This alumni panel brings together PhDs, Professors, Alternative Careers and Independents to discuss their experiences since graduating from Hench-DADA. Short presentations and then Q&A with seminar teams.
Adriana Jaroszewicz has been working in animation for over 17 years. Her experience ranges from Internet-based to feature-length animation and visual effects films.
Adriana holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Before joining LMU, Adriana served as a Senior Digital Trainer for animators, compositors, hair, layout, character set-up and character pipeline crews at Sony Pictures Imageworks. She trained artists for feature films such as Monster House, Ghost Rider, Superman Returns, Surf’s Up, Open Season, Spiderman 3, I Am Legend, Beowulf, Watchmen, G-Force, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Alice in Wonderland and Cats and Dogs 2.
She has collaborated with composer Martin Jaroszewicz on a series of projects including “OSC Physics” and “OSC Physics Pro,” two audiovisual applications for the iPad, and “Chaos and Metamorphosis,” an audiovisual installation that was on view at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts.
Adriana regularly teaches and presents at conferences and engagements around the world. She has been a Professor in Residence at SideFX software to continue her professional development in Houdini. She a is Certified Nuke Trainer for The Foundry’s compositing software Nuke through fxphd.com
She continues to research the application of movement analysis-based methods as pedagogy to improve 3D computer animation biomechanics and character development. She has completed her animated short El Botín (The Looting), a dark tragic comedy combining 3D computer animated characters and miniature environments, and currently she is working on another CG film about a dog.
Scott has 25 years of diversified production experience on projects in film and games ranging from script through final delivery including Sony Imageworks, Speedshape, Rhythm and Hues, House of Moves and others. He has assisted over 1,000 independent animated films, videos and games at SCAD and CCS as Chair of Animation as well as Chair of Entertainment Arts.
Scott is an alumnus of the University of Southern California where he completed his MFA in Digital Animation and Digital Art and holds a BFA in Graphic Design from State University of New York.
Laura Cechanowicz is an iMAP PhD student and Los Angeles-based artist focused on world building, play, film, production design and sound.
A researcher and a collector, her work explores identity, neuroscience, the embodied mind, and the ways people record and transcribe personal histories. Her passion is participatory art as social practice, and she views teaching as an integral part of this work. Her experience includes fieldwork in the US, Nepal, China, Colombia, and throughout Europe.
I’m a maker – a strategic thinker and product designer who specializes in creating innovative digital experiences (web, mobile, app, virtual reality, etc). I currently work for Disney’s Parks & Resorts Digital team, connecting guests with tools that enhance their vacation.
Tiffanie Mang is a traditional animation artist who graduated from Hench-DADA BA in 2014, Tiffanie has worked on numerous projects including most recently the fully oil painted feature ‘Loving Vincent’.
Tiffanie teaches plein air painting master classes and works as a freelance animator and concept designer for various studios and companies including Psyop inc. and Dreamworks Animation.
Shish Aikat is the Head of Global Learning at Tau Films/John Hughes Institute (JHI). Prior to that, he was the Vice Principal of Exceptional Minds Studio, a vocational academy/studio in animation and VFX for young adults on the autism spectrum. In addition, he is the former Manager-Education and Head of Global Learning at Rhythm & Hues (R&H) Studios in Los Angeles. At R&H, he oversaw the knowledge management/dissemination and global learning for the studio’s operations in the U.S., Canada, India, Malaysia, and Taiwan. During that time, he also co-founded Rhythm & Hues University (RHU) to create and foster a global learning eco-system for R&H. Shish was also a technical communicator in both the Los Angeles area and in Silicon Valley and is a former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (LASTC). He also taught as a Lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) Program at USC and in the School of Film and Television (SFTV), Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
Originally trained as a mechanical engineer from Jadavpur University (JU), Calcutta, Shish received his M.F.A. from the Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), University of Southern California (USC) in 2002. He was also a Nickelodeon Fellow from 2001-2002 while at SCA. He also earned an M.A. in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in 1990.