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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

Kate Isenberg is an animator, writer, and musician. After getting her bachelor's degree from Harvard's English department, she worked in journalism and released two albums of original folk-pop songwriting. Her original comic series (“Stewball,” about a bipedal horse with an existential dilemma) was the springboard...


Valerie Giuili

Valerie Giuili is an award-winning writer and story artist. A California native, Valerie initially worked in the tech industry as a developer and designer, dedicating off-hours to her alt/noise rock band, before beginning the animation program at UCLA. After graduating, Valerie focused her career on...


Heather Collins

Heather Collins was raised in Colorado and educated at Duke prior to attending UCLA. She creates stop motion and hand-drawn stories where bad things happen to cute characters. Her interests include dark humor, strange animals, and mountains.www.theheathercollins.com ...


Dorian Yarnelson

Dorian Yarnelson is a proud member of the UCLA animation workshop and Film/TV community. His artistic and academic interests include history, mythology and the wilderness of the human mind. His loyalty to the workshop is absolute. ...


Alex Wong

Alex Wong is an Animation Workshop alumnus. He studied Visual Arts and Computer Science at Brown University and enrolled in several animation courses at the Rhode Island School of Design. His interest in the intersection between art and technology drove him to explore animation, and...