Academics / Faculty Esperanza
Guevara

"In order to be an effective and compelling artist, one must have a solid understanding of the foundations of an art form to successfully communicate ideas." - Esperanza Guevara

An animator and filmmaker with a background in music, Esperanza Guevara has completed numerous films that were screened at international film festivals, and has worked on shows such as Bratz, Supermansion, and Robot Chicken.

Esperanza Guevara teaches Animation at SACI as a visiting instructor from USC. Esperanza’s interest in the arts began with music when playing flute in concert and marching bands from elementary school to junior college. Although Esperanza discovered an interest in animation at an early age, her passion was music. Her past interest in animation was revived when she completed a stop motion animated short for her high school senior project. After viewing The Nightmare Before Christmas behind the scenes documentary, Esperanza knew she wanted to pursue a career in animation.

Esperanza applies the discipline and valuable lessons she learned from her music teachers to how she approaches filmmaking. While earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she completed five films. Two of her films, Blossom and The Bus Ride, have been screened internationally at film festivals. At Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in Los Angeles, California, Esperanza worked as an animation assistant and animator on shows including Bratz, the animated web series, Supermansion Seasons 1 and 2, and Emmy Award Winning sketch comedy show Robot Chicken. Esperanza continues to focus on stop motion and computer animation post-graduate studies as she pursues her passion of educating the next generation of artists and storytellers.

Esperanza Guevara received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Teaching Philosophy
Growing up, the best teachers I had were those who were tough but fair. Through their method of teaching, I learned how to be independent and hold higher expectations for myself. I emulate the values these teachers passed on to me by giving students honest and constructive feedback to promote independent thinking and problem solving. My music teacher would tell us, “Perfect practice makes perfect permanent.” Much like learning major scales in order to be a successful musician, I strongly believe that students must have a solid knowledge of the 12 principles of animation in order to be successful animators. By practicing and honing their knowledge of the basic principles, students are able to work across mediums to successfully communicate their concepts to an audience. With every new project, students improve their skills as artists and visual storytellers.

"In order to be an effective and compelling artist, one must have a solid understanding of the foundations of an art form to successfully communicate ideas." - Esperanza Guevara

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