Mikey Siegel - The MIT’s Social Robots
Mikey Siegel graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BS in Computer Engineering. His undergraduate interests included multi-robot path planning and sensor systems. In a program at the NASA Ames Research Center, he worked on various aspects of human-robot interaction (HRI) operating system and a high-resolution panoramic imaging system (GigaPan). He has recently graduated with a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab,
Personal Robots Group. Currently he is a researcher at the MIT Media Lab.
Doug Sweetland – Pixar Animation Studios: PRESTO, BURN.E, WALL.E
Doug Sweetland joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 to work on Toy Story as an animator. He served as a directing animator on Monsters, Inc. (2001), and as a storyboard artist for the Academy Award-winning feature, The Incredibles (2004). He also served as writer and director for Presto! (2008).
Leslie Iwerks and Mike Iwerks – Tribute to Ub Iwerks
Leslie Iwerks. After graduating the USC Cinema School in 1993, Iwerks assisted several directors on films including Liar Liar and Mighty Ducks 2. In 1999, she wrote and directed the documentary The Hand Behind the Mouse – The Ub Iwerks Story on the life of her grandfather, the original designer and co-creator of Mickey Mouse. Her documentary short film, Recycled Life, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. Her most recent film is The Pixar Story (2007).
Mike Iwerks. Digital Media Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering’s Theme Park Productions, Mike Iwerks is responsible for producing experiences which engage internal and external audiences through video editing and content creation. In January 2005, Iwerks began working for Walt Disney Imagineering. In doing so, he became the 4th generation from the Iwerks family to work for The Walt Disney Company, beginning with his Oscar winning great-grandfather Ub Iwerks.
Steve Chapman - Gentle Giant Studios
Steve Chapman designed, built, and programmed human body and 3D object scanners used to make the VFX in Star Wars, Harry Potter, Xmen. His software developments have been used in the creation of animation models for Pixar cartoons, and his camera control technology helped make films like Farewell Atlantis, Demons, Shutter Island, and The Fast and The Furious.
Kensuke Suzuki – Nobuo Nakagawa, Master of Horror
Kensuke Suzuki was born in Tokyo in 1939. He attended a directing course and graduated in cinema in 1963 when he starter working freelance in television. In 1965 he was employed as director’s assistant on a TV series directed by Nobuo Nakagawa: this was the beginning of a friendship that would last until the director’s death. In 1970 he had his debut as director of a TV documentary, and in 1982 worked with Nakagawa as assistant director on The Living Koheiji. In 1983 he began working on a programme for the blind for Nippon Television, which comments on and explains the scenes of TV shows.
Dave Filoni – Star Wars. The Clone Wars
Dave Filoni grew up in Mt. Lebanon, the south-west suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1999, he began working in the field of animation, drawing storyboards such as Mission Hill, Teamo Supremo. In 2005, he made his debut as director of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. George Lucas noticed him and contacted him to work on a few episodes of the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Enrico Valenza – Blender. Big Buck Bunny
Enrico Valenzawas born 46 years ago in Palermo, he now lives in Verona. He has been working as a freelance illustrator for over twenty years, at first with traditional techniques on paper and for the last ten years also using computer graphics, exclusively with open-source software, in particular Blender and The Gimp. In 2005 he won the Blender’s Suzanne Award in the Best Animation, original idea and story category, with the animation New Penguoen 2.38. In 2006 he collaborated on the finalization of the scenes for the first open project of the Blender Foundation, the short film Elephants Dream, made completely using open-source software. In 2007 he was the Lead Artist for the Peach Team in the production of the second open project, the short film Big Buck Bunny.
Bruno Bozzetto – PsicoVip
Bruno Bozzetto (Milan, 1938) created his first animated short “Tapum, the weapons’ history” back in 1958 at the age of 20.
In 1960 the Bruno Bozzetto Film Company was established in Milan broadening his activity to advertising.
One of Bozzetto’s most famous creations was the character known as “Mr Rossi” who was the protagonist of many animated short films and three feature films destined to both TV and cinema.
In 1965, Bruno Bozzetto created and produced the animated feature film “West and Soda” followed by “Vip my brother superman” (1968) and by “Allegro non Troppo” (1976), the Italian answer to the famous “Fantasia” by Walt Disney. Bozzetto has often been working with Piero Angela, a famous Italian TV personality hosting scientific programs, and he delivered about 100 shorts belonging to the scientific TV show “QUARK”, and they are still keeping this collaboration alive.
Dadomani, Maga, Franco Valenziano - Italiani@FFF
The Future Film Festival continues to direct its attention towards Italy, and it does so by inviting two companies and one professional who work in the field of visual effects for feature films. Maga Animation Studios, Dadomani and Franco Valenziano are guests at the 2009 edition of the festival, guests called to the festival to review the state of the art of animation for TV series from Bruno Bozzetto’s latest work to visual effects and experimental animation for TV credits.
Dadomani was founded in Milan, in October 2007 when Francesco De Meo, Fabio Cirilli, Donato Di Carlo and Leonardo Ponzano first met. Four people connected by the same ambition: creating a single workgroup which, with a mixture of different technical and artistic skills, would guarantee any communication requirement within the animation field.
Maga concentrates on two separate fields: one of providing facilities and acting as a production company for animation projects for television, advertising and the cinema and one of experimentation and artistic research, with special attention dedicated to 3D and 2D animation, cut-out and decoupage, flash and mixed techniques. With the master Bruno Bozzetto, Maga is in production on the new 3D series, Psicovip, with the famous Bruno’s characters Minivip and Supervip, comes from the original director’s feature film, Vip, mio fratello superuomo.
Franco Valenziano began his career in the field of 3D animation at the beginning of the 90s. Visual effects supervisor, independent expert consultant on new digital technologies and 3D Computer Graphics for the cinema, advertising, television, animation, events and theme parks, Valenziano has worked on various television programmes and film productions.
Antonio Rollo – Future Web Festival
www.8081.com) continues to receive public and critical acclaim. In 2007 Bruce Sterling mentioned it among the ten Italian Net-Art sites.
Suzanne Ryan / Valérie Schermann - Workshop Emilia-Romagna Regione Animata
Suzanne Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and CEO for SRL, the society that she founded in 2003. She is now the co-owner of the company together with South Pacific Pictures, a Neo Zealander production company.
Suzanne began her carrier as journalist for the Australian Prime Television, before starting to work for Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime animation company.
Suzanne has more than 13 years of experience in the animation field and television. She is Animation and New Media Councilor for the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA). She is also a promoter of Australian Children’s Producers Community and Australian Animation and Television industry.
Valérie Schermann, Prima Linea Productions