Aardman Animation Studios
Carlos started in animation as a character designer at Amblimation-Universal Pictures in London, and worked on Were Back: A Dinosaur´s Story and Balto. After establishing Grangel Studio in 1993 he designed characters for the DreamWorks movies The Prince of Egypt, Antz, Spirit, Sinbad, Shark Tale and Madagascar. Original creator with Tim Burton for the characters on Corpse Bride, his studio has been deeply involve working including services on maquette supervision, logo and title design, ideas on costume design and final merchandising supervision. He also designed the characters for The Periwig Maker, a puppet animated short film, nominated for the Academy Awards Best Animated Short in 2001. In 2002 he won the Annie Award for Character Design in the Animated Feature Film Spirit. He is also nominated for the next Annie Awards 2006 for the best character design on Corpse Bride.
Moving Picture Company
Stuart graduated Bournemouth University with a BA in computer animation and an MA in special effects. Stuart’s M.A project was featured at Imagina 2002 and short listed for an Imagina award. In 2002, Stuart started at Moving Picture Company as a compositor and worked his way to become a 2D supervisor on Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of Were-Rabbit. Stuart has recently returned from China and Mongolia where he was supervising large scale battle scenes an epic film Ye Yan for which Moving Picture Company is creating digital armies.
Pixar Animation Studios
ndrew Jimenez is the co-writer and co-director of Pixar Animation Studios’ latest animated short film, One Man Band. He also served as co-director of photography on Pixar’s most recent computer animated comedy-adventure, The Incredibles. With Pixar since 1991, Andy collaborated as a digital artist on Finding Nemo and Monster’s Inc. Prior to Pixar, Andy worked with Sony Studios as a digital storyboard artist and story reel editor on Spider-Man. While at Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Andy worked on scene planning, digital effects, and as a storyboard artist on Iron Giant and Osmosis Jones.
Matt Aitken was born in 1961 in Wellington, New Zealand. In 1994, shortly after completing his Master of Science in Computer Graphics from Middlesex University, London, Matt was offered work at Peter Jackson’s then fledgling digital effects facility, Weta Digital Ltd. In the early days, working at Weta Digital involved all aspects of digital film effects production from film scanning and recording to animation, lighting, compositing and software development. Matt has worked at Weta Digital ever since, supervising computer graphics on many film projects including The Frighteners, Contact and I Robot. Matt was Digital Models Supervisor on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Pre-production CG Supervisor for King Kong.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mat Laibowitz of Mit Media Lab will present his latest studies and his inventions.
Blue Sky Studios
Meeting with Tom Cardone, the art director of Ice Age 2.
homas Cardone began his career as a Digital Painter at the Computer Graphics Laboratories Inc. at NYIT. In 1990 he was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation where he worked as a Digital Painter on such films as Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Exposed to a talented group of impressionist landscape painters at the studio, Tom developed a passion for Plein Air painting. He was worked as a traditional Background Painter on Aladdin (1992) and Pocahontas (1995) and then supervised the Background Department on Hercules (1997). He went on to Co-Art Direct Emperor’s New Groove (2000) and contributed to the Visual Development of Chicken Little (2005), amongst others. Tom joined Blue Sky Studios in New York in 2002 to work on Robots (2004) as a Colorist and is currently Art Directing Ice Age 2 which will be released in the spring of 2006.
Industrial Light & Magic
Andrea Maiolo joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2001 as a creature technical director. Prior to joining ILM, Maiolo worked at Square USA where he spent two years working on Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within and Animatrix: The Final Flight of Osiris. As a creature technical director, Maiolo’s duties include character rigging, enveloping and cloth, muscles and skin simulation. He most recently worked on Van Helsing, War of the Worlds, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Maiolo is originally from Turin, Italy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Turin.
Meeting with Kyle Cooper
Kyle Cooper has directed over 100 film title sequences, and has been credited with “almost single-handedly revitalizing the main title sequence as an art form.” He is the founder of two internationally recognized motion design companies, Prologue Films and Imaginary Forces. Cooper earned a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art, where he studied independently with Paul Rand. Cooper is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and holds the honorary title of Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts in London.