Elyse Kelly

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"Gelardin is a crucial resource for my animation class. The students have access to two main film production spaces, one that is specifically setup for stop motion animation. Animation is a time intensive process and having a dedicated space for my students to work outside the classroom has been invaluable."

Elyse Kelly is a producer and animator based in Washington DC. She recently co-directed Fired Up, an animated short that depicts the origins of President Obama’s “fired up, ready to go” chant. Released on the final day of the Obama presidency, the film was featured by The Atlantic and seen more than 7 million times. Elyse has over a decade of experience in animation and film, working on commercials, television specials, music videos, short independent films and documentary series for clients such as Nickelodeon, Columbia Records, ESPN Films, Upworthy and Disney Research. She holds an MFA in Animation & Digital Arts from the University of Southern California and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

For Introduction to Animation (ARTS 166), students animate a segment from a song of their choosing using different mediums (paint, sand, cutouts, clay), make a short film by animating people, animate a line of dialogue, and reinterpret live action footage through rotoscoping.