April 29, 2017

VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

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April 29, 2017

Spark CG Society is proud to present a full day of learning and inspiration from Borja Montoro. With over 30 years of experience and having worked on everything from Tarzan to Zootopia, Montoro is one of the most celebrated and sought after character designers working today.


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
4:30 PM End of Masterclass
Signing session in atrium

Saturday - April 29, 9:30 AM
Prices include GST.
with Borja Montoro

VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

How do you take a blank sheet of paper, a pencil and create a living breathing character? What goes into creating animated characters which stand the test of time?

For world renowned character designer Borja Montoro, it’s all about personality and attitude and Montoro often draws the same character in various poses, with different expressions and attitudes to ensure the design works.

"Zootopia" © 2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved

In this intensive day-long masterclass, Montoro will share the fundamental keys to creating character design with all the necessary nuance that it may be used in other phases of the animation work, exploring his own creative process along the way and leaving you inspired.

This is a unique opportunity. In his previous visit to Vancouver at SPARK ANIMATION 2015, his presentation sold out in minutes. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of the world’s most sought after character designers!

"Moana" © 2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved

Saturday - April 29, 9:30 AM
by Jessica Julius and Maggie Malone

The Art of Moana is the latest title in the exceptional series showcasing artwork from the creation of Walt Disney Animations’ latest releases. Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world ventured across the Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped — and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana is a CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui and together they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. The stunning artwork in this behind-the-scenes book includes character designs, storyboards, colourscripts, and much more.

About the Authors

Maggie Malone is head of creative affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She lives in Los Angeles.

Jessica Julius is senior creative executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She is the author of The Art of Zootopia, as well as several children’s books. She lives in Los Angeles.


© Disney

Saturday - April 29, 9:30 AM
by Jessica Julius; foreword by Byron Howard

Disney’s animated feature, Zootopia, is a comedy-adventure starring Officer Judy Hopps, a rookie bunny cop who has to team up with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack her first case in the all-animal city of Zootopia. This lushly illustrated book offers a behind-the-scenes view of the elaborate artistry involved in creating the film.

About the Authors

Byron Howard, director of Zootopia, joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1994 and has served as an animator, designer, and supervising animator for such classic films as Mulan and Lilo & Stitch. He directed Bolt and Tangled.

Jessica Julius is senior creative executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She is the co-author of The Art of Moana, as well as several children’s books. She lives in Los Angeles.


© Disney


Borja Montoro
Character Designer

Borja Montoro was born in Madrid, Spain where he studied law, Montoro never practiced his profession, choosing instead to pursue his boyhood love for drawing. Today, with almost 30 years of experience in the animation industry, he is one of the most sought after character animators and designers.

With a career that has taken him around the world, Borja has worked with the very best in animation. From Ireland where he worked with Bluth Studios as an animator on All Dogs go to Heaven II to Paris where he worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation France on such major features as Hercules, The Emperor’s New Groove as well as The Jungle Book II, and director Roger Aller’s Academy Award nominated short, The Little Match Girl.

While in Paris, Borja was part of the team who animated the character of adult Tarzan under Glen Keane’s direct supervision. He followed that experience by returning to Madrid where he spent several years working at the Sergio Pablos Animation Studio, aka the SPA Studios.

Today, Borja is a much sought after artist working as a character designer. Some of his work includes the upcoming feature Smallfoot for Warner Bros. Other work includes Sony Pictures’ TV Special Smurfy Hollow, and Dreamworks TV Animation character designs for Puss in Boots. He has also lent his talents to Illumination Mac-Guff on Despicable Me 3, and to Paramount Animation as character designer on several yet undisclosed projects. His recent titles include character design for Walt Disney Animation Studios on both the Oscar winning animated feature film Zootopia and the Oscar nominated Moana.

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