LUMEN ANIMAE, Amity of Creative Partnerships, was founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, by two filmmakers Masha Vasilkovsky and Ruah Edelstein. 

The amity fosters socio centric philosophy of sharing inspiration and knowledge with the community through film productions, master classes, and shows.

An example of the amity's work is a collaboration with The Righteous Conversations Project, where together with Holocaust survivors and groups of students Lumen Animae directs animated documentaries based on the stories of survival or at times produces Public Service Announcements on issues of modern day context.

'Vita brevis, ars longa'  (Hippocrates, 460-370BC)

Masha Vasilkovsky  is an Independent Experimental Animation filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  Part of the mystique in the art of animation for the artist is an ability to express the intangible such as ethical concepts and feelings; as well as to wear different hats: that of a visionary, a storyteller, performer and painter. The process of teaching Animation for the filmmaker is about coming in touch with the stories of one's life, ones’ own emotional and animated nature and translating that awareness into artistic expression through animated movement.

Ruah Edelstein  is a contemporary artist and a film director best known for her series of conceptual work including short films, paintings, graphics and site-specific installations. Deconstructing a seemed complexity into simplicity of forms, the artist describes the main theme of her work as an observation of the human soul's destiny, the journey of it, and appeal to kindness as an eternal value. Edelstein is a faculty at California Institute of the Arts, where the artist teaches film production in the Department of Character Animation.


Amity of Creative Partnerships


Network of creative partnerships enables Lumen Animae to bring different art forms together, such as cinematic arts, theater, art, dance, music, and literature.


We use alternative teaching methods to illuminate individual genius, bringing forth brilliant artistic expression latent in all humans. Lumen Animae assists individuals in finding their way to uninhibited self expression. We work with professional film studio population, Film and Animation College students, as well as with groups with no prior experience in art making. 

Live Animation

To give each artist an experience of transforming the ‘feed’ of Nature-based research into the ‘output’ of their imaginative inspiration.  

With a model in front filmmakers create consecutive drawings in various temporal and spacial situations, conducting direct research of space and movement of form in time. This preparatory work serves as foundation for imaginative animation production.

We involve Pantomime to join our imagination with the corresponding physical experiences of our bodies, to present the filmmakers the practice of physical theater. Theater Exercises anchor student’s subsequent animation in direct experience. Mime leads them into creative play of controlled movement and speechless acting. 

In the progression of the workshop Mime performs for the participants as they create sequential drawings recording continuous action in a free form way. Drawings become an animated sequence documenting the creative process.

'Walt Disney Modular Theater

Light Animation

The Threepenny Opera

Walt Disney Modular Theater

The Righteous Conversations Project

Los Angeles

Lumen Animae Event

Animation Mapping Installation, CalArts 

BIL Conference, Long Beach, California

Quest Gallery, Venice Beach, California

"I  SEE  YOU" Theater Production

REDCAT Disney Theater

Winter Dance Concert. Los Angeles

Projection Mapping. Karskrona, Sweden

Oah & Harlam Episodes, Puppet Theater

Yuri Norstein's visit to USC Cinematic Arts

&NOW Conference for Authors of Innovative Literature. San Diego

Master Classes, Beijing, Shenzhen. China

David Lenga, Holocaust Survivor

Graphic Novel production

Mysterium Georgicus. Virginia, USA

Sinai Synagogue Los Angeles

Window installation

Arthur Ash VR animation production

Seoul Institute of the Arts, TV bridge from REEF Los Angeles

actor Julien Heron

Flight Through Space

Dynamic Moving Composition - is an on site exercise, which strengthens visual composition design as well as perspective drawing.

Participants draw consecutive images of urban landscape or environment at a visually rich location such as: Science Museum, Natural History Museum, or at a Town Plaza.

Animation from Imagination

To nourish each filmmaker’s uniquely personal animation technique the workshop provides participants with a library of production methods applicable for any 2D animation production, regardless of the choice of material. Besides learning a comprehensive method of animating traditionally students explore direct Animation approaches. Ranging from stiletto drawn graphics to loose charcoal and fluid paint, the styles native to Experimental Animation inform expressive vocabulary of individual artists. Through separate workshops we bring imaginary concepts to life using Experimental Animation techniques,  such as: Light Animation, Pixilation, Puppetry, Cut Outs, Direct Charcoal, and Direct Paint.

Lumen Animae  |   |   +1. 323. 810. 5521  |   POBox 6229, PMC, CA 93222, USA