Saturday, June 8, 2024 

Program 6:00PM

Program II 7:00PM

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


Animation Extravaganza is an all-inclusive, annual event for our graduate and undergraduate animators to showcase their finished films. From 3D to traditional, stop-motion to interactive, all facets of the medium are explored by M.F.A. students. It is a time where animators get to reap the rewards of their hard work and share their introspective, funny and awe-inspiring stories through animation. Come join us for a night celebrating our outstanding animation students and enjoy the films they have crafted during their time in the Animation Program here at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. In addition, each year the students choose an inspiring recipient of the Crystal Anvil Award and honor their contributions to the field of animation.

Student Hosts: Dylan Martis and Gina Whitney


Program 1 | Theater Optique |  6:00pm 

An eclectic mix of non-M.F.A. films completed in the

Animation Program course 181C and the stop-motion class


Program 2 | Show of Shadows | 7:00pm

Crystal Anvil Award Honoree, Student Awards and films from the individual voices of the

M.F.A. Animation Program: stop motion, 2D and 3D CG animation


Crystal Anvil Award Honoree 

Randy Haycock

Randy Haycock has worked in the animation industry for over 34 years and at Disney Animation Studios for the last 32. He worked on “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, and “Treasure Planet” as a Traditional (handdrawn) Character Animator ,and supervised the characters of Baby and Young Hercules (“Hercules”), Clayton (“Tarzan”), and Princess Kida (“Atlantis”). He turned to CG (computer generated) animation for “Chicken Little” and “Meet the Robinsons” (supervising the animation on several members of the Robinson family).

He returned to traditional animation for “The Princess and the Frog” (supervising the animation on Prince/Frog Naveen) and “Winnie the Pooh” (supervising Eeyore). He then worked as the 2D Drawover Lead on “Moana” (as well as animating on Maui’s tattoos), and continued in that role on “Strange World” and “Wish.” He has created traditional animation for several Disney theme parks around the world and animated on the shorts “The Ballad of Nessie,” “Dinosaur Barbarian” and the Goofy shorts “How to Hook up Your Home Theater” and “Learning to Cook,” and on the Diney Animation Studio’s 100th Anniversary short “Once Upon a Studio.”

He also teaches a weekly Gesture Drawing class at the studio. He is currently the 2D Drawover Lead on the studio’s upcoming 2024 feature film, “Moana 2.” Additionally, for the past 16 years Randy has taught Traditional Animation and Short Film Production at California Institute of the Arts and Art Center College of Design, and has lectured on animation at Universities, Institutions and Studios in the US and abroad.