Cradle by Devon Manney

After winning the 2017 Student Academy Award, one of my USC students - Devon Manney is aiming for Oscar gold with his short following a veteran as he returns home from the Iraq War after losing both of his arms.

From Hollywood Reporter - The 23-year-old made Cradle as his senior-year thesis film at USC's animation program.

https://vimeo.com/220083389


Devon Manney - USC Alumnus’s Wins Silver Student Academy Award

https://vimeo.com/220083389

I am a little late on this but one of my USC Students won a silver medal in Animation at the Student Academy Awards.

CONGRATS DEVON!

Alumnus’s award-winning animated short explores phantom limb pain

“No one makes a film in a vacuum,” Manney said. “And ‘Cradle’ is indebted to so many beautiful souls and talented artists that it really just makes me dizzy to think about it.”


Gohyang “Home”

https://vimeo.com/216169205

Another USC student of mine's Undergrad thesis film - Kevin Kim

Congrats Kevin!

To see some behind the scenes art of this film - go here... 

http://www.kevinkhkim.net/gohyang-1/

A coming of age story that is inspired by Kevin's personal experience of moving from South Korea to the United States when he was a child.


Pink Dolphin - Trailer

https://vimeo.com/220373582

 

Pink Dolphin(2017) - Animated by Tuo Kan

One of my recent MFA Graduates - Tuo Kan's Trailer for his thesis film.  It's running the festival circuit so you can only see the trailer but its funny and amazing!


Somewhere Up There

https://vimeo.com/217095468

Another one of my recently graduated senior's thesis films from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. Congrats Mason!


Kate Lin - Color 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf7cLXHeOUM

One of my USC animation minor's films from last year - Kate Lin - Color.


Match by Danny Munoz

https://vimeo.com/217071375

password: match

You might remember me mentioning Danny Munoz' kickstarter campaign for his senior thesis film. Danny was smart and created a several crowd funding campaign to support his senior thesis.

Match - indiegogo

Well, he finished the film and graduated the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.

His film called Match.

More about Danny here.


The Fox and the Hound Gif

this is dedicated to my hard working student Danny Munoz, who has a similar shot in his thesis film...  MATCH and is working hard to get his film rendered for thesis review tomorrow!


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!
http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679213

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!

DESCRIPTION:
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).


USC’s School of Cinematic Arts presents ‘First Frame 2017’ April 21st!

I am so proud of my students at USC. Come out and see some of the films!  My MFA student from 2016 Jessie Wang created the film below - 8'Oclock shadow.

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts presents First Frame 2017, the annual showcase featuring the latest achievements in animation from students and alumni in the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts (Hench-DADA).

The showcase will feature original student work spanning all forms of animation including experimental and character, hand-drawn, stop motion, digital 2D and 3D, and virtual reality. A jury composed of full-time animation faculty selected the line-up of projects.

The event is free and open to the public. To view clips of the participating projects, visit the First Frame 2017 web site.


POKEY POKEY by Jake Zhang

A message from one of my students at USC regarding his film - POKEY POKEY...

The Pokey Team: composer Pantawit Kiangsiri, sound designer Katie Gately, producer Zhen Zeng, graphic designer Shangning Wang, one of story creators Xu Zhou, Chinese version theme song creator 黃衍仁, voice actor Ross Huguet, Music Engineer Dan Blanck, animation helpers Jinzhi Du, Fan Feng, Wan Jinyue, etc. Thank you Joshua Weisbrod for helping revising the script. And sure thanks to the great USC faculties and staffs for your support and help: Mike Patterson, Candace Reckinger, Sheila M. Sofian, David Fain, Tom Sito, Christine Panushka, Mike Fink, Lisa Mann, Bethany Sparks, Liz Gill Brauer, Eric Hanson, Kathy Smith, Mar Elepano, Sandrine Faucher Cassidy, Eileen Chiao.
Thank you all my classmates from Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts. and big thanks to my family especially my wife Xiaowen Liang.

Thank you all and I will keep creating.

Behance project: https://www.behance.net/…/POKEY-POKEY-animated-short-(dark-…
7 Palms Entertainment, LLC, CUT-UP Distribution,

POKEY POKEY

A father attempts to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of the crime-ridden city...
Festivals & Awards list: (updated Jan 2017)
● Winner of Special Storytelling Designation - Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
● Best Animation - Bucharest Short Film Festival 2016
● Nomination of Best Animation - Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
● Official Selection - Bogota Short Film Festival 2016 (Columbia)
● Official Selection - 43rd Athens International Film + Video Festival 2016 (Academy Award® Qualifying)
● Winner & Official Selection - Animaze Daze Festival Animation Day in Cannes Film Festival (France)
● The Best 2d Project - The Vision Feast 2016
● Best Animation - Diversanima Festival 2015 (Chile)
● Special Mention: Animation - Festigious Film Festival 2016
● National Award: Special Mention - Shnit International Short Film Festival 2016 (Multiple cities all over the world)
● Official Selection - Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2016 (US)
● Finalist of Student & Youth Media - 59th CINE Golden Eagle Award
● Distinction Award - Athens Animation Festival 2016 (Greece)
● Official Selection - 17th San Diego Asia Film Festival (US)
● Second Place Award - Audience Award Animation Shorts Film Competition
● Best Sound - The British Animation Film Festival (London)
● Official Selection - Toronto Reel Asia International Film Festival (Canada)
● Official Selection - DC Shorts Film Festival (US)
● Official Selection - Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival (Japan)
● Official Selection - Tally Shorts Films Festival 2016
● Official Selection - Dam Short Film Festival 2017 (US)
● Official Selection - 6th Ars Independent Festival 2016 (Poland)
● Official Selection - 12th Monterrey Intl. Film Festival 2016 (MX)
● Official Selection - Court Métrange International Festival 2016 (France)
● Official Selection - BANJALUKA International Animated Film Festival 2016
● Official Selection - 12th Budapest Short Film Festival 2016 (HU)
● Official Selection - Havah International Short FIlm Festival 2016
● Official Selection - KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2015
● Official Selection - 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival (United States)
● Official Selection - Underexposed Film Festival 2016 (United States)
● Official Selection - RabbitFest International Animation Festival 2016 (Italy)
● Nomination of Best Animation - USC First Look Film Festival 2016
● Foreign Film Bronze Award - The 13th Global Chinese Universities Film and TV Festival (Hong Kong)
● Silver Medal - 1st Golden Shuanmazhuan Student Film Festival (China)
● Official Selection - Corfu Animation Festival 2015 (Greece)
● Official Selection - Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (Mexico)
● Official Selection - USC First Frame Festival (USA)
● Official Selection - Animasyros International Animation Festival (Greece)
● Official Selection - Indiearth Animation Film Festival (India)
● Official Selection - Kuala Lumpur ECO Film Festival (Malaysia)
● Official Selection - Spark Animation Festival 2015 (Vancouver, Canada)
● Official Selection - Laguna Film Festival 2015 (USA)
● Official Selection - Weyauwega International Film Festival 2015 (USA)
● Official Selection - 66th Montecatina International Short Film Festival (USA)
● Official Selection - Twister Alley International Film Festival 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - The DRAWTASTIC Festival of Drawing & Animation 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Animation Attack! 2016
● Official Selection - ANNY: Animation Night New York 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Animation Nights New York Best of Fest 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Xining FIRST International Film Festival (China)
● Official Selection - ScareLA 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - 10th A Night of Horror/ Fantastic Planet Film Festival (Australia)
● Official Selection - British Animation Film Festival 2016 (England)
● Official Selection - Berkeley Video & Film Festival (2016) (US)
● Official Selection - 6th Irvine Film Festival 2017 (US)


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.

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The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative

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
Animation

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

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
Narrative

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)


A Few spots still Open at iAnimate for WS5 - Instructor Angie Jones

I have 4 spots left in my WS5 course at iAnimate... 
to learn more about the workshops at iAnimate.

iAnimate Student Spotlight - Matt Roe

Matt Roe was my student last Spring 2014 in the iAnimate WS4 - Facial Acting and also my student for WS3 - Advanced Body Mechanics Fall 2013 at iAnimate  Matt killed every shot he started.  

The piece with the church door he is trying to open was a VERY long piece of Advanced Body mechanics and I worried he might not finish... but he completed it in spades.  The piece with Sheldon playing a mafia type from around the way (Deniro's voice) is definitely my favorite, but he also nailed the subtlety on the last shot of his reel with the clip of the character against the fridge.  I am so proud of Matt's work and I know he will not be a free agent for long.

Check out Matt's work here!

iAnimate Student Spotlight - Ngan Chung

Ngan Chung was my student last Fall 2013 and she blew me away.  She has an incredible sense of timing and her dramatic piece was as good as her comedic work in my class.  The first shot is my favorite of her work though.  She used smear and blur frames effectively and her personal acting reference was spot on the first time she posted.  She would probably kill me if I posted her reference here, but there is a lot of Ngan in that first shot and I think that is why I like it so much.
Check out Ngan's work here!

iAnimate Student Spotlight - Rod Dimayuga

Rodolfo Dimayuga was a joy to teach at iAnimate. I seriously looked forward to his submissions every time we met. He also pushed past the basic criteria of a closeup for acting and added psycho logic gesture and attitude beyond the original acting clip had.

Rod took my WS4 - Facial and Dialog Acting Class Summer of 2013. He did two great pieces with me in that class and I show the work on my WS4-5 student example reel as some of the best.

(Clips are on the reel above)
1 - Chief Orman clip.
2 - Passed Gas clip.

Rod is normally a humble shy guy, but when he created reference for his shots the true thespian came out. He also entertained my idea of using other student performances when he animated the female character and chose the best selects from that to work from for his animations. Rod has been hired at Rainmaker now, and I wish his all the best in his career.  He is very talented and will go far.


Workshop 4 and Workshop 5 Feature Student Work iAnimate - Instructor Angie Jones

This is a collection of the best of the best work by my students at iAnimate in Workshop 4 - Close Up Acting and Workshop 5 Full Body Acting. Above is a sample of the past three years. Each student's name is located in the top left corner and workshop level in the bottom right.

I will be teaching my usual three Workshops this Summer, at iAnimate.net starting in May... and the classes are filling fast!
Workshop 3 - Advanced Body Mechanics - 1 spot open
Workshop 4 - Close Up Acting - 2 spots still open
Workshop 5 - Full Body Acting - 4 spots still open
Click here ianimate.net/workshops/feature.html to learn more about the workshops I teach at iAnimate

I like to combine the lectures for WS4 and WS5, since I teach both.  The energy from students is both workshops is similar and I like to house everyone in one place.  The WS5 students push the WS4 students and more time than not the WS4 students also inspire the WS5 work, too.  The only real difference between these two workshops is the camera is pulled back a bit in WS5 to incorporate more acting and gestures which can complicate the approach.  
Here is a sample of some of the topics I cover in lecture for WS4 and WS5:
  • Character Analysis
  • Maya How To's Advanced
  • Using Reference
  • Workflow
  • Workflow Checklists
  • Roadblocks
  • Eyes
  • Lipsych and Facial
  • Lipsynch Workflow
  • Pushing Poses
  • Hands and Gestures
  • Staging
  • Laban
  • Comdey VS. Tragedy
  • What is Funny
  • The Comic Hero
  • Career Strategies
  • Progress Reels
  • Moving Holds
  • Phrasing and Texture
  • Animation Styles
  • Polishing

ianimate Student Spotlight - Kevin Nguyen

Kevin Nguyen turned out to be one of my favorite students last block.  Every week he surprised me with more attention to detail and some of the funniest reference I have ever seen. Kevin is dedicated to becoming the best animator he can be and I believe he will not be a free agent for long with these new shots (the first and second shot he did in WS5 with me) on his demo.


ianimate Student Spotlight - James Maloney

James Maloney was unstoppable in my WS5 Full Body Acting Class Summer 2013.  James gets it.  I would just suggest a couple things to make his work better and he would take that morsel and turn it into a fantastic performance.  James is coming out to LA in November, so grab him for your next project!
Check out James Maloney

Update:  James is now a cinematic animator at Blizzard Entertainment and he said they really liked the last shot he did with me from the movie Love Happens.  Congrats to James!


SuperBeard!

One of my students at iAnimate did this little test and I think it's SUPER!

ianimate Student Spotlight - JinngHwee Tan


August 2013's ianimate Student Spotlight is - JinngHwee Tan!

JinngHwee worked very hard in my WS3 Advanced Body Mechanics Class Spring 2013.  It was tough because he experienced the layoffs at Lucas Arts in Singapore while taking my class, but he always surprised me with his ideas.  he is working on a website right now to find work, but in the meantime, you can watch his video on his youtube channel.

Check out Jinng Hwee Tan!

Update: Jinng Hwee is now an animator at ILM!


iAnimate Student Spotlight - Emily Harrenstein


Emily Harrenstein Animation Reel 2014 from Emily Harrenstein on Vimeo.

July's 2013's Student Spotlight is - Emily Harrenstein
Emily was one of my first students at ianimate - Summer 2011. She did an amazing job on her Bird Cage piece (last shot) on the reel above in my WS4 class.  She really embodied the character Agador that Hank Azaria played.  Equally funny was to see the ianimate scarecrow rig act so effeminate.  She has a very subtle touch, especially for an animator who has never worked int he industry before!

iAnimate Student Spotlight - Gabriel Martinez


June 2013's ianimate Student Spotlight is - Gabriel Martinez!


Gabriel is one of my students who stuck with me from Workshop 3 - Advanced Body mechanics, to Workshop 2 - Closeup Facial and Dialog Acting and finally Workshop 5 - Full Body Acting.  It was so inspiring to watch his growth from trying to get mechanics right in WS3 at ianimate all the way to complex pantomime and dialog scenes.  I am so proud of my baby bird, all "growed up!"


My favorite piece he did with me in class was the last on the reel above, dialog from the tv show Modern Family.


iAnimate Student Spotlight - Lorenzo Colaiori

May 2013's ianimate Student Spotlight is - Lorenzo Colaiori. Lorenzo always went beyond expectations in my class.  He even donned a girl's pink wig!!! when acting out reference for one of his close up acting shots that was driven by a female character.  Lorenzo is now a graduate of ianimate and I couldn't be more proud!
 
Mr. Colaiori took my WS3 - Advanced Body Mechanics course AND the WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting and Lip sync course at ianimate Spring 2011 and Fall of 2012.  You can see how both his body mechanics and facial acting are top notch!

Update: Lorenzo is now living in America and working as an animator for Riot Games!


iAnimate Student Spotlight - Yukari Kawasoe and Pedro de la Llave

I fell behind this month on the student spotlight, so it's a double feature!  Two for the price of one!
My student last block Yukari took WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting and did an amazing job!
She is now working for Luma Pictures in Australia.

This is Pedro de la Llave's work from WS4 with me and he has been doing an amazing job!
You can see more of his work here!

USC DADA Student Spotlight - Ashley Armstrong

She only needs 800$ - help a fellow animator out!

Ashley is one of my students at USC - Division of Animation and Digital Arts.  She is working on her undergrad thesis film and is trying to get the cash together to hire some people to help.

About the Project Swan Song is the senior film of Ashley Armstrong, an Animation and Digital Arts Student at the University of Southern California. Ashley has had a passion for animation since she was a child, beginning with the first animated film she ever saw: 101 Dalmatians. As she grew up she recreated those worlds and stories with toys and eventually created her own worlds through collaborative comics with her sister.

Now she attends USC and aims to be a story artist for feature animation. Swan Song is the story of a frustrated composer who is lured by a haunting melody and crosses paths with an injured swan maiden. With her as his muse he finds inspiration to write music again. Contributions to this project with help elevate the quality of art, animation, and music of the film. Several talented artists and animators are all ready working on this magical film.

Contributions to this project will aid in compensating them for their time and efforts. Additionally, with your aid a live orchestra will be hired to perform the film's score for recording. If you can please help support this project. Even if you can not contribute yourself, please help get the word out.


iAnimate Student Spotlight - Matt Egler


Matt Egler Animation Reel from Matt Egler on Vimeo.

Starting the New Year off right!  January 2013's Student Spotlight is - Matt Egler!  Matt is that kind of student you hope for. He was a sponge soaking in every note and adding to each idea to plus it beyond my wildest dreams as a teacher.  I love the last piece on this reel with the new ianimate rig - "Billy."  It's the perfect example of how you can take audio out of context and make it even funnier. His weight assignment with the little girl trying to push a plug into a socket is equally fantastic.

Matt took my WS3 - Advanced Body Mechanics course AND the WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting and Lip sync course at ianimate Summer and fall of 2012.  His body mechanics work was equally impressive to his facial assignments and the piece where the girl is trying to plug in the outlet was a great exercise in staying true to scale.
Matt is an animator now at Nerd Corps!


ianimate Student Showcase - Richie Prado

December 2012's ianimate Student Spotlight is - Richie Prado.   Richie had an amazing talent for finding subtlety in his work quickly and focusing on the details.  His poses became stronger everyday in my class.  He took my WS3 - Advanced Body Mechanics course at ianimate Summer 2012.  His work is fantastic!  The "waiting for the elevator" scene, above is the one he did with me last summer, but you can see how great his body mechanics is getting in all of the shots on this reel.

Richie is a freelance animator based in the UK.



ianimate Student Showcase - Brian Horgan

November 2012's ianimate Student Spotlight is - Brian Horgan.   Brian was one of those students you love to have in class because he is so passionate about animation it is infectious.  He took my WS3 - Advanced Body Mechanics course at ianimate Spring 2012. This is the first time students introduce performance into their work.  

In WS3, I teach some concepts from an acting class I took with Ed Hooks in 1998, called Laban.  Dancers and actors use Laban to devise a quick description of how to occupy space.  Brian used the ianimate Blurb rig to describe this motion as an extra assignment and I use the examples in my classes to teach the concepts.  Some examples of these Laban tests are on the reel above. 

Brian is currently animating on a short film for a Norway based studio, Tilnærmet Lik,  as the animator/rigger on a 1 minute short that will be a promo for the studio. 

Congrats Brian!

p.s. Brian also creates lots of great tools for animators like the ghost tool below.


bhGhost Tutorial from Brian Horgan on Vimeo.


ianimate Student Showcase - Adam Slater


Adam Slater Animation Reel from adam slater on Vimeo.

I apologize for my tardiness for October 2012's ianimate Student Spotlight.  It's been a busy month for me. Adam Slater is this month's student spotlight!  He took my WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting and Lip sync course at ianimate Fall 2011. The first dialog piece on this reel is the work he completed in my class.  Adam handled work and an international move while taking my class and still created work that was above and beyond my expectations.  Adam Slater is now a layout artist at MPC in Vancouver.


ianimate Student Showcase - Erica Pinto

September 2012's ianimate Student Spotlight is Erica Pinto.  She took my WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting and Lip sync course at ianimate Fall 2011. The first two dialog pieces on this reel she did with me. She was always quick to take my notes and turn them into something even better!
Erica is currently working at Sony Computer Entertainment of American in Santa Monica, CA as a cinematics animator.

Hu's Game - Shawn Seong-Yong Kim

Graduate film from one of my students
in the MFA animation program at USC Film School.
He is at Pixar now enjoying the Bay area!

ianimate Student Showcase - Sushil Kumar

August 2012's ianimate Student Spotlight is Sushil Kumar.  He took my WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting and Lip sync course at ianimate Spring 2012.  I was amazed at the gentle nuances he added to his acting.  Sushil is currently work at Ocktober Animation Studio in NZ.


Click here to apply to ianimate.
I am teaching WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting
and Lipsync and also WS5 Full Body Acting


ianimate Student Showcase - Daniele Pezzella

July 2012's ianimate Student Spotlight is Daniele Pezzella   He took both my WS3 Advanced Body Mechanics and WS4 - Closeup Facial Acting and Lip sync courses at ianimate the last two blocks.  He managed to do more than the required exercises and I was blown away by his work.  

Daniele is currently working remotely for Passion Pictures!



ianimate Student Showcase - Mike Schanbacher


DEMO REEL SPRING 2012 from Mike Schanbacher on Vimeo.

I decided to start a student showcase highlighting my students from ianimate.  Each month, I will post a student's reel here on the blog for you all to see.  I used to try and post my student's work at the end of the block, but it would take them a while to get their reels together.  This way, after teaching at ianimate for over a year... I have some backflow of great students from the past.

June 2012's ianimate Student Spotlight is Mike Schanbacher.  He took WS3 - Closeup facial acting and lip sync, from me last block.  He managed to do four short pieces instead of the required two! The devil, soda shop, sensitive lady and the Shelly clips were all created while he studied at ianimate!  Mike is also a musician, which proves that timing, beats and music are all related to understanding GOOD ANIMATION!


Mike is currently available for remote freelance work and lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.


Congrats Mike - great job!