2014 Spring Class Work Screening and Pizza Party

Seminar will be in SCI 106 tonight!

1. CTAN 102 – Trixy Sweetvittles

15 freshman students, TRT 10 minutes


2.  CTAN 522 Seminar – Lisa Mann

4 Seminar Final Presentations: 20 minutes: Catalina, Alicja, Christina, Zheng Kang

“Wonderland Unbound” projects
47 MFA 1,2,3 students, TRT– 13 mins


3. Animation Documentary- Sheila Sofian

8 students in class: BA 3, BA 4, MFA 1 and MFA 3, and Visiting Artists,  TRT 3:30 mins


4. CTAN 547 Production  1 – Eric Hanson

15 MFA-1 students, TRT 25 mins


TOTAL TIME: approx. 90 mins, followed by pizza party on the 2nd floor SCB balcony

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Week sixteen: The Art of The Pitch: A special evening with Stephen Hillenburg!

The creator and executive producer of one of Nickelodeon’s most popular animated series SpongeBob SquarePants will discuss the fine points of pitching an original show. He will bring his SpongeBob pitch bible and will screen the pilot that launched the hugely popular series.

Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg



SpongeBob SquarePants has received numerous Emmy nominations and ASIFA Annie awards. Hillenburg’s first feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie debuted in 2004 and he is currently writing the sequel.

Stephen received his MFA in 1992 from CalArts in Experimental Animation, and a BS from Humboldt State University in natural science with an emphasis in marine biology. As a graduate student, Hillenburg made several independent animated films, including The Green Beret and Wormholes, which have been exhibited internationally in such festivals as Annecy, Hiroshima, Ottawa, Oberhausen and the Los Angeles Animation Celebration.

"The Green Beret"

“The Green Beret”

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Hillenburg worked as an exhibit preparator and science educator for kids. “Working as a marine science educator, I had the chance to see how enamored kids are with undersea life, especially tide pool creatures. By combining this knowledge with my love for animation, I came up with SpongeBob SquarePants.”

He also served as creative director on the Nickelodeon animated series Rocko’s Modern Life, in that show’s last season.

SpongeBob SquarePants has received an Emmy nomination 6 times since 2002. The show won a Golden Reel award in 2008. It received an Annie for Best Writing in Television in 2005 and in 2004 for TV Production. In 2002, the series won the Television Critic’s Award for Best Children’s Program. In 2003, Comedy Central nominated SpongeBob SquarePants for its “Commie Awards” in the category of Funniest Animated TV Series. Also in 2002, Hillenburg was the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation’s Statue Award in film. Hillenburg was honored in 2001 by Heal the Bay (Southern California’s premiere environmental public interest group) with the organization’s highest honor, the Walk the Talk Award. He received this award for elevating marine life awareness through SpongeBob SquarePants.

"Hollywood Blvd., USA"

“Hollywood Blvd., USA”

Tonight in Seminar, Stephen will screen his CalArts MFA 2 film The Green Beret and premiere his new hand-drawn experimental animation Hollywood Blvd, USA.

Steve talks to Hench- DADA students after Seminar presentation

Steve talks to Hench-DADA students after his Seminar presentation

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Week Fifteen: Alumni Panel

Maria Sequeira, MFA 2012


Maria is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been honored by numerous film festivals & the Student Academy Awards.  She is a Motion Graphics artist specializing in mixed-media techniques including stop-motion and live-action integration. She has freelanced at 72 & Sunny, Transmission Inc, Coyote Post, and has directed some animations on a freelance basis. Born in Nicaragua, Maria built a foundation in fine art & animation at UC Berkeley & USC, and now  lives & works in downtown Los Angeles. www.mformaria.com

Kendra Ryan, MFA 2010


Kendra Ryan animates things.  Before earning her MFA in Animation and Digital Art at USC, she studied painting at Miami University.  That school is in Ohio — please do not think she spent any time at the beach.  In fact, the only time she has ever gone to Florida was when she was 7 years old, on a family trip to Disneyworld, where she first encountered her enduring love for Space Mountain.  Ms. Ryan currently works for a lovely company called Buck, in downtown Los Angeles, California.  She eagerly awaits the remodel of Clifton’s, which is only a few blocks away from Buck’s office.  And even now, so far from Ohio, Kendra Ryan does not spend nearly enough time at the beach.

Louis Morton, MFA 2013


Louis graduated from the MFA program in 2013. His thesis film Passer Passer has been selected to Sundance, Annecy and many other festivals. He is currently working as a freelance animator and designer while directing his next short film, a recipient of the USC Sloan Grant. He has worked for yU+co, Buck, Picture Mill, Stardust, and Laundry.

Miguel Jiron, MFA 2013


Miguel is an animator + director based in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, he works as a storyboard artist for Illumination Entertainment. His work has screened at film festivals around the world, such as SXSWOttawa International Animation Film Festival, New York International Children’s FestivalTIFFand has been profiled by NPRRadiolabAndrew Sullivan’s The Dish, and Vimeo.Previously,  Miguel was a painting assistant for Takashi Murakami in his New York and Tokyo based studios. His illustrations have been published in National Geographic Adventure, World Policy Journal, Resource Magazine, Inside Counsel Magazine, and The Atlantic (online), among others.

Lisa Anderson, BA 2011


Lisa graduated from USC’s undergraduate animation program in 2011.  Shortly after graduation, she began working for Nickelodeon on the show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Over the course of her time at Nickelodeon, she worked her way up from intern to Lead Character Technical Director.  She recently transitioned to DreamWorks, where she works as a Lead Character Technical Director for Dreamworks’ new TV division.

Daisy Church, MFA 2004


Daisy Church works and lives in San Francisco as an artist and illustrator.

She has worked extensively as a flash broadcast animator for both television and mobile games. Her work has been seen on Cartoon Network, HBO, MTV, Adult Swim, Nick Jr, Disney Interactive Games and Disney Playhouse, amongst others.

She loves to paint and work on her personal fine art, and actively exhibits her work in galleries worldwide. She actively curates and organizes art shows featuring low-brow and entertainment industry artists in San Francisco.

In her free time, Daisy loves to travel with her husband and artist partner in crime, Damon O’Keefe.

Laura Yilmaz, MFA 2010


Laura Yilmaz is an animator and animation director with an oddly scattershot professional history.  She has worked as a 2D traditional animator for commercial studios (Buck, Mirada, Royale, Stardust, Duck Soup), a senior VFX/compositing artist on the upcoming stop motion feature “Hell & Back” (ShadowMachine), as well as directing commissioned PSA, TV, and music video projects.  Most recently she designed & directed three animated shorts for the show “Triptank” (ShadowMachine), currently airing on Comedy Central. Her short films have traveled to festivals around the world, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, Animafest Zagreb, and Animation Block Party. Her USC thesis film “Places Other People Have Lived” toured the US as the Best Animated Film of the 2012 Black Maria Film Festival, and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards.

Laura teaches animation whenever she can, including courses at USC’s summer session in Los Angeles CA, SACI International Art Center in Florence Italy, California State Summer School for the Arts in Valencia CA, and Sitka Summer Arts Camp in Sitka AK.  She has also run workshops for ImMEDIAte Justice, a media arts program for urban teenage girls, in both Los Angeles, CA and Kampala, Uganda. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her loving husband and two ungrateful cats.

Eric Law Anderson, MFA 2001


Eric is an independent filmmaker. He started his professional career at Columbia/Sony Pictures, writing a sci-fi feature film titled GIANTS based on his original story. He has also worked as an animator and visual effects artist for both TV and film. He continues writing screenplays, working as a CG artist, and writing/producing/directing independent films through Giant Dolphin Pictures, a film production company co-founded with filmmaker and AFI grad Thom Southerland. Eric’s latest independent short film “The Looking Planet” premieres later this month at the Newport Beach Film Festival. His MFA film “Horses on Mars” played at festivals all over the world, including Sundance Film Festival, and won a College Emmy, an Audience Award for best short film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and qualified for Academy Award consideration. 

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Week fourteen: Pixar Co-founder and President Ed Catmull in person, discussing his new book “Creativity, Inc.”

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SCA 108, 7:00pm. Please arrive at 6:50 to check in and claim your reserved seat.



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Week thirteen: Svankmajer vs. Disney–A Tale of Two Alices

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Week twelve: JAN NAGEL: Entertainment Marketing Diva


Networking: The Art of Building Relationships

“The more you give, the more you get.”

Networking is a way of life. You do this every time you ask someone for the best restaurant, a referral to a dentist or which is the hippest nightspot. In return you give advice, give the name of a friend that has a service you think the other person would need or offer some other useful information.

Networking is a vital function for your career. In the entertainment business it is all about “who you know.” To make it work you need to know your goals and how to ask for what you want. This workshop will give you the tools that you can use throughout your career and your life. You will be exploring:

Networking: The Art of Building Relationships
“The more you give, the more you get.”

Introduction to Networking for the Creative Person

Networking is the Art of Building Relationships

The Creative Principles of Networking

Practicing the Principles

Jan Nagel’s Bio:    As an entertainment marketing professional since 1991, Jan Nagel has worked with recognized and award-winning feature and television production studios, including Dream Quest Images, Calico Entertainment and VirtualMagic Animation.  As a consultant and business owner, Jan brings her experience and expertise to clients such as Original Force 3D in Nanjing China, Maya Digital Studios in Mumbai, India, Santo Domingo Films in Mexico, Pandoodle in Silicon Valley, Morpho in Costa Rica, Rhythm & Hues and other animation and visual effects companies.

Prior to her entertainment marketing career, Jan worked for Fortune 500 advertising agencies, providing advertising and recruitment marketing for client, such as U.S. Army, Hughes Aircraft and Century 21 Real Estate, and served as associate publisher for four career magazines.

 As a founding member and president emeritus of the board of directors of Women In Animation International, a professional association, Jan participates as an active member of many entertainment organizations such as ASIFA-Hollywood and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 Jan currently teaches the Business of Animation in the graduate animation program at University of Southern California.  As a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art + Design, she teaches a year-long course in business and career development to digital media seniors.  As an Adjunct Professor, Jan teaches an online course for the Academy of Entertainment and Technologies at Santa Monica College.  To support education, she serves on the industry advisory committees at Santa Monica College, College of the Canyons, Pasadena City College and others.

 Jan has also published numerous articles on the topics of animation, co-production and the pitch.  Her blog, “Behind The Deal,” is featured on http://www.AWN.com.  She is a noted speaker and frequent guest lecturer on the worldwide business of animation and entertainment careers.  She has presented at the International Forum on China Cultural Industry in Shanxi Province, China, KidScreen Summit, UCLA Extension, USC Master’s Program and has moderated panels for BAFTA, Visual Effects Society, Los Angeles Central Library and Women In Animation.

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Week eleven: Huckleberry Lain (aka Paul Shepherd)

This week in Seminar, we veer away from the animation industry into a discussion and presentation of experimental film works encompassing visual music, expanded cinema, and new media.

Long-standing organizations such as Anthology Film Archives in New York City, the EchoPark Film Center and the iotaCenter in LA, and Artists Television Access in San Francisco are dedicated to showcasing independent experimental cinema and stand as proof of its longevity. Hench-DADA alumnus Huckleberry Lain will discuss his experience working with each of these organizations, his collaborations with musicians and other artists, and tips on how best to traverse the art film world as an emerging experimental filmmaker.

The eclectic program curated by Lain from the iotaCenter library includes many styles, important classics, documents of interactive installations, new media art, and a selection of his own works.


1. Mary Ellen Bute – New Sensations in Sound (1.25) 1958

2. Chris Casady – Son of Puddle Jumper (1.30) 2009

3. Huckleberry Lain – First Look ’08 Intro, Parallel (excerpt) 2009 Antiquities for the Queen of Angels (10.25) 2013

4. Larry Cuba – Calculated Movement (6.30) 1985

5. Adam Beckett – Heavy Light (7.00) 1973

6. Sky David – Lumia Nocturna (3.26) 1974

7. Sara Petty – Furies (3.00) 1977

8. Laura Heit – The Deep Dark (7.06) 2011

9. Stephanie Maxwell – Nocturne (3.00) 1999

10.Naomi Uman – Removed (5.50) 1999

11.Jacques Perconte – Apres Le Feu (7.08) 2010

12.Dr Strangeloop – Fields (Part 1, 6.36) 2012

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IotaCenter Mission:

IotaCenter is a public benefit, non-profit arts organization founded in 1994. Our mission is to inspire both new and existing artists in a historically dispersed and constantly changing technological environment. We aim to do this by foregrounding and contextualizing historically underrepresented experimental and visual music works, enriching current scholarly and academic inquiry into the artists and works in our collection, and providing our community of patrons with a foundation with which to a) study historical work and b) create new work. In other words, the end of one work’s life cycle can inspire the beginning of another. Iota is dedicated to fostering a community of artists by engaging them with our fourprograms: community, exhibition, research and preservation. We work with other like-minded organizations to exhibit and distribute underrepresented experimental works; foster research and discovery by maintaining an archive, on-site library and website; and preserve the films, artwork and paper material in our collections.

Huckleberry Lain bio:

A DADA alumni, Huckleberry Lain has directed, animated and produced dozens of shortfilms, advertisements, online video projects and multimedia installations over a 13 year span and recently won an award for his latest film in Sydney. He has studied under leaders in the field of filmmaking both inside and outside of academia including Mike Kuchar, Bradley Eros, Larry Cuba, Kathryn Smith, Christine Panushka, Maasaki Tanabe and many other esteemed filmmakers. Huckleberry has also curated and programmed numerous events during his time as the Artistic Director of NewTown, a volunteer and Board Member of the iotaCenter, the founder of piXel (+) freQuency gallery and on other occasions as a guest curator. A current artist in the Oakland based collective, ABCO ArtSpace. He has been involved in an assortment of projects highlighting the illustrious past of experimental cinema and animation including producing three DVD’s on legendary animators Adam K. Beckett, Robert Darroll and Bill Alves, as well as performing in the films of Mike Kuchar and Marie Losier.

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