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Mike Cedeno has played a major role in the creation and execution of a legion of animated characters you might be familiar with: Aladdin for one, The Little Mermaid’s Prince Eric for another (a character he says he was told to model after himself and Tom Cruise), and, oh, just one of the most popular princesses ever put to cel, Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Mike Cedeno

New Student Work Debuts at LAX for "100percentLA" Selfie Campaign

This summer, travelers arriving and departing from LAX will be greeted by art and design work by six Otis College seniors from three departments through a partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). LAWA has debuted original art and design work created by students for an annual summer selfie campaign, "100percentLA" organized by Guest Services to enhance the guest experience. Work from Woodbury University students is also included in the project.  

Out of This World Environments Begin with a Solid Foundation

This year's invitees to the 2018 Annual Exhibition are being welcomed by the spacey, gritty, beautiful work of 3D environmental artist Mimi Park ('17 Digital Media). It has become something of a tradition for the invitation and signage of the college's most popular event to feature the artwork of a graduate from the previous year.

The Futur: Motion Designer Handel Eugene

Being the child of an immigrant makes the creative path a difficult one. A lot of sacrifices have been made, and, often times, families don't want to accept any career path outside of the Doctor/Lawyer safe zone. Chris has walked this path himself, so that gave him an instant connection with his guest, Handel Eugene, the son of Haitian immigrants. Handel has proven his talent to his parents, though, by creating a successful career for himself, most recently working on films like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther.

Little Black Book: Q&A with Gentleman Scholar Associate Creative Director Mike Tavarez

Mike Tavarez (BFA Digital Media '08) discusses his inspirations, favorite pieces of work and what he thinks will be the next big thing in design. Gentleman Scholar is a bicoastal U.S. creative production company drawn together by a love for design and an eagerness to push boundaries. The company is proud to present this series of interviews with some of its amazing, emerging talents, in conversation with its LA-based production and marketing maven, CJ Sustello.

Digital Media Speaker Series: Gilbert Martinez, Treyarch


  • 10 Questions for Marie Lum—Cartoon Network Storyboard Artist, Otis Alum, and Digital Media Speaker
    October 24
  • Out of This World Environments Begin with a Solid Foundation
    May 9
  • portrait of Handel Eugene
    The Futur: Motion Designer Handel Eugene
    April 24

Digital Media Team Wins Third at Disney Imagineering Competition

Engineering with imagination. This simple concept has propelled Disney's many theme parks and perfectly encapsulates the synthesized relationship between design and technology. Imagineering is now a full-fledged field in its own right, one that continues to grow and has need of emerging talent. 

Motionographer: An interview with Get it Girl

The motion design industry is constantly evolving, albeit slowly. A measurable change is happening.

As the definition of what motion design is and can be evolves, so too does our workforce. Long gone are the days where the vast majority of those working in this field are bearded dudes in flannels with a penchant for tech.

As our field has become less insular, you can now find individuals working within our industry that span the gamut of background and focus, many of whom weren’t initially “motion designers” but now find themselves working in this field.

Animating Across Borders and Gender Divides

“I have four sisters, and when I was young, I was not supposed to play with girls,” says Dubai native Jacob Alqahtani (BFA Digital Media, Animation ‘17). “It’s a culture thing, but I didn’t like it. So I want to highlight the issue of gender separation.” Jacob, who specializes in character design, describes his idea for an animated feature film: “The story is about a boy and a girl who don’t get along, but through hardship and adventure across the mysterious Arabian deserts, they learn to get along in the end.”

Branding in Asia: Dong Ho Lee ('04), Founder and Creative Director at Master Pictures in Seoul

Educated first in South Korea and then the United States, Lee (BFA Digital Media '04) is currently the Creative Director at Seoul-based Master Pictures, which he founded in 2014 following a decade working in the U.S. where he won five New York Film Festival & Promax BDA awards and was twice received Emmy nominations for his work with ESPN.