Animation and Digital Arts Division Seminar

CTAN 522    Fall 2011

Wed 6:30-8:30 PM    1 unit   SCB 104

Professor: Richard Weinberg               Email:

Office Hours: Wednesday 2pm – 4pm

SA: Lisa Chung        Email:

The John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Art (Hench-DADA) Seminar serves as a weekly academic forum in which guest animators, visual artists, researchers and filmmakers discuss their work and ideas. Distinguished special guests, as well as USC faculty, will engage the class on various aspects of animation, research, new media and education. Exposure to this diversity of viewpoints, creative output and professional experience will serve to inspire the students, encourage new avenues of exploration, and facilitate career planning. Seminar also provides an opportunity for the DADA program to gather as a community once a week to discuss specific issues that pertain to classes, productions, and events; and to make announcements of general interest.

The class will sometimes run as late as 9pm. Please be prepared to stay on those occasions. On December 9th, the final exam period for the class, we will have a special screening and presentation, with attendance required.

Participation and Attendance

Attendance will be taken each week. Please turn off all cell phones, mobile media and light emitting devices during the class. No food, drink, water, or gum will be allowed in the theater.


CTAN 522 is a credit/no credit class based on weekly attendance and student reports about the people and topics discussed in seminar. There are 15 class meetings. To pass the class, you must attend at least 13 classes and submit a report each week on the blog. Blog reports are due by 5pm on Tuesday of the following week. Each report should include description of what you learned from that night’s speaker(s) (100 to 500 words).

The class blog is Click on the “Leave a Comment” link at the bottom right corner of the post. A text box will appear below. Under the “Guest” tab, enter your email address and full name.  Be sure to include your name each time, since it’s difficult to tell who really is.  You do not need to create an account in order to post.  Proceed to write in your comment.  Click on the “Post Comment” Tab to submit your entry.

CTAN 522 Fall 2011 Semester Schedule (Subject to change)

1.         August 24; Introduction to the Seminar Class and presentation by Richard Weinberg

2.         August 31 + Sept 1; TOCHKA: PIKA PIKA Visions and Voices Special Event

3.         Sep 7 Mike Patterson  and Candace Reckinger, DADA

4.         Sep 14 Jill NcNitt-Gray, USC Biomedical Engineering and Kinesiology, and Margo Apostolos, Director of Dance, USC School of theater

5.         Sep 21 Toper Taylor, President, Cookie Jar Entertainment

6.         Sep 28 Noori Zarrinkelk, “the father of Iranian animation”

7.         Oct 5 John Frame

8.         Oct 12 John Tarnoff, ACME Animation Mentoring Network

9.         Oct 19 Kenny Hall, Sound Department, SCA

10.       Oct 26 Ron Diamond, Animation Show of Shows

11.       Nov 2  Evgeni Tomov, Production Designer, Arthur Christmas, Triplets of  Belleville

12.       Nov 9 Paul Debevek, Institute for Creative Technologies

13.       Nov 16 Presentations: DADA seniors

14.       Nov 23 Thanksgiving break; no class

15.       Nov 30 Mike Fink, Visual Effects, SCA DADA and Production

Dec. 7  DreamWorks Special Presentation

Statement for Students with Disabilities

Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.

Statement on Academic Integrity

USC seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include the concept of respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Scampus, the Student Guidebook, contains the Student Conduct Code in Section 11.00, while the recommended sanctions are located in Appendix A. Students will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review, should there be any suspicion of academic dishonesty. The Review process can be found at


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