Kathy Smith
Chair and Associate Professor

Kathy Smith chaired the Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, from 2004 -2009, she is an Associate Professor at USC ...
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  Christine Panushka
Professor

Christine Panushka is an internationally known award wining artist, filmmaker/animator and educator. Her films have been screened in Japan, Italy, France, Germany ...
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  Sheila M. Sofian
Associate Professor

Sheila M. Sofian's independent films are a hybrid of documentary and animation. She recently received a grant from the National Video Resources Program for Media Artists, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship ...
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  Eric Hanson
Associate Professor of Practice

Eric Hanson is a visual effects designer specializing in the creation of digital environments and effects for feature films. Having worked with leading visual effects houses ...
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  Everett Lewis
Associate Professor

Everett Lewis is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose graphic, experimental, and narrative films have been screened nationally and internationally at Sundance ...
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  Richard Weinberg
Research Associate Professor

Richard Weinberg, Ph.D., is the Director and Founder of the USC Computer Animation Laboratory, which he established in 1985. He also serves as the Chief Technology Officer of ...
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  Michael Patterson
Associate Professor

Mike Patterson is an experimental film artist and a commercial film director specializing in TV spots and music videos. After graduate studies with Jules Engel ...
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  Lisa Mann
Instructor of Cinema Practice

Lisa Mann is an independent filmmaker and visual artist. Since the early '80s, she has created and exhibited installations, performance artworks, photo-based ...
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  Maksymilian Naporowski
Instructor of Cinema Practice

Born in Kielce, Poland in 1972, Maks studied art, philosophy, and psychology at McMaster University in Canada. In 1996, he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy ...
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  Trixy Sweetvittles
Instructor of Cinema Practice

Trixy Sweetvittles received an MFA in experimental animation from California Institute of the Arts in 1996. For the past four years, she’s served as Animation Dept Chair ...
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  Tom Sito
Instructor of Cinema Practice

Tom Sito's screen credits include the Disney classics THE LITTLE MERMAID 1989, BEAUTY & THE BEAST 1991, ALADDIN 1992, THE LION KING 1994, WHO FRAMED ROGER ...
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  Larissa Bank
Adjunct Faculty

Larissa Bank received an MFA in Studio Art from California Institute of the Arts in 1998 and an MFA in Painting from the University of Maryland in 1996 ...
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  Paul Demeyer
Adjunct Faculty

Paul Demeyer was born in Bruges, Belgium. He studied animation at the Royal Academy in Ghent and got his Master Degree at the California Institute of the Arts in ...
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  Dariush Derakhshani
Adjunct Faculty

Dariush Derakhshani is a Creative Director and CG Supervisor with Radium in Santa Monica and an award-winning CG animator and author of several Maya ...
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  David Fain
Adjunct Faculty

David Fain received his B.F.A. in Film/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Masters Degree in Experimental Animation ...
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  Maureen Furniss
Adjunct Faculty

Maureen Furniss, Ph.D., is founding editor of Animation Journal, the first peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to animation history, theory, and criticism ...
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  Elizabeth Gill Brauer
Adjunct Faculty

A native Angeleno and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in English, Elizabeth Gill Brauer has been a professional writer since 1970 and has written feature films for Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, as well as numerous television movies ...
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  Angie Jones
Adjunct Faculty

Angie Jones is a Freelance Supervising Animator, Teacher and Consultant with over seventeen years working in video games, commercials, television and film. Her film and commercial work include Oscar winning films, two Clios and one VES award. She specializes in character and creature animation. ...
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  Thomas Kang
Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Kang is a senior consultant at Softimage Special Projects and the chief architect of Softimage|Face Robot. His responsibilities range from biomechanical research ...
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  Darren Kiner
Adjunct Faculty

Darren Kiner is a CGI Lighting Artist / Compositor and CGI Supervisor working in visual effects and feature animation. After twenty years in production, his credits include ...
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  John Mahoney
Adjunct Faculty

John graduated from Pratt Institute in NYC with a BFA in Illustration. He left New York to do a Disney animation internship in Orlando Florida. Several months later he returned to New York to work on a series of television commercials ...
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  Jan Nagel
Adjunct Faculty

JAN NAGEL, Entertainment Marketing Diva, is an animation industry consultant, teacher and co-president and founding member of Women in Animation. As a consultant, Jan currently works with numerous overseas ...
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  Candace Reckinger
Adjunct Faculty

A film artist and director, Candace Reckinger has worked in both the commercial and independent realms blending live action with experimental techniques to produce short films, music videos and commercials ...
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  Janusz Sikora
Adjunct Faculty

Award-winning cinematographer has been intermittently teaching cinematography at USC, UCLA, Rockport-Maine, NYFA, Columbia College. He travels the country ...
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  Marcel Valcarce
Adjunct Faculty

Marcel Valcarce received an MFA in Digital Art and Animation from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1997. His Animated film Silence played at the New York ...
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  Willl Weston
Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Weston has taught college-level courses for 20 years in commercial and fine art departments, while also working as an illustrator, and in Feature and Television animation ...
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  Mar Elepaño
Production Supervisor

Mar Elepaño was born in the Philippines in 1954. He left for Los Angeles to study film in 1975 at the University of Southern California. He finished his degree in Film ...
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  Eric Furie
Network and Systems Administrator

Eric has been a part of the USC DADA staff since 1996, working as a systems and network administrator. After receiving his B.S.E. in computer science from Princeton ...
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  Daphne Sigismondi
Director

Daphne has been working for the School of Cinematic Arts since 2001 in the Associate Deanís office, as the Academic Scheduling and Events Coordinator ...
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  Emily Benfield
Administrative Coordinator

Emily Benfield is responsible for maintaining a variety of accountabilities within the division. In addition to keeping the front desk, Emily oversees budgeting and accounting responsibilities, works on ....
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  Googe John Endieveri
Network and Systems Administrator

Prior to joining the Creative Computing department at USC School of Cinematic Arts in the fall of 2009, Googe worked for 12 years as the Systems Administrator and Broadcast Engineer at Rock Paper Scissors editorial ...
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  Gabriel Soto Campa
Network and Systems Support

Gabriel was born in Mexico City and moved to US to pursue a career in the media arts. He obtained degrees in Digital Media Production and Software Engineering before ...
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