Animation News

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Clay Walsh

CCA's Animation Program landed the #6 spot in "The Best Animation Programs in the West: Our Top 20 in the Western U.S. Region", published by Animation Career Review, an online resource for people aspiring for careers in animation and related fields.

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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Mitchell Schwarzer

Mitchell Schwarzer gives his introduction at the CCA faculty retreat

On February 4, 2012, the faculty at California College of the Arts gathered at the college's San Francisco campus for a retreat focused on the state of the arts across our many disciplines. In the morning, 25 short presentations offered insights into challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners and thinkers in recent times. The word aired most frequently was crisis: the crisis of the Great Recession; the crisis of Global Climate Change; the crisis of understanding and working within a discipline in our digital age.

Watch the video of all the presentations (91 minutes), shot and edited by Yoni Klein (Photography 2012)

The economic downturn has produced an economic squeeze within most of our disciplines. Art directors, as Alexis Mahrus remarks, have diminished roles in shaping an illustration. Smaller profit margins reduce the flexibility and time given over to experimentation. Branding and celebrity worship take up a larger slice of the creative pie. Some presenters, like Sue Redding of Industrial Design, see no problem in this conflation of art and business and, furthermore, dispute the notion of a crisis. Yet many presenters feel that the economic crisis is not only real but wielding dangerously asymmetrical impacts. Demand remains strong for high-end craft goods and blue-chip fine art. Some small nonprofits are struggling to survive. To Ignacio Valero of Critical Studies, the priority given over to luxury items can be attributed to the ongoing influence of classical economic policies that privilege individual decision making over collective social and natural needs. Likewise, Sandra Vivanco of Diversity Studies notes that economic inequalities have greatly worsened over the past few years, especially in the developing world. Contemporary society is forging a timeless, spaceless way of conducting business, a race for lucrative and short-term gains that concentrates investment more than ever in the hands of a few.

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Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Clay Walsh

Congratulations to this year's juried R.A.W. Video (real artists at work) contest winners! The contest, open to all current CCA students, challenged contestants to create a two-minute (maximum) high-resolution digital film (including audio) with “In and Out of the Studio" as the required theme.

The goal was to encourage students to pick up their digital camcorders and highlight their community at CCA—whether in the classroom, studio, residence hall—or away from the college altogether. And the goal was definitely met several times over!

2011 R.A.W. Video Contest Winners

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Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Renowned writer Ishmael Reed joins the MFA Program in Writing faculty

For additional information about CCA's 2011-12 faculty hiring, read the latest Academic Newsletter by Provost Mark Breitenberg.

New Full-Time Faculty

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Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Still from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (courtesy Tippett Studio)

As art director for the animation company Tippett Studio, CCA alumnus Nate Fredenburg (Printmaking 1993) speaks with authority when he assures all you art students out there: The time you're spending in foundation courses -- drawing, sculpting, painting, color theory -- is time well spent. "Back when I was a work-study student, one of my jobs was to call prospective students and explain to their parents the value of an arts education. At the time, I only had anecdotal evidence.

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Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Pencil to Pixel installation at the Oakland Airport (photo provided by the Oakland Museum of California)View slideshow 

Andrew Lyndon is CCA's chair of Animation, a digital imaging and video instructor at Pixar Animation Studios, and now also a guest curator for the Oakland Museum of California, having organized the exhibition Pencil to Pixel at Oakland International Airport in winter 2010–11.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by Clay Walsh

That’s right folks, the rumor’s true: It’s time again to break out your video camera and hit the streets for CCA’s R.A.W. (Real Artists at Work) Video competition.

This year’s theme: Bike Culture at CCA—as you define it!

What’s CCA’s R.A.W. Video competition? It’s the college’s annual student video competition that awards $500 cash to each juried winner of an original artistic point of view submitted in the form of a short video that depicts a designated theme.

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Posted on Monday, August 9, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Andrew Guiyangco (Animation 2011) and Yesenia Ayala (Animation 2010)

CCA's Animation Program, launched in 2007, has already gained a stellar reputation for sending its students off excellently prepared for professional life. The chair of the department is Andrew Lyndon, whose job as a digital imaging and video instructor at Pixar Animation Studios has helped create invaluable connections with that company.

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Posted on Friday, January 1, 2010 by Andrew Lyndon

Animation students learn about a variety of career opportunities

Are you thinking of a career in animation? It’s an excellent idea, for a number of reasons. It is amazing to work at Pixar, Dreamworks, or Blue Sky -- all right here in the Bay Area. It is great to be part of a team making a film full of imagination and color and characters -- like WALL-E or Shrek or The Twilight Saga.

Jobs in the Field

The good news is that there are a lot of jobs out there. Animation is a growing field, and it needs skilled artists and filmmakers.

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Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Senior Kelly McLachlan View slideshow 

Kelly McLachlan is a senior in CCA's Animation Program.

While earning her bachelor of fine arts, Kelly has also been excelling professionally and personally, landing an impressive semester-long internship at DreamWorks Animation SKG, the celebrated Bay Area computer-generated animation company. DreamWorks created Shrek and Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Flushed Away, Sinbad, Medagascar and Antz, among others.

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