- Division celebrates ten years of animation and digital art with anniversary DVD and screening at DADA-First Look screening DGA cinema complex.
- MFA and minor curriculum is updated and and a new BA in animation and digital arts is designed, created and approved.
- The Division receives a 125th grant to host a science -art weekend at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies organized through Smith’s CTAN 524 Contemporary Topics in Animation & Digital Arts class.
- “Bike-In Movies” is curated and produced by Lisa Mann and Newtown Arts celebrating the work of DADA students and faculty also supported through the 125th grants.
- New adjunct faculty join the Division including Marcel Valcarce, Dariush Derakshani, Larissa Bank, RT Taylor,Will Weston and Daniel Robichaud.
Marcel Valcarce is a successful creative director, educator, and devoted father. He brings together a deep connection to technology (he wrote his first computer game when he was 12 years old), with a love of art instilled in him by his mother, an award winning painter and sculptor in New England for over 50 years. This passion for technology and art is what led him to give up his work as a Systems Analyst consulting with Fortune 100 companies in New York to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Animation program where he received an MFA in Digital Art and Animation in 1997.
Marcel then embarked on a creative career as a designer and 3D artist that includes many top Hollywood design and visual effects studios. At Imaginary Forces, he contributed to the success of ten high-end CGI commercials and many feature film title sequences including Flubber, The Avengers, and Mimic which earned an International Monitor Award for Best Achievement in Film Titles. Marcel’s career continued at Rhythm & Hues Studios, R. Greenberg/Schluter, Creative Domain/Trailer Park, Pacific Title and Art Studios, and Kaleidoscope Films, among others.
Marcel’s entrepreneurial streak caused him to found his own design and animation company, inMotion Studios, in 2005 where he functions as Creative Director and Chief Technology Officer. As Creative Director his focus on client needs and has led to dozens of successful projects. In 2008 and 2009, he designed branding for the Los Angeles Film Festival, and re-branded the ACE Eddie awards. In 2010, he designed a film logo for Billy Joel’s production company Maritime Pictures. In 2011, Marcel’s studio produced show packages for Discovery Channel’s award winning Storage Wars franchise, including the original show and spinoffs for New York and Texas.
Marcel began teaching in 2000 at the Art Institute of Los Angeles and has been an adjunct professor at the USC SCA Digital Art and Animation program since 2002. He has also taught 3D Animation and Motion Graphics classes at Video Symphony in Burbank starting in 2011.