UCLA Animation Workshop | Dan McLaughlin | Professor Emeritus
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Dan McLaughlin | Professor Emeritus

danMcLaughlin Dan McLaughlin entered the UCLA Animation Workshop in 1956. The Workshop had been created in 1947 by Bill Shull, a former Disney animator, who established the Workshop’s basic philosophy of, “one person, one film” with a strong commitment to content and quality. Dan graduated in 1958 and started working in the UCLA Animation Workshop the same year. Since 1970 he has been a Professor at UCLA, initiating the MFA Program in Animation the same year. He served as Chair of the program from 1970 until his retirement in 2007.As an independent filmmaker Dan has made over 20 animated films, ranging from the traditional to the experimental, which have won both national and international awards. God is Dog Spelled Backwards” (1963) started the style and technique of Photokinesis, and “Claude” (1963) was the winner of the Chicago International Film Festival. Among his many published articles are “Animation and Modernism,” “Independent Animation in the Land of the Magic Kingdom: Between a Rock and Hollywood,” “Animation, Aesthetics and the Computer,” “Robert Mitchell, A Profile,” “Animation Before Film” and “A Short History of Interactive Animation.” In addition to his films and articles, he has been a pioneer in the fields of computer animation and interactive media. In1995 he was the recipient of the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in Animation from ASIFA Hollywood.