Meet our wonderful talented alumni who are working in a variety of positions at the major animation and gaming studios. Format will be brief presentations from our guests with Q&A moderated by our seminar teams.
Arjun Rihan is a filmmaker and artist based in the Bay Area. He currently works as a Camera & Staging Artist at PIXAR Animation Studios.
Arjun has also created several personal animated films. His award-winning work has been exhibited at festivals and venues around the world, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Arjun received his MFA in Animation from the University of Southern California in 2009, where he was an Annenberg Fellow. He was an undergraduate at Stanford University.
Shaun Seong-young Kim is an award winning animation artist based in the Bay area. His animations have been shown at Siggraph, College Television Awards, Hirosima International Animation Festival, Melbourne International Animation Festival and many more.Shaun also worked as an animator, layout artist, and director for animation, and gaming studios. Shaun is a Layout TD at PIXAR Animation Studios.
Joanna Griebel is an animatic and video editor in Los Angeles. Her credits include Miles From Tomorrowland, Triptank Season 2, Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters, and more!
Joanna has mostly worked around smaller studios (Hasbro, Titmouse, Shadowmachine, Wild Canary) but for network shows like Disney Junior, Disney eXD, and Comedy Central. She has also directed, written, and animated several short animated films, including the award-winning short film Tomboy.
Renae Radford is a visual development and VFX artist. Renae currently works at the Gaming Company Blizzard Entertainment. Renae has also worked at Dreamworks, Paramount, Disney Toon and Six Point Harness on a variety of projects (video games, tv, and feature).
Jon Gutman is an LA based artist, animator and filmmaker who specializes in visual storytelling through camera, composition and staging. A native New Yorker, he studied fine art at the University at Buffalo before moving to Los Angeles to attend film school at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. As a student in their Division of Animation and Digital Arts, his award winning short film, Memorial, was displayed at over 30 film festivals and exhibitions worldwide including Anima Mundi, the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Siggraph Animation Theater and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.