Nominated for a VES Award: Scott Carroll

One of our AAU alums, Scott Carroll was nominated for a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature for his work on Blue Sky’s The Peanuts Movie.

For more information about the VES Awards, click here.

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

The Peanuts Movie
Steve Martino
Michael J. Travers
Nick Bruno
  Scott Carroll

Inside Out
Gary Bruins
Jonas Rivera
Victor Navone
Paul Mendoza

Derek Smith
Rosa Tran
Joe Passarelli
John Joyce

Hotel Transylvania 2
Karl Herbst
Skye Lyons
Alan Hawkins
Genndy Tartakovsky

The Good Dinosaur
Sanjay Bakshi
Denise Ream
Michael Venturini
Jon Reisch

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Sneak Peek at the 2D ANM and Online ANM Workshops this Spring!

2D ANM and Online ANM Workshops will begin on Week 3.

The more people that go and sign-in, the least likely they will be cancelled!

They are FREE!


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ONSITE Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday (2/16)

Town Hall Meeting SP16

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Did you miss the Spring 2016 ANM Online Director Orientation Chat?

Did you miss the Spring 2016 ANM Online Director Orientation Chat on 1/27?

Fear not!

You can catch up with what happened by watching the chat recording, here!

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Don’t wait to get help with your Midpoint! Opening February 8, 2016

The MFA Lab for Animation & VFX is now available for international and domestic students from midpoint to final review.

The Animation and VFX MFA Lab, located in Cubicle 2 on the third floor of 180 New Montgomery, offers help with language development for thesis project work and directed study classes, from your third semester to final review.

Make an appointment through Tutortrac at

– Students will be able to book appointments on TutorTrac, the longstanding program used by all EAP Labs and ARC  Tutoring.
– Each appointment will be fifty minutes long.
– Focus: language development for thesis projects. We are not content experts as with ARC Tutoring.
– Times will be listed on TutorTrac (Mondays 10:30–11:30 / Tuesdays from 12:00–2:00 / Thursdays from 10-12)
– The lab location, Cubicle 2, is located across from Yolanda and near Tom Bertino’s office on the third floor of 180 NM.

For more information, contact Erika Weisbrich (EAP/MFA ANM Liaison):

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Catch the last few days of THE 14TH SAN FRANCISCO FILM NOIR FESTIVAL before it’s over!



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Announcing CAAMFest 2016 Opening Night Film “TYRUS” and CAAMFeast Early Bird Tickets!


CAAMFest is back and more exciting than ever! Get in on the action early by scoring discounted early bird tickets to CAAMFest2016’s Opening Night, CAAMFeast, and the early bird All-Access Pass! With the festival a little over a month away, here’s a sampling of some of the exciting films and events you can expect this year.


CAAMFest opens with an unforgettable cinematic experience, the Bay Area premiere of TYRUS, directed by Pamela Tom. TYRUS is an inspirational documentary about the art, life, and enduring impact of 105 year-old pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, best known for the conceptual artwork that gave Walt Disney’s Bambi its distinctive and unforgettable look. TYRUS will be shown at the majestic Castro Theatre, and is part of a special spotlight series in partnership with Pixar and the Walt Disney Family Museum that highlights Asian Americans in animation. The film is funded in part by CAAM, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The film won the Audience Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival and at San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Immediately after the screening, let inspiration lead you to the incomparable Asian Art Museum for the Opening Night Gala. View the dazzling exhibit, Hidden Gold, as you indulge in sweet and savory creations, sip a signature cocktail and dance to music from local DJs, experiencing the best of the Bay Area.

Pre‐sale Tickets (prices valid Jan. 21 – Feb. 10):

Screening + Gala
Thursday, Mar 10th, 2016 at 7pm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, CA
Gala at the Asian Art Museum

General Public: $60
CAAM Members: $50

(Price after Feb 10 for Screening + Gala: General Public: $65, CAAM Members: $55)



(*Does not include admission to CAAMFeast)

CAAM is once again offering early bird pricing for the CAAMFest All‐Access pass. This convenient pass gives festival attendees access to every moment of the festival including Opening Night, Centerpiece, Directions in Sound music showcase as well as admission to over 100 film screenings.

Pre‐sale Tickets  (price valid Jan. 21 – Feb. 10)

Pre‐sale for General Public: $475

CAAM Members: $425
(Price after Feb 10: General Public: $500, CAAM Members: $450)


For more information, click here.

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Animation Profile: Danielle Johnson

At the beginning of the semester, the “Fantastic Five Females in Traditional Animation series was intended to feature five recent female graduate students who have completed their MFA degrees in Traditional Animation. It seems that a sixth student has been sneakily applying to film festivals and has won a number of them.

Our Secret Sixth “Animation Profile” features Danielle Johnson. Johnson’s short, Eggventure, was the winner for the 2D Animation Short Film Full Color category at the 2015 Spring Show. Since the completion of her film, Eggventure has been selected in a number of festivals.


Why an MFA degree in 2D/Traditional Animation & Stop Motion at AAU? 

I’ve always had a love for animation and the Academy of Art University gave me an opportunity to learn and grow as an artist even though I had no experience in the art field.

Name 3 big influences during your time as a student at AAU.

My teachers, my peers, and working on collaborative projects.

Danielle's Final Review Committee (Left to right: Stewart Lew, Sherrie H. Sinclair, Danielle Johnson, Michael Vickner, Scotland Barnes)

Danielle’s Final Review Committee (Left to right: Stewart Lew, Sherrie H. Sinclair, Danielle Johnson, Michael Vickner, Scotland Barnes)

In less than 3 sentences, what is your film about?

A penguin and polar bear fight for their love over the same egg.

While you were working on your thesis project, which personified emotion from Inside Out would you have been?

I have not seen the movie Inside Out yet, but I can tell you I am sure I was every single emotion when I was working on my thesis.

Tools/programs you used to make your film?

ToonBoom Harmony, Hand Drawn, Photoshop, and After Effects.

Why did you decide to start submitting your film into festivals? 

My Director and peers encouraged me.


Director Sherrie H. Sinclair and Danielle Johnson working on “Eggventure”

After graduating from AAU, what are you up to now?

I am currently freelancing.

Would you encourage future graduate students to submit their work to festivals? If so, what would you suggest for them to do and NOT to do?

Yes, submit your work to festivals. It’s a great way to network and get people to see your work. You also get to see incredible work from other people.

Which festival has been your favorite so far and why? 

I have not had the opportunity to attend many festivals as most of the festivals Eggventure has been selected to screen are far away. However, the 2015 Spring Show is my favorite because I was able to attend and be around people who like and do the same things I do, and I was able to see incredible work done by my friends and colleagues.

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If you could only watch one film on constant replay for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail

List of festivals your film has been selected and screened at.

Academy of Art University Spring Show 2015- 2D Animation Short Film Full Color (Winner)

The Monthly Film Festival 2015- Animation of the Month (Winner)

The Online Film Festival 2015- Best Animation (Winner)

The World Animation Celebration 2015 (Official Selection)

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2015- Best Student Animation (Winner)

The Rhode Island Comic-Con Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)

International Family Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)

Digitalmation Awards 2015- Best Student Animation (Winner)

Broken Knuckle Online Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)

New Haven International Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)

2015 Indiearth Exchange (Official Selection)

Muestra De Cortometrajes San Rafael En Corto 2015 (Official Selection)

Paris Online Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)

Erie International Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)

Animation Chico International Film Festival 2015 (Official Selection)

Albuquerque Film Festival 2016 (Official Selection)


For Danielle’s work and to learn more about Eggventure, check out her website below:!eggventure/cz2k

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Digitalmation Awards October Winners

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 9.50.58 AMCongratulations to Kendra Williford’s Leonid in Space and Danielle Johnson’s Eggventure for being the October 2015 Winners of the Digitalmation Awards!

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Celebrate Walt’s Birthday with FREE ADMISSION

Walt's Birthday

Fri, Dec 4 | 10am–6pm, last gallery entry at 5pm
Free admission for all!

In observance of Walt Disney’s birthday, The Walt Disney Family Museum will be celebrating the day before with FREE ADMISSION to all on Friday, December 4 from 10am to 6pm, with last gallery entrance at 5pm. Join us for this special occasion, during which we will host a number of exciting activities throughout the day that highlight Walt’s life, work, and legacy. Enjoy live animation demos in our galleries and stop by our Open Studio, where we’ll make one of Walt’s favorite things—miniatures. Happy Birthday, Walt!

Limited capacity. Tickets issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional paid exhibition ticket required for Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination.

Holiday Hours at The Walt Disney Family Museum
The museum will close early, at 4pm with last gallery entry at 2:45pm, on Thursday, December 24 and Thursday, December 31. The museum will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1.

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