‘Food’ by Siqi Song

This is an animated documentary short film about FOOOOOOOOOOOD! I interviewed people their opinions about food, and animate real food based on the soundtracks with stop-motion technique.

Watch John Lasseter’s Raucous CalArts Commencement Speech

John Lasseter, who became a doctor for the second time last week, delivered the commencement speech to this year’s graduating CalArts class. Lasseter’s speech is a cross between a revival meeting and a rock concert, complete with rowdy audience members chiming in, like in this exchange.

John Lasseter Becomes A Doctor…Again

This evening John Lasseter received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater California Institute of the Arts. He also delivered the commencement address to the graduating class. Five years ago, Lasseter received his first honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University, the school that he dropped out of to attend CalArts. So, does this mean we have to call him Dr.² Lasseter now?

‘Cruising’ by Zachary Zezima

Based on a true story, “Cruising” follows a young man through an extrovert’s dream and an introvert’s nightmare—the chaotic and cacophonous world of forced-fun aboard an insular cruise ship. His initial inability to accept his environment drives him to suicidal fantasy, where he learns to cope with his stressors, discomfort and anxieties.

Artist of the Day: April Liu

April Liu is a second year animation student at CalArts. Her blog is a mixture of personal and school work with drawings and animated studies from projects in progress, such as a short about a fellow with a sprout growing from the top of his head.