If Hogwarts were a City

If Hogwarts were a City

By Joshua McMaster

Growing up, I was a huge Harry Potter fan. I was fascinated with Hogwarts because it was so big and had so many secrets, that it was impossible to ever see it all—there was always something new to find. That’s why I think of LA as being like Hogwarts. Since the minute I arrived, there’s always been something going on. For example, the first Saturday that we were all in LA, my roommate found out that that evening, there was a screening of La La Land at the famous Chinese Theater with a Q&A with the director to follow right afterward. Within an hour of finding out about the event, ten SULA students grabbed last-minute tickets, and we got to see Damien Chazelle talk about his movie in person. A ton of things like that have happened already—last-minute opportunities, small art shows, movie screenings, indie TV network showings—there’s literally always something going on. I haven’t stayed in for a single weekend yet.

Especially important for all my fellow Computer Art and Animation students, or others who want to break into the animation industry, is that the community surrounding animation is incredibly vibrant here. In the two months I’ve spent in LA so far, There have been multiple industry mixers, an animation expo, multiple indie animation screenings, and in a week, there’ll be a pre-release screening of the new Samurai Jack with a Q&A with the show creator. This is
the place to be for animation, and if for no other reason, that’s made me fall in love with Los Angeles. What’s most reassuring is that every LA native that I’ve talked to has said that that excitement never goes away—you can spend a lifetime here and still find new things that the city has to offer. LA has something for everyone, and like my friend and LA native says: “If you’re bored in Los Angeles, you’re doing something wrong!” Enjoy!