Feb 25th, 2017
Dear ADOBE CREATIVE SCHOLARSHIPS,
My name is Martial Attitso and I am the owner of UNKUTCINEMATICS. I am a Talent Manager.
I had been watching & enjoying Nicholas’ art works over a year now. Every time he releases new works, it’s always unique and creative. I discovered his films on YouTube which really caught my attention. So I checked the description which lead me to his Instagram page, and that’s how our creative relationship started.
We worked on a few music videos together with my client artists (Rich the Kid, Famous Dex, King B ….). He is quite dedicated with following through, which is extremely important in the entertainment industry.
When Nicholas told me that he was applying for the Adobe Creative Scholarship, I was so happy to provide him with a reference because even at such a young age, he’s a very humble and very respectful young man and deserves any opportunity that will come his way to further his career aspirations.
Thank You so much for the opportunity to help Nicholas move closer to the next level!
Feb 28, 2017
Hello my name is Yasmin Joyner.
I am writing for a scholarship consideration for Nick Mastrangelo.
I am one of Nick’s former animation teachers and taught him since age 10. Nick started out as my problem student and quickly became a star student who assisted his teachers and fellow students regularly. Over the years of teaching him he has excelled in helping other students learn animation techniques. He displays an entrepreneurial spirit as well and made artwork and has sold to fans from a young age to the present.
Nick is an excellent problem solver and creates innovative ways to get animation completed on time doing well under deadline pressure. Since the age of 10 he has shown sophistication in his design, animation and story. Nick has continued to be an innovative animator and story-teller, always challenging himself when creating new work. Nick’s ability to do complex work made it easy to select him when I was approached by Adobe to do a project called “Exquisite Zombies”. I recommended that he immediately be brought on and sent samples of his range of work from stop motion to flash animated films. On “Exquisite Zombies” I allowed Nick to have significant say over how our animated piece would be designed and animated. Nick decided on the color and was head of the design on the piece, at the same time learning new techniques on roto-scope that he hadn’t implemented before.
I believe that Nick will continue to be a great artist, animator and film-maker showing sophistication and humanity in his future work. Nick has shown a true hard working spirit that has made me personally invest into his success in the past. I can only imagine a more compassionate, talented, empathetic, driven individual will emerge with your scholarship toward his future. The energy and hard work that I and other instructors and schools have brought Nick is only the beginning.
These are letters of recommendation for scholarship purposes, opinions they have about me as an Artist, and as a person.
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March 28, 2017
To Whom It May Concern:
Please consider Nick Mastrangelo for a creative arts scholarship with your institution.
As the founder and director of the Los Angeles and San Diego International Children’s Film Festivals, I have worked with hundreds of young animators and filmmakers during the past 13 years. Nick’s work has proven among the most popular and well-received.
Nick’s talent was apparent when we screened his first animated short, “Follow,” when he was age 12. Nick showed early on a skill for engaging his audience through work that featured memorable characters, music and an original look that captivated audience members of all ages.
Through the years, we saw a continuous growth in Nick as an artist and storyteller, as well as an increasingly original talent. Nick’s short animations showed both an appreciation for old-school animation techniques and a clear grasp and understanding of newer, modern animation tools. Likewise, his storytelling has always been top-notch, relatable and structured to gain maximum emotional impact.
Nick’s easygoing personality and willingness to engage with his audience became an essential part of our festivals. I can honestly say that Nick’s post-screening Q-A sessions were among the best we had at our festivals, and he deftly handled questions on craft and intention. He was also a willing participant in learning and educational sessions, where he showed younger children how he accomplished certain techniques. His encouragement of young audience members proved an inspiration.
Nick has a bright future as an animator and artist, and I’m confident he will continue reaching an increasingly large audience as he moves forward in his education and career.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Founder and Director
Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival & San Diego International Children's Film Festival
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