As the second day of Fall classes began, Animation students got off to a quick start with a masterclass featuring the animator-director Rita Basulto, joined by cinematographer Sergio Ulloa, a former teacher and mentor of Basulto’s. A fixture on the Guadalajara animation scene, the Ariel Award-winner (the Mexican equivalent of an Oscar) inspired students not […]
In Professor Tom Klein’s recent op-ed for The Huffington Post, “Docter Who? The Pixar Director You Need To Know,” Klein calls animation director Pete Docter, whose new Pixar film Inside Out opens June 19, “a rising force among American directors,” comparing Docter’s new animation flick to mind-bending films like The Matrix and Inception. Klein writes, […]
The animation student and co-founder of the LMU Cinema Club talks to LogLines about serving as the first-ever U.S. student representative on a special jury at FICG.
What were you doing in Guadalajara? I was offered the chance through the film school to participate as a juror in the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) over ten days in March. Specifically, I was serving on the Mezcal Jury, which is a jury of students, both local and international, that selects the best feature Mexican film from those screened at the festival, including documentary, animation and live action. This award is considered the biggest at the festival, as it honors the festival’s beginnings; this was the 30th edition of FICG, which began less as a festival and more of a celebration of the best of Mexican cinema from the year. So as the festival has grown from its local roots to become internationally recognized, this award maintains its original intent.
Hayley Foster (Animation – B.A. ’13) is off to a good start this summer. Her senior thesis film Yamashita earned several awards, including a bronze medal at the Student Academy Awards and will be airing on Fine Cut: KCET’s Annual Festival of Student Film on Monday, July 7, 2014.