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.


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.


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)


MATCH 3D Animated Thesis Short - Danny Munoz

If you are feeling generous, please help one of my USC students complete his senior thesis film about two socks finding their MATCH!


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)


Vicetone - Pitch Black by Yo Yo Lin and Christine Barron

Two fo my USC students Yo-Yo Lin and Christine Barron directed and animated an EDM music video for Vicetone


Animated Short - Danny and the Wild Bunch

DANNY AND THE WILD BUNCH - Short Film from robert rugan on Vimeo.

 

A children’s book author is told that her new manuscript needs to be “darker”, but when her revisions piss off the characters in the book, they come back to make some changes of their own.

Credits:

Written and Directed by: Robert Rugan @robertrugan
Produced by: Molly Mayeux @mayeuxfrombayou
Executive Produced by: Adam Schlossberg
Director of Photography: Pete Konczal
Starring:
Rob Tepper as Danny @teptep
Nora Zehetner as Miranda
Script Supervisor: Heather Bruner
Assistant to the Producer: Belle Jiao
1st Assistant Camera: Jon Cooper
Gaffer: Eric Hora
Best Boy Electric: Trevor Fields
Key Grip: Chad Battinelli
Set Photographer: Justin Tyler
Costumer: Jackie McCoubrey
Hair/Make-up: Faye Lauren
Production Designer: Niki Azevedo
Prop Master: Taylor Derwin
Sound Mixer: Jon Mendel
Original Score: Brooks Ball
Sound Design and Mix: Joel Raabe
VFX Supervisor: Dave Thomlison
Character Designer: Tad Lambert
Animation Supervisor: Laura Skowronski Nattam
Technical Directors: Angel Negron, Chris Covelli
Modeling/Rigging: Chris Covelli, Angel Negron, David Alonso, Dave Thomilson
Lead Animator: Frank Patterson
Animators: David Alonso, Laura Skowronski Nattam, Nick Martinelli, David Damm, Eric Lampi, Chris Covelli, Dave Thomilson
LookDev: Angel Negron, Chris Covelli
Tracking: Dave Thomilson, Todd Alan Peleg, Patrick Arrington, Tinizsi Gadegbeku, Nick Martinelli, Chris Covelli
Additional Modeling: Domel Libid, Brandi Dimino
Lead Compositor: Adrian Winter
Colorist: Sal Malfitano
Lead Color Assistant: Tom Tomilson
Finishing Producer: Jason Farber


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!