5:00 p.m. | 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019

James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television


Visualization | 5:00 p.m.

An eclectic mix of non-M.F.A. films completed in the Animation Workshop course (181C) and the Stop Motion class. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; screening begins at 5:00 p.m.

Featured Films

Dreamtown / Ezra Behnen

Four tired folks make their way through

Dinner and a Show / Mishka Caruncho

A man unwillingly happens upon strange characters as he excitedly prepares for date night.

Nani and De Garden Jumbie / Katelyn Dwarpaul

Nani sets out to find the follkloric creature—a jumbie—that has been sacking her garden.

HE GOT ME FUCKED UP / Kiriko Kajiwara

8th song on April Fool Mixtape project. A song about getting a bacterial infection from a tinder date hookup.

Roborina / Kaley Powers

A cyborg ballerina battles with her mechanical half as it starts to take control of her graceful performance.

Pengyo / Hope Shin

Goliath / Angela Song

Confronted by an impossible obstacle, a young woman grapples with self-doubt and tries to find the strength to move forward.



Realization | 7:00 p.m.

Films from the individual voices of the M.F.A. program; introspective, funny and awe-inspiring stores told through stop motion, 2D and 3D CG animation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; screening begins at 7:00 p.m.

Featured Films

Moving /Kimberly Acosta

A young adult finds a way to cope with the anxiety of moving away from home.

Tru Music / Zainab Bakare

On an extrodinary and ordinary classical driven music planet.Our story follows a Trumpet named Tru who follows a jazzy tune that leads him away from his mundane life

Herald of Blue / Jacqueline C.J. Barnes

A mute girl from Mars III must cope with the death of her grandfather and the imminent death of her planet.

Medusa / Sidney Deng

A child Medusa must find a way to go outside and explore the world without turning plants into stones

Drawbridge / Diana Gateño

A drawbridge operator must confront a god to save his sister.

Mark Anthony’s / Paul Gleason

When his business flounders, a restaurateur makes the most of a chance encounter with a dangerous customer.

Rewind / Z Kuozheng Hao

Boxer over comes his fear, fights his way back to reality.

The Missing Ingredient / Rose Yue Huang

A middle-aged man indulging in the tempting world of food has to deal with his loneliness deep in his empty heart.

Egress / Stephanie James

Abstract experimental light animation in a cave.

Secret / Ysabel Li

A man lives on selling recorded videos of other people, but he is not the only one that leads a secret life in this crowded city.

Up? / Yuanqi Cici Liao

A story about a man who thinks he has find an easy way to approach a goal but in the end, all his efforts are in vain.

NekoNeko and PerroPerro! / Chelsea Lindsay

Nadia and Pedro have secret lives as animal-themed superheroes – but when a villain switches their powers, can they save the day along with their pride?

Rata Voladora / Lourdes Stephanie Mercado

A rat has a dream of eating cheese and it involves flying.

The Summoning / Laura Norris

A consistently bullied little witch finally tries to take matters into her own hands. However, when her spell goes awry, she must put things right before the whole town is destroyed.

Shoot the Moon / William Rowe

Two brothers do the impossible

Don’t Poke the Bear / William Rowe

Just a lazy night in for two bears.

Ace / Jay Shipman

When a highly-decorated police dog retires, he realizes that his job of service is just beginning.

Fare Share / Benjamin Tomimatsu

A commuter tries to get a free ride, and pays the Karmic price

Lucky / Vy Tran

A kleptomaniac bird lusts for a shiny object. Unfortunately, it belongs to a very, very large cat.

Oh Deer Rides The Bus / Emmy Trueswell

A nervous deer tries to commute from the city to the forest.

Bounty / Shirley Zhou

An ex-bounty hunter makes breakfast with his young daughter, who becomes increasingly curious about his past profession.





Story Supervisor, Storyboard Artist
PIXAR Animation Studios

Nathan Stanton began his career at Pixar in June 1996 as a story artist for Pixar’s second feature film, A Bug’s Life, and has worked on many of the studio’s successes since then. Stanton contributed his storyboarding talents to Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and the Academy Award-winning feature films Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Brave and Coco. He also served as Head of Story on Cars 2 and the animated short The Blue Umbrella.

After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts in 1992 with a B.F.A. in character animation, Stanton moved to San Francisco and became a 2D assistant animator on Skellington Productions’ The Nightmare Before Christmas. He went on to work at Colossal Pictures on a number of projects, also in 2D animation. Stanton then returned to Skellington Productions to work on James and the Giant Peach. After a short stint at Wild Brain Studios, Stanton was hired at Pixar.

Stanton is now an independent contractor, storyboarding on several projects including the upcoming stop motion/live action feature film The Toymaker’s Secret and the stop-motion feature film Bubbles.


Join us after on the Soundstage for a reception and Interactive Showcase