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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


Raymond Zibach

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Zibach (’90 Illustration) entered the world of Hollywood as a background artist, stylist, and key background painter before becoming head of a feature background paint department, then art director, and has recently crowned his achievements as the production designer for Kung Fu Panda, a DreamWorks hit, receiving the most Animated Film Society ‘Annie Award’ nominations (17) among animated films in 2008. The film is currently a shortlisted nominee for one of three coveted Academy Award feature animation spots, garnering critical raves such as Time magazine’s, that it "provides a master coursed in cunning visual art.”

"Raymond had great design ideas for the show in terms of the characters' shape language and the textural detail we wanted to achieve, “says visual effects supervisor Markus Manninen in Animation World magazine. "We spent a lot of time evaluating and deciding how to get that richness onscreen while making smart choices about what big complicated systems we needed to develop [in order to realize the final project]."

“We used tons of reference sources,” adds Zibach. “I was on the film for five years. We looked at Chinese art and architecture, even temple carvings. We immersed ourselves in the culture. […] Our original [concept] paintings of China were a big influence. They were done in watercolor and ink wash, but the more modern colors we used came naturally to me from working in animation. I was more influenced by people like Mary Blair and classic animation art directors who always pushed the color emotionally. Our backgrounds have an electricity to them when they're lit in CG.”

"I was definitely more influenced by traditional animation, but also by movies like Hero, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers. They're kung fu movies, but they're so heavily art-directed and beautiful, with a great emotional tie between color and what's happening onscreen.”

Zibach has constantly found ways to blend drawing and painting with cutting-edge CG techniques in order to create a fresh look and feel for each TV or film project that he works on, which includes Space Jam, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ren and Stimpy and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.

Thinking back on his Otis days, Zibach recalls: “Design, composition, color, traditional painting ability, the drive to complete assignments in creative ways and be your own worst critic, were all key to landing a job in animation. From that point on I found my own way.”