Careers In Film Summit - October 14th

The Academy will present its 3rd annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday, October 14th, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The day-long event will provide high school and college students the opportunity to learn about careers in the motion picture industry, as well as hear from Academy members, Oscar-winning and nominated filmmakers, and other industry professionals about the skills, education and hard work required to achieve success. The summit includes six panel discussions that also will be live-streamed on

The final panel of the day – starting at 4:20pm – presents five of the leading animation artists in the field today, who will offer students firsthand knowledge of working in the industry and identify essential skills for their respective careers. Sessions also will incorporate film clips and Q & As with students.

All Things Animation – Panelists, 4:20pm, Oct. 14, 2017

Dale Baer, animator, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
Neysa Bové, visual development artist, “Moana”
Everett Downing Jr., animator/story artist, “Boss Baby”
Jorge Gutiérrez, director-character designer, “The Book of Life”
Vanessa Morrison, president, 20th Century Fox Animation
Simon Otto, head of character animation, “How to Train Your Dragon”
Moderated by Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s Managing Director, Preservation and Foundation Programs

Tickets for the Los Angeles event are free, but must be reserved in advance. For more information and to obtain tickets, click here.

Rhythms + Visions /Expanded + Live 3 @ USC

Parking is 12$ so park on the street!

Rhythms + Visions /Expanded + Live 3 - AfterLife by Angie Jones, Music composed by Bryan Curt Kostors from Angie Jones on Vimeo.

After Life by Angie Jones
6k render for a 70-foot installation
Music Composed By Bryan Curt Kostors 

:15 piece in the Rhythms & Visions Expanded Live Show projected in the park behind the USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts.

Refik Anadol, Miwa Matreyek, Davide Quayola and more!

April 28, 2017 Rhythms + Visions /Expanded + Live 3. Work from over 60 of our current students, alumni and faculty will be featured in the event!

Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 3 will light up the outdoor spaces of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex in an evening of music, interactive animation, projection mapping, animated inflatables, and virtual reality. Innovative artists Refik Anadol, Miwa Matreyek, and Patterson + Reckinger will perform an eclectic program of contemporary visual music and audio-visual art.

Groundbreaking artist Refik Anadol, who has performed visuals with the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall, will create imagery on a super-panoramic 70-foot screen to live performances by Grammy Award–winning pianist Gloria Cheng and guzheng player Zi-Zhu Zhao. Patterson + Reckinger’s kinetic op-art abstractions will be accompanied by toy piano trio, Thomas Feng, Alexa Constantine, Dante Luna. Music by composers John Adams, Esa Pekka Salonen (piano), Tristan Perich (3 toy pianos and 3-channel, one-bit electronics) and Pantawit Kiangsiri (guzheng) will be performed live.

On a second stage, Miwa Matreyek performs her fantastical shadow theatre work, The World Made Itself, inside a multi-projection stage. Miwa takes us on a journey through her surrealistic and magical worlds as she interacts within the projection. She has performed her work at MoMA, the Tate Modern, REDCAT, and Sundance. The VR Visual Music Lounge will offer exciting virtual-reality musical experiences and interactive installations from international artists as well as USC faculty and students.

Check out this teaser for the Bjork VR experience, which will be featured in the VR Visual Music Lounge.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Produced by Michael Patterson, Candace Reckinger, Eric Hanson (Cinematic Arts).

SIGGRAPH Opens Registrations - Back in LA!

Registration is open now for SIGGRAPH 2017, running July 30-August 3 in Los Angeles for its 44th conference and exhibition, which Conference Chair Jerome Solomon promises will be “bigger and better than ever.” Passes are available for the full week, single day or exhibition-only at

Academy Reveals 2016 Student Oscar Winners

once-upon-a-line-alicja-jasinaI am so proud of one of my USC students, Alicja Jasina, who one a student academy award in animation for her film - Once upon a Line.

LOS ANGELES -- The Academy has voted 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year -- 1,749 films from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities -- which were voted by a record number of Academy members. The 2016 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.


The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):


All These Voices, David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute
Cloud Kumo, Yvonne Ng, City College of New York
The Swan Girl, Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management

Die Flucht, Carter Boyce, DePaul University
Once upon a Line, Alicja Jasina, USC
The Wishgranter, Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design

Fairy Tales, Rongfei Guo, New York University
4.1 Miles, Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley
From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City, Elise Conklin, Michigan State University

It’s Just a Gun, Brian Robau, Chapman University
Nocturne in Black, Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
Rocket, Brenna Malloy, Chapman University
Foreign Narrative

Invention of Trust, Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film Munich (Germany)
Tenants, Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School (Poland)
Where the Woods End, Felix Ahrens, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
Foreign Animation

Ayny, Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany)
Foreign Documentary

The Most Beautiful Woman, Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

ILM Art Department Challenge

ILM Art Department Challenge


Brought to you by ILM, Wacom and ArtStation.

Hosts: David Nakabayashi, Alex Jaeger, Kilian Plunkett, Doug Chiang, Kevin Jenkins, Yanick Dusseault, Aaron McBride, Stephen Tappin, Christian Alzmann, Amy Beth Christenson, Ryan Church, Thang Le, James Clyne, Jason Horley, Bianca Draghici, Erik Tiemens

The Job—Working as a Concept Artist:  Brief

Key dates
Part 1 Submissions start: 11 July 2016
Part 1 Submissions end: 14 July 2016 (this is not a final deadline. You will have a chance to tweak the submission)


Call for Submissions: Yule Log 2016

Now in it’s 4th year, Yule Log 2.0 is a collection of short films created by various artists that are bringing the Yule Log tradition into the digital age.

It’s an opportunity to showcase your work alongside some of the most talented artists in the world. It’s also a chance to make a difference. We’re raising funds to support Camp Interactive in the Bronx, NY. It’s a place where kids can learn to code (and canoe).

Last Year's (2015) Submissions

Yule Log Website

Submit Your Portfolio

Behind the Scenes of Zootopia: Gnomon Alumni Panel

Join Gnomon on Thursday, May 19th, at 7:30 PM for an evening with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Hear from five Gnomon alumni about how they landed roles at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and discover their experiences working on 2016’s animated animal comedy-adventure, Zootopia. Alberto Abril (Animator), Chika Saito (Modeler), Diana Zeng (Lighter), Dylan Ekren (Modeler), and Tyler Bolyard (Look Development Artist) will talk about their unique journeys into dream jobs at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and will discuss their contributions to Zootopia. Whether you're a professional or aspiring artist, student or a fan of Disney movies, the evening promises to offer an insightful look into the many roles that contribute to making a blockbuster animated film, while the personal stories from six artists will inspire those looking to break into the industry.

The event is free and open to the public. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. Due to the nature of the work that will be presented, the event will not be streamed online, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from these five artists in person at the Gnomon campus in Hollywood.


7:30 PM — 8:30 PM: Behind the Scenes of Zootopia: Gnomon Alumni Panel
8:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Audience Questions

Guest Speakers

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Chika SaitoModeler

Chika Saito (Modeler) models sets and props, working closely with the Art Directors to realize their vision into CG environments. She also partners with the layout department to deliver the model for their needs. "I believe the world we build has a lot of love because we put many thoughts and imagination into it,” Saito says. “I really love the process of bringing the characters’ world to life." As a child growing up in Miyazaki, Japan, Saito always loved animation and dreamed to work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Her dreams came true when she joined Disney Animation in 2013 to work onBig Hero 6.

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Dylan EkrenCharacter Modeling Supervisor

Dylan Ekren (Character Modeling Supervisor) is known for his ability to bridge design and modeling to bring life to characters at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Ekren graduated from Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation and started his career in CG as an illustrator, storyboard artist, and 3D generalist before joining Disney Animation in 2010. He has worked on films like Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, and most recently Zootopia. Dylan is a serious artist and a respected adult. One time he stayed up all night and wasn’t even tired.

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Tyler BolyardLook Development Artist

Tyler Bolyard (Look Development Artist) is responsible for painting textures for 3D characters, environments, and props. This includes creating shaders for their material qualities, creating and grooming hair and fur, as well as geometric instances for set dressing and environmental vegetation. "It's an honor to be a part of the Disney legacy bringing characters and environments to life to help tell amazing stories that connect with audiences all around the world," he says. Bolyard was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and spent summer breaks drawing caricatures at the local theme park. He attended Columbus College of Art and Design and Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation. His career at Walt Disney Animation Studios began in 2014 when he began working on Zootopia.

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Alberto AbrilAnimator

Alberto Abril (Animator) strives to create compelling and entertaining performances with every shot he touches. Born in Ecuador and raised in New York and New Jersey, his love of animation from an early age drove him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional animator. Abril received his BFA from Syracuse University and later attended Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation to further hone his craft. After graduation, he began his career as an apprentice animator on the film Alvin & The Chipmunks. In 2011 he joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as an animator working on Wreck-It Ralph and has since worked on Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia.

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Diana ZengLighting Artist

Diana Zeng (Lighting Artist) works with the Sequence Supervisor, Director of Cinematography, Art Director and Directors to light and compose the final visual look of the shot that is seen by audiences on the big screen. This means more than just shining light on the scene, it is a careful balance of color and composition of values in the frame so that it supports the storytelling. Zeng was born in China and lived in Boston before attending CalArts and Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation. She began her career at Disney Animation in 2011 working on the feature film Wreck-It Ralph. She most recently served as lighting supervisor on Zootopia.