DDA643 Selected Animation Studio Projects


Stills from Animation Studio Projects: A Graduate Course



Links to Animation Studio Course Projects


Yajun Shi, For You (2016)

Nathan King, Mother Sea (2016)

Magali Reyes, Pinata (2016)

Sean Ye, Static Run (2015)

Hui-Kai Su, Looking For (2015)

Litian Ace Ji,  Masterpiece (2015)

Anastasia Mouyis, New Ground (2015)


DDA643 Animation Studio Student Presentations Notes

Spring 2016

Student name: Magali Reyes
Topic: Documentary Animation
Presentation Summary: The use of historical or casual archived footage and recordings in animation adds a level of realness to the "illusion of life" and it touches the line with documentary not quite crossing it. This presentation talks about the difference between the two and how animation can be used as a recreation of a memory or to illustrate historical events giving a depth that live action can't, filling the blanks for inexistent material and creating a whole other subgenre both in documentary film and animated films.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Dustin Grella Prayers for Peace, First animation in documentary Winsor McCay’s “The sinking of the Lusitania” 1918 , Is the Man who is Tall Happy? Trailer , Creature Comforts Interviews and recordings, Animation meets actuality


Student name: Leah Roh
Topic: Instagram as the Artist’s Identity
Presentation Summary: The visual ident, a short-form video between 15-30 seconds, has become a tool for artists to brand themselves online and connect with their audience instantly. Instagram is the leading network that utilizes this format and digital artists have harnessed their accounts as an online gallery to showcase their process and works. They can engage with their followers, clients, and virtual world with their accounts and break down the barriers between artist and viewer.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Claudia Mate Instagram, Albert Omoss Instagram, Cool 3D World Instagram, Zeitguised Instagram, MTV Video Ident Compilation


Student name: Nate King
Topic: The Art of Molecular Animation
Presentation Summary: Within the scientific community 3D animation is being used to help visualize complex cellular processes.  This provides revolutionary new insight into how the process is viewed and understood.  Animating the processes, as opposed to relying upon 2D renderings, also allows for the creator to show the molecular behavior in a much more expressive and realistic way.  David Bolinsky’s Film, The Inner Life of the Cell, shows cellular processes using cinematic techniques of camera pans and tilts set to music.  One might say he even provides the cells with personality.  Janet Iwasa has created a open source software based on Maya specifically or scientific animators.  These animations do not only offer scientific value, but also artistic value toward expressing the sublime.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: The Powers of TenDavid BolinskyThe Inner Life of the CellJanet IwasaMolecular AnimationMolecular FlipbookHIVJohn LieberArt of the Cell


Student name: Christina Avagliano
Topic: Projection Mapping
Presentation Summary: A brief history of projection mapping. Beginning with Disney in 1969 the ‘new’ media that has really exploded after 2005. While mostly known for being projected on buildings and car models it is also used on rides, in theater, for live events, and is moving into augmented reality. Disney is still considered one of the leading people for projection mapping.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Haunted Mansion Heads (1969), “Displacement” by Michael Naimark- 1980, Prague 600 years - 2010, Sydney Opera House - 2013, Sydney Opera House - 2015, Celebrate the Magic - 2015 (Disney), Monsters U. Promo at EPCOT - 2013, Now You See Me - 2013 (movie), How to Train Your Dragon - 2012 (theater), Jennifer Lopez Performance- 2015, Kat Von D - 2015, Gaga - 2016 (Grammys), The Box - 2013, Disney Cake - 2014, Behind the 7 Dwarves Ride - 2014, Augmented Reality - 2015 (UCLA)


Student name: Yajun Shi (Jean)
Topic: Depth of Field in Animation
Presentation Summary: Introducing what is Depth of Field and also mentioning the effects that this technique improves photography and cinema. The presentation is focusing on how Depth of Field works in Animation. Using light and layers, animators can create a distance between two different objects. They can use this method to shift audience’s attention between virtual and essence. Base on the timeline and the development of animation technology, I mainly talk about the use of Depth of Field in four typical techniques: multiplane camera, 3D software, coding and VR.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Key Words and Art/ists Links: Depth of Field, space, focus, multiplane camera, Astigmatismostopmotion animation, coding, VR, Google Cardboard, Google Spotlight story(app).

Spring 2015

Student name: Anastasia Mouyis
Topic: New Media Art // Web Art -- A New Form of Experimental Animation
Presentation Summary: New media artists incorporate all that digital media has to offer, exploring the possibilities of code/browser based work, experimenting with interactivity, sound design, and real time animation. I see a clear connection between early experimental animators and these new media artists. Taking their craft and pushing the technique without a concrete vision of the outcome. Embracing the rough unpolished beauty of their technical process.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Vince MckelvieAdam FerrissAndrew BensonNick Briz

Student name: Litian Ji (Ace)
Topic: Videogames in Animation
Presentation Summary: Questioning what role do videogames play in contemporary animation outside of the mainstream.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Gaming, hacking, appropriation, re-mediation, She Puppet (Peggy Awesh), Super Mario Clouds (Cory Arcangel), JODIA Man Digging (Jon Rafman), Tabor RobakStranger Comes to Town (Kackie Goss), Long March: Restart (Mengbo Feng).

Student name: Songyang Li (Frank)
Topic: Corrupted Motion
Presentation Summary: I will discuss the artist Ian Cheng and show three of his representative artworks and explain the concepts and ideas behind his artworks. I will follow up with my personal response. One is the comparison between his artwork and mainstream animation. Another is my own comments.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Ian Cheng, cognitive, nonlinear, mutation, mental model, causation, interactions, reactions, motion capture, infinite, unpredictable, mainstream animation, symbol, language, aesthetic. Entropy WranglerThousand Island Thousand LawsLiar ”Brats”.

Student name: Khairui Rahimi
Topic: Surreally Gross Animation
Presentation Summary: A discussion about what "surreally gross animation" means. And whether or not it's part of mainstream animation.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: David FirthCyriakBaaTHESE Bandages Festival, 90's Popular Surreally Gross animations: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Cat Dog; Newer Surreally Gross animations: Rick and Morty, The ABC's of Death: T is for Toilet; Real Life Inspirations: Growing ears on rats

Student name: Sean Ye
Topic: Cartune Xprez
Presentation Summary: How curating projects like Cartune Xprez allow exposure for independent artists regardless of generation, and how communities can be created through these collections. 
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Peter Burr, DIY, multimedia, The Collagist ( Amy Lockhart), Tugging the Worm (James Duesing), The Comic That Frenches Your Mind (Bruce Bickford), 

Student name: Qing Zheng (Hazel)
Topic: Metachaos
Presentation Summary: I’d like to introduce the chaos theory behind "Metachaos" and how artists visualize the theory with space, geometry and irrational gesture and action of the bodies.
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Allesandro BavariMetachaos, human body, ego, chaos, geometry, 

Student name: Hui-Kai Su
Topic: When Virtual Arts Collide / Digital Technics
Presentation: SummaryHow to use digital technics such as 3D, particle system, and web design likes fine art in commercial projects? This video shows that how they convey a story about finding a way between lovers through the conflict to become even stronger partners once again. 
Key Words and Art/ists Links: OFFFSkazkaSkazka InteractiveRama Allen (director)

Student name: Nan Zhang (Serena)
Topic: Unfolding and Infinity
Presentation Summary: An introduction to the artist Ben Ridgway's animation which combines mandalas and 3D technology. 
Key Words and Art/ists Links: Ben Ridgway, 3D animation, mandala, oceanic motifs, infinity, experimental animation.