MASTERCLASS: JAMES BAXTER
September 22, 2018

Emily Carr University
Reliance Theatre
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, Canada


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MASTERCLASS: JAMES BAXTER
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September 22, 2018


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In the field of animation, the name brings to mind some of the greatest characters ever made. Belle in Beauty & the Beast, Rafiki in The Lion King, Quasimodo, Moses, Tulio, and Spirit. All screen classics and all a part of what made the last thirty years, a new golden age, a renaissance of animation.

Not limiting himself to a pencil, Mr. Baxter has also served as Supervising Animator/Head of Character Animation on such CG films as Shrek 2, The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon 2. From features to shorts, television to streaming, Mr. Baxter has done it all, over thirty productions in fact. Earlier this year, in recognition of his contributions to the art of animation, Mr. Baxter was awarded the Winsor McCay Award by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Presently, Mr. Baxter is serving as the Director of Character Animation for Netflix, assuring that his animation legacy will carry on for generations to come.

Schedule:

9:00 AM Doors open
9:30 AM Masterclass begins
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Masterclass continues
12:30 PM Lunch break
1:30 PM Masterclass continues
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Masterclass continues
5:00 PM End of Masterclass



Saturday - September 22, 9:30 AM
MASTERCLASS
CREATING CHARACTER THROUGH ANIMATION

with James Baxter

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Regular: $125 // Students with ID: 100 // Groups (5+): $112.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Reliance Theatre
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, Canada

Whether it’s CG, hand-drawn, or stop-motion, communicating personality through an animated character’s movements is a skill which applies to all techniques. Master Animator James Baxter will be demonstrating this process live (with a little help from the audience). In this demonstration/Q&A, he will be touching upon some of the finer points of creating character through animation.


BIOGRAPHY

James Baxter
Director of Character Animation // Netflix

James BaxterJames was born in 1967, in Bristol, and raised in Bishop’s Stortford, England. He started experimenting on little animation tests with a 8mm camera at age 16. James attended Cambridge College of Arts & Technology for one year and West Surrey College of Arts & Design for one year before leaving to work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit in London. Following Roger Rabbit, James moved to California to work for the Walt Disney Company, where he worked as the Supervising Animator on classic characters like Belle in Beauty & the Beast and Rafiki in The Lion King. He then moved to DreamWorks SKG where he worked on such films as Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Stallion of the Cimmeron and Shrek 2. For a time, James had his own studio, James Baxter Animation, which produced several projects, including the animation for the Disney feature film Enchanted, and the opening sequence of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda. He returned to DreamWorks Animation to work on How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2, and The Croods. James is now the Director of Character Animation at Netflix.


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