You are cordially invited to attend
ON THE EDGE: Experimental Animation from USC’s John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

Excerpt from Crimenals by Gregory Araya, 2003

Los Angeles Filmforum
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, 6pm and 8pm (2 Shows!)
At The Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Blvd. Between Las Palmas and McCadden

Filmmaker’s notes (PDF)


The Residual Artifacts of Communication

Richard Sandoval, 1999, 6:29

The essences of common emotions and experiences, without language or representational imagery.Technique: Still images (charcoal residue on drawing paper, an unexposed polaroid, and a printed fogged piece of film) processed in a compositing package to do what I couldn’t do in an optical printer. Built the sound layers up, then reworked the image layers and loops. Repeat.


The Red Shoes

Glenda Wharton, 1998, 16mm, 8:00

A child puts on a pair of demonic shoes and is whirled into a nightmare world in this interpretation of the children’s classic, “The Red Shoes”. Technique: Optical printer compositing, time lapse photography


Rebecca Rogers, 1999, 35mm, 6:00

metaphysical journey through space, female sexuality and the spiritual realm, inspired by the passing of the artists’ mother.Technique: Underwater DV, Adobe After Effects, mixed media.

The Master of Harprass Ingenuity,

Sam Youseffian, 2003, Video, 3:30

Inside the mind of a schizophrenic homeless man.



Ryan Kirkwood, 2004, 35mm, 6:30

A clinical look at chemical behavior modification in children.Technique: Maya and After Effects


Heavy and Warm,

Mendi Menefee, 2005, video, 2:00

Use any kind of thoughts you care to…in order to imagine…that you are becoming…heavy and warm.Technique: hand-drawn animation and live-action video composited over painted, charcoal, pastel, and cloth backgrounds.


Blue Rain,

Hsin-Ping Pan, 2003, video, 9:00

A story about a little guy who saves a crying girl and a city in a flood. Technique: Hand-painted characters and textures on paper scanned into the computer and then animated using Adobe After Effects to simulate cut-out animation.



Katalin Nivelt Anguelov, 2003, 35mm, 3:15

A visual account of reprocessed memories. Technique: Digitized video, stills printed on paper and hand-painted, then shot on 35mm.


Tell Me Everything

Keren Albala, 2006, video, 1:44

A reckless spatchcock of animation techniques and stories from the minds of two lab mice in a jar.Technique: Found-footage, rotoscoping, scratching and painting directly on film.


America Missung,

Sandra Cheng, 2006, 35mm, 3:40

Three American women’s lives are intertwined when a butterfly is set free in this karaoke film set to the tune of three patriotic songs.Technique: hand-drawn and colored with pencils and water-color markers.



Gregory Araya, 2003, 35mm, 2:22

Film noir movies and detective comics get sliced up and stitched back together to form an absurdist collage. Technique: digital animated collage of scanned detective comics. Soundtrack is dialog taken from Film Noir movies.


1 Minute Film,

Sirirat Thawilvejakul, 2003, 16mm, 1:28

Two kids struggle to watch a TV program that lasts only 1 minute.Technique: Hand-drawn on cel and Adobe Photoshop printouts.



Chansoo Kim, 2005, video 4:07

Loosely based on 1930s Korea, Vaudeville is a visual poem about people in despair wandering about an abandoned winter landscape in the midst of a series of surreal events.



Brad Schaider, 2:52

Panoesthesia (pan-o-es-these-ia): the overwhelming sensations brought on by fully immersible, visual environments.


CARL 57,

Ryan Chen, 2007,video, 3:09

In the final moments of Carl’s life he recalls the 1950s nuclear testing in Nevada and how it resulted in the death of his American dream.Technique: Blender, Adobe Photoshop, Maya, Mental Ray.

Rural Daydream,

Ben Hendricks, 2004, video, 1:33

Rural Daydream was inspired by a lifetime of going between red and blue states.Technique: SoftImage XSi, Maya, and After Effects.

That Time,

Melissa Bowman, 2007, video, 0:45

An interpretation of the monthly slap in the face.Technique: Digital Photography, replacement eyes/mouths/ “blood” created in Adobe Photoshop. “Instigators” around the eyes, hand drawn. Composited and animated in Adobe After Effects.

Earth’s Shadow,

Huckleberry Lain, 2007, video, 11:00

The record of a full earth day through many different mediums.Technique: Maya 3D animation, time lapse in Super 8, archival footage from the Prelinger Archives, and home movies from Lain’s own collection.

 Tickets: Only available at the door: cash or check ONLY (no credit cards).
$9 general, $6 students/seniors, Free for FF members.

 DO NOT use the parking lot immediately behind the theatre. There are several area parking lots that charge various amounts at various times of day. There is a Municipal parking lot on Cherokee just north of Hollywood Blvd. on the east side of the street (north of the Egyptian across the street and east of Musso & Frank’s) The first two hours are $3. Rates are posted for additional time. Pay in advance. Meters are free on Sundays on side streets near the theater. There is free street parking on Selma (south of Hollywood Blvd.) and other area side streets. Prestige Parking Lot is $5-10.


Proudly Sponsored by Adobe