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DreamWorlds: Behind the Scenes, Production Art from DreamWorks Animation

July 30, 2012 - September 7, 2012, Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM

USC School of Cinematic Arts Gallery/Steven Spielberg Building

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and DreamWorks Animation SKG present a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and imagination of the visual development process in animated feature filmmaking. This curated exhibit draws from DreamWorks' twenty-four animated feature films, including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How To Train Your Dragon, along with the upcoming November 2012 release, Rise of the Guardians.

The exhibition includes more than one hundred digital prints and approximately thirty traditional paintings and drawings on paper; two miniature sets; three character maquettes; two set pieces - an 8' high 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 work station on display, with demonstrations given by current Hench-DADA students.

The exhibit beautifully demonstrates animation as a fine art form.  From expressive and unforgettable characters to lush, colorful environments, DWA artists created these remarkable works using both traditional techniques such as water color and graphite, as well as digital tools like pen tablets.

“We are honored to host this extensive exhibit displaying the best of contemporary animation,” says Dean Elizabeth M. Daley.  “Our partnership with Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg is critical to the John C. Hench Division of Animation & 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.”

“It is with tremendous pride and gratitude that we bring the DreamWorlds show to the School of Cinematic Arts,” added Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, 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.”


The exhibition will be on display in the SCA Gallery from July 30 through September 7. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, and Sat., Aug 11, 9AM-5PM. (Closed Labor Day.)

Contact Information

Name: Lisa Mann