Originally founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is an acclaimed Los Angeles-area institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual and performing arts. CalArts exerts an influence far beyond its size and was recently dubbed the Harvard Business School of Animation by the Los Angeles Times.
Demonstrating CalArts’ influence, the astonishing box office grosses earned by graduates of its animation programs were finalized after the opening weekend of alumnus Rich Moore’s film, “Wreck-it Ralph.” The directors of recently released animated hits, “Frankenweenie” (Tim Burton) and “Hotel Transylvania” (Genndy Tartakovsky) also attended CalArts. Alumni helmed films “Dr. Suess’ The Lorax” (Kyle Balda) and “Brave” (Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman) are among the top 10 highest grossing films for 2012.
Graduates of the Institute’s animation programs comprise an industry Who’s-Who that includes John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and virtually all of Pixar’s brain trust; Disney directors John Musker (“Aladdin”), Kirk Wise (“Beauty and the Beast”), Gary Trousdale (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”); and directors Tim Burton (“Corpse Bride”) and Henry Selick (“Coraline”), to name only a few.
Remembering his time at CalArts, John Lasseter commented that he and fellow students were taught that they could “achieve the impossible.” With its internationally renowned Programs in Experimental Animation and Character Animation, CalArts gives students a foundation in both technique and creative thinking, and prepares them to work at the forefront of animated filmmaking.
The Newhall Family Theatre will be hosting a dual celebration – re-opening after the long pandemic closure and marking its 80th anniversary – with a free, interactive event for children and a talent showcase for all ages.
Each time the MB2 Entertainment owners — who happen to be not only business leaders but also two longtime Santa Clarita Valley residents — drove past the Mountasia Family Fun Center, they felt a pull to revitalize the SCV staple.
A 67-yard touchdown from Saugus Centurions (7-1, 3-0) quarterback Brady Welch to running back Jacob Faraldo blew the gates open in the 42-7 win against the Golden Valley Grizzlies (3-4, 1-2) on Friday.
After Colleen Shaffer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, she decided she wanted to help others who were on the same uncertain journey she was on — so she hosted a tea party in her backyard where supporters showed up for her and on behalf of cancer patients.
Women and men gathered on top of Old Town Newhall’s parking structure Thursday for an evening of drinks and recognition of local leaders in the film industry as part of Zonta’s women’s film festival, Lunafest.
On Oct. 15, Princess Cruises marked the return to service of the cruise line’s third ship in the U.S. – Emerald Princess – departing from the Port of Los Angeles on a 15-day Panama Canal cruise to Ft. Lauderdale.
Two out of five league games have been completed as the Foothill League inches closer to the CIF playoffs. The Saugus Centurions and the West Ranch Wildcats remain the only unbeaten teams, setting up for a showdown in the coming weeks, which may decide the Foothill League champion.
Foothill League girls golfers tested their skills Wednesday at The Oaks Club at Valencia, which is considered one of the longer courses in the league, and the West Ranch Wildcats still prevailed, pulling some of their best numbers from the entire season.
With a Red Flag Warning in effect this Friday, at 6:00 a.m., through Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8:00 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department has implemented its augmented staffing plan by ordering additional staffing and pre-deployment of ground and aerial resources throughout the County.
More than half of Los Angeles County residents, including those in the Santa Clarita Valley, live in a community deemed highly exposed to impending and severe climate impacts, according to a study released Thursday by the County’s Chief Sustainability Office (CSO).