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DreamWorks showcases art of animation at USC

Sketches of Kung Fu Panda 2
The exhibition features approximately 30 original artworks, including these sketches from Kung Fu Panda 2.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) will host DreamWorlds Behind the Scenes: Production Art From DreamWorks Animation, a curated exhibition that presents a behind-the-scenes look at the art of animated feature filmmaking.

Running from July 30 through Sept. 7 in the Mary Pickford Lobby, the exhibition draws from DreamWorks Animation’s 24 animated features, including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon.

“It is with tremendous pride and gratitude that we bring the DreamWorlds show to the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. “We are fortunate to have a great number of USC alumni working at DreamWorks Animation, and it is fitting that this art exhibit be displayed where the future stars of animation are being trained today.”

SCA and DreamWorks Animation have always had a special relationship. From the earliest days of the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, SCA has placed dozens of interns and graduates with the company. More than 80 SCA graduates currently work for the company. In 2011, SCA opened the Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Center for Animation, forever cementing the partnership between SCA and Katzenberg.

“We are honored to host this extensive exhibit displaying the best of contemporary animation,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “Our partnership with Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg is critical to the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts and all of the school’s efforts in advancing the field. DreamWorks Animation’s continued support is a major part of the success of our students and alumni.”

DreamWorlds will feature more than 100 digital prints of visual development artwork and approximately 30 framed originals; two miniature sets; three character maquettes; two set pieces — a Kung Fu Panda “Po” statue and the new Rise of the Guardians standee; and three media stations displaying animation tests, stereo footage and the Rise of the Guardians trailer. There will also be a contemporary animation workstation showcasing demonstrations by current students in the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts.

DreamWorlds Behind the Scenes: Production Art From DreamWorks Animation is open to the public Monday, July 30 through Friday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ first floor gallery.

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