UCLA Animation Workshop | Heather Langley
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Author: Heather Langley


Kate Isenberg’s “Dear Death” Receives Honors

Workshop alum Kate Isenberg ('15) won a 2015 NATO of CA/NV UCLA Fellowship in Film award in Animation.  She used the Award to fund her 7-minute, animated thesis short film "Dear Death" which will be screened at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival in February. Winning...

Ben Haist

Ben Haist

Ben Haist is a visual storyteller living in Los Angeles. Having previously worked at Nickelodeon and DreamWorks, Ben works as an illustrator and animator for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. After growing up in the Chicago area and studying at Tulane University in New Orleans, Ben received...


Shirley Zhou

Shirley Zhou is a sedentary creature who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and graduated from UCLA undergrad as a film major with a concentration in animation before continuing on into the MFA program. She likes long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and...


Urvashi Lele

Urvashi Lele is an animator and character designer who worked as an Animator at Cutlass Productions from 2014-2016 and is proficient in software such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Animate, Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Cel Action 2D. Urvashi graduated in...

Bijiao Liu

Bijiao Liu

Bijiao studied law and business in her undergraduate at China University of Political Science and Law, but thought that was boring and lame, so decided to become an animator at the renowned UCLA Workshop instead. She's enthusiastic about telling interesting stories with beautiful color and...


Ben Haist’s “Nightlight” Nominated for BAFTA Award

Congratulations to Ben Haist ('15), whose thesis film "Nightlight" was recently selected for the BAFTA US Student Film Awards Shortlist.The annual event recognizes the best Student Short Films of the year, and will be held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly...


Stephanie James

Stephanie James grew up in a landscape of repetition; rolling expanses of sagebrush desert interrupted by shimmering patches of quaking aspen and otherworldly lava fields. It is this landscape that has held the most dominant impact on her visual aesthetic and practice as an artist....

Pouya Afshar

Pouya Afshar

Pouya Afshar is an alumnus from the California Institute of Arts Character Animation department and is a graduate of UCLA's Graduate Department of Film and Television focusing in Animation and Digital Media. He has exhibited his work as an animator and visual artist throughout Los...


Emezie Okorafor

Emezie is an independent animator and musician who graduated from M.I.T. (Chemical Engineering), The University of Chicago Law School, and Illinois Institute of Art before attending the UCLA Animation Workshop. As a student of UCLA, Emezie created the films "Chubby Mermaid" and "Porkchop 'n Flatscreen",...