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Chris Mais

Chris Mais is a Creative Designer Lead at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale California.  After graduating from the UCLA Animation Workshop in 2009 he began an internship at WDI which turned into a full time position.  Chris was a Creative Designer on TRON, a high...

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...

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",...


Kate Isenberg

Kate Isenberg joined UCLA Animation Workshop to bring to the screen her longtime comic strip character: Stewball, a bipedal equine with an existential dilemma. Mentored by Pixar story artist Sam Hood, Kate crafted her UCLA thesis film, "Dear Death," to tell the story of Stewball's...


Kimberly Mills

Kimberly Mills is an Animator and Artist from the Heartland! After completing two bachelor's degrees in Digital Media Arts and Studio Art, she came out to Los Angeles, CA, leaving the cows, the corn, and her fellow Iowans behind. Now studying at UCLA, she is...

Zehao Xue

Zehao Xue

Zehao studied animation as an undergraduate at Beijing Forestry University, where he taught himself computer animation techniques and made several short films either collaboratively or independently. Upon graduation, Zehao worked in Beijing for an animated feature film as a character TD and layout artist, and...


Tyler Rice

Tyler Rice is a Los Angeles based artist & animator. Despite her parents best efforts her formative years were spent watching cartoons and sustaining herself on hot pockets. Both of which resulted in her love of animation and plenty of self-loathing. She currently works at...


Tenaya Anue

Tenaya Anue is a writer and animator. After studying Fine Arts and Creative Writing at University of Pennsylvania, she moved on to the Masters in Animation at UCLA. Her work, both comics and animations, is narratively driven, often with a surreal or fantastical element. Website: www.tenayaanue.com Blog: http://www.tenayaanue.blogspot.com/ instagram: @tenayaanue ...


Sam Grinberg

Sam Grinberg is a cartoonist & animator. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, he is producing his own comic book series and currently working toward his master's in animation at UCLA.You can see his work on his website here www.samgrinberg.com ...