Funds from Woody Woodpecker creator will be used for animation lab

The Walter Lantz Foundation has given $540,000 to Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. The funds will be used to equip the new Animation Lab with computers, software and other pro-level technology.

“There’s no better tribute to Walter Lantz’s memory than helping to train the next generation of animators,” said Edward Landry of the Lantz Foundation. Lantz was the creator of Woody Woodpecker.

According to a release from the university, LMU is the only film school in L.A. to provide high-level courses in pre-visualization and virtual cinematography, skills to achieve the look of traditional filmmaking in computer-generated worlds.

The grant will also support computers for a new motion capture stage, a 3D scanner and lighting for stop-motion.

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