Arts & Entertainment

    Film Review: 'Phantom Thread'


    Vicky Krieps stars as Alma and Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock in writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, a Focus Features release. Credit : Laurie Sparham/Focus Features.

    “Reynolds has made my dreams come true, and I have given him what he desires most in return. Every piece of me.”

    This is the opening line from Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest film, Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in what is reportedly his final film before retreating from Hollywood and acting all together.

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    School of Acting Grad Embraces Variety and Taking Risks


    School of Acting alumnus Sean Gunnell (right) in Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's production of Cabaret. Photo courtesy of Sean Gunnell.

    Academy of Art University School of Acting alumnus Sean Gunnell hadn’t been in a musical since he was a kid. But when his girlfriend encouraged him to audition for Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s production of Cabaret last fall, he was up for the challenge. Set in a 1930s Berlin nightclub, the play captures the city’s sinister transformation under the Nazi regime. Usually cast as a good guy, Gunnell hoped to land the role of a villain, Nazi Ernst Ludwig. He prepared diligently for the audition, working especially hard on his singing. But when his big moment arrived, he choked.

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    Producing the Esports Experience


    Photo courtesy of the School of Communications & Media Technologies.

    It’s been a year and some change since the ArtU Esports program at Academy of Art University made its debut, and the collaboration between the Schools of Communications & Media Technologies (COM) and Game Development (GAM) are taking their Esports endeavor a step further with a new class on production.

    Students enrolled in The Esports Experience will learn the skills needed to be an asset in a rising gaming industry. Production aspects of Esports, from broadcasting to staging on big tournament and on an at-home solo streaming levels, make up the core of the class, but course leads Steven Kotton, COM associate director, and Michael Witzel, technology coordinator, anticipate students will walk away with skills beyond what’s listed on the syllabus.

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    School of Acting’s ‘Six Degrees’ Captivates Audiences at Sutter Theatre


    (L-R) Jack Clendenen, Zaya Kolia, Renee Rogoff and Michael Houston (in chair). Photo by Bob Toy.

    Paul Poitier, the young black man at the center of playwright John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, is a likable scam artist who dons different identities to get what he wants. But is he any more of a fraud than the high society folks whose world he’s desperate to join? It’s one of the intriguing questions related to identity and status that audiences who caught Academy of Art University’s School of Acting’s polished rendition of this sharp, fast-paced satire were left to ponder.

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    Tea Time Animation Club Offers Support and Connections


    (L–R) Elham Sepehrjou, Allison Freeman, Ramsey Ann Naito (producer of The Boss Baby), Gaby Rojo, Fernando Penafiel, Leo Quert, and (in front) Tom McGrath (director of The Boss Baby) at a Tea Time event. Photo courtesy of Fernando Penafiel.

    The Tea Time Animation Club is an independent animation organization formed by Academy of Art University students and alumni. The club provides a pressure-free environment for students to work on their craft, provide feedback and network with other students. Additionally, the club brings big name animation professionals to speak on campus on a regular basis, most recently John Kahrs who directed Lyft’s latest commercial and Pixar animators Nick Rosario and Terry Song to talk about their work on the new animated feature hit, Coco.

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    Tuesday Tunes Hosts MarlonB!


    School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media student Marlon Britton performs at a recent Tuesday Tunes. Photo by Nina Tabios.

    For the month of November’s first edition of Tuesday Tunes, (UKR) turned to one of Academy of Art University’s own to headline the weekly showcase.  

    Singer/songwriter Marlon Britton, who goes by “MarlonB!” on stage, is a student from the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media and runs track and field for the Academy. Originally from Chicago, Britton has been writing songs since he was 10 years old but only started recording music at the age of 16. Now with 12 years of experience of making music, he said he’s ready to start sharing it with a greater audience.

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