Office: Xavier Hall 204
Narrative and Design
MFA: School of Theater, Film and Television. University of California, Los Angeles
BA: Rutgers University
“That Noisy Woodpecker Had an Animated Secret,” New York Times, April 11, 2011.
YouTube video, “Tom Klein on the Hidden Films in Woody Woodpecker Cartoons.”
Animation Studies, Vol. 2, “Animated Appeal: A Survey of Production Methods in Children’s Software.”
Tom Klein is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Animation. His work on the avant-garde ‘mini-films’ of Shamus Culhane has been written about in The New York Times and Time Magazine, leading to subsequent appearances on TV and radio, including the BBC, Fox and CBC. His articles have appeared in such publications as Animation, Griffithiana, Animation Journal, Animation Studies and In-Toon, among others. He catalogued UCLA’s Walter Lantz archive and also contributed to the Italian anthology, What's Up, Tex? Il Cinema di Tex Avery, published by Lindau.
Tom served as the Director of Animation for Vivendi-Universal's educational software division, where he oversaw the creative development of the internationally best-selling JumpStart brand and its licensed products for Mac/PC, Playstation and GameBoy. He was also a consultant for Universal Cartoon Studios during the productions of Woody Woodpecker (FoxKids) and From the Earth to the Moon (HBO).
His role as both a film historian and professional animator provides him many insights on how a classical training is applied to contemporary digital animation techniques.
Office: Xavier Hall 231
BFA: Motion Picture/Television. UCLA
MFA: Theater/Film/Television. UCLA
Rob Burchfield teaches computer animation at LMU.
Rob Burchfield was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from high school in Orange County and attended UCLA, where he received a BFA in the school of Theater, Film and Television with an emphasis in animation studies. After graduation, he continued his studies at several colleges and universities in Southern California. After working for several years in the animation industry, he took an extended tour of North America.
On returning to Southern California, he worked as a multi-pass cameraman, stop motion artist and freelance graphic. He returned to UCLA in 1993 to complete an MFA in Animation.
During this period, he taught at LMU as a part-time instructor. In 1996, he was the first instructor hired to teach and direct the newly founded animation major within the Communication Arts Department.
He received the rank of Associate Professor and tenure status in 2004. He has served both as Coordinator and Chairman of the Animation Department.
Office: Xavier Hall 209
3D Computer Animation
MFA: Film, Video, and Computer Animation. University of Southern California
BFA: Graphic Design. University of the Pacific
Adriana Jaroszewicz has been working in animation for over 14 years. Her experience ranges from Internet-based to feature-length animation and visual effects films.
Adriana holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Before joining LMU, Adriana served as a Senior Digital Trainer for animators, compositors, hair, layout, character set-up and character pipeline crews at Sony Pictures Imageworks. She trained artists for feature films such as Monster House, Ghost Rider, Superman Returns, Surf's Up, Open Season, Spiderman 3, I Am Legend, Beowulf, Watchmen, G-Force, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Alice in Wonderland and Cats and Dogs 2.
She has collaborated with composer Martin Jaroszewicz on a series of projects including “OSC Physics” and “OSC Physics Pro,” two audiovisual applications for the iPad, and “Chaos and Metamorphosis,” an audiovisual installation that was on view at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts.
Adriana regularly teaches and presents at conferences and engagements around the world including SIGGRAPH and Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning. Most recently, Adriana presented at the prestigious Society of Animation Studies Conference on the topic of “Character Animation Redefined by Laban Movement Analysis” and at the UFVA Conference where she discussed “Understanding Aesthetic Trends In Animation.” She recently became a Certified Nuke Trainer for The Foundry’s compositing software Nuke through fxphd.com
She continues to research the application of Laban Movement Analysis-based methods as pedagogy to improve 3D computer animation biomechanics and character development. She is in full production of her animated short El Botín (The Loot), a dark tragic comedy combining 3D computer animated characters and miniature environments, with an expected release date of December 2013.
Robin Alan Linn
Robin Alan Linn was born in Southern California in a house where the television was always on – in fact; you could say Robin was raised by television. Foregoing a college education for a lucrative career as a convenience store night clerk, bank teller, bar bouncers, life drawing model, floral delivery man and costumed cartoon character, Robin started sculpting as a way to stay sane.
Through a series of events that decry any career path logic, Robin found himself employed at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as a maquette sculptor. Robin filled this role eventually rising to the level of Art Director for their licensing and merchandising division, Orbit City Art Company.
With the dawning of the digital world Robin left H&B and joined Sony Pictures Imageworks, first as an artist but soon moved over management and obtained the title, Director of Animation Production & Creative Resources. Robin also served as the college outreach chair for Sony’s college academic program Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX). As chair, Robin fund himself invited to speak on college campuses and conferences around the globe. Robin left SPI in 2009 for the challenges of a smaller boutique studio, Reel FX where he worked as their Artist and Academic Outreach Manager. Robin is now the Artist Manager for The Third Floor Studio on the Miracle Mile, Los Angeles.
Office: Xaviar Hall 206
History of Animation
Storytelling and Storyboarding
Stop Motion and Experimental Animation (2D and 3D)
MFA: Animation. UCLA
BA: Communication Arts. Universidad Iberoamericana. México
Certificat de la Langue et Culture Francaise: Université de la Sorbonne
Animando al Dibujo: Del Guión a la Pantalla (Drawing for Animation: From the Script to the Screen) 2012. Book published by PAPIME /UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).
Zapping Animation. An Homage to Emile Reynaud. 2012. Official Selection at Spaniches Film- und Kulturfestival, Regensburg, Germany.
Four Short Films on Slavery and Human Trafficking. 2010. Produced by CAST (Coalition for the Abolition of Slavery and Human Trafficking), and ITESM (Instituto Mexicano de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey).
Dreams of War. Directed by José Garcia-Moreno. 2008. Short Film Corner Competition Selection at Festival de Cannes, France.
José was born in Mexico City. He studied at the world-renowned film school in Prague, FAMU (Filmová a Televizní Fakulta Akademie Múzickych Umení v Praze). He also worked as an apprentice at the prestigious Studios Bratri V Triku, where he directed his first professional film under the historical Czech brand Brothers in Trick. He continued his education with a Fulbright Scholarship at the Animation Workshop in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA.
His work has been exhibited and awarded at the most important film festivals in the world in the USA, Brazil, Spain, France and Mexico. He exhibited a collection of short films at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina and his project “Long is the Way to Heaven” was selected to represent Mexican Cinema at the Virtual Library Official Catalogue BLAA Digital, (National Public Library) Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Colombia.
José spent his 2010 sabbatical as an academic leader at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores, Monterrey (ITESM) where he directed and produced four animated short films on the theme of slavery and human trafficking with the support of dozens of students. These films were coproduced by the Coalition for the Abolition of Slavery and Human Trafficking and ITESM.
José has presented at several conferences and engagements around the world including Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México / Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in México; Les Rencontres Sous la Tente, Second International Film Schools Festival in Morocco; and the the XIX Feria Internacional del Libro de Monterrey.
José has been nominated to the Ariel by the Mexican Film Academy and has served on the jury for the McLaren-Lambart Award at the Society of Animation Studies. He has received numerous awards including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Grant; Best Stop Motion Animated Film at Creanimax Animation Festival; and the LMU Faculty Production Grant.
Mobile Application Development
MFA: Animation. University of California, Los Angeles
BA: Communication Studies. University of California, Los Angeles
Looney Tunes™ ClickN READ Phonics®. Lead Programmer. 2012.
Despicable Me. Animated feature. Editorial Coordinator. 2010.
Joshua J. Morgan is the Animation Technical Services Engineer at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches Interactive Animation and Game Design. He also teaches Interactive Animation at UCLA, and he has taught Game Prototyping at the Art Institute of Los Angeles.
A native to Southern California, Josh holds a BA in Communication Studies and an MFA in Animation, both from UCLA. He worked in feature animation as a technical coordinator and assistant editor on Shane Acker’s 9 (2009), and as an editorial coordinator on the blockbuster hit Despicable Me (2010).
Josh specializes in educational software development and he has programmed applications and games for the web and mobile devices. He was the lead programmer of Looney Tunes™ ClickN READ Phonics®, which teaches children to read and features classic Warner Bros. characters. He has also developed enterprise desktop, mobile and touchscreen kiosk apps for corporate clients.
Directing for Live Action and Animated Films and Series
Storyboarding for Live Action and Animated Films and Series
Loyola Marymount University
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Narrative feature. Storyboard Artist. 2016
300 Rise of an Empire. Narrative feature. Storyboard Artist. 2014
Man of Steel. Narrative feature. Storyboard Artist. 2013
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Animated feature. Director. 2013
The Dark Knight Returns. Animated feature. Director. 2012
Jay Oliva is an animation producer and director for Warner Bros. Animation. His career spans multiple studios including Marvel films, Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. He has directed on many hit animated series like Young Justice (WB), My Friends Tigger and Pooh (Disney) and Spectacular Spider-Man (SONY). Jay has also directed critically and commercially acclaimed adaptations of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox for Warner Bros. Animation. Oliva splits his time from directing animated features for Warner Bros. and storyboarding on many high profile live action films such as Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and 300: Rise of an Empire.
Jay is currently working as a storyboard artist on the Warner Bros. film Batman vs. Superman.