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Creating Digital Worlds in Game Engines

Animation Production Studio


2: 7/8/2024 - 7/21/2024




Dive into crafting animated short films, covering the entire production process, in this animation production studio course. From concept to final film, gain expertise in every phase, with a strong emphasis on production planning. Receive hands-on experience in applying industry-standard techniques in creation, design, production, and editing. Work in production teams, mirroring a professional studio setup, fostering teamwork, communication, and essential project management skills for real-world animation production.

Who Should Take This Class

Students with advanced animation skills looking to create a portfolio piece or short film to enter into competitions and festivals.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement 
  • Portfolio: link to a demo reel/website
  • Resume

Course Coordinator

Michael Bonitatis (Northridge) is the founder of Animation Libation Studios. He has collaborated with industry veterans from Disney, DreamWorks, Sony, and Nickelodeon and is a professor of 2D and CG animation production at East Los Angeles College, CSUN, and Cal State Fullerton. Michael holds an MFA in Animation and Visual Effects from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He is currently the festival director for the revival of “The World Animation Celebration” .

Guest Artists

Sheiva Khalil​y

​Sheiva Khalily is a virtual production producer for Lux Machina Consulting, a company specializing in the design, development, and implementation of state-of-the-art extended reality stages for broadcast, film and live events. Previously, Khalily worked for Disney Shanghai where she led engineering teams as the virtual production producer for multiple extended-reality volumes.

Kaleb Nekumanesh

​Kaleb Nekumanesh is a senior level environment artist at Ascendant Studios. With over ten years of experience in game development, video production, and graphic design, he has worked at Amazon Games, Meta, and Microsoft. He also mentors and advises students at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology and USC who aspire to work in the game industry.

Jac Cheairs

Jac Cheairs is an American cinematographer whose awards including an International Cinematographers guild Emerging Cinematographer Award in 2022 and a Webby

Award in 2021 for his commercial work. He is best known for The Kiss-Off (2019), Kenobi: A Star Wars Fan Film (2019, and The Ledge (2019).