March 21 – Graduates of DADA

A panel of 6 of our alums will discuss topics around their art and careers after graduation.

Please bring good questions to spark a lively discussion!

I’m very excited to have these wonderful artists on our panel!:

Debra Issac-Downing

Cosku Turhan

Alessandro Ceglia

Andrew Huang

Cecilia Fletcher

Andy Lyon


March 7th – Dennis Tupicoff, animator and filmmaker

Graduating from Queensland University, Dennis later completed the Swinburne Film and TV School animation course in 1977. After working as writer/director/producer of his own films as well as TV commercials and other commercial and sponsored work, he was appointed Lecturer in Animation at the VCA School of Television (1992-4). Since then he has continued making independent films as writer, director, producer, and (often) designer/animator. These have been both fictional and documentary, animated and live-action, comedy and drama – and sometimes inventive combinations of various categories.

Dennis’ work has been shown at film festivals around the world, and he has won numerous awards. His 2007 film Chainsaw has won many Grands Prix in animation festivals such as Ottawa, Animadrid, Anifest etc as well as in competition with live-action films at Oberhausen, Huesca, Mecal (Barcelona) etc. His films are often shown in retrospectives, and are discussed in Judith Kriger’s book “Animated Realism” (2012). His Mother’s Voice (1998) has been included in many programmes of documentary animation (eg: IDFA 2007, Zagreb 2008, Leipzig 2008) and is discussed at length in several recent books: “Introduction to Documentary” (Nichols), “The Animation Bible” (Furniss), and “Australian Documentary” (Fitzsimons, Laughren, Williamson). Dennis was also featured in Chris Robinson’s book as one of the “Unsung Heroes of Animation”. He has spoken at international conferences, and taught, presented his work and run workshops at many universities and film schools around the world.
Since 2000, Dennis and Fiona Cochrane have worked together on various projects as Jungle Pictures Pty Ltd.


*THE FIRST INTERVIEW (writer/director/co-producer)
15 minute documentary 2011

*SILLY & SERIOUS – William Robinson and Self Portraits (writer/director/co-producer)
25 minute documentary 2009

*CHAINSAW (writer/director/co-producer)
24 minute animation 2007

*TARINGA 4068 – OUR PLACE AND TIME (writer/director/co-producer)
30 minute documentary 2002

* INTO THE DARK (writer/director/animator/co-producer)
6 minute animation 2001

* THE HEAT, THE HUMIDITY (writer/director/producer/animator)
4 minute animation 1999

* HIS MOTHER’S VOICE (writer/director/producer/animator)
15 minute animation 1997

* THE DARRA DOGS (writer/director/producer/animator)
10 minute animation 1993

* DANCE OF DEATH (writer/director/producer/animator)
8 minute animation 1983

Feb 29th – Jarrett Smith and Greg Hermanovic / Touch Designer artists

Founding members of Derivative, Greg Hermanovic and Jarrett Smith will present the latest generation of TouchDesigner.

Jarrett Smith is the Product Architect of TouchDesigner, and also leads Derivative on its involvement in productions for Walt Disney Imagineering, Prada, Plastikman, and support for local production companies Obscura Digital, V2 ( Amon Tobin), Leviathan etc.
Greg Hermanovic has been meddling in 3D animation since 1974. He is co-founder of Derivative, the creators of TouchDesigner and Side Effects Software, makers of Houdini, where he received two Scientific and Engineering Awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Sciences and Arts for the advancement of procedural visual effects tools in the film industry.

TouchDesigner 077 is a visual development platform that equips you with the tools you need to create stunning realtime projects and rich user experiences. Whether you’re creating interactive media systems, architectural projections, live music visuals, or simply rapid-prototyping your latest creative impulse, TouchDesigner provides you with an exploratory, visual, and fun way to work.

TouchDesigner 077 is the most complete realtime visualization software available on the market today equipping users with the tools needed to create stunning realtime projects and rich user experiences. Whether you’re creating interactive media systems, architectural or environmental projections, live music visuals, or simply experimenting with video and film, TouchDesigner provides you with an exploratory, visual, and fun way to work.

This talk will illustrate how TouchDesigner’s procedural visual programming environment facilitates the prototyping and creation of interactive systems from DIY to large-scale deployments sighting examples including Walt Disney Imagineering, Herzog & de Meuron, Prada, MIT Media Lab, the Guggenheim, Plastikman 2010 (Richie Hawtin), Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Raster Noton, Rush, the Rockheim museum and many more

See for project details.

Feb 22nd – Fred Seibert

Fred Seibert produces cartoons and creates television networks.

He’s the founder of Channel Frederator, the first online cartoon channel. Which led to the creation of Next New Networks, home of the top two YouTube videos of 2010, including Key of Awesome, Obama Girl, Auto-Tune the News, Indy Mogul, and more than 50 other distributed channels. Next New Networks was acquired by YouTube in 2011.

As a leading independent animation producer, he’s made over 200 cartoon shorts and 15 series. He’s the executive producer of The Fairly OddParents and Fanboy & Chum Chum on Nickelodeon, and Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. His Frederator Studios is developing feature films at Sony Pictures Animation.

Fred Seibert was the original creative director of MTV, the president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and has produced over 50 jazz albums. His work has honored by every major award possible, including the Grammys, the Emmys, the Webbys, and the Academy Awards.


Frederator Studios was founded by Fred Seibert in 1998. Since then the company has produced 16 series & over 200 short films including The Fairly OddParents,Fanboy & Chum Chum, and Adventure Time. Our shows are on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, and Channel Frederator. Frederator is in producing partnership with Sony Pictures Animation and YouTube.

Cartoon Hangover launched as a show on Channel Frederator in 2009, and will relaunch as it’s own channel in 2012. The first series will be Pendleton Ward’sBravest Warriors, James Kochalka’s SuperF*ckers, and the Cartoon Hangover Show, the fourth of our innovative big idea cartoon laboratories.

Frederator Networks’ pioneering Internet animation channels began in 2005 withChannel Frederator, and has expanded to include The Wubbcast, ReFrederator andCartoon Hangover

Feb 8th – Trixy Sweetvittles

Shelly Wattenbarger lives in Los Angeles, CA and creates animated films, ceramic sculptures and occasional performances under the pen name Trixy Sweetvittles. As an Instructor of Cinema Practice at the University of Southern California’s John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, she teaches animation production classes and runs a directed studies course focusing on bringing animation education to kids in the local community. Her seventeen years of experience teaching animation to K-12 students includes serving as the animation department chair for the California State Summer School for the Arts and working as lead site instructor for the California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership program. As an animator and animation director for Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues”, she worked on over forty episodes. Shelly holds a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and ceramics from the University of Texas Austin and a MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts.

Screenings of her animated films include festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Holland Animation Festival and the SXSW film festival. Her one-woman puppet show “Pudinella Parsnip” was showcased in the 1998 Jim Henson International Puppetry Festival.

Her current projects incorporate digital animation, ceramic sculptures and installation. The animations are created by photographing ceramic sculptures in multiple positions and using 2d digital software to create a replacement style stop motion animation. She is working on creating environments that may remind the viewer of being a child and looking at a freaky yet magical animatronic diorama.

Feb 1 – RYAN HONEY Creative Director, Buck Studio

With over thirteen years of experience, Ryan Honey’s industry awareness and ability to adapt to clients’ needs has quickly made the design-driven production company Buck a top contender in the global commercial production market. Founded in 2003, Buck has offices in New York and Los Angeles and boasts over fifty employees.

Since Buck’s inception, Ryan has directed commercials for numerous major brands from all over the world. Be it live action, CG animation, special effects, cel, stop motion, or a combination of techniques, Ryan’s work continues to push the boundaries of innovation and quality in the commercial realm.

Recent clients include Nike, Google, Honda, Participant Media, GMC, Sundance Film Festival, Burger King, Old Navy, Cheetos, Microsoft, Powerade, NBA, Coke Burn (Russia), Coke Zero (Holland) and Toyota.
Ryan Honey – Creative Director/Partner