SPARK ANIMATION 2014 - CONFERENCE
October 24 - 27, 2014

Vancouver International Film Centre
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, Canada


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SPARK ANIMATION 2014 - CONFERENCE
Celebrating Animation From Around the World!
October 24 - 27, 2014

DISCOVER SPARK ANIMATION

Animation has come a long way. It has evolved into a multi-faceted medium with diverse target groups. SPARK CG brings the world's most talented artists, inventors, directors and studio executives to Vancouver to share their priceless experience and inspire the animation community. This 2-day conference attracts local and global animation leaders and visionaries.

  • Panels and presentations from the world's most creative animators.
  • Cutting edge exposure and insight about the global art and business of animation.
  • Networking — build long-lasting relationships with a growing community of local and international attendees.
WHO SHOULD COME?

If you're interested in the behind-the-scenes and the how-to of animation then we have a conference program for you. Featuring a diverse series of presentations, SPARK ANIMATION invites all experienced professionals and students, to discover the craft and innovation that defines animation.

IMPORTANT

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Schedule and pricing subject to change without notice.
Limited single tickets released. Please check back regularly for availability.



SCHEDULE

DAY 1FRIDAY - OCTOBER 24, 2014
9:00 amPRESENTATION
The Marriage of Art and Technology: How it inspires the future of animation
moderator: Colin Giles with Delna Bhesania, Graham Annable, Nora Twomey, Roger Allers & Sean Sexton
11:00 amPRESENTATION
Independent Animation: From Story to Screen
with Nick Cross
1:00 pmPRESENTATION
Kahlil Gibran's THE PROPHET: Bringing Poetry to Life
with Chris C Browne, Eric Prebende, Nadine Wagner-Westerbarkey & Roger Allers
3:00 pmPRESENTATION
SONG OF THE SEA: Animating Irish Folklore
with Nora Twomey
5:00 pmPRESENTATION
THE BOXTROLLS: Something Old, Something New
with Graham Annable
DAY 2SATURDAY - OCTOBER 25, 2014
9:00 amPRESENTATION
Capturing a Character: The Animation of BIG HERO 6
with Michael Franceschi
11:00 amPRESENTATION
LAVA: Get Into the Flow
with James Ford Murphy
1:00 pmPRESENTATION
The Making of THE DAM KEEPER and Starting Tonko House
with Robert J. Kondo
3:00 pmPRESENTATION
THE BOOK OF LIFE: Creative Challenges and All-You-Can-Eat Churros
with Wesley Mandell
5:00 pmPRESENTATION
The DUET of Art and Technology
with Glen Keane & Max Keane


Friday

Friday - October 24, 8:30 AM
CONFERENCE PASS
Regular Conference Pass

Conference Pass: Includes all daytime talks and panels on Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 6:30 PM. Evening screenings and other special events are ticketed separately.

Offer ends October 23, 2014.




Friday


Friday - October 24, 9:00 AM
PRESENTATION
The Marriage of Art and Technology: How it inspires the future of animation
moderator: Colin Giles with Delna Bhesania, Graham Annable, Nora Twomey, Roger Allers & Sean Sexton

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Over the past decades the worlds of art and technology have collided in spectacular fashion. Bringing stories to life that would have never before been possible this mix of old world technique and new world ingenuity has proven more "Peanut Butter and Jelly" than "Oil and Water." This panel will discuss the exciting ways directors, producers, artists, and storytellers are combining artistic talent and vision with genius technology to create fascinating new films. You will leave inspired as we ask how groups of artists around the world were brought together, how developing software is opening new horizons in filmmaking, and what this seemingly limitless future holds for the art of animation.


Friday - October 24, 11:00 AM
PRESENTATION
Independent Animation: From Story to Screen
with Nick Cross

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Surviving and thriving in the independent animation world is a challenge. From his training as an illustrator to his break into the animation industry; Nick Cross has been walking the fine line between the independent and commercial worlds for over 15 years.

Nick will talk you through the winding path of life as an animator, and point out how to avoid the pitfalls that inevitably appear along the way.

He will also delve into his unique approach to making a film — a process that he has honed over the course of almost a dozen films. How does one create and structure a film through story, colour and design? And where do ideas come from, and where do they go once they've been made into moving pictures?


Friday - October 24, 1:00 PM
PRESENTATION
Kahlil Gibran's THE PROPHET: Bringing Poetry to Life
with Chris C Browne, Eric Prebende, Nadine Wagner-Westerbarkey & Roger Allers

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How do you bring the beloved book, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, which has been translated into 40 languages, sold over 100 million copies, to the big screen? Only through the sheer determination of an actress turned producer, a Tony Award winning director and a multitude of international animators could the book's timeless lyricism be captured. As film-makers they realized, "We believe animation is, in a way, the closest cinematic form to poetry."

In this regard the work of Bardel Entertainment deserves a stand-alone mention. Envisioned to be traditional hand-drawn animation, Bardel created its own proprietary pipeline, which combined 3D animation and 2D finaling to emulate the look of hand-drawn animation. The result has been hailed as a landmark achievement in animation. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

SPARK ANIMATION has brought together three members of the production crew to explain how they created the Oscar worthy film, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet.


Friday - October 24, 3:00 PM
PRESENTATION
SONG OF THE SEA: Animating Irish Folklore
with Nora Twomey

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Watching Song of the Sea, it is easy to assert that this is one of the most beautifully animated films ever made. It is a gem, beaming with awe-inspiring, heartwarming magic. From the award-winning animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, Song of the Sea, is the highly anticipated follow-up to its Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells. Steeped in Irish culture and sensibilities, the film explores family dynamics and a theme of loss. Song of the Sea looks at life through a child's eyes, with all the humour, magic and sense of wonder that it entails.

Nora Twomey, one of the creative directors of Cartoon Saloon, discusses the evolution of the film, the practicalities of independent co-productions and the team of artists behind Song of the Sea.


Friday - October 24, 5:00 PM
PRESENTATION
THE BOXTROLLS: Something Old, Something New
with Graham Annable

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The art of stop-motion animation is as old as film-making itself. While following in the traditions laid before them, LAIKA is transforming the 120-year-old tradition of stop-motion with their use of 3D printers and a method they call Rapid Prototyping. As Brian McLean director of Rapid Prototyping says, "This has broken [the medium] free and allowed stop-motion to tell stories with characters that are emoting, and have an emotional range, and acting ability that was never before possible."

Graham Annable, co-director of LAIKA's The Boxtrolls, will explain how a medium that many of us grew up on, that seemed to be dying, has been infused with 21st century technology to revive it.


Saturday

Saturday - October 25, 9:00 AM
PRESENTATION
Capturing a Character: The Animation of BIG HERO 6
with Michael Franceschi

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE. CASH or VISA/MASTERCARD ONLY.

In this presentation, Michael Franceschi will cover the animation process from pre-vis and character exploration through final film animation at Walt Disney Animation. He will focus on the exciting challenges of creating specific acting performances with a large, unique cast of characters through exploration and research.


Saturday - October 25, 11:00 AM
PRESENTATION
LAVA: Get Into the Flow
with James Ford Murphy

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The latest short from Pixar is a love letter to volcanoes and the beauty of tropical islands. But even more, it's a musical work of art whose vibrancy and spirit is matched by the enthusiasm of its director, James Murphy. In this screening and presentation, be one of the first audiences in the world to see the film, followed by an in-depth look at how it was made, the Pixar process and how one builds from a passionate idea to an explosive on-screen vision.


Saturday - October 25, 1:00 PM
PRESENTATION
The Making of THE DAM KEEPER and Starting Tonko House
with Robert J. Kondo

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The Dam Keeper is an 18-minute animated short film, made up of 18,000 paintings. Robert Kondo, one of the two directors of the film, will present the journey of this short film from its early inception and early failed story attempts to sharing it with over 65 film festivals around the world. The Dam Keeper is the first film the former Pixar art directors took on the role of directing and writing together, this is the story of their journey. The two artists, left Pixar in July of this year, and since have started their own studio, Tonko House. Robert talks about stepping out to be independent and the fear and excitement of starting something new.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be collectibles for sale at THE DAM KEEPER booth, with a signing session with Robert Kondo following his presentation. There will be a signing session after the presentation.


Saturday - October 25, 3:00 PM
PRESENTATION
THE BOOK OF LIFE: Creative Challenges and All-You-Can-Eat Churros
with Wesley Mandell

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Day of the Dead is everywhere these days; skulls have been adopted by everyone from punks to princesses. But for The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez, the holiday is intensely personal. "My favourite thing about it is the core belief of the holiday: as long as we tell the stories of these people, sing their songs, cook their food, and tell their stories they are with us." recalls Mr. Gutierrez. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, a gifted and visionary storyteller in his own right, The Book of Life is the first movie to honour the Mexican festival. Inspired by the colourful folk art prevalent during the festival The Book of Life is a visually sumptuous feast. In the words of Visual Effects Supervisor Augusto Schillaci, "your eyes are going to explode."

Please join us as Supervising Animator (Reel FX) Wes Mandell explains how they brought this loving tribute to Mexico's Day of the Dead to life in a very detailed and beautiful way.


Saturday - October 25, 5:00 PM
PRESENTATION
The DUET of Art and Technology
How technology and artistry elevates us to a higher place
with Glen Keane & Max Keane

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Like oil and water, and booze and bowling, some things just don't seem to mix well together. Hand-drawn animation and digital technologies can be lumped into that category. However in the hands of a left-and-right brain thinking individual, like Glen Keane, the marriage of these two disparate forms come together. With Duet and Google, Mr. Keane has created not only a beautiful piece of animation but a look into the future for animation on mobile devices.

If you don't know Mr. Keane's name, you certainly know his creations. The famous animator worked on classics including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Tarzan. It is SPARK ANIMATION Festival's greatest pleasure to welcome the world's finest advocate in hand-drawn animation to showcase Duet and explain the harmonious future of both animation and technology.


BIOGRAPHIES

Chris C Browne
Studio CG Supervisor // Bardel Entertainment
(Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet)

Chris is an accomplished and highly respected industry veteran, with over a decade of experience in visual effects and animation. He has a background in writing, producing and directing animated films, television series and live-action visual effects. Chris has led many notable projects including work for the Sci-Fi Channel, YTV and PBS.

As Bardel's Studio CG Supervisor, Chris oversees the FX and LRC artists on all in-house productions, and brings insight and creative direction to the team while ensuring that the Company's high standards are met.

www.bardel.ca
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Colin Giles
Creative Director (ACA/CA) // Vancouver Film School

ColinColin has over 17 years experience in the animation industry with extensive credits in both traditional and computer animation. Based in Vancouver, he has served as a Lead Animator, Animation Supervisor, Designer, and Timing Director for multiple studios including Carbunkle Cartoons, Nitrogen, Bardel, Cartoon Network, and Disney Interactive. Colin has instructed and presented at schools and workshops around the world, at SIGGRAPH conferences, and is currently Creative Director at Vancouver Film School. Colin is also a contributing writer for Cartoon Brew and its education initiative 'Cartoon Brew-Ed,' and continues to work in the industry as a designer and traditional animator.


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Delna Bhesania
CEO, Co-Founder // Bardel Entertainment
(Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet)

Delna

Delna’s inspiring career in animation began over 25 years ago and tells a story of determination, commitment and vision. Starting from an office in a spare bedroom, Delna and her partner Barry Ward have grown their business from a small team with big talent to a really big team with ground-breaking talent.

As CEO and Co-founder of Bardel, Delna manages the studio’s corporate affairs, production, and business development. She works closely with her executive team and all stages at the studio to strategize, manage and uphold the highest quality standards on which Bardel’s reputation was built.


www.bardel.ca
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Eric Prebende
Supervising Animation Director 3D // Bardel Entertainment
(Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, Hotel Transylvania, Babar and the Adventures of Badou)

With over twenty years of industry experience in character animation, Eric's work has taken him to France, London and Berlin. He has worked for major studios including Sony Picture Image Works and Mac Guff, and he has been involved with notable productions including Despicable Me, Hotel Transylvania, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

In his role as Supervising Animation Director 3D, Eric builds creative teams and delivers high quality work while maintaining a cohesive and strong unit. Colleagues have spoken of his drive to inspire and engage, and of his dedication and commitment to his craft. He continues to share his sincere passion and energy as a key member of the Bardel team.

www.bardel.ca
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Glen Keane
Award-winning Artist, Legendary Animator
(The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Tangled)

A 38-year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane is most noted for creating and animating such legendary Disney characters as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, and Tarzan. Glen also served as Supervising Animator and Executive Producer on Disney's 2010 box office hit, Tangled.

In 1972, Keane applied to study at the California Institute of the Arts as a Fine Art major. By accident, his portfolio was submitted and accepted to the School of Film Graphics (Animation). Although unintended, He decided to continue to follow this path. At the age of 19, he discovered animation was a combination of all the arts. He immediately fell in love with the medium that would stay with him for the rest of his career.

He joined Disney in 1974 where he trained under Walt Disney's legendary animators Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas and Eric Larson. Glen began his journey animating scenes on The Rescuers before being promoted to directing animator on The Fox and the Hound. Glen is the recipient of the 2008 Windsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement in Animation, the 2012 Tex Avery Award, and was a 2013 Disney Legend Award honoree for his contribution in Animation.

In the spring of 2012, Glen decided to leave Disney Studios in pursuit of further artistic exploration and launched Glen Keane Productions to pursue his personal projects. The following year, Keane went on to direct and animate the 3rd interactive episode in the Google Spotlight Stories series, titled Duet, set to release by the end of 2014.

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Graham Annable
Director // LAIKA
(The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline)

Graham Annable began doodling at an early age and never stopped. Classically trained as an animator at Toronto's Sheridan College, he spent 10 years at LucasArts animating on various video game projects. A prolific creative in the video game industry, Mr. Annable is the former Creative Director at Telltale Games and the creator of the hip and hit comic book series Grickle. He was one of the founders of the Hickee humour anthology and has created works for television, film, and video games for such entities as LucasFilm, Chuck Jones, Nickelodeon and Walt Disney Productions.

Mr. Annable worked as a storyboard artist on LAIKA's first two films Coraline and ParaNorman, both of which were nominated for the Academy Award®, BAFTA®, and the Producers Guild of America Award®, among other honours. Mr. Annable makes his directorial debut (directing with Anthony Stacchi) on LAIKA's third film, The Boxtrolls, the 3D stop-motion/CGI animated feature released by Focus Features.

www.laika.com
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James Ford Murphy
Director, Writer // Pixar Animation

James Ford Murphy joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1996. He began working as an animator on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and the Academy Award®-winning features, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Murphy served as supervising animator for the Academy Award®-winning short film, For the Birds, and was the directing animator on the Golden Globe®-winning feature, Cars. For the next five years, Murphy acted as the Director of Creative Artists, where he oversaw Animation, Art, and Story across the studio. Most recently, Murphy made his directing debut with the short film, LAVA, which will screen in front of the Disney•Pixar feature film, Inside Out, in 2015.

Prior to Pixar, Murphy worked as Animation Director at Sierra-On-Line and as Animator/Director at Calabash Animation where he animated several commercials, including Little Caesar's Pizza, Pizza series. He also was an Art Director at Jockey International where he was responsible for all print advertising for Jockey underwear.

James earned a BA in Journalism at Marquette University. He is a self-taught artist and animator from Detroit, Michigan.

www.pixar.com
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Max Keane
Production Designer, Interaction Co-Director

Max Keane has always had a love for story, design and the craft of drawing, which led him to a variety of creative pursuits within live action, fine arts, visual effects, and animation. Freelancing in concept design, animation, and illustration within the commercial world for the past 10 years, he enjoys the contrast of the projects and the variety of techniques used to create them, as well as the great teams he has been lucky to collaborate with.

Most recently, Max has teamed up with his father, acclaimed animator Glen Keane, and producer Gennie Rim to work on an interactive short film for Google titled Duet. Max served as Production Designer and Interaction Co-Director on the uniquely animated project that celebrates life through the hand-drawn line.

Max currently resides in Los Angeles, with his wife Megan and their two children, Henry and Olive, and their dog Bo, which were inspirations to the making of Duet.


Michael Franceschi
Animation Supervisor // Walt Disney Animation
(Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph)

Michael Franceschi spent his wonder years, surrounded by a big Italian family, in the small historical town of Seneca Falls, New York. Even at an early age, he showed artistic desire, which was encouraged by his family. Like many Disney animation fans, his mother bought him every single clamshell VHS with the Disney logo on it. Whether it was Disney Features, Don Bluth, or Warner Bros. cartoons, these tapes planted the seed of animation that would help inspire and inform Mr. Franceschi's artistic focus.

Between his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his graduate work at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Mr. Franceschi spent a few years working at The Society of Illustrators in Manhattan. The Society offered the perfect venue for meeting talented and inspirational animation/artists like Bill Plympton, Peter deSeve and Willis Pyle. These conversations proved to be for Mr. Franceschi the proof of how rewarding and possible a career in animation could really be.

Mr. Franceschi's started his life in animation with Nickelodeon Animation Studios where he worked in development for numerous shows including, The Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, and Fanboy & Chum Chum. In 2012, Mr. Franceschi joined Walt Disney Animation as an animator on Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. He was the Animation Supervisor for Disney's next animated feature, Big Hero 6. About working at Disney, Mr. Franceschi says, "It's an extremely humbling experience and an absolute honour to work in the studio that created such unforgettable and enduring films. It's amazing to see a true collaboration at work, and the pride that everyone takes in putting the best possible frame up on screen and something worthy of Walt's name." Mr. Franceschi clearly loves animation.

www.disneyanimation.com
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Nadine Wagner-Westerbarkey
Supervising Animation Director 2D // Bardel Entertainment

Nadine is a skilled and highly regarded Animation Director with vast experience from her work on many notable feature properties including The Lion King and Curious George. While working in Europe and North America for the past two decades, Nadine has shared her passion for the industry and her insightful approach with artists and clients alike.

As Supervising Animation Director 2D, Nadine plays a key role in forming, training and mentoring the creative teams and delivering results that reflect Bardel's reputation for the highest quality work. She recently collaborated on the hugely anticipated animated feature film Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. Nadine's enthusiasm, positive energy and supportive nature brings out the best in the team at Bardel. She continues to develop as an exceptional crafter of 2D and to provide much valued leadership and encouragement within her team.

"It is fabulous when a group of talented artists come together and create amazing projects as a team. Seeing an artist go beyond something that they thought was possible is the biggest joy for me."

www.bardel.ca
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Nick Cross
Director, Animator, Illustrator // Cartoon Network
(Over the Garden Wall, SpongeBob Movie, Ren and Stimpy)

Nick Cross is a Canadian animator and filmmaker. Trained as an illustrator, Nick began working in the commercial animation field in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on an impressive number of animated film, television and music video projects for clients such as Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, Paramount, and New Line Entertainment. Also an award-winning independent filmmaker, his short animated film subjects have been seen in festivals and retrospectives around the world. Presently, Nick lives and works in Los Angeles.

www.cartoonnetwork.com
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Nora Twomey
Director, Head of Story // Cartoon Saloon

Nora Twomey is one of the founding members of Cartoon Saloon. She directed award winning short films From Darkness and Cúilín Dualach (Backwards Boy) as well as co-directing 2009's Academy Award® Nominee The Secret of Kells. Nora worked as head of story on Song of the Sea and is currently in development with a feature adaptation of Deborah Ellis's best selling children's novel The Breadwinner, about a young girl who takes on her family's responsibilities when her father is arrested in one of the world's most war-torn countries, Afghanistan.

www.cartoonsaloon.ie
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Robert J. Kondo
Director // Tonko House

Robert Kondo lends his unique design sensibilities and passion for storytelling to The Dam Keeper. Originally from Southern California, Robert graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique Strategies and Angel Studios. Robert's film credits include Sets Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and most recently Monsters University.

www.thedamkeeper.com
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Roger Allers
Director, Writer
(Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast)

Roger Allers has covered all the animation bases, serving variously as an art director, storyboard artist, character designer, story man, writer, animator, and animation director.

Mr. Allers was first drawn to animation after seeing Disney's Peter Pan at age five. So moved by it, he sent away to Disneyland for a do-it-yourself animation kit but he gave up on that career goal after Walt Disney died. Mr. Allers would eventually earn a fine arts degrees and rekindle his love of cartoons in an animation class at Harvard and by working in a small Boston animation studio. In 1986, Mr. Allers would fulfill his childhood dream of working at Disney. His credits include The Little Mermaid, story work on Beauty & the Beast and Aladdin, and directing that little known film, The Lion King. He also co-wrote the Broadway adaptation.

Mr. Allers, who first fell in love with Kahlil Gibran's writings as a college student, says he jumped at the opportunity to direct it. "I wasn't about to let this one get away from me," he laughs. To bring Kahlil Gibran's beloved book to the big screen, Mr. Allers wrote and directed a new narrative which incorporated the individual poems. It premiered at TIFF 2014.

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Sean Sexton
Animation Supervisor // DreamWorks Animation
(How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Croods, Puss in Boots, Megamind)

Sean Sexton is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover NJ. He started his career as a Character Layout Artist on the hit TV show Futurama, then transitioned to DreamWorks Animation as a rough in-betweener on the feature film Sinbad. He animated on Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, Monsters Vs. Aliens, How To Train Your Dragon, and Megamind. He began supervising animation on the film Puss in Boots and was the lead of the characters Ugga and Sandy on The Croods. Sean supervised the animation of the kids and their dragons on How to Train Your Dragon 2 and is currently a Supervising Animator on B.O.O. Sean is also an animation instructor at the online school Animationmentor.com

www.dreamworksanimation.com
www.animationmentor.com
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Wesley Mandell
Animation Supervisor // Reel FX
(Free Birds, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Megamind)

Wes Mandell has enjoyed a decade-long career in the animation and visual effects industry working at some of the top studios in the industry. A native of Oklahoma City, Wes attending the University of Oklahoma and studied Visual Communications before graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 3D Animation.

In 2003, he began his career as an animator working at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in San Rafael, California. He worked on several big-budget effects films there, such as Van Helsing, Star Wars Episode III, The Island and xXx: State of the Union. He then went on to work at Blue Sky Studios in White Plains, NY, where he served as an animator on such hit films as Ice Age: The Meltdown, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. After three years at Blue Sky, he went back to ILM to work on such films as Iron Man 2 and Terminator Salvation and the Star Tours ride.

After working at ILM for two more years, Wes joined PDI/DreamWorks in Redwood City, California to work as an animator on such hit films as Megamind and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, as well as the DVD specials, Megamind: Button of Doom and Scared Shrekless. He then moved to the Dallas to work at Reel FX, where he was reunited with director Jimmy Hayward (Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!) to work as a Directing Animator on the animated buddy comedy, Free Birds. Wes is currently working with Director Jorge Gutierrez and Reel FX as the Animation Supervisor on the animated comedy The Book of Life, produced by Guillermo del Toro and scheduled to release October 17th, 2014.

Wes is an avid snowboarder, hockey fan and loves movies.

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