max Good Starr Horton Meg Howes Elizabeth Hwang Baptiste Leroux Shutianyi Li Ryan Livesay Knox Lopez William…
A diverse group of 155 animated shorts, features, series and VR works will compete at upcoming Ottawa International Animation Festival, running online September 23 – October 4.
Today from the USC President.
Dear USC community,
Following last week’s government directive requiring international students to take at least one in-person class to maintain their visa status, USC immediately began reaching out to bring together some of the leading research institutions, liberal arts colleges, and public universities in the western United States to block the directive from being enforced. Today, our powerful coalition of 20 schools filed its own lawsuit against the federal government. Last week, we also joined a broad coalition of universities to file an amicus brief strongly supporting the legal challenge separately brought by Harvard and MIT.
Our country cannot afford to lose the vital diversity of thought and experience international students bring to our universities. At USC, we are preparing the next generation of leaders to enter an increasingly diverse society at a time when inclusion and understanding have never been more important. Our international students are core to our mission.
By issuing this arbitrary and misguided new directive – without any advance warning – the government is forcing international students to make potentially life-altering choices with no apparent consideration for the burdens it places on the students or on higher education itself. It also directly contradicts the guidance offered by the government in March which afforded schools broad flexibility to navigate this pandemic.
We simply cannot stay silent when the government is clearly using our international students as leverage to force a wholesale reopening of college campuses in the midst of a global health crisis with no regard for public health guidance.
Please know that the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our chief concern, and we will continue to advocate strongly against any government policy that poses a threat.
Open to all 2020 grads' capstone and thesis animations. Open to all sexes. Submitted and qualified films will be included as private viewings on the WIA designated web pages available only to the invited recruiters, hiring managers, agents, and studio executives in animation, games, motion graphics and VFX industries. The web pages are not accessible to the public: this is to protect the films’ eligibility for festivals and competitions.
🎓 Announcing the Women In Animation Class of 2020 Showcase! This special online program celebrates the thesis or final films created by students who have graduated in 2020 and provides a platform for graduating student films to be seen by animation powerhouses, recruiters, studio executives, making important connections for promising new talent.
Submissions open July 13 - 24
Get all the details at: womeninanimation.org/wia-class-of-2020-showcase
Join MFA alum Miguel Jiron, writer-director (Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham) for this family-friendly virtual workshop with some of the animation industry's top artists, directors and collaborators! Miguel will be making a special appearance.
The virtual workshop is set for Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Click link below to join / find more information. Also note that the presentation video will be posted for viewing after the live event.
“I was the Director of Photography - Camera on ‘Kitbull,’ which means that I oversaw shot composition, camera movement, and staging of the characters. In the film, the kitten is afraid of connection until she befriends the pitbull. Everyone can relate to the feeling of being an outsider, especially immigrants like myself. I moved to the U.S. when I was 18 years old, and it took me time to find my place and my communities here.
I grew up in India and attended high school in Singapore, and I travel home to India frequently. It's important and meaningful to honor my heritage and I'm proud of where I came from. My cultural heritage informs all of my practice, including the projects that I'm drawn to at Pixar and my personal projects, such as a children's book that I created about a zebra who doesn't quite fit in. I'm glad to see API Heritage Month celebrating the contributions of people of Asian descent.
You don't have to follow a linear path to get to a place like Pixar. I always loved the arts,
but I didn't grow up in an environment where art classes were offered readily so I didn't get to have that formal training early on. I even studied economics and computer science in college and didn't get into animation until my late twenties. My advice is to work hard, shoot a lot of photos and video, seek mentorship, and most of all, trust yourself to tell stories that are true to your unique experience and point of view.” – Arjun Rihan, Director of Photography #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #BehindthePixarCharacter
While the full 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has been put off due to coronavirus, the pioneering New York event will be presenting select programming from its 19th edition in a virtual, online film festival. Tribeca Immersive, the incubator for innovation in storytelling, will move forward with the fir...
Here at last, the Behind-the-Scenes of USC's "Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' Re-animated"!
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s immortal horror novel, Frankenstein, USC's Doheny Memorial Library and Alumni Park came alive with spine-tingling sights, sounds, and smells on April 4, 2019.
170 USC students and alumni, from all six of USC prestigious art schools (including 78 from Hench-DADA alone), re-animated Mary Shelley’s enduring classic, under the direction of digital artists Akiko Yamash*ta, Yo-Yo Lin (DADA BA '15), 20 USC faculty (including Lisa Mann, Maks Naporowski, Christine Panushka, Kathy Smith, Trixy Wattenbarger, Laura Yilmaz, John Brennan) and 6 Library staff.
Digital projection mapping transformed the Library’s exterior into a vibrant, electronic palette for re-telling the original story. Dancers and actors performed live against a backdrop of animation set to a chilling musical score. The Frankenflatable sculptures, the Dr. Frankenhead interactive game, the Faces of Frankenstein custom Snapchat filters, and the Smell-o-vision custom scents, added immersive and interactive elements.
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 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. Alumni too. Fight On!
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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.
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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.
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.
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.)
Countdown to "Breaking the Glass Frame"!
Save the Date: First Frame 2018, April 13th. Less than 2 months away!
#FirstFrame #screening #savethedate #introsneakpeak video by MFA student Jenn Fortnash #animation #usc
In honor of Mar's birthday, 18 of our students got together to rotoscope a video of him dancing. The result? A celebration of creativity, collaboration and the man who provides endless inspiration to our DADA community. Happy Birthday, Mar! #marmonday #rotoscope #animation #rockingchair #dance #birthday
In honor of Mar's birthday, 18 of our students got together and rotoscoped a video of him dancing. The result? A celebration of creativity, collaboration and the man who provides endless inspiration to our DADA community. Happy Birthday, Mar! #marmonday #rotoscope #animation #rockingchair #dance #birthday
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
Hello! I'm looking for a storyboard artist for a project I'm working on. This is a *paid gig*
If interested, please email me at [email protected]
The Cartoon Network Studios Talent Development team is proud to announce the Portfolio Advice Series!
This is a series of free webinars about tips for building portfolios targeted for the TV animation industry, as well as Cartoon Network Studios. These webinars are for animation students, recent grads, or anyone looking to get into the animation industry! More info here:
The Cartoon Network Studios Talent Development team is proud to announce the Portfolio Advice Series!
This is a series of free webinars about tips for building portfolios targeted for the TV animation industry, as well as Cartoon Network Studios.
These webinars are for animation students, recent grads, or anyone looking to get into the animation industry!
More info here: http://www.cartoonnetworkstudios.com/studio/portfolio-advice-series
Nickelodeon Writing Program, now open for applications!
Calling all writers! The NWP submission period is officially open, now through August 1st. Don’t wait!
Go to http://nickwriting.com for details about this year’s requirements and to apply.
Here is what my art therapy group will be offering this weekend...... a sneak peek at some of the details, and a sample image of something that I whipped up contained in the registration packet. There are two events open to the public. meant to inform people that recovery from mental illness is always possible, no matter how severe the symptoms. It just takes work, faith, love, and a lot of community support. Sometimes talent helps, too, but truly self-love and courage does more than half the job. So this grant was funded to help me help alert the community to tools like Whole Health Action Management, and all the community supports that are out there. Again, this is open to any one, and is FREE.
This Saturday and Sunday, and you must register online for the 1 hr slots in Santa monica and Culver City from
Thank you for your support
Sandra Cheng, author of http://wisforweb.com
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!
Great offer for all animators
Special discount 75% code ani2019 for animators this week. Submissions close at the end of December