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Diana Gateño

Diana Gateño grew up and spent most of their life in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating with a B.A. in Art and a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, Diana ventured from the cool climes of the Santa Cruz forests down to...

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Julia Meng

Born, bred, and based in Southern California, Julia has always been passionate about good visual storytelling whether it be in film, animation, or video games. She graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in Art History/Studio Art. She is interested in issues of media...

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Jacqueline Barnes

Jacqueline C. J. Barnes creates worlds that reflect our current society through a fantastical lens. She is a storyteller that engages with different forms of escapist media such as animations, speculative fiction, video games, and graphic novels. She also deals with creating different forms of...

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Connor Bland

Connor Bland is an aspiring character animator and filmmaker, who received his B.F.A. in Animation from DePaul University before coming to UCLA’s Animation Workshop. His long-term goal is to fulfill a career in character animation, and even direct his own films. Most importantly, being able...

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Evan English

Evan English has craved the sweet flavor of animation since he was a babe. The juicy satisfaction of making drawings organically move continues to make this man go. His tastes in experimental music, 1980s anime, and old-timey art have helped him ripen into a creator...

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Jay Shipman

Jay Shipman, a native of the Midwest (and a big fan of Kansas City barbecue), found his calling in animation and joined the Animation Workshop in 2015.  After receiving BAs in art and communication at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, Jay embarked on a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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Daniel Olivas

Daniel Olivas is an artist currently attending UCLA to pursue his MFA in animation. He was born in San Diego and attained his BA's in Film Studies and Art Studio at UC Davis with a minor in music. In addition, Olivas participated in developing and...

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Heather Langley

After working for several years in publishing, marketing and communications, Heather grew tired of being "practical" (i.e. boring) and decided to pursue her dream of becoming an animator. Ever since making this decision, Heather has developed a healthier relationship with her imagination, a heightened sense of...

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Kara Reddy

When Kara Reddy saw The Nightmare Before Christmas at the age of 12 she instantly fell in love with animation, and hasn’t looked back since. A graduate of Northwestern’s School of Communication (majoring in Radio/TV/Film) Kara came to UCLA to continue studying the art form....

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Kim Nguyen

Kim is a creative, innovative young animator. Being the perfectionist type, she believes creating a beautiful story can only be accomplished when the work is polished and seamless. She wants her stories to engage and captivate the audience whilst instilling valuable lessons.After graduating from the...

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Mia Resella

Mia Resella is a writer/artist and graduate of the Film and Media Studies program at UCSB. She is also a web content creator as part of Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry network. With a background in screenwriting and new media, she is now pursuing her...