March 21 - 23, 2019

Thursday, March 21
Capilano University
Bosa Theatre
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC

Saturday, March 23
Emily Carr University
Reliance Theatre
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Terabyte Sponsor

Creative BC

Megabyte Sponsors

Capilano University

Animal Logic

Kilobyte Sponsors

Bron Animation

DHX Media, Ltd.

Emily Carr University

Byte Sponsors

Campbell River Creative Industries Council

Bardel Entertainment

Ziva Dynamics



Ambassade de France


Women in Animation




Visual Effects Society


March 21 - 23, 2019


Due to popular demand, a second Masterclass by John Musker has been added on Thursday March 21, 2019 at the Bosa Theatre, Capilano University in North Vancouver. This class will be the same as the one on Saturday March 23 at Emily Carr University. If you had previously booked for Saturday and would like to exchange for Thursday, please contact us at

In the world of animation, John Musker’s name is associated with some of the greatest films Disney has ever created for the screen, including The Little Mermaid (1989) Aladdin (1992) and most recently Moana (2016), Disney’s 56th animated feature film. Critically acclaimed, Moana, directed by John, received two Academy Award nominations in 2016 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

Over the decades, Disney’s classic films and beloved characters helped forge a golden age, a renaissance in animation. John Musker has been part of that renaissance since he first became an animator on The Fox & the Hound in 1981.

During his 40-year career at Walt Disney Animation Studios, John honed every aspect of his art, working as an animator, storyboard artist, writer, director, and producer. Today, retired from Disney, John continues to create and is currently animating his own short film by hand.

Take part in this professional development opportunity to learn firsthand from an industry master who possesses the skills, experience, and inside track on “Getting Dreams to Screens.”


8:30 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


Thursday - March 21, 9:30 AM
Bosa Theatre • Capilano University • 2055 Purcell Way • North Vancouver
Moderator: Keith Blackmore with John Musker

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

Observations about developing and communicating ideas, stories, and characters and techniques for realizing them onscreen.


Saturday - March 23, 9:30 AM
Reliance Theatre • Emily Carr University of Art + Design • 520 E. 1st Ave • Vancouver
Moderator: David Burgess with John Musker

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

Observations about developing and communicating ideas, stories, and characters and techniques for realizing them onscreen.


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.

John Musker
Director, Writer & Producer
(Moana (2016), Princess & the Frog (2009), Aladdin (1992), The Little Mermaid (1989))

John Musker is a 40-year veteran of the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he was an animator, storyboard artist, writer, director, and producer.

John grew up in Chicago, Illinois as part of a large Irish Catholic family. He followed up his English Literature studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with two years at CalArts as part of the new Character Animation Program in the mid-Seventies, where he learned not only from Disney and Chouinard veterans like Elmer Plummer, Bill Moore, and Ken O’Connor, but also his fellow classmates there, many who have gone on to direct distinguished films: folks like Brad Bird, Henry Selick, John Lasseter, Tim Burton, and Chris Buck. At Disney, he was mentored by Eric Larson, the veteran animator and one of Disney’s fabled “Nine Old Men,” who brought Figaro the cat to life in Pinocchio, among many other characters in his distinguished career.

John became an animator on The Fox & the Hound (1981), and later joined Ron Clements to direct The Great Mouse Detective (1986) alongside Disney veterans Burny Mattinson and Dave Michener. Ron and John paired up to write and direct The Little Mermaid (1989) which John co-produced with Howard Ashman. Ron and John also wrote and directed a number of subsequent animated features including Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), Treasure Planet (2002) and The Princess & the Frog (2009). John’s most recent project was Moana (2016), which he once again directed with Ron Clements, along with co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams.

John retired from Disney Feature Animation in the spring of 2018, and is currently animating by hand his own short film, as well as chasing around his nineteen-month-old granddaughter, Lucy.

John resides in La Cañada, California, with his wife Gale, a former researcher at Disney, not far from his three grown children Patrick, Jackson, and Julia.

Keith Blackmore
Educator // Vancouver Film School

KeithKeith Blackmore has been a passionate educator, cheerleader and a voice for all things animated in the Vancouver area for almost 30 years. As an active member of the local SIGGRAPH chapter and one of the producers of the SPARK Animation Festival, Keith has presented, interviewed and moderated at many festivals and studios. He has educated, entertained and inspired students in the history of animation and media studies at the Vancouver Film School for over 25 years. When he’s not teaching, talking or reading about animation, he’s watching it.

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