The 12th Annual Animation Show of Shows!

November 29, 2010 20 comments

Curated and presented by Acme Filmworks founder Ron Diamond, the Animation Show of Shows features the most acclaimed and exceptional animated shorts produced worldwide during the past year.

These outstanding works are at the cutting edge of animation, pushing creative boundaries and using the latest technologies. As in previous years, the 2010 program features films in a variety of styles from all over the world, including Poland, Chile, the UK, and France. Many have won major awards at international film festivals, notably the 2010 Annecy International Grand Prix winner, THE LOST THING, by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann.


Justin and Shel Rasch

November 3, 2010 28 comments

Before teaming up with Shel, Justin wrote, directed and animated several short films on his own. With over 12 years of professional animation experience, Justin now works as a Lead Animator at for Sony Video Games as well as periodically contributing animations to various feature film and TV show projects. He graduated from Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1996. Shel has a background in theater and dance; her Choreographic Works have been widely commissioned and well received throughout the US. Together, Justin and Shel own the production company Stunt Puppet Pictures, which is currently producing several projects including pre-production on a new Stop Motion Animation Feature Film. Justin and Shel live in Los Angeles with their three continual motion kids.

Heather Kenyon

October 27, 2010 30 comments

Heather Kenyon is the Vice President of Project Development and Sales for Starz Animation, a Division of Starz Media. She is the former senior director of development, original series at Cartoon Network, where she focused on the development of animated comedy, comedy adventure, action adventure and live-action series for children 6-11 years old. Prior to joining Cartoon Network, she was editor-in-chief of Animation World Network , a leading Internet publisher of animation news, information and resources, and was responsible for managing the site’s editorial and writing efforts. Kenyon began her career in animation at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. As Manager of the Production Information department, she was responsible for providing information and materials from current productions to all TBS departments worldwide, as well as artistic staffing and festival involvement. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from the Filmic Writing Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.

John Andrews

October 20, 2010 27 comments

John Andrews is based at Klasky Csupo, Inc. where he serves the duel roles of executive producer/creative director of ka-chew!, the company’s spot-making operation, and head of production for all animation projects at the studio. Since joining in 1998, Andrews has developed a large roster of animation directors ( and produced commercials for clients including Samsung, McDonalds, Gogurt, Campbells, Nature Made, Burger King, Mucinex, Keebler, Nabisco, and Minute Maid. The studio has also created promos and show opens for networks including MTV, Nick, A&E, Bravo, E!, and ABC.

John was formerly at MTV Networks in New York from 1992-1997 where he produced Beavis and Butthead. He became VP of Animation in 1994 and supervised series including Daria, Aeon Flux, and MTV’s Oddities (The Maxx & The Head) as well as commissioning station ID’s and overseeing pilot production. He was also the co-producer of the theatrical feature Beavis & Butt-Head do America. John is also the Co-Director of the Los Angeles Animation Festival which will have its second incarnation this December 3-5 at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax.

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Alumni Panel

October 14, 2010 33 comments

Panel discussion with USC Hench-DADA alumni representing different areas of the animation industry. This is your opportunity to learn and ask questions from a wide network of Hench-DADA alumni! Reception following the panel discussion.

Benjamin Hendricks
Greg Araya
Melissa Fontanini
David Bazelon
Hsin-I Tseng
Will Meyer
Shish Aikat
Adriana Jaroszewicz
Michael Walsh

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Brooke Keesling

October 6, 2010 30 comments

Brooke Keesling is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, educator and overall lover of life. She has worked in visual effects for nearly a decade and is currently the Director of Development at New Deal Studios, a full-service visual effects commercial and film production studio, best known for their work on feature films such as The Dark Knight, The Aviator, Iron Man, I Am Legend, The Departed, Watchmen, Alice in Wonderland, and Shutter Island.

Hench-DADA VISITING ARTISTS: Alberto Hermida and Birgitta Hosea

September 29, 2010 30 comments
Alberto Hermida is a graduate in Media, a researcher and professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising (School of Media, University of Seville, Spain) and a visiting research fellow in the School of Media, Film and Music (University of Sussex,Brighton). Under the FPU research scholarship (a researcher and professor four-year training scholarship granted by the Spanish Government), Hermida is visiting the USC Hench-DADA program for a short-term research period. His thesis examines the deep impact that digital technologies have in the evolution and transformation of moving-image-collage, turning it into a key technique around contemporary audiovisual culture.
Birgitta Hosea is an artist and animator based in London and working in the field of expanded animation. Her work investigates hybrid forms of practice in which animation meets live presence. She has coined the term ‘post-animation’ to describe her practice, because it uses the tools of animation, but does not take the form of an animated film. Rather she creates interdisciplinary works that de-construct conventional notions of animation. Her interest is in exploring animation as both performance and performative act. Is it possible to be both ‘animator’ and also ‘animated’ at the same time?