AEF 2017 Annual Membership Meeting Will Take Place At East LA College On April 22

Sixth Annual General Membership Meeting
April 22, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Vincent Price Art Museum (S2), Lecture Hall 112, East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, California 91754

Today’s stream will be archived at our YouTube channel.

10:00 – 10:50 AM Welcome
Beverages and snacks provided by ASIFA-Hollywood. Please do not bring any food or drinks into the lecture hall.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Discussion in Lecture Hall 112
Politics and the Classroom: Art, Animation and The Teachers Responsibility vis a’ vis Current Events
Today’s turbulent news has polarized political opinion in a way not seen since the 1960s. Strong opinions and passionate ideals pull students in many directions. What is the responsibility of the instructor to allow them to express themselves as individuals, yet remain fair to all? How much of outside events should we allow to enter the Ivory Tower? When does giving guidance turn into imposing our own values?

Dave Master, Education Consultant & Founder of ACME Virtual Training
Dave Master was the animation instructor at Rowland Animation for almost two decades, and hundreds of his students have gone on to careers in animation, media, technology fields, and the arts. During his work as the Director of Artist Development for Warner Brothers Animation for seven years, he founded the ACME Virtual Training Network. Dave’s honors include his appointment to the National Fine Arts Standards Commission in Washington DC; the International Animated Film Society’s June Foray Award; the National Technology Teacher of the Year award; and the LA Music Center’s prestigious Bravo Arts Educator Award. The 2008 recipient of the SMPTE Eastman Kodak Gold Medal for his lifetime of achievements in education, he was the first animation educator to receive the award in its forty-two year history. Mr. Master is presently advising and consulting on curricular projects that span animation, science, technology, robotics, media, professional mentoring and Native American cultural heritage preservation.

Carol Ashley, Assistant Professor of Entertainment Art & Animation at California State University, Fullerton
Carol Ashley is an industry veteran with over 20 years in feature film visual effects and animation. She has contributed to numerous feature films for Sony Pictures Imageworks, Cinetropolis FX, Cinesite, Hammerhead, Rhythm & Hues, Technicolor and Warner Bros. Ms. Ashley serves as the Director of Outreach at Animation Libation Studios, bridging the gap between higher education and the animation industry, as well as co-producing The World Animation Celebration International Film Festival with Animation Magazine, hosted for the second year by Sony Pictures Animation. She holds an MFA in Film and a BFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts. Carol held the position of Department Chair for Media Arts at The Art institute of California – Hollywood before joining California State University Fullerton as an Assistant Professor in Entertainment Art & Animation. She teaches all aspects of 3D animation production and will be teaching the first stop-motion puppet fabrication class during the 2017 summer session at CSUF.

Robert St. Pierre, Assistant Professor of Art at California State University Northridge
Robert St. Pierre was educated at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. Following graduation, he continued to advance his studies in Architectural Rendering, Production Design and Directing for Live Action Film at UCLA. He is a Production Designer, Visual Development and Concept Development artist, Environment Designer, Educator and Key Note Speaker. With more than 23 years of domestic and international experience in the animation industry, Robert has worked on award winning projects from feature films to television series for prestigious studios such as Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Focus Films and others. Robert is currently a tenure track Assistant Professor at California State University Northridge where he’s received multiple awards and recognition for his teaching, mentorship and student advisement. Additionally, he continues freelancing, teaching and lecturing for various studios and private institutions.

12:30 – 1:30 PM Break for Refreshments
Beverages and snacks provided by ASIFA-Hollywood. Please do not bring any food or drinks into the lecture hall.

1:30 – 2:00 PM AEF 2016 Event Summary and Plans for 2017 Lecture Hall 112
Presented by today’s Masters of Ceremonies

  • Lee Crowe, AEF Steering Committee Events Chair, Adjunct Professor at California State University Northridge
  • Tom Sito, AEF Steering Committee Member, Chair of the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at USC

ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Student Scholarship
Application website (please note that it has not been updated for 2017 yet)
In 2016, the AEF awarded three $5000 scholarships and four $2500 scholarships to deserving animation students in Singapore, Australia, Canada and the U.S. For 2017, online applications will open on April 23 and close on June 20. More information will be included in an upcoming email blast and posted on the ASIFA-Hollywood and Animation Educators Forum websites. Faculty with questions (please wait until after the official launch!) can send an email to

ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Faculty Grant
Application website (not open for applications until January 2018)
In its inaugural year, ASIFA-Hollywood and the AEF awarded a total of $6,634 to two educators in early 2017. Proposals for original animated projects, scholarly activities and conference travel requests were considered from full and part-time teachers at accredited post-secondary institutions in China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Australia, France, Canada and the U.S. Applications for the 2018 – 2019 year will be announced in an upcoming email blast and posted on the ASIFA-Hollywood and Animation Educators Forum websites. For more information, email

2016 General Membership Meeting
Live stream archive
On April 16, 2016, the AEF held its 5th Annual General Membership Meeting. The 2 hour and 16 minute live-streamed event began with an informative presentation and discussion of current approaches to teaching Virtual Reality as well as its potential application to classroom instruction in the future by Eric Hanson (Associate Professor, USC) and Andy Fedak (Assistant Professor, CSUF). During the lunch break, on-site attendees were able to experience samples of work created by students exploring VR. After lunch, a summary of the AEF’s 2015 events and upcoming opportunities for 2016 were presented.

Birds of a Feather Discussion at SIGGRAPH 2016: How is Virtual Reality Changing the Way We Teach?
Audio recording archive
On July 25, 2016, the AEF held a 56 minute discussion at SIGGRAPH 2016 in Anaheim, California. Discussion Contributors Caleb Owens (Assistant Professor, CSUN) and Eloi Champagne (Technical Director, NFB) shared their experiences and research with Virtual Reality, and provided insight into how it may be applied in the education realm.

Birds of a Feather Discussion at CTN eXpo 2016: The Instructor and the Institution – Intellectual Property in the Current Educational Model
Audio recording archive
On November 19, 2016, the AEF held a 51 minute discussion at CTNX 2016 in Burbank, California. Discussion Contributors Linda Sellheim (Content Manager, Learning), B. Paul Husband (Entertainment Attorney, Law Oces of B. Paul Husband) and Chuck Grieb (Professor, CSUF) shared their knowledge about intellectual property rights in current educational models. The discussion included the topics of academic freedom, ownership of a course syllabus, copyright registration/claims and the wide range of factors associated with online content delivery.

2:00 – 4:00 PM Screening of Film My Life as a Zucchini Lecture Hall 112
My Life as a Zucchini (66 minutes, Rated PG-13), A film by Claude Barras

My Life as a Zucchini

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has now been nominated for both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

A new English language version stars Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, and Amy Sedaris, and had its world premiere at Sundance 2017.