PUPPETS INVADE THE WORKSHOP!!!
On June 23rd the UCLA Animation Workshop was pleased to offer a new Summer Class in the Fine Art of Puppetry
Welcome to the Workshop Steven.
NEWS: UCLA Animation Students and Alumni
Congratulations to UCLA Animation Workshop's Two Student Academy Award Winners!!!
1. Gil Kenan (Director) - Gil Kenan and Robert Zemeckis are reteaming for a big-screen version of Airman, a children's adventure book by
3. "Octipodi" Was Nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated short film. Featuring the Animation Talents of UCLA Animation Workshop Graduate Student Emud Mokhneri.
4. Animation Workshop Student Joaquin Baldwins short fim "Sebastians Voodoo" has been nominated for an Annie Award.
An Article about the UCLA Animation Workshop Published in the "Daily Bruin" on March 2nd 2006
"Winning Draw" The UCLA Animation Workshop
By Kate Stanhope
Acker credited the "one person, one film" approach as a major factor in the workshop's success.
The Daily Bruin , Thursday, March 2, 2006
Alumni Amy Winfrey's Show "Making Fiends" now on Nicktoons
Amy Winfrey - MFA - Graduated 2000
Amy Winfrey who attended the UCLA Animation Workshop from 1997-2000
has left her mark on our program. The Workshop website that you are now visiting was designed by Amy for us and is only now going through its first major revision since its inception. Good design lasts a long time. (The Workshop website was originally constructed by another alum, Chris Fria.)
For Amy, Web based animation has been a thriving business making her both a successful independent and commercial animator.
During her time as a graduate student she created three films, "The Clummyrat and the Wooseblossom" - A nonsensical whatnot about a rat and a flower and various beasts.
"One Windy Wednesday"- One windy Wednesday all the "W's" blew away...
"The Bad Plant"- A potted plant plots and plans to leave his happy home.
This last film won a gold Student Academy Award, an honor she shared with another MFA from the Workshop, JJ Martinez, who won the gold for, "Luz".
As fate or luck would have it, Amy ended up writing for an animated series that JJ was directing called, "Cloud Trotters". She also worked as an animator for, "South Park", on both its TV and feature productions.
Amy's other work goes back to the Internet, here is a list of her projects in her words; "I wrote, created and animated an Internet series called "Big Bunny" for
a company called Nibblebox (now defunct). "Muffin Films" - 12 little films about muffins. This was my thesis project at UCLA.
"Big Bunny" - A web series about a 20 foot tall carnivorous rabbit who
likes to tell stories to tender children.
"Making Fiends"- A series about a little blue girl that makes friends and
a little green girl who makes fiends.
She also, had a tremendously popular website here at the Workshop called,
"The Traffic Cone Preservation Society". This fictitious organization dealt with
the world of orange traffic ones, and would receive numerous daily hits and fan mail.
Currently, Amy is working with Nickelodeon to develop her, "Making Friends", project into a television series. We wish her much success and hope that she will be able to maintain her unique storytelling and animation style when she makes the jump from the web to TV. When asked what she plans to do in the future, she answered, "I plan to keep creating shows". That is good news!
It's never too late! Animator completes her degree after 32 years in the industry.
Dori Littell -Herrick - MFA Animation, Graduated 2005
Dori had two student careers in the UCLA Animation Workshop, the first in the 1970's and the second in the 21 st century. What follows is her story or more precisely, her journey from education to the animation industry and back to education. In 1972 she began her graduate studies in the Workshop, but in 1975 left before completion of her degree to start a family. Two years later she started her first job for the animation studio of Steve Bosustow. Over the following 25 years Dori worked for numerous studios around town in many different capacities, here is a short list with highlights in her words:
"...Filmation was a fun place to work but not exactly classic animation. I met
a lot of artists there who became classic animation stars, Tom Sito for one."
(Note: Tom Sito now teaches an animation course here at the Workshop.)
"Film Fair was my first commercial job and I really still love commercial
work because it is short and sweet.
Disney was, well, difficult, but Little Mermaid is a great film and I got to
work with Glen Keene.
Kroyers is still my all time favorite. The artists were great, the projects
fun, and I was most proud of my work there as an artist.
Metro Cel was a detour into digital paint.
Rich Entertainment was a freelance job that worked me back into the business
after a bad bout of carpel tunnel.
Warner Feature Animation was a real learning experience, and I made the jump
to development which was great.
My most recent job was Assistant Director for Pepper Films doing
After leaving UCLA, Dori got married and had two children, Ray and Ame, and soon after began her animation career. Yet, even though she was working and parenting she still managed to take time to teach. As a visiting professor, Dori taught two courses here at the Workshop, "Principles of Animation", and the "Process and Principles of Animation", which got into developing pitches for shows. She also taught at the California Institute of the Arts and at the American Animation Institute.
Dori enjoyed teaching so much that after leaving Warner Brothers Feature Animation she decided that she wanted to finish her MFA and learn more about computer animation. She convinced UCLA that she was serious about returning and she was readmitted. While here she created the three films including her thesis; "181C: The Ups and Downs of an Animated Film", an autobiographical project of her career as told from the point of view of an unfinished animated film.
After finally receiving her elusive MFA she was hired in August 2005 by Woodbury University in Burbank, California. Dori is now the Chair of Animation in the School of Architecture and Design. When asked what plans she
had for the future, her response was this; "to teach the next generation of animation artists, work on my personal films, and enjoy a new role in the animation industry".
Given her track record we have no doubts that she will achieve these goals.