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First Look: Animated Shorts by LCAD’s 2015 Summer Animation Master Classes

Thursday, February 11, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 PM

[seven- degrees]
891 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The public was invited to the exclusive screenings of “Un Garçon et Sa Bête” and “The Big Dad Wolf,” animated short films created in LCAD’s 2015 Summer Stop-Motion and Traditional Animation Master Classes led by stop-motion animation legend, Stephen Chiodo and acclaimed Disney animator, James Lopez.

Also featured: Live CGI, stop-motion, and traditional animation demonstrations by LCAD Animation students and “Making of” screenings of both animated shorts.


Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) nationally-ranked Animation program announced the screening of the short films created during the 2015 Summer stop-motion and traditional Animation Master classes. “Un Garçon et Sa Bête” (stop motion animation) and “The Big Dad Wolf” (traditional animation) will be screened from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday February 11, 2016 at seven-degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, California. The event is open to the public.

Disney Supervising Animator, James Lopez (The Lion King, The Princess and the Frog and Hercules) led the traditional animation class that produced, “The Big Dad Wolf.” The LCAD student team included Autumn Bell (Co-Director), Louis DeBrat (Co-Director), Laura Arce, Ye Htut Aung, Brittney Baker, Dana Brender, Nico Delgado and Shawna Sa.

Animation Director Stephen Chiodo of Chiodo Bros. Productions (Elf, Team America: World Police and The Simpsons) returned to teach the stop-motion animation class that produced, “Un Garçon et Sa Bête.” The student team included Calley MacDonald (Director), Stephanie Alexander (Producer), Torey Bangi, Michelle Furlong, Atiyeh Hess, Sarah Jaques, Briana Ornelas, Nicole Pannebaker, Crystal Perea, Kristen Schlosser, Meaghan Tosi and Michael Wansing.

Both animated shorts were scored by Alexander Burke of Magnolia Memoir, performed by the Laguna Concert Band and recorded in Capitol Records’ legendary Studio A, site of recording sessions by Frank Sinatra, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons and more.

LCAD Animation remains one of the few programs that continue to instruct students in traditional, hand-drawn animation as well computer-generated animation and stop-motion.

The annual Summer Master Class program attracts LCAD students and alumni who work in teams over the course of twelve weeks to create short animated films from concept through final color, sound and music. This collaborative opportunity offers participants the closest approximation to a professional studio production experience.

“Our method of instruction keeps all LCAD Animation students connected to the origins of animation so that even digital animators have a strong foundation in classical techniques. Adapting to different mediums becomes a matter of students applying what they already know to different tools,” said Dave Kuhn, chair of LCAD’s BFA program in Animation. “Whether our animators create by hand, on a computer or with puppets, their reward is making audiences believe the characters on the screen truly think and feel.”