Discipline: Film/Video – animation

Cassie Shao

Discipline: Film/Video – animation
Region: Pasadena, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Cassie Shao is an animation and visual artist. She is a graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago and School of Cinematic Arts at USC. She works across the field of independent films, music videos, projection mapping, advertising as well as animated television series. Her films have been officially screened at film festivals worldwide including Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated, IndieLisboa, PÖFF Shorts, Ani’mest, Encounters, LUFF, LIAF, Mill Valley, Cucalorus, KLIK, and Ars Independent. Her films also screened or were a part of exhibitions at Hammer Museum and The Getty Museum in LA, CICA Museum in South Korea, Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis and VisArts in Rockville.

At MacDowell, she worked on a painted animation sequence inspired by a particular looking tree and the sofa chair in her studio that is going to be in her next film, did a few texture studies around the space, and animated several character-based shots for her next film. Her last animation There Were Four of Us has upcoming showings at festivals in Canada, Spain, and Poland.

Portrait by Kane Wang



Cassie Shao worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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