Walter Lantz Digital Animation Studio

In 2000, the UCLA Animation Workshop received an award of $500,000 from the Walter Lantz Foundation to build a studio that would enhance our development of digital animation. This allowed us to provide a state-of-the-art workspace for our thesis students. In the past, these advanced students had to share equipment with first- and second-year students. Now thesis students who have completed all their requirements can move into a workspace with an animation desk and computer.

The room has eight Mac Pro computer workstations that run Adobe Production Suite, Maya, Final Cut and Flash; five animation desks; and a LunchBox video sync for pencil testing animation. There are also digital feed scanners, printers and an editing station. Our goal is to keep the configuration of this studio flexible so it meets the individual needs of each student and supports whatever style of animation they choose to create.

Past residents of the Walter Lantz Digital Animation Studio include Shane Acker, creator of the animated feature film 9, which was first Acker's thesis film; Gil Kenan, director of Monster House, whose UCLA TFT thesis film inspired the look and feel of that feature film; and Amy Winfrey, creator of Nickelodeon's Making Fiends.