Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Twilight Zone tribute art show at Gallery 1988: Artist Layron Dejarnette

Artist Layron Dejarnette will have paintings on display at Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles). They will be paying tribute to what is easily one of the most influential television shows in the history of the medium, "The Twilight Zone," with "Another Dimension," where over 50 artists will reinterpret and remix episodes, themes and iconography from classic episodes of the series. The show opens Thursday, May 20th and will have an opening reception from 7-10 PM.

Here's a link to the paintings:

More Info:
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

#art #animation #bavfx #blackanimators

Monday, December 21, 2009

Job Posting - Educator Rhythm & Hues


POSITION: Educator

Position Summary

As a full-time, staff Educator at Rhythm and Hues (R&H), you will be responsible for providing the online documentation and the classroom education experience for the staff and freelance digital artists, as well as other production and studio personnel at R&H facilities worldwide. This LA-based position will also involve travel to our locations worldwide in support of our global learning and outreach goals.


* Learning R&H's proprietary software and tools

* Teaching classes and workshops for production artists and staff at R&H locations worldwide

* Assisting in documentation for all departments

* Keeping knowledge current by collaborating across departments and working on production shots.

* Attending and participating in weekly department meetings and user meetings.

* Maintaining education resources and environments (disk space, programs, user tools).

* Traveling to R&H locations worldwide to facilitate on-site training in India and Malaysia.

Required Skills/Experience:

* Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in 3D Graphics.

* Maya and Shake (or equivalents) experience.

* UNIX and HTML experience.

* Understanding of the 3D and 2D components of computer graphics production.

* At least one year experience in teaching, tutoring and creating documentation.

* Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and diplomacy skills.

* Ability to learn quickly, motivate others in learning, work in teams, and share information

Highly Desired:

* Experience and interest in scene/shot lighting, look development, texturing, procedural fx, compositing.

Additional Desired Skills/Experience

* Programming/scripting experience

* MediaWiki experience

* Familiarity with audio/visual equipment and media conversion

* Familiarity with learning management systems (e.g., moodle)

* Professional production experience

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume to
(write Educator Position in subject area of email)

Send cover letter and resume to:
Rhythm & Hues Studios
Attn: Recruiting Dept. - Educator
5404 Jandy Place
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday & Networking Events

Hi everyone,

OC Teachers Day Recap - Making a difference

Today a few of us from Rhythm & Hues headed down to Orange County for their Digital Media Training day for High School Teachers. Basically we talked to the teachers about what they should be teaching their kids to prepare for a career in Animation & VFX. Myself(Krystal Cooper), Anthony Harris (Colorist) and Travis Nelson (2D/Roto) were a part of the media panel. We were offered the opportunity to also review and approve the ROP curriculum for several Orange County High Schools. We stressed the importance of Arts & Technology education for a successful career in our industry. We are going to work on creating a similar opportunity here in Los Angeles for Inner City Schools. Please contact me if you are interested in being a part of that.

Holiday & Networking events coming up

December 17th -
Senator Curren Price Holiday Gathering

December 19th
Elite Urban Professionals & Universal Music Group

December 18-20* (thanks for sharing Barbara)
16th Annual African-American Film Marketplace

Plenty of opportunities to catch movies that are nominated for the OSCARS
* some require Guild affiliation but mainly Industry affiliation
Consider joining The Academy of Motion Pictures, Television, ASIFA, VFX or respective guild for your position such as Camera Guild, Producers Guild, Art Director, Graphic Artists,etc.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Share your Digital Art Expertise with OC Teachers

Dear Colleagues,

The Orange County Office of Education and Vital Link are hosting a regional Digital Media Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Animation, gaming, TV/video production, and web design/2D professionals are needed to participate in this informative and interactive day. Approximately 60 high school and community college faculty from these disciplines will be there to more fully understand what their students need to know and be able to do to work in the Digital Media field. We are looking for at least 15 people from industry to participate. If you are interested, please respond to me as soon as possible. And while you’re at it, ask a colleague (or two or three) to join you. Please remember, when you impact a teacher, you impact ALL of their students!!!

Agenda (times are approximate):

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Panel discussion and breakout sessions with industry leaders

11:30 - 12:00 noon Lunch

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Articulation discussion

Location Details:

Where: Costa Mesa Community Center

Address: 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch included)


Kathleen A. Milnes

President and CEO

The Entertainment Economy Institute

15332 Antioch Street #411

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

phone: 310-459-9177

cell: 323-806-6241

fax: 310-459-9177


Dec 1st is World Aids Day

Latest AIDS stats from UNAIDS: 33 million people living with HIV. Africa still 'worst hit by AIDS' Read more:

Today we are highlighting the work of Tim Jackson, Black Editorial Cartoonist for the Chicago Defender. He also maintains the pioneering cartoonist of color gallery. Click the link to find out more about Tim.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Industry's New Workflow Paradigm – 3D Compositing (Los Angeles)

A panel discusses the evolving workflows having a profound effect on the work of all 3D animators as well as 2D departments who now do the "finish work" like never before using Flame, Combustion, Toxik, and Nuke.

Event Description


*Steve Wright*, Master Trainer - Visual effects compositing, Nuke and Shake

*Damian Allen*, President of Pixerati LLC - Visual effects design and pipeline consultant

Speakers will explore and explain this new trend in visual effects that incorporates 3D geometry, lights, and cameras in addition to the usual 2D images into the final compositing of a shot. This new workflow paradigm profoundly affects both the 3D and 2D departments as the compositor now does much more of the "finish work" using 3D-capable compositing programs such as Flame, Combustion, Toxik, and Nuke.

Sponsored by Nuke.

6:30 - 7:30 PM Social Hour & Hors d'oeuvres
7:30 - 9:30 PM Program Presentation

Presenter Biographies

Steve Wright's Biography


The James Bridges Theater at UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media


All LA ACM SIGGRAPH will be admitted free of charge. Non-members of LA ACM SIGGRAPH are admitted for $20.00. New LA ACM SIGGRAPH members who sign up on-site, and pay the $40 annual membership fee (checks or cash only), do not have to pay the $20 admission fee.

Special Thanks

Steve Wright, Diane Wright, Mike Amron, Joan Collins Carey, Sharon Eisenberg, Lucy Cooper of The Foundry, and the entire LA SIGGRAPH Executive Council.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CTN Expo Wrap Up

Artwork by Micah Lewis

Artwork by Ryan Benjamin

Artwork by John Mahoney

The CTN Expo was held this weekend in Burbank. It was a great event. Panels and Expo and tons of giveaways but most importantly plenty of diamonds in the rough with raw talent.
We were happy to partner with the CTN EXPO and offer a 10% discount for our members using the BAVFX09 code.

During the Expo ASIFA hosted an Animation Educators Forum. More information can be found at There is also another great organization called Girls Drawin Girls. They have a holiday mixer coming up on December 5th 2009. Information can be found at

Sponsors included Animation Magazine, Toon Boom, Woodbury, Cal Arts and many other educational institutions and animation companies.

Educator and Artist Amarpal Khanna from the ICEF charter schools took a group of 30 students to the expo on Saturday.

Companies such as Warner Bros and Walt Disney were on site recruiting and reviewing portfolios and the top off each evening was an industry mixer with the who's who of animation.

Artists locally and from across the country came out to the event such as
Micah Lewis
John Mahoney
Ryan Benjamin

There were also representatives from Percy Miller Studios (Master P) in attendance.

If you attended the expo feel free to post on the wall and add your experience.

See you there next year.

For a complete list of vendors click here

Krystal Cooper
Chair, Blacks in Animation & Visual FX