Michelle Ikemoto

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michelle.ikemoto@sjsu.edu

Office: ART 223

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30–6:00pm, Drop-in

Michelle Ikemoto is a recent graduate of San José State University, where she became passionate about storytelling through storyboarding as well as character animation. During her studies, she's had the privilege of collaborating with faculty and peers on a variety of creative projects, from award-winning independent films to a budding global climate change awareness campaign. In her final year in SJSU she also directed her first animated film "Tule Lake", which has screened internationally and includes several ASIFA awards and a nomination at the Annie Awards. She has since continued to work with various creators on films and in the gaming industry. With her focus in animation and storyboarding, Michelle hopes to continue collaborating with other inspiring artists to reach people through entertainment. She is also particularly fond of musicals and cultivating her comic book collection.

 

AWARDS: 1st Place College Student Category, ASIFA-SF Spring Festival (2012); Excellence in Animation Award College Student Category, ASIFA-SF Spring Festival (2012); Best in Show, 22nd CSU Media Arts Festival (2012); 2st Place Animation Category, 22nd CSU Media Arts Festival (2012); Best Filmmaker Under 20 Minutes Category, CreaTiVe Awards (2012); Best Student Film 19+ Category, CreaTiVe Awards (2012); Best Animation Animated Film Category, Women's Independent Film Festival (2013); Best Directing Animated Film Category, Women's Independent Film Festival (2013); Best Visuals Animated Film Category, Women's Independent Film Festival (2013); 1st Place Student Category, ASIFA-East (2013); Winner, California International Animation Festival (2013); Winner Short Entry, and Animazing Spotlight Festival (2013/2014).