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Across the Great “D” – Vide

Title: Across the Great “D” – Vide
Sponsored by Dreamworks Animation
Length 45 min

Listen to those animators who made it across from 2D to 3D in this candid round table discussion. Find out what makes it across and what doesn’t as you listen to the key ingredients from those who made it “Across the great “D”-vide” while transitioning from 2D  to 3D animation.

Moderator: Dave Burgess

dburgess_thumb_02David Burgess does not have any time to get into trouble – he has been busy enough animating!

David just completed his role as Head of Character Animation on DreamWorks Animation’s March 2009 release, “Monsters vs. Aliens.”  Prior to MvA, he “HOCA’d” one of DWA’s 2007 releases, “Bee Movie” as well as the mini-movie “Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure.”  He also has been a Supervising Animator on:  “Over the Hedge,” “Madagascar,” and “Shrek 2.”

David got his industry start assisting filmmaker John Weldon at the National Film
Board of Canada in Montreal.  He gradually made a shift to animating for television commercials at Michael Mills’ Commercial Studio in Montreal and later at Animation House in Toronto.

In 1990, he began working at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, CA.  At Disney, he worked on many of their most successful 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 attended the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC, and graduated with Honors in Animation in 1981.  Prior to that, he attended Vernon Senior Secondary School in Vernon, British Columbia.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and over the years has taught animation courses in various colleges, universities, film festivals, conferences as well as on-line.

Panelist: Line Andersen


Line Andersen is currently working at DreamWorks Animation Studios as a Supervising Animator on the feature film “Monsters vs Aliens”.

She has worked at the DreamWorks Glendale studio for the past six years.

She got her 3D start on the film “Shark Tale”.

Line (pronounced “Leena”) started her animation career 12 years ago in Denmark,
where she attended puppeteer school, and later animation school.

After graduating, Line made the long trip over seas to work in Vancouver, Canada as a traditional animator on the film “Joseph: King of Dreams”.

Panelist: Pierre Parifel

pperifel_thumbPierre was born in 1980. Native from France, he attended the fine arts school Emile Cohl in Lyon before entering the famous animation school Les Gobelins in Paris, where he graduated after having co-directed the short film Le Building in 2005. The movie was nominated in several festivals and won many awards.
Right after school, Pierre started working as a 2d animator on several feature films, including Curious George, Nocturna, Lucky Luke Tous a l’Ouest and The Illusionist, by Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville (not released yet).  He also helped directing the french TV mini-serie Les Lascars, second edition.

He then was recruited by Dreamworks, and settled with his family in Los Angeles in february 2008. But before making the step from traditional animation to CG animation,  he did some 2d animation on Kung Fu Panda, as well as on Kung Fu Panda, Secret of the Furious Five, for which he won an Annie Award.
He then worked on Monster Vs Aliens, and is currently working as a CG animator on Shrek, Forever After.

Panelist: Kristof Serrand

kserrand_thumbKristof Serrand, traditionally trained at Gobelins in Paris is currently working as a supervising animator on “How to Train Your Dragon” at Dreamworks Animation.

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