Animation of Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal

An animation I made yesterday to test the Apple Pencil ✍🏼🎶 My favorite is animating to music! There’s so much that can be visually translated by listening to the composition and paying attention to the movements & energy. Animating Michael Jackson dancing to Smooth Criminal was a blast 🕺🏻

Society of Animation Studies annual Conference

This week I presented at the Society for Animation Studies 31st Annual Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. My talk on ”Using Musical Layers as a Script for Animation Aesthetics” premiered my new visual music hand-painted animation and the production process behind it.

It was a part of the “Animation and Its Others: Expressive Reciprocities in Visual, Aural, and Verbal Imagination” panel presented alongside Ruth Lingford (Harvard U) and Nicholas Miller (Loyola U). 

Being in this environment and around these passionate animation film-makers, academics, and theorists always energizes me to the fullest!

UC Berkley Ext animation course

Taught last class of the semester yesterday…Where does the time go! So grateful for my incredible students and our animation journey at UC Berkeley Ext 💙💛 Creating a course on Animation Design & Video Production alongside full-time freelance was a learning curve in itself, but so happy to say that the course was a success and got great reviews! Still can’t believe I get to teach my passion.

Animations at Hot Docs film festival

My animations for the the documentary PREY (2019) premiered this weekend at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The film won two major awards: DGC Special Jury Prize and the Rogers’ Canadian Audience Choice Award!  I created 20 animations (rotoscoping and 2.5D parallax techniques) over 3 months and I’m super excited to finally share them with you all.

You can catch the screening at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto this week!

Thankful to dir. Matt Gallagher, prod. Cornelia Principe, and ed. Nick Hector (I wasn’t able to catch a flight to my lovely Toronto for the premiere as I’m teaching on the weekends but here is an awesome photo of the team 🤗🇨🇦)

University of Toronto wall art

Soo honored to have a permanent art piece at University of Toronto! This project for UofT has been 1 year in the making, and it feels incredible to see it come to life. The University approached me to illustrate for a new donor wall, featuring the historical Skule House. The art was then etched onto a large scale 3.0x 2.6 meter metallic surface, now up in the Engineering building atrium. If you pass by 55 St George Street, do check it out on the 5th floor : ).

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