Nichola Latzgo head shot
Student

'18

Animation

Once I saw the work emerging from UArts’ animation program, I realized that my dream of becoming a 2D-character animator and bringing my monsters alive could actually come true.

 

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Still from Nichola Latzgo's animated film 'Midnight Snack'

My parents would rent and re-rent the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine movie for me as a child, and that film is absolutely what sparked my need to animate. I was obsessed with the sea-of-monsters scene, and to this day, I pretty much only draw strange creatures.

I always wanted to see my drawings come to life, but it wasn't until I started to research UArts and watch some work of previous students that I realized that this dream could actually come to fruition.

I view animation as the pinnacle of traditional art practices. In order to animate, an animator must also be an illustrator, a color theorist, a sound designer, a costume designer, and a director. Many of my favorite comic artists were animation majors because in order to animate, an artist has to first learn how to storyboard and convey motion and plot. I struggle to think of another field of study that produces a more rounded creative student.

I have many friends who have graduated from the University of the Arts for film who are working within their fields, and I have continuously been impressed with the caliber of their work. Once I saw the work emerging from UArts’ animation program, I realized that my dream of becoming a 2D-character animator and bringing my monsters alive could actually come true!