Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Another Festival to Enter! Short Film & Short Script Submissions!

This is how the Fade In Awards describes themselves on their site:
The Fade In Awards were established in 1996 to assist talented new writers and writer/directors with getting recognized within the Hollywood community in order to begin a career as a working filmmaker.

They're accepting screenplay & film submissions.

Kansas City FilmFest 2011 Call for Entries


The Kansas City FilmFest is celebrating our 15th year celebrating independent filmmaking, presented by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

All filmmakers, anywhere, are invited to submit your short or feature film - drama, comedy, documentary, animation, or experimental work. It must have been completed since January 1, 2009.

DEADLINE DATE:  DECEMBER 15, 2010  (Other deadlines:  1/15/2011 & 2/04/2011) 

ENTRY FEES:  Vary by short or feature and increase with each new deadline date

SEND your screener (DVD-region 1), check, entry form to:
KC Jubilee, 4826 W. 77th Terrace, Prairie Village, KS 66208-4321

Go to our website - kcjubilee.org- for complete details, entry form, and pay fee online.
Check out our special CinemaJAZZ division if you have made a work (short or feature) inspired by JAZZ

Kansas City FilmFest is scheduled for April 6-10, 2011 at the AMC Mainstreet Theatre.  
Visiting filmmakers will include - Andy Anderson, Elvis Mitchell

Jurors will include senior programmers from Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, and the Toronto International Film Festival. 

If you have any questions - call 913-649-0244 or email: kcjub@kcjubilee.org

Fred Andrews
President, KC Filmmakers Jubilee
kcjub@kcjubilee.org
kcjubilee.org
kcfilmfest.org

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Deathly Hallows" Animated Sequence Deconstructed

All Photos Courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures
I know I have already mentioned the animated sequence in the newest Potter film that tells the story of the three brothers and the origin of the Deathly Hallows.


When it came time to tell the audience the back-story of the origin of the Deathly Hallows, director David Yates chose a wonderful way to do it.


Instead of having Hermione just read us the story like she did in the book, Yates has her narrate a short animated film telling us how three brothers met Death himself and came across the Deathly Hallows.


I was amazed at how effective this animated short film was in setting a grim, foreboding tone for what Harry, Hermione and Ron would be dealing with as they were to be forced to deal with the magical relics.

The sequence is one of the two best scenes, not only in the most recent film but in the entire series.

The other is the scene where Harry and Hermione dance together while Nick Cave’s “O Children” plays on the radio. But that scene is the subject for another blog.

The short animated film that tells the story of the Deathly Hallows is excitingly bleak. The tale is sort of a take on the old “Monkey’s Paw” story.

Three brothers meet Death and each is given a relic that gives them their hearts desire, but be careful what you wish for. You know the drill.

You get your wildest dream and you die a horrible death.
But the story is told in this surprisingly dark way as Death collects his prize each time a brother falls to his own longing.


We have the first brother, who wants power and is given the most powerful wand ever crafted.

He uses it to kill his rival, but of course, his wand is stolen and he is murdered just for good measure.

So, death claims his first prize.




The other brother wants love, but alas, his lover dies so he hangs himself.


Death claims another prize.
There’s a thrilling moment after the second brother kills himself when Death, in his giant, skulking God-like form, swoops down into his house, plucks up his hanging body and takes it away like a trophy.

It's a wonderful visual.

It fits in the tone of the film, preparing Harry and his friends to face off against Lord Voldemort. 

And aside from fitting into the story, the sequence stands on its own as a wonderful animated short.
Do not miss it.

2011 GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS RECIPIENTS

For more information contact:
Robyn Horton
Communications Manager
785/368-6542


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2010         

700 SW Jackson Street, Ste. 1004
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3774
http://arts.ks.gov
                                                                                                               
KANSAS ARTS COMMISSION NAMES 2011 GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARDS RECIPIENTS, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SARA PARETSKY AMONG THOSE HONORED


Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients. This year’s honorees are Arkansas City Area Arts Council (Arts Organization); Louis Copt, Lawrence (Artist); Willa Griswold, Marysville (Arts Advocate); Martha E. "Betty" Muncy, Dodge City (Arts Patron); and Linda Reimond, Lawrence (Arts-in-Education).


In addition, Sara Paretsky, a best-selling author and native Kansan, will be honored with this year’s Distinguished Arts Award. Paretsky is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel with the heroine V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. Paretsky’s work is celebrated in the documentary Women of Mystery, and the actress Kathleen Turner played V.I. Warshawski in the 1991 movie of the same name. In addition, she was recently named to receive the 2001 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master award.


Paretsky describes her journey from Kansas farm-girl to New York Times bestseller in her 2007 memoir, Writing in an Age of Silence, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In addition, Paretsky has written two highly-acclaimed stand-alone novels, Ghost Country, used in many seminary classrooms, and Bleeding Kansas, set in the part of rural Kansas where Paretsky grew up. She has published a collection of her own short stories and edited four other anthologies, including most recently, Sisters on the Case.
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“Each year the Governor’s Arts Awards honors the dedication to artistic and cultural enrichment made in the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Arts Commission Henry Schwaller IV.
“These awards call attention to the creative spirit, and the Commission is proud to recognize awardees on their accomplishments and efforts in support of the arts.”


The Governor’s Arts Awards are given annually to distinguished Kansas artists, patrons and arts educators, and have been given annually since 1974 by the governor and the Kansas Arts Commission. An expert panel selected the winners from submitted nominations.


Winners will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 3, 2010, at Washburn University’s Memorial Union Washburn Room. Governor-elect Sam Brownback has been invited to attend the ceremony to present the awards.


For questions about the Governor's Arts Awards program, contact Margaret Weisbrod Morris, Kansas Arts Commission program manager, at margaret@arts.ks.gov or 785/368-6545.


The Kansas Arts Commission is a state agency, funded by the State of Kansas and the National Endowment for the Arts, dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Kansas. Its mission is to provide opportunities for the people of Kansas to experience, celebrate and value the arts throughout their lives. For more information on the Kansas Arts Commission, please visit the KAC website at http://arts.ks.gov/.


2011 Governor’s Arts Awards Biographies


Distinguished Arts Award: Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery world in 1982 when she introduced her detective V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only. By creating a real woman with the grit and the street smarts to tackle problems on the mean streets, Paretsky challenged a genre in which women were either vamps or victims.  She set the stage for a new generation of women detectives, but, as NPR’s Maureen Corrigan said, “Warshawski [is] still the gal you want beside you in a fight — be it short, dirty and physical, or a longer campaign for social justice.” Publishers Weekly adds that, “Among today’s PIs, nobody comes close to Warshawski.”


Called “passionate” and “electrifying,” V.I. reflects her creator’s own passion for social justice. As a contributor to the New York Times and the Guardian newspapers, and a speaker at the Library of Congress and Oxford University, Paretsky is an impassioned advocate for those on society’s margins.  After chairing the school’s first Commission on the Status of Women as a Kansas undergraduate, Paretsky worked as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side during the turbulent race riots of 1966. More recently, Paretsky served with then-state Senator Obama on the board of Thresholds, which works with Chicago’s mentally ill homeless. She has mentored teens in Chicago’s most troubled high school, and works closely with literacy and reproductive rights groups.
Not only has Paretsky’s own work broken barriers, she has also helped open doors for other women. In 1986 she created Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organization to support women crime writers, which earned her Ms. Magazine’s 1987 Woman of the Year award. More accolades followed: the British Crime Writers awarded her the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement; Blacklist won the Gold Dagger from the British Crime Writers for best novel of 2004, and she has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from several different universities.  The actress Kathleen Turner played V I Warshawski in the movie of that name and Paretsky’s work is celebrated in Pamela Beere Briggs’s documentary, Women of Mystery. Today Sara Paretsky’s books are published in 30 countries.


She detailed her journey from Kansas farm-girl to New York Times bestseller in her 2007 memoir, Writing in an Age of Silence, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In addition, Paretsky has written two highly-acclaimed stand-alone novels, Ghost Country, used in many seminary classrooms, and Bleeding Kansas, set in the part of rural Kansas where Paretsky grew up.  She has published a collection of her own short stories, and edited four other anthologies, including, most recently, Sisters on the Case.


Like her detective, Paretsky lives and (mostly) dies with the Cubs, runs Chicago’s lakefront with her golden retriever, and loves to sing, taking part in community musicals.  Paretsky lives in Chicago with her husband, a member of the University of Chicago’s Fermi Institute.


For more information, please visit her website and blog: http://www.saraparetsky.com/


Arts Organization: Arkansas City Area Arts Council
Arkansas City Arts Council has provided innovative, engaging arts programs for all ages and mediums in the Arkansas City area for over 48 years. It is housed in a keystone historic theater in Arkansas City, having raised $2.7 million to restore the building. Arkansas City Area Arts Council coordinates engaging, high quality arts programs throughout the community utilizing volunteer, professional artist, school district and business partnerships.


Artist: Louis Copt
Louis Copt is a landscape painter, teacher, and community volunteer. He is an active exhibitor of his work nationwide and serves as a painting instructor at the Lawrence Arts Center. Louis is known primarily for his paintings of the Flint Hills and prairie fires, but is also well versed in figurative and still-life traditions. While his work is representational, his style is elemental and rooted in abstract composition. He is also active as an arts advocate and educator, mentoring students within a community education environment and taking the initiative to facilitate exhibitions of his students work throughout the area and the United States. 


Arts Advocate: Willa Griswold
Willa Griswold's leadership is felt throughout the Marysville community. She has been instrumental in the development of the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art as volunteer, fundraiser, and donor. She initially chaired the committee that lead to the building donation and renovation of the Center and has continued to be involved at almost every level in the center's activities. Her involvement in the arts extends into the organization of community arts festivals and exhibits and the establishment of an arts-based citywide afterschool program.  


Arts Patron: Martha E. "Betty" Muncy
Martha E. "Betty" Muncy was instrumental in the establishment of Dodge City’s Depot Theatre Company, which is located in a renovated Santa Fe Train depot. Over the years she personally donated over  $250,000 for the renovation of the building. She continues to fundraise for the theatre guild, establishing events and commissioning multiple works of public art for the city to enjoy, including the Stan Herd mural in the Dodge City Daily Globe building and a citywide mural project involving the students of Dodge City Community College Art Club.

Arts-in-Education: Linda Reimond
Linda Reimond is the director of the first arts-based preschool in the Midwest and one of the first such programs in the nation. Located at the Lawrence Arts Center, the preschool has pioneered the development of arts-based early childhood curriculum, and Linda is a leader in the training of teachers on the use of art in classrooms for young children. Teaching in the preschool for over 25 years, she maintains a consistent presence in the preschool classrooms where she continues to develop innovative ideas to engage early learners in the arts.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

FX & Animation Dominate Thanksgiving Box Office

Image courtesy Warner Bros.

Harry Potter just manages to beat out Disney's latest fairy tale at the box office for Thanksgiving weekend.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One" held the number one spot, earning more than $50 million.  The film has now brought in close to $220 million domestically.

Disney's cartoon musical, "Tangled," took second with $49 million and "Megamind," held number three with nearly $13 million in box office sales.

Indian Animated Feature Considered for Oscar

Originally published Monday, Nov 29, 2010, 0:29 IST By Promit Mukherjee of DNA, Mumbai
Image courtesy Lionsgate Entertainment

A film made in Mumbai has made it to the top 15 in the animated feature films category of the Oscars for 2010.  The development marks a new chapter for India's animation industry. 

"Alpha and Omega" is a 3D stereoscopic animated film created and produced by Crest Animation Studios Ltd.  It is the first of a three-movie deal for worldwide theatrical distribution with Lionsgate Entertainment.

The film will go up against films like "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After" by Dreamworks, and against "Toy Story 3" by Disney Pixar.

Next Animation Powerhouse Could Belong to Israel

Original Article by Gwen Ackerman of Bloomberg news - Nov 28, 2010 5:01 PM CT
Image courtesy of Animation Lab

Israeli investor Erel Margalit and his $830 million Jerusalem Venture Partners is the main investor in movie studio Animation Lab.  Margalit says his country must ramp up their virtual offerings, including products from films and online games.  He intends the new studio to rival Pixar.

David Simon, former head of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.’s television studio in Los Angeles, said the Animation Lab project isn’t unique.


“There are many animation companies in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, China and Korea, who have attempted and fallen short of their goals,” he said. “The computer graphics film business is overcrowded, with too many new players competing with each other, not only for a finite fickle audience, but also with DreamWorks and Pixar.”

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Meet the Animators behind the Taiwanese Animation Craze

We've all seen them.  And those of us who haven't will soon. 

Likenesses of major celebrities from Tiger Woods to Bristol and Sarah Palin are all popping up on a variety of explicit animated shorts by Next Media Animation of Taiwan.  The CGI shop has even received some static from Team Coco's Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter. 

Watch an exclusive interview with NMA's Michael Logan courtesy of Business Insider reporter William Wei in his article posted Nov. 24, 2010, 9:51 AM.

Image courtesy Next Media Animation

'Young Justice' premiere review

Read the full article by Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly, posted Nov 27 2010 12:05 AM ET

Young Justice debuted with an hour-long premiere Friday night on the Cartoon Network.  The new series opened with Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Superboy as they uncover a secret plot surrounding stolen Superman DNA.  It promises a new chapter for DC Comic lovers everywhere.

Watch the trailer here:

Disney Classic Comes to Blu-ray

Image Courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


Read full article By DAVE KEHR, Published: November 24, 2010 in the New York Times


After 10-years off the home-video market, Disney’s classic “Fantasia” comes to high-definition Blu-ray DVD. 


The basis of the new disc is Scott McQueen’s 2000 restoration of the original 124-minute version, which was edited down to 81 minutes when the movie went into wide release in 1942. All of the surviving interstitial material — with the music critic Deems Taylor introducing the individual pieces — has been reinstated, although the original optical recordings of Taylor’s voice have been lost, and his lines have been dubbed by the voice artist Corey Burton.”

Friday, November 26, 2010

Rock And Comic-Con




Saturday, December 4 • 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Uptown Theater
3700 Broadway
Kansas City, MO

The Rock And Comic Con will feature:
Live bands and artists, vendor tables, a costume contest and the action figure raffle.

Candy Apple Red & Other Red-Hot Shorts

Sunday, November 28 · 7:30pm - 9:00pm
2450 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO


CinemaKC presents the premiere screening of "Candy Apple Red:" a short film by Todd Norris starring Sharon Wright, Lisa Marie Evans and Allen Lowman.

also, stick around for:

"Change For A Dollar", a short film by Sharon Wright

"She", a short film by Lisa Marie Evans … and more!

All three filmmakers will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Tickets are just $5.

A Look at Disney Sidekicks Over the Years


Courtesy: Disney Animation

Disney Animation’s new fairy tale feature Tangled marks the 50th animated film by the company.  To celebrate this achievement, take a moment to embrace some of Uncle Walt’s most beloved sidekicks over the years, courtesy of indie movies online.

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Megamind" is a "Mega-bore:" I Miss Hand Drawn Cartoons!

All Photos Courtesy: Paramount Pictures

I have to be honest and tell you my expectations going into “Megamind” weren’t high.
I’ve had just about enough computer animated movies to last me quite a while. I miss just simple, hand-drawn cartoons.

And my low expectations were met.
There really isn’t anything visually stimulating or new about “Megamind.”

I watched it with my daughter, who didn’t seem to be much more amused by it than I was.
Early into the film, there were a couple glimpses of hope. I have to confess a weakness. For some reason, I love the word, “minion.” So when our protagonist’s mommy said, “Here’s your minion and here’s your binkie,” I laughed out loud.
And that was just about the end of the entertainment.

Sure, there were a few interesting sketches, but aside from a handful of amusing shots, there’s not much to talk about.
The characters, back-story, plot, etc. are all unbelievably familiar. When Megamind was telling about his childhood, I was oddly reminded of Dr. Evil talking in group therapy about his upbringing in the first “Austin Powers” movie.
Megamind is weaker than the other kids at school, so he uses his superior intellect to create a “Dodge ball blocker.”

There were also elements of countless other superhero/super-villain cartoons. “Megamind” could have been called, “Meet the Despicable, Robinson Me’s Incredibles.” I could think of several other cartoons it was borrowing liberally from, but I really don’t feel like putting the mental energy into the task. But bear in mind the movies I’m saying “Megamind” is a derivative of aren’t exactly works smacking of originality themselves.

But the few, and there were very few, interesting visuals that there were, were not enough to save the rehashed story, boring characters and tepid dialogue.

The funniest moment came when Metro Man flew in at the opening of the “Metro Man Museum” and started juggling babies.







That was worth a chuckle. A guffaw, even.






My favorite character, just from a visual perspective, was Minion. He kind of reminded me of “GIR” from “Invader Zim.” (A vastly superior cartoon. Remind me to do a tribute to it one day.)




And Megamind himself has the Devil beard, which I have to admit, I’m a sucker for.

I have always been a big fan of Satan.


Oddly enough, Roxanne Ritchie, voiced by Tina Fey is more interesting before we see her. I’ll let you decide if that’s to Fey’s credit or to the tepidity of the artists who created her character.

She is so bland and poorly drawn that Fey’s wit deserves better visuals.  I'm not even putting in a picture of her character because I don't want to bore you to death.

God, I'm a snob.

So, to sum up "Megamind" in a word: meh. The whole movie is so bland that we just deserve to go see something better. 

Here’s hoping Disney's Thanksgiving animated offering, “Tangled” is more fun.
And, of course, there is no doubt in my mind “The Illusionist” is going to be one of the great films of the year. I am so psyched for that movie.

Coming soon, I'm going to be talking about Paul Solet's twisted first feature "Grace" on my blog,  theresidentfilmsnob.blogspot.com.
I know you're just waiting with baited breath.

Family Guy takes on Spoof of 'Return of the Jedi'

Found on Lineboil, posted by Aaron on November 22, 2010


33 films qualify for the Academy’s Best Animated Short Film category


Article found in Upcoming Pixar blog, posted by martini833 on November 22, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.

A total of 33 films, including Pixar’s Day & Night, have qualified for the Academy’s Best Animated Short Film category.


According to Cartoon Brew, which broke the news over the weekend, this year’s list is unique in that only three directors have been previously nominated in the category.

CTN Animation Expo 2010: List of Speakers



Here is a list of the many talents that appeared at the CTN Animation Expo that wrapped up in Burbank, Calif. this Sunday. 

Click around and learn more about the people who are currently leading the pack in contemporary animation.

ARTIST EXHIBITORS and SPEAKERS

        Jean Giraud “Moebius” – Legendary French Comic Artist
Kei Acedera- Art Director | Imaginism StudiosBrian Ajhar – Illustrator Designer | New York

Pilar Allesendra – Script Consultant

Michael Amos – Independent Animator |Australia

Lubomir Arsov – Animation Artist | Independent

Mark Austin - Cinematic Artist | Disney, The Third Floor

Eduardo Avenir II – Animator | Canada Patrick Awa - Concept Artist

Chris Ayers –
Character Designer | Los Angeles Chris Bailey – Animation Director | Independent

Damon Bard
– Independent Sculptor | Dreamworks, Laika, Sony, PDI, ILMTony Bancroft – Director
Andre Barnwell – Animator

Brett Bean – Concept Artist | Independent

Jerry Beck – Animation Historian | Cartoon Brew

Nancy Beiman - Animator
Mitchell Bernal – Toy Designer | Skelanimals

Jeremy Bernstein - Story Artist | Dreamworks Animation
Nancy Bieman – Animator, Teacher, Author | Walt Disney, Sheridan
Saud Boksmati - Viz Dev Artist | Independent Designer

Drake Brodahl –
Illustrator | Seattle Washington Stefan Bucher – Independent Designer | Creator of 100 MonstersJamie Caliri – Stop Motion Animation Director
Pascal Campion – Designer | IndependentEric Canete - Illustrator and Designer | Warner Bros, Cartoon Network

Jim Capobianco – Story Artist and Filmmaker
Enrico Casarosa - Story Artist Pixar

Chen Yi-Chang –
Character Designer | DreamWorks Animation

Bobby Chiu
– Art Director Studio Owner | Imaginism Studios

Sherm Cohen – Storyboard Artist | Nickelodeon, Storyboard Secrets

David Colman – Character Designer | Sony, Disney, Warner Bros

Dice Daisuke Tsutsumi – Art Director | Pixar Animation Studios

Kevin Dart – Designer | Fleet Street Scandal, Cartoon Network

Donnachada Daly – Animator | Dreamworks AnimationAndreas Deja – Supervising Animator | Disney
Tony DeRosa – Animator | Disney, Imagine Ent., 20th Century Fox

Mike Disa – Director and Writer

Craig Elliott – Designer | Independent DesignerEunjung June Kim – Animation Artists

Fleet Street Scandal

Sean Galloway – Character Designer | Independent

Zaruhi Galstian –
Character Designer

Joseph Gilland – EFX Animator and Writer | Disney


Girls Drawin’ Girls – Animation Artists | IndependentFrank Gladstone - Producer | Gladstone Film, Inc.
Carter Goodrich – Illustrator Character Designer Don Hahn – Executive Producer and Filmmaker

Hanna S. Abi-Hanna - Animation Artists

Frank Hansen – Animation Artist | Independent Artist
Headless Productions - Studio | Spain

Liana Hee – Animation Artist | Independent Artist

Francisco Herrera – Character Designer | Warner Bros

Steve Hickner – Director Producer | DreamWorks Animation

Max Howard – Executive Producer | Disney, Exodus FilmGroup, Warner Bros

Martin Hsu – Character Designer

Ryan Hungerford
– Graphic Artist | Independent DesignerPao Jitmakusol - Designer

Bernard Joaquin – Character Designer

Chris Kennett - Independent Animator Illustrator |
Australia

Dahveed Kolodny - Nagy Animation Creator
Stephanie Laberis - Concept Artist
Brittney Lee
– Character and Concept Designer | Independent DesignerMindy Lee - Concept Artist

HB Lewis – Top Designer Illustrator | Disney, BlueSky, DreamWorks


Jose Lopez – Character Designer | Warner Bros, Desoluz Inc.

John Loter – Designer | Disney

Rik Maki – Cartoonist, Character Designer,Teacher | Disney, Laika, Blue Sky, Cal ArtsCatherine Maske Sho Murase Mavrix - Studios Designer
Kent Melton – Master Maquette Sculptor | Disney, Laika,

Mark McDonnell
– Character and Environment Designer | Disney

Patricia Ann Lewis-MacDougall - Illustrator | Los Angeles

Uli Meyer – Animation Artist Illustrator Cartoonist |
London

Fabian Molina – Character Designer

Gary Montalbano – Concept Designer

John Musker – Director

Pablo Navarro – Directing Animator

Mike Nguyen – Animator and Filmmaker

Justin Orr - Illustrator

Craig Harris - The Mighty Nomad Gallery

Sergio Pablos – Animator, Screenplay Writer | Animagic Studios
Sergio Paez of StoryBoardArt.org

Ruel Pascual – Animation Artist

Scott Peterson – Animator | Director | Studio Owner

David Pimentel – Story Artist | Dreamworks, Disney

Carole Police – Art Director

Ruben Procopio – Independent Sculptor | Disney, Masked Avenger StudiosJason Pruett - Designer, Animation Artist | Los Angeles David Pruiksma - Master Animator, Animation Teacher | Disney Andy Ristaino – Designer
Bill Robinson – Animation Artist | Independent

Ed Rodiguez
– Designer

Robh Ruppel
– Production Designer | Disney, DreamWorks

Humberto Ramos - Toy Designer

Tim Sale – Comic Artist | Independent
Armand Serrano – Art Director | Sony Pictures Animation
Peter de Sève – Legendary New York Illustrator | Blue Sky Animation

Uri Shinar - CEO Aniboom

Stephen Silver
- Independent Character Designer | Disney, Warner Bros, Sony, Fox

Beth Sleven – Character Designer

Robert St. Pierre – Co-Production Designer | 9

Roland Tamayo – Concept Artist

Marceline Tanguay

Olivier Tossan
– Visual Development Artist | Dreamworks Animation

Ken Turner – Character Designer | Story 9 Entertainment, Beehive IllustrationTadahiro Uesugi Designer | Coraline, Independent

Valerio Ventura – Independent Designer | Disney, Cartoon Network

Marcelo Vignali – Production Designer | Sony Pictures Animation

Nicolas Villarreal - Independent Designer


Glenn Vilppu – Master Figure Instructor | Disney, Cal Arts, Art Center
Joe Weatherly – Artist and Teacher | Dreamworks, Universal StudiosScott Wright – Animator, cartoonist, teacher | Dreamworks, Team Spectacular, CalArts
Dean Yeagle Independent Cartoonist | Disney, PlayboyDave Zaboski – Independent Creative
Kathy Zielinski – Dreamworks Animator

Jeffrey Zikry – Animation Artist, Animator | Cartoon Network

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