1. Patrick Osborne and Hyun-min Lee came to visit us on 9/12/2014. Patrick is the director of the short film Feast that will open for Big Hero 6 nationwide starting November 7. Hyun-min (a CalArts alum) worked on design and animation for the film. Patrick showed pre-production artwork, talked about the process of developing the story and concept for his film, and detailed its innovative pipeline. Hyun-min showed examples of character design and story artwork, and shared lots of great anecdotes. We watched the film, and then Patrick and Hyun-min answered questions from the audience. Thanks to Disney’s Dawn Yamazi and Kelsi Taglang for making this happen, and for the posters!

    Full photo set on our Facebook page.

    Read more about Feast on Indiewire

    Photographs by Amanda Candler.

     
  2. Welcome to Tim Disney as chairman of the board of trustees at CalArts! Read more in the LATimes.

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  3. Some recent artwork by our students from Life Drawing, Advanced Painting, Layout and Illustration classes!

     
  4. The Book of Life, directed by CalArts alum Jorge R. Gutierrez, opens in theaters this Friday October 17! Jorge is pictured here with his wife, Sandra Equihua, at the recent premiere in Los Angeles.

    Read more about Jorge in Animation World Network from back in 2008.

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  5. fondulady:

    Upset children for Character Design class!

    Check out this great piece by Renee Faundo!

     
  6. James Baxter came to visit CalArts on 9/19 and 9/20. He demonstrated the process he uses to animate, and shared his thoughts on creating compelling movement, performance and action.

    He created this incredible animation in front of our very eyes. We’re very thankful to James for this two-part lecture! 

    Photo album on Facebook (86 photos)

    Photograph by Amanda Candler.

     
  7. absmagno:

    the mutt, the king 

    i find myself getting constantly stoked on rodney mullen’s philosophies on skating. he’s a true hero of mine.

    (i’m also procrastinating)

    BFA3 student Abby Magno!

     
  8. jbaxteranimator:

    Benedict puts on a sweater, in what apparently has become an ongoing series of CalArts lecture tests featuring animals messing around with clothes! This one was fun to do!

    The amazing James Baxter created this animation during his two-part lecture a couple of weeks ago! Enjoy!!!

     
     
  9. erinkimart:

    Little fruit watercolor.

    My original plan for this watercolor series was to learn portuguese words. I doodled something and wrote down the word in Portuguese.

    I stopped writing down the Portuguese words (I got lazy), , but I still know all the food names! 

    Beautiful work by BFA3 student Erin Kim!

     
  10. nicole-stafford:

    Jason Reicher, Jacob Streilein, and I got the opportunity to design and animate a logo for Gary Glasberg’s new Production company “When Pigs Fly Inc.”

    Gary has been the showrunner for NCIS, The Mentalist, and Bones and was a really cool guy to work with. The logo will air on Tuesday nights on CBS after NCIS: New Orleans.

    We all worked together on the visual development but Jacob did most of the color and design work as well as painting the beautiful background. Jason did some awesome rough animation for the pig that I tied down. We all animated some miscellaneous background elements and I designed the logo letters and animated the shine. Jacob had a huge hand in the compositing and work flow and Jason did a huge amount compositing work that really tied the whole thing together! It was a pretty fun project altogether.

    Three of our students collaborated on this logo: Nicole StaffordJason Reicher, and Jacob Streilein. Great work!

     
     
  11. More amazing work from Jasmin Lai!

    (Source: ducksofrubber)

     
  12. Body of the Palace is a show opening this Saturday September 27th at DAX Gallery in Costa Mesa, featuring work by CalArts alumni in tribute to our late, great teacher Michael E. Mitchell. Artists featured in the show are: Samir ‘Evol’ ArghandiwalJeremy Bernstein, Tony Caropino, Dave CreekLinda DornJon Gomez, Adam Greene, Nick JeongMorgan KellyJR SmithJimmy ThompsonChris Wood, and Jin Kyu Anh. The show runs until October 21st. 

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  13. Here’s a Vimeo channel of several first-week-of-school films by our students. It’s amazing what can be done in a short period of time!

     
     
  14. Check out this 90 second video from the 2014 Digital Arts Expo at CalArts this past spring! The video has lots of cool footage from the event. Students from all over the institute contributed — there were innovative installations, instruments, art pieces and more! 

     
     
  15. Our students have been making short films this week as an assignment for their Film Workshop classes. Check out this short film by Seth Boyden, BFA4 student.