September 15, 2017

Vancouver Film School
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Vancouver, Canada

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Drawn Together Vancouver



with Georgina Hayns, Creative Supervisor, Puppet Lab, LAIKA
September 15, 2017


Coraline, Norman, Kubo... over the years LAIKA has created an amazing roster of memorable characters who are difficult, if not impossible, to forget.

On Friday, September 15, join us as we welcome Georgina Hayns, Creative Supervisor of Puppet Fabrication at LAIKA, as she takes us through the collaborative filmmaking process behind each of LAIKA’s four Oscar-nominated features: Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo & the Two Strings with a focus on the fabrication element of the filmmaking.

Friday - September 15, 7:00 PM
moderator: David Burgess with Georgina Hayns

Georgina will take us through the unique and collaborative filmmaking process behind each of LAIKA’s four Oscar-nominated features: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo & the Two Strings (2016). With a focus on the fabrication element of these films, Georgina will provide an in-depth look at the Oregon-based animation studio. Production puppets will be on display.


David Burgess
Animation Supervisor // Animal Logic
(Trolls, Turbo, Megamind, Monsters vs Aliens, Tarzan, The Lion King)

David BurgessDavid Burgess is currently in pre-production on The Lego Movie Sequel due to hit theatres in Spring 2019. Prior to this, Dave worked as Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks Animation where he served as Head of Character Animation for Trolls, Turbo and Monsters Vs Aliens. He was also Supervising Animator on Megamind, Bee Movie and Over the Hedge, as well as Animator on Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Madagascar, and Shrek 2.

David got his industry start assisting filmmaker John Weldon at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal. With that project completed, David started working in television commercials for various studios in Montreal, Toronto, London and Los Angeles.

In 1990, he began working at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, CA. At Disney, he worked on many of their most successful hand-drawn productions. His assignments included: Supervising Animator on Tarzan (Professor Porter) and The Lion King (The Hyenas), as well as working as an Animator on Beauty and the Beast (Gaston/Bimbettes) and Aladdin (Genie), among many others.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, David graduated with Honours in Animation from the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC.

He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Visual Effects Society, The Television Academy, and over the years has taught animation courses in various colleges, universities, film festivals, conferences and online with Animation Mentor.


Georgina Hayns
Creative Supervisor, Puppet Fab // LAIKA
(Kubo & the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline)

GeorginaKubo and the Two Strings marks Georgina Hayns’ fourth film at LAIKA. She also supervised puppet fabrication on The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline. She has been involved in all aspects of puppet fabrication for stop-motion films for over twenty years. Her career began in the UK, working for Cosgrove Hall Films, Mackinnon & Saunders and Warner Bros. In 1993, Georgina joined Mackinnon & Saunders as an armaturist where she supervised children’s television series and commercials, including BBC Television’s Noddy, HIT Entertainment’s Bob the Builder, Lipton Brisk Tea and Puffs Tissues. She also worked on animated feature films including Mars Attacks! and shorts including the Oscar-nominated Periwig Maker. Prior to joining LAIKA in 2006, Georgina worked on Corpse Bride.


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