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Brand New Day, Latest Animated Film by IVC Professor

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Brand New Day, Latest Animated Film by IVC Professor 

Brand New Day, the latest animated film created by Irvine Valley College (IVC) Interactive Media Arts assistant professor Patricia Beckmann-Wells, screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) November 2-12. The film is one of 145 films accepted out of 1,750 entries to SLIFF, which is an Academy Award qualifying festival. Wells completed Brand New Day in August 2017 and has already screened it at six different festivals, which include:

  • Cucalorus Film Festival- Wilmington, NC
  • Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival- Denver, CO
  • Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF)- Brighton, England
  • San Diego International Kids Film Festival, San Diego, CA
  • International Music Video Underground- Los Angeles, CA
  • World Animation Celebration hosted by Sony Pictures – Marina del Rey, CA

Synopsis of Brand New Day:
In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. A parent’s love is a strong example of chaos theory, where love is passed down from generation to generation, regardless of blood line or adoption, creating a fractal of loving family. Music by Big D and the Kid's Table. Watch the trailer.

About Patricia Beckmann-Wells:
Patricia Beckmann-Wells is an independent animator, author, and assistant professor in IVC’s Interactive Media Arts Department where she teaches animation, game and toy design, virtual reality production and emerging technologies.

Prior to IVC, Beckmann-Wells worked as an animator for Warner Brothers Digital, as well as an executive in charge of training for Walt Disney Animation studios and Dreamworks SKG. She has also authored several publications on 3D software and art. Most recently she published “Face It: A Visual Reference for Multi-Ethnic Modeling”, an art book on how to use forensic evidence provided by skulls from around the world to model ethnically accurate facial features using 3D software. 

Beckmann-Wells holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology and Leadership from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Cinema from the University of Southern California. 

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