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The 6 1/2-hour 'Gatz,' a 'Great Gatsby' re-creation coming to REDCAT

November 25, 2012
LA Times

Marathon plays stand the test of time

Call it "Long Day's Journey Into Intermission." Or maybe "Waiting ... and Waiting ... and Waiting for Godot."

It is the marathon play or performance piece, the theatrical equivalent of the Tour de France or the nine-course prix fixe menu at the French Laundry. Done poorly it can seem like an endurance test or a stunt. Done brilliantly it can be transformational for those putting on the show as well as those watching it. Read Story

School of Theater Dean Travis Preston interviewed in Los Angeles Times

November 25, 2012
LA Times

Taking note of a wave of shorter plays

Guare says playwrights' chief worry is not producers keeping an eye on the clock but on the bottom line. "Today's main problem is not running time but most producers' reluctance to produce a play with more than five characters. Four is better … two is best, provided they're both stars. And one big star would be perfect. That's what calls the shots today." Read Full Story

Brenda Chapman, alumna co-director of Pixar's 'Brave,' praises CalArts

November 21, 2012

CalArts Alums Score Big at the Box Office

It’s no secret that the California Institute of the Arts is a fantastic school, especially for anyone interested in an animation career—heck, our own Brenda Chapman is proof of that! Not only have CalArts alums gone on to create amazing work, they’ve scored big at the box office, too. According to recent information released by the school, alums have grossed $26.4 billion at the box office worldwide since 1985. Impressive, right? Read Story

Maija Burnett, Associate Director of Character Animation Program, quoted in Wall Street Journal

November 20, 2012
Wall Street Journal

DreamWorks Releases Software Used in 'Guardians'

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., DWA -5.21% after spending years developing specialized software used to make one of its most expensive movies ever, is giving it away free to competitors...

Many major animation studios use proprietary software to supplement a general 3-D animation system such as RenderMan or a rival called Maya, according to Maija Burnett, associate director of character animation at California Institute of the Arts. Animation studios, said Ms. Burnett, "are very deep into the technology side."

To read full story, google Maija Burnett, Wall Street Journal

Profile of alumnus Don Cheadle

November 20, 2012
The Hollywood Reporter

Fresh from a turn in "Flight" with Denzel, the "House of Lies" star shares his love of acting -- and his collection of world-class watches.

Fresh from his Emmy nomination for Showtime's House of Lies -- in which he plays a cocksure management consultant with a wardrobe of custom Italian wool suits and Audemars Piguet timepieces -- Don Cheadle is living in a Hollywood moment uniquely his own creation. Having just wrapped his portion of Iron Man 3 in North Carolina, he's already back on the Sony lot filming the second season of House of Lies, which returns in January, and more than holds his own in Paramount's Flight. A veteran of sitcoms, TV dramas, action flicks, popcorn blockbusters, Soderbergh ensembles and Oscar-caliber message films, Cheadle is the consummate character actor who has become a star. Read Story

Bel Air Bar + Grill's features work by CalArts' students

November 16, 2012

Art Mingles with Food at Bel Air Bar + Grill

The scene was a mix of art enthusiasts and food lovers last night at Bel Air Bar + Grill's friends and family reopening. Susan Disney Lord directed the renovation and reconceptualization of the space along with designers KFA and Weil Studio. The completely redone property now houses not only Bel Air Bar + Grill but also The Shack (a to-go sandwich and cafe operation), an office and banquet space for The Roy Disney Foundation, and an exceptional and rotating selection of art by students at CalArts. Read More

Discussion of independent film in Los Angeles cites CalArts filmmakers

November 15, 2012
Art:21 Blog

One of the things that strikes me now is the way that the whole town got behind the Athens International Film and Video Festival, which, as the name implies, features independent films and videos from around the globe.  The Athena—Athens’s only movie theater—screens short film programs for free during the day and affordable feature films at night.  People drive in from miles around to attend screenings and participate in a huge community event centered on films that are not widely distributed.  It was while living in Athens that I first saw films by Bruce Baillie, Pat O’Neill, and recent Calarts graduates Lee Ann Schmitt and Lee Lynch—works that were very personalized portraits of California landscapes. Read Full Story

Q&A: Design Program alumnus Geoff McFetridge opens latest exhibition

November 15, 2012

On the back of Geoff McFetridge opening his latest exhibition entitled "Floating" at Cooper Cole, I thought it would be a great idea to sit down with the talented graphic designer. We discussed the reasons why McFetridge chose this path to how his work has evolved and grown since beginning, to his life in Los Angeles and what is next, not to mention talking about the body of works for "Floating". Read Interview

Upcoming exhibitions for alumna Allison Schulnik

November 14, 2012
Eyes In art

Allison Schulnik’s paintings, sculptures, and clay animations show the same relish for gutsy, expressionistic, surreal forms in the "Ex•pose: Allison Schulnik" show (Feb. 24-28, 2013). Bright colors emerge through an overall dark palette, as paintings and clay animations alike take on the sense of an ever-morphing figure. Read Story

New Pixar shorts collection includes CalArts student films by John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton

November 14, 2012
Entertainment Weekly (EW.com)

Sometimes good things come in small packages — especially if you have the attention span of an 8-year-old hopped up on Gummi Bears. If anyone's been able to make kids sit still over the past 20 years, though, it's the computer-whiz confectioners at Pixar, whose string of hits — from 1995's Toy Story to 2012's Brave — have ushered in a second golden age of animation. Still, as any parent will tell you, little Billy or Susie can find Nemo only so many times before growing restless again. Thankfully, the good folks at Pixar have been salting away a stash of fresh, fun-size 'toons for their latest grab bag, Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 (2012, 1 hr., 15 mins., G). Read Story

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