LAIKA is Coming on March 3 (Tuesday)


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Save the Date: Spring Show Deadline: April 12th


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Dog and Butterfly


Inspired by a visit to the Tyrus Wong exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum in August 2013, this is an animation experiment using digital brushes to achieve a watercolor look.

All artwork was created using TV Paint 10.5 Pro on my Microsoft Surface Pro 2 over several months in my spare time. Behind the scenes of how this was produced can be found on my blog…

Animation by Wayne Unten
Music by Dave Gottlieb

Copyright 2014 Wayne Unten

For the vimeo link, click here.

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Don’t Forget! Animation Town Hall Meeting this Thursday!

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Submissions for NVFF 2015 are officially open! (November 11-15, 2015)

From The Napa Valley Film Festival:

The Napa Valley Film Festival strives to serve the interests and needs of independent filmmakers: connecting artists with audiences, exhibiting and promoting new films and filmmaking talent, and nurturing a creative community by facilitating relationships that last well beyond each year’s festival. We curate for quality, not quantity. Napa Valley is a world-class destination.

If your film is selected, we will expect you to attend and present your film to the thousands of film lovers who live in and/or are visiting our magical Napa Valley. In return you can expect first-rate hospitality, networking events, wonderful wine and food, appreciative audiences, awards, and the opportunity to explore the most celebrated wine country in the country. Have a story to share? We’ve partnered with FilmFreeway and Withoutabox to make submitting as easy as possible. Visit our submissions page for the full list of NVFF 2015 film categories and deadlines and submit today!


We hope to see your film!

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Spring 2015 Costume Carnival: Saturday Morning Cartoons


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The School of Game Development presents: PITCH NIGHT

GAM Pitch Night Poster

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Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell

From the Walt Disney Family Museum.

George Hurrell

February 11 – June 29, 2015
Located in the Theater Gallery

Step behind the lens and take a peek into the lights, camera, and glamour of the golden age of Hollywood with the newest exhibition from The Walt Disney Family Museum. Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell brings together a selection of rare, vintage prints from George Edward Hurrell (1904–1992)—one of America’s finest photographers whose professional career had a worldwide impact that continues to this day.

Hurrell is credited with creating the standard for the idealized Hollywood glamour portrait. Always an innovator, he invented the boom light and developed several—now standard—lighting techniques. Hurrell’s signature use of precision lighting, spotlights, shadows, and hand-retouching on the negatives produced romantic portraits that became his trademark style and the definition of glamour for the movie industry. This influential look became known as “Hurrell style.”

Classically trained as a painter, Hurrell employed fine art techniques in his compositions. Beginning in 1930, Hurrell worked as a portrait photographer for most of the major Hollywood motion picture studios, first with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While most of the country suffered during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the movie industry thrived. During this time especially, Hurrell’s photographs did more than just promote a film or a celebrity; for many, the glamour, romance, and drama of these photos provided a momentary mental escape from difficult times.

In the 1940s, Hurrell married Walt Disney’s niece, Phyllis Bounds, and they had three children. The Hurrell’s founded a television production studio—Hurrell Productions—in the 1950s, which was housed on The Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Though this company was independent from the Studios, its location on the lot made it possible for employees to work for both Hurrell Productions and The Walt Disney Studios. Disney animators and staff were employed to create animated television commercials, featuring some of the most iconic and memorable mascots of the 1950s, including Bucky Beaver for Ipana Toothpaste and the original Cheerios Kid. Notably, Walt’s younger daughter, Sharon, was employed as the assistant to her cousin, Phyllis Hurrell, and was personally delivered each morning to the door of the Hurrell Productions offices by her father.

Guest curated by Dr. Louis F. D’Elia, Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell is comprised of prints that have been selected from the Pancho Barnes Trust Estate Archive: a collection of Hurrell photography that is arguably the best in the world in both breadth and quality. Pancho Barnes (1901–1975) was an adventuress, pioneering female aviatrix, and a close friend and early patron of Hurrell. She encouraged and helped start his successful Hollywood career.

This exhibition features more than 50 prints and objects—some of which have never been published and several of which have not been seen in more than 80 years. Lights! Camera! Glamour! highlights Hurrell’s impact as a photographer and the achievements of his unique and extraordinary eight-decade career.

Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell is produced by The Walt Disney Family Museum.

For more information, click here.

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Need extra help? Attend a workshop! They’re FREE!

These workshops are open to all students currently enrolled in the corresponding classes on a drop-in basis. You may choose to attend any portion of the workshops and you may leave early if you wish. Depending on your needs, you may attend one week only or for a number of weeks.

Below is the 2D ANM, 3D ANM, and a compiled schedule for all onsite figure drawing workshops with models.

Want to know what else other departments are offering? Click here.

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Submit to Nickelodeon’s 2015 Animated Shorts Program!

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What we’re looking for:

  • Animated shorts that are 2 to 3 minutes in length
  • Strong, relatable characters that are at the heart of it, that our kid audience of boys and girls ages 6 to 11 will love and want to see again and again
  • Creators who are passionate about their ideas, their characters, their stories. We want you to pitch from the heart. What is it that you really, really want to make and that means something to you?

Any and all styles and techniques of animation including 2D, digital 2D, CG, Stop Motion, Mixed Media are okay.

We’re open to any genre if your short has a strong comedic backbone. Action/Adventure/mystery is okay as long as it’s funny.

What we need from you:

A storyboard or some visual representation of your 2 to 3 minute story is required. We are open to how you want to present your pitch so long as you’re giving us visuals. Basically, we want to see your pitch and be able to say “we love this, let’s make this”, and then quickly start executing your vision.


Options include:

  • A rough beat board where you just provide the key beats of the story
  • A full storyboard – thumbnail, rough, or cleaned up
  • A comic or picture book
  • An animatic


For more information, click here.

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