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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? http://www.birgittahosea.co.uk/
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ADOBE DAY

September 22, 2010 32 comments
ADOBE DAY
Academy Award winning VFX artist Mike Kanfer and Adobe’s leading demo artist Karl Soule
showcase the latest innovations in CS5 including the new Cineform 3D stereo plug-in for
Premiere Pro.
Categories: 09/22/10 ADOBE DAY

Chen-yi Chang

September 15, 2010 30 comments

Chen-Yi Chang is probably best known for his design work for Disney’s Mulan. He has been in the animation industry since the age of 15, working in his native country Taiwan for various productions and for US companies. After graduation from CalArts, he joined Warner Brothers Animation, doing character design on Batman, the Animated Series. Later he joined Disney Feature Animation, working on animated features like Mulan, Tarzan, Atlantis, Home on the Range, Bolt, and many others, mainly as a character designer and story artist. He has been honored by a Reuben Award for his design, and received an Annie Award nomination for his story work. He is currently working at DreamWorks as a story artist.

William Lebeda

September 8, 2010 39 comments

William Lebeda is a graphic designer, animator and director who has worked in the field of entertainment design for the last fifteen years. Currently he is Creative Director of Picture Mill, a Hollywood-based motion design studio. Since joining Picture Mill in 1995, William has designed and directed projects for motion pictures, advertising agencies and television, ranging from Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds to Citibank to HBO. In 2007, William directed the 2nd Unit for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. William has recently completed work for The Last Airbender, Jonah Hex, and The Other Guys as well as countless other film and television projects. He is particularly delighted to have been named the best and worst film title designer (The ID Forty, February 2003) for two wildly different projects: Panic Room for David Fincher,and Signs for M. Night Shyamalan.

http://www.picturemill.com/index.html

Ciro Nieli

September 1, 2010 38 comments

Ciro Nieli was born in London close to midnight. His childhood years were spent in Philadelphia watching Horror and kung-fu movies on UHF while tending the telephone at his father’s pizza shop. Drawing constantly at an early age, comic books and cartoons soon forged a definite path for his future. He graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in animation. His thesis film Last Exit played to a host of indy festivals including the “Chicago Underground Film Festival” and “Medicine Wheel”. In 1999, after years of teaching children, animating local used car commercials and a Wu-Tang video from his bedroom, he moved to Hollywood, where real cartoons are made.

His Hollywood cartoon career began with a storyboard revisionist position on Family Guy. Ciro eventually opened his own animation studio, Nebulous Films, producing content for the Flash explosion online. Eventually, he returned to television, directing Teen Titans for Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network. In 2004, he created Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, which he executive produced 52 episodes for Walt Disney television, splitting his time between Los Angeles and Tokyo. He has since directed and or designed many projects including The Transformers, Dawn of the Dead, Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, DC comics’ SUPERFRIENDS, and most recently, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to be released in 2012 for Nickelodeon.

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