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Faculty & Staff

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Heather Collins | Stop Motion Animation

Heather Collins is an animator, painter (airbrush and handpainting), puppet fabricator, and educator. After working as a painter and fabricator on Seasons 2 and 3 of Amazon's Tumble Leaf, she currently works as an animator on Crackle's SuperMansion (produced by and starring Bryan Cranston) and teaches stop motion...

rich quade

Rich Quade | Character Animation

Lecturer Rich Quade teaches animation courses at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. From 1992-2001 he worked full-time at Pixar Animation Studios in various capacities. He was the directing animator on Toy Story (1995), supervising animator on both A Bug’s Life (1998) and Monsters,...

amyWinfery

Amy Winfrey | Interactive Animation

Amy Winfrey is an American animator, screenwriter, songwriter, and voice actress. She is best known for creating the web series Making Fiends that was later picked up by Nickelodeon in 2006. ...

glennVilppu

Glenn Vilppu | Figure Drawing

Glenn Vilppu is one of the premier figure drawing instructors to the Hollywood animation studios. He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, with additional studies at Otis Art Institute and Santa Monica City College. He teaches at Vilppu Studios, UCLA,...

charlesSolomon

Charles Solomon | History of Animation

Charles Solomon is a lecturer in animation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. An internationally respected animation critic and historian, Solomon has written on the subject for the New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek (Japan), Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, The...

bobSkir

Bob Skir | Writing for Animation

Robert N. Skir has written hundreds of hours of TV animation featuring characters ranging from Wolverine and Batman to the Pink Panther and Jim Henson's Muppets. He developed the series “X-Men: Evolution” and story edited the shows “Transformers: Beast Machines,” “Extreme Ghostbusters” and “Godzilla.” Professor...

lynnOkimura

Lynn Okimura | Visual Effects Animation

As a UCLA student, Lynn Okimura ’00, MFA ’05 garnered multiple honors or prizes, including the industry selected Spotlight Award in Animation. Prior to returning to campus as a member of the faculty, her creative work was in flash and 2D animation for mobile content...

joshMorgan

Josh Morgan | Interactive Animation

Joshua J. Morgan teaches Interactive Animation at UCLA. He is also the Animation Technical Services Engineer at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches Interactive Animation and Game Design.A native to Southern California, Josh holds a BA in Communication Studies and an MFA in Animation, both...

mikeJohnson

Mike Johnson | Stop Motion Animation

Mike Johnson is a stop motion animator who has worked on films such as James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas, short films such as an animation of The Devil Went Down to Georgia, and TV programmes such as The PJs. ...