"Premiere Animation," a program of new student films from the UCLA Animation Workshop that screens tonight, in Melnitz Hall, includes some dazzling work by talented young artists.
This collection is noticeably superior to the very mixed show of UCLA Workshop films that screened earlier this year at the Nuart Theater. Two or three of these shorts could easily compete in any of the the major international festivals.
Anthony Venezia combines motion control, slit-screen scanning and other techniques to weave veils of colored light into graceful arcs and kaleidoscopic patterns in "Passages." Although most of the visuals are pure abstractions, the images retain an organic quality that gives this lovely short an almost mystical feeling.
In contrast to the high-tech gloss of "Passages," Sara Petty's "Picture Window" captures the rich, sensual textures of the artist's drawings. As delicate, Cubist forms grow, metamorphose and blossom like abstract flowers, they draw the viewer into a highly personal world of visual beauty.