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 SXSW, Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, New York International Children’s Festival, TIFFand has been profiled by NPR, Radiolab, Andrew 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.