March 13 – PETER CHUNG

I’me excited to have Peter Chung present this week in seminar. He is a newly hired adjunct faculty currently teaching a master class. This will be a good chance to get to know him and hear about his work!
Korean-born Peter Chung studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and has worked in the U.S. animation industry since 1981.  He is best known as the creator of the MTV adult animated series Aeon Flux which aired from 1991 through 1995.  His other directing credits include Rugrats, The Animatrix omnibus feature, and commercials for Levi’s, Nike, Pepsi, Jaguar, Honda and Rally’s.
Acme Tshirtanimatrix1-26His distinctive style of visual storytelling can be seen in The Animatrix, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury and Tomb Raider Revisioned.  In 2010, he directed Cartoon Network’s first original CG feature Firebreather, for which he won the Emmy award for individual achievement in character design.
1981   Bakshi Productions – Fire and Ice – Layout and animation
1981 – 1984   Walt Disney Pictures – Einstein, Eshlen, Friendly Invasion- Concept art and story development for feature films
1984 – 1986   Marvel Productions – Transformers T.V; Transformers The Movie – Storyboards
1987   Murakami-Wolf-Swenson Films – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Art direction
1988   DIC Productions- C.O.P.S. — Character design, Opening title direction, Overseas animation supervision;  Ring Raiders – Character design
1989 – 1990   Klasky-Csupo – Sesame Street – Direction, Animation;  Rugrats –  Direction;  Character Design
1990 – 1992   Colossal Pictures – Mtv’s Liquid Television/Aeon Flux – Script, Design, Direction, Animation;  Secret Agent X-9 – Story and Visual Development
1993    Hearst Entertainment –  Phantom 2040 – Character design
1994 – 1995  Colossal Pictures – Mtv’s Aeon Flux series – Script, Design, Director
1996   Kadokawa/Madhouse – Reign: The Conqueror (AKA:  Alexander) – Character and Concept Design
1997   J-Com – Mangchi — Pilot Film Direction;   Feature Storyboards, Klasky-Csupo, Inc. – The Rugrats Movie – Storyboards
2002   Warner Home Video – Animatrix:  Matriculated – Script, Design, Director
2003   Universal Home Video – Chronicles of Riddick:  Dark Fury – Design, Director
2004   MTV Home Video – Aeon Flux DTV – Script Development
2005   Luvula Films – Luvula – Script and Visual Development
2006   C2 Pictures – Termination – Story, Design
Cartoon Network – Class of 3000 – Character Design
2007  Gametap/Acme Filmworks – Tomb Raider Revisioned – Script, Design, Director, Imagi Entertainment – Astroboy – Feature Storyboards and Design
2008   Paramount / Blur Entertainment – Heavy Metal 3D – Script, Concept Art   Comic Book Movies – Cyborg 009 – Story, Character Design   Hammerhead – Wicked City – Concept Art, Replay Studios – Velvet Assassin Graphic Novel – Story & Art
2009 -2011   Cartoon Network Studios – Firebreather – Supervising Producer, Design, Storyboards, Director2011   Blizzard Entertainment / Titmouse Inc. – Diablo-  Wrath – Design, Director
2012  Yu&Co – Project Development – Story, Design, Director




Flux is a creative studio. We are a global creative community celebrating film, art, music, design and culture. We are a hub where artists, filmmakers, writers, designers and dreamers have a platform to share their work, meet like-minded people and collaborate on unique projects.

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Meg Wells is an industrial and product designer, former art gallery owner, special events producer and writer for over 15 years. Formerly based in San Francisco and New York City, her roster of clients have included Nike, Diesel, Fox, RES, Banana Republic, Donna Karan, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Sony Playstation, Disney/ABC and more. At Flux, Meg conceptualizes and brings to life ideas pertaining to brand identity, event marketing, merchandising, collateral, environmental design and more.

Jonathan Wells is a Los Angeles-based curator and the creative director of Flux. He is the founder and for 10 years served as the Festival Director of the acclaimed global touring film festival RESFEST. As the co-founder and original editor of RES Magazine, he developed a celebrated bi-monthly print and DVD publication showcasing film, music, art, design and culture. After 10 years at RESFEST, Wells has left a legacy and created a community synonymous with innovative work and creative culture the world over.

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We design and produce experiential events, curate and commission film, video and art programming and host events in our Venice studio and around the world.




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NOTE: If anyone is interested in seeing any of the work Carter showed in his presentation, I have it. If you’d like any of these images or references, let me know. Here is the list of the illustrators that inspired him:

Gustaf Tenggren
Arthur Rackham
N.C. Wyeth
Hal Foster
Mort Drucker
Frank Frazetta
Chris Van Allsburg
F.P. Goodrich
Saul Steinberg
Ralph Steadman


I’m very excited to have Carter Goodrich in seminar this week!  From his New Yorker illustrations to his recent work on “Despicable Me” with Chris Meledandri, he brings an unmistakable humanity and warmth into all his work. His drawings bring to mind innovative character artists like Honore Daumier and Toulouse Lautrec with their unique shapes, forms and expressions.

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Carter’s career as an award winning freelance illustrator began in 1983, when he shared studio space with longtime friend and fellow illustrator, Buck Lewis, in New York City. His book and editorial work eventually led to the publication of seventeen New Yorker covers, and counting.

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Carter’s first role in film work came as lead character designer for DreamWorks’ first feature animated film, “Prince of Egypt”, in 1995. He then went on to work on such films as “Finding Nemo”, “Monsters Inc.”, “Shrek”, “Spirit”, “Sinbad”, “Open Season”, on which he worked as art director/character design, and “Despicable Me” as lead character designer.

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His work on these films resulted in four ASIFA Annie Award nominations for best character design in a feature animated film. In 2007 his designs for Pixar’s “Ratatouille” finally brought home the Annie.

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In addition to his earlier illustrated books, “Nutcracker” (1987) and “A Christmas Carol” (1997), Carter has written and illustrated “A Creature Was Stirring” (2006 Simon & Schuster pub.), “The Hermit Crab” (2009 Simon & Schuster pub., a Junior Library Guild Selection), “Say Hello to Zorro” (2011 Simon & Schuster pub., 2011 Parents’ Choice Award, 2011 Editor’s Choice Award, 30 Best Children’s Books of 2011); and “Zorro Gets an Outfit” (2012 Simon & Schuster pub., a Junior Library Guild Selection), the second of an ongoing series of stories that feature the two dogs, Zorro and Mister Bud. Carter lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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ce_isaacs The-Simpsons-Season-22-Episode-13-The-Blue-and-the-GrayDavid Isaacs (comedy writer and SCA faculty) and Larina Adamson (producer of The Simpsons) will discuss writing for and creating comedy for television. David Isaacs, along with Jack Epps and Barnet Kellman founded the Comedy@SCA initiative, an innovative, interdisciplinary program to train students in the creation of comedic entertainment in film, television and interactive media that offers specialized instruction through a concentration of writing and production classes, animation, interactive media and critical studies.
David is a Professor of Screenwriting and has worked as a TV and Screen Writer and Producer for over 35 years. He has been credited as a writer, co-producer or creative consultant on M*A*S*H*, Cheers, Wings, Frasier, Becker and Mad Men. He co-created and executive produced the series Mary, Big Wave Dave’s and Almost Perfect for CBS. His writing credits also include episodes of The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Jeffersons and The Tony Randall Show. Over the course of his career he has been involved as a writer or producer in over eight hundred episodes of TV comedy.


Screenwriting credits include Volunteers, starring Tom Hanks and John Candy, and uncredited re-writes on Mannequin, starring Andrew Mc Carthy and Kim Cattrall and Jewel of the Nile, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

Isaacs has been nominated eight times for the Writers Guild of America Award and won three times for Cheers and Mad Men. He’s has six Emmy nominations with one win for co-producing the first season of Cheers. He’s also has been nominated for the Humanitas Award and received a Peabody Award as a member of the staff of Frasier.

February 13 – BRIAN KING


THE MATRIX – Music Only

USC program director and associate professor of practice in scoring for motion pictures and television (1998-2012), is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and USC. Brian has been working in the industry as a composer, orchestrator, musician, engineer and producer. Some of his feature film projects include Rushmore, The Rugrats Movie and Get Bruce working with the likes of Mark Mothersbaugh and Michael Feinstein.
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He has composed and produced music for episodic television including The Proud Family, King of Queens, Starting Over and The Love Chronicles, as well as composing additional music for the VH1 feature film Play’d.
He also scored and produced the musical score for the off-Broadway theatrical production of the comedy The Godfadda Workout. Brian’s work in mentoring and building relationships between educators and industry professionals recently created several workshops in music for film, including a collaboration with Marco Beltrami (2-time Oscar nominee) and ASCAP on a Tommy Lee Jones film, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” (SONY Pictures Classics), Thomas Newman (American Beauty), Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) and, with the support of BMI, a special seminar in “mixing for composers” featuring 4-time Oscar nominee, Dennis Sands (Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman).
Besides performing as a live jazz musician, Brian performed live at the first Rhythms+Visions / Expanded + Live event in April 2011 with touch designer artist Scott Pagano. Original audio-visual compositions were performed to “Mechanisms”, “Parks on Fire”, and “Modulating Architecture”.
V&V_Poster2011Before moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Mr. King was the owner of a recording studio in Atlanta working with such artists as REM, the B52s, The Indigo Girls, Medeski, Martin and Wood, John McLaughlin and the subdudes with Bonnie Raitt . During this period, a large part of Brian’s work with the Blue Wall Studio focused on building relationships within the artistic, business and educational communities of Atlanta. Some of these included • Record Companies – Daemon, Sky and Relativity • Local Radio Stations – WRAS (Georgia State), WREK (Georgia Tech), WKLS (96.1 FM) • Internship Programs – The Musician’s Institute, Georgia State University (WRAS) • Local Film and Music Studios – Whoa Films, John Keane, Tree Sound, Bill Allgood, Southern Tracks, Doppler, and Dallas Austin Studios


Before formulating your posts, read over Brian’s questions below – they my serve as a catalyst for topics and questions. Brian will read over your responses prior to arriving on Wednesday…

• Do you think about music when you work with images, or at any point in your creative process. If so, do you create a temporary music track for your project?
• What do like most about music with image  – can you describe this in terms of melody, rhythm, energy, emotion, storytelling, etc.?
• Can you describe an experience (good or bad) that you’ve had working with music for one of your projects?
• What is your experience in working with music technology (music software, sample libraries) – have you had the chance to work with live musicians?
• Is there one thing in particular you’d like to know about the music making process? How to find a composer? How to communicate, collaborate with a composer or music producer? What is the difference between a composer and a music producer? Music budgets & licensing, etc.?

ORIGINAL BK MUSIC ~ lots of samples from various projects


Award winning animation visionary Genndy Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut this Fall with Sony Pictures Animation’s monster box office smash Hotel Transylvania.  He also directed and animated a spin-off short film, Goodnight Mr. Foot, which debuted in select U.S. theaters in October 2012.
A 20-year veteran of the art, Tartakovsky has received an impressive 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and been awarded three Emmys for work on the series Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack, both for Cartoon Network.  Named one of Variety’s “50 to Watch” as a future leader in the entertainment industry, Tartakovsky has been called “one of the industry’s rising stars” by People magazine and has been tapped as one of the most creative people in entertainment when he was named to Entertainment Weekly’s “It List.”  He is also the recipient of the prestigious Winsor McCay Award in recognition for outstanding career contributions to the art of animation.
Tartakovsky’s creative leadership helped shape the direction and the rise to national prominence of the Cartoon Network, where he developed four hit animated series between 1994 and 2010:  Dexter’s Laboratory; Samurai Jack; Star Wars: Clone Wars; and Sym-Biotic Titan.  He created the critically acclaimed Samurai Jack as a follow-up project to the massive success of Dexter’s Laboratory, his first professional cartoon creation, on which he served as creator/writer/director.  Samurai Jack originated from his desire to create the best action-adventure cartoon ever—and the result was an animated action television show that is cinematic in scope and that incorporates action, humor and intricate artistry.  A two-time juried Primetime Emmy Award winner for layout and production design, Samurai Jack is a perennial critic and audience favorite.
Tartakovsky was hand-selected by George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2003 to create Star Wars: Clone Wars, a one-of-a-kind 20-episode “microseries” that continued the saga where the live-action feature film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones left off.  His cartoon creation—the first-ever animated property involving the leading Star Wars characters—covered the beginning of the Clone Wars, an epic civil war that pitted the old Republic against a vast separatist movement led by the forces of evil.
Tartakovsky is also the creator/director for the series Sym-Bionic Titan, which debuted on the Cartoon Network in September 2010.  Sym-Biotic Titan is the third animated series that Tartakovsky has created in partnership with Cartoon Network, after Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack.
Additionally, Tartakovsky served as a producer and director on Cartoon Network’s Emmy Award-winning series The Powerpuff Girls and as an animation director for The Powerpuff Girls: The Movie.  He is also co-creator of the Network’s Dial M for Monkey and Justice Friends.
In addition to his success in television production, Tartakovsky has also been acclaimed internationally at film festivals – winning top honors at Ottawa, Annecy and Cartoons on the Bay.  He started Orphanage Animation Studios in 2005, where he has directed numerous well-known commercial spots and was instrumental in conceptualizing and storyboarding the final action sequence on Paramount Pictures’ summer 2010 blockbuster film Iron Man 2.
Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, Russia (“I’m still fluent in Russian, but it gets a little worse every year!” Tartakovsky admits jokingly).  His family first moved to Italy before coming to the United States, first in Columbus, OH when he was seven years old then Chicago, IL two years later.  After high school, Tartakovsky studied film at Chicago’s Columbia College before moving to Los Angeles to study animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).  At CalArts he wrote, directed, produced and animated two student films.  One of his student films, which was selected for the CalArts Producers Show, was the basis for Dexter’s Laboratory.



This week we will be screening work from 6 classes:

CTAN 101 – Intro to the Art of Animation (Undergrads) – Sheila Sofian

CTAN 450a – Animation Theory and Techniques – Trixy Sweetvittles

CTAN 495 – Visual Music – Mike Patterson  

CTAN 544 – Intro to the Art of Animation (MFAs) – Lisa Mann 

CTAN 555 – Animation Production and Design – Mike Patterson / Candace Reckinger

CTAN 579 – Expanded Animation – Kathy Smith

For this seminar session, no posts are required, but you’re welcome to post notes or comments on your fellow classmates’ work.

Following the screening, we’ll have pizza and refreshments on the 3rd floor!