Digital Arts Department Welcomes Animator Pablo Calvillo to Campus
Calvillo, an award-winning animator, has worked on feature films like Ice Age: Continental Draft and Happy Feet 2
Animator Pablo Calvillo.
Santa Fe, N.M.—September 6, 2013—The Digital Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will host award-winning Mexican animator Pablo Calvillo on campus Sept. 19-21. In addition to mentoring students during a day-long workshop, Calvillo will present his personal and commercial work in a free public lecture on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Tipton Hall.
Calvillo has worked in several design, animation and film studios in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Australia and the United States. He has also served as a 3D generalist, animator and art director for commercial and music video studios and as a story, previs and layout artist on feature films like Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic, Happy Feet Two, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Night Fisherman and Astro Boy, among others.
His personal film projects have won several awards, such as the Jules Engle grant and the Latin Cinemateca award. Calvillo’s work has been screened at several film festivals and venues, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Platform International Animation Festival, UCLA’s Shorttakes Student Film Festival, Burning Man, and both the Valencia International Film Festival and Festival Internacional de Filmets de Badalona in Spain.
“Pablo Calvillo has been actively working in the field of animation and film,” said Dae In Chung, chair of the SFUAD Digital Arts Department. “His visit will give our students a great chance to see not only how an independent artist makes animation but also what it is like to work in the industry.”
In addition to providing a dynamic curriculum that offers students hand-on experience in 2D and 3D imaging and animation, graphic design, digital photography, time-based digital arts and more, the Digital Arts Department at SFUAD enables students to further develop their craft through international study abroad opportunities. Partnerships with leading arts academies in Italy and New Zealand encourage students to earn a dual degree from SFUAD as well as at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, or study at the award-winning Media Design School in New Zealand — an international hot spot for digital production.
Born in Malinalco, a small, ancient town in Mexico, Calvillo graduated from the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. There, he created several short films combining various techniques, such as 3D computer animation, film, video and traditional 2D animation. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where he is working as a senior layout artist on The Lego Movie (2014).
About SFUAD’s Digital Arts Department
The Digital Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers two areas of emphasis—animation and digital illustration—with courses that highlight critical thinking skills and creative problem solving. Students master the artistic process along with the latest tools and technologies that enable 2D and 3D imaging and animation, graphic design, time-based digital arts, moving image arts and digital photography.