Animation News

Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Robert Morrison

I’m a local, born and raised in Oakland. Pretty much everyone I grew up with was interested in one of two things: sports or being a rapper. But my interests went in a different direction: art.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Disney films. Seeing The Lion King for the first time, I was infatuated with how realistic and relatable the characters were. I began mimicking my favorite ones on paper, from Simba to SpongeBob, and creating new ones of my own.

Drawing consumed me. I spent all of my time filling pages with character designs and ideas.

Luckily, my parents realized just how passionate I was and put me in all kinds of art and animation programs. Every summer, I had something to do.

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

“Valencia-based CalArts, co-founded by Walt Disney, has seen the gender divide widen in women's favor every year since 2010. The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia grew its female animation student body by 82% between 2010 and 2014, whereas the number of male students grew by 11%. At California College of the Arts in San Francisco, female enrollment in animation grew by about 20% during the same period.”

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Traditionally, a lot of comics and graphic novels — a predecessor to animation — were more geared to boys," says Bret Parker, Pixar animator and professor at the Bay Area's California College of the Arts. "That's shifted. Now young women are realizing animation is an accessible thing they can go into."

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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Erin Wheeler

CCA student Tanya Poovaiah (Animation 2015) was selected by AwesomenessTV to create an original animation short, Designing with Pixar Animation: My Personal Code Ep 5, which aired Sunday, October 5, 2014.

AwesomenessTV is a YouTube-funded channel with over 14 million subscribers and 800 million views, making it one of the biggest teen destinations on YouTube*.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Anthony Imperato with the Emmy for "Bob's Burgers"View slideshow 

What's the common factor among the following: CCA, Bento Box, Emmy Award, and Burgers?

It's Anthony Imperato (BFA Animation 2014), who works at Bento Box Entertainment, a leading producer of primetime animation for broadcast and cable networks.

Bento Box helps produce the animated FOX television comedy series Bob's Burgers, which on August 16 was awarded a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Animation Program as part of the 66th Annual Emmy Awards.

The Television Academy presented live the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Uriarte sketching in Gharma, Iraq, in 2009View slideshow 

Maximilian Uriarte (Animation 2013) literally draws from experience to create the virally popular comic strip Terminal Lance. Started in late 2009 and based on Uriarte’s experiences as a Marine in Iraq, Terminal Lance is now published weekly in the Marine Corps Times newspaper and online.

In the Marines for “Art’s Sake”

There are many reasons men and women join the military, but Uriarte’s reasoning at age 19 was quite unique. “As an artist, I felt an intense need to experience the world in order to give a kind of legitimacy to my art. It might sound strange, but ultimately I joined for the sake of my art. I wanted to find the most difficult thing I could imagine.”

Uriarte joined in 2006, with the war in Iraq in full swing. With high scores on his ASVB entrance exam, Uriarte chose to go into the infantry. “My actual MOS ended up being 0351, Infantry Assaultman. I was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Hawaii, where I deployed to Iraq twice between 2007 and 2009.”

Art at War

During Uriarte’s second tour, his battalion commander saw his penchant for art and photography and offered him the opportunity to serve as combat artist and photographer. Through this, Uriarte was able to travel all over Iraq, taking photos and sketching the Marines’ daily lives.

“Most of the work I did was official, classified, documentary photojournalism. On a rare occasion, I would embed with a unit and effectively be allowed to capture anything I wanted, photographically or otherwise. This was the most fun, as I was given artistic freedom to sketch and take pictures of basically anything.

Part of my billet was also photographing for use our battalion “Cruise Book” (a yearbook for the deployment), which I designed cover to cover.

“This would ultimately prove to be an important step in my career, as it not only gave me experience I could draw from, but also laid the groundwork for Terminal Lance.”

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Before helping to bring to life the metal band Dethklok in Metalocalypse or dreaming up the whimsical postapocalyptic Land of Ooo for Adventure Time (both Cartoon Network shows), animator Ako Castuera (Illustration 2000) was, perhaps surprisingly, a ceramics student.

Before coming to CCA, drawing really hadn't been her thing. She attended an arts high school and loved it, but thought drawing class was just too much like boot camp.

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Terminal Lance: The White Donkey is a webcomic that is written and illustrated by Maximilian Uriarte, a prior-enlisted Marine with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Animation from the California College of the Arts. Max tells us that he has been writing this story for the past three years. “It is a fictional story of a Marine, Abe, and his existential journey through the Marine Corps, Iraq, and his return home. Within the story, Abe enlists in the United States Marine Corps in the hopes of finding that missing something in his life that he can’t explain,” Max related.

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

Uriarte recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and is pursuing a career in animation at a major studio. He publishes “Terminal Lance” online twice a week and works as a collaborator on another comic strip, “Into the Mangrove.”

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Marine veteran and California College of the Arts alumni Maximilian Uriarte is a bit of a legend in the Marine Corps community when it comes to telling the untold story of life in the Marines. In 2010 he started a comic strip called Terminal Lance, that candidly and humorously addressed many of the nuances of life as a junior enlisted Marine.

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