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Inside the Imagination of Carlos Grangel

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Filmed on location at CTNX 2011

Carlos Grangel is a Spanish-born character designer for animated films. Carlos started as a character designer at Amblimation-Universal Pictures in London, and worked on “We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story” and “Balto”.In 1995 he started designing characters for DreamWorks movies “The Prince of Egypt”, “The Road to El Dorado”, “Spirit”, “Sinbad”, “Shark Tale”, “Madagascar”, “Flushed Away”, “Bee Movie”, “Kung Fu Panda” and “How to Train Your dragon”. He owns Grangel Studios along with his brother Jordi.
Original creator with Tim Burton for the characters on “Corpse Bride”, also worked on “Pirates” and “Hotel Transylvania” for Sony/Aardman Pictures and “Why I did (not) Eat my Father” for Pathé/Boreales, he contributed designing characters for various shortfilms like “Alma”, “Passage”, “The ClockWork Clone” and “The Periwig Maker” that was nominated for the Academy Awards Best Animated Short.

Over 20 years of award winning career as one of the most sought after international designers,
including three nominations to the Annie Awards of  which he did win in 2002.

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Moderator Jill Culton Originally from Ventura, California, Jill Culton is a graduate from the California Institute of the Arts where she was one of only five women in the character animation class of 1990.  Now, twenty years later, Culton has a thriving career in the field of computer feature animation. Having worked as an animator, character designer, concept artist, storyboard artist, Director and Executive Producer, Culton is one of the foremost talents in her industry today.

Culton began her professional career at Pixar Animation Studios on history’s first computer animated feature, TOY STORY.  There she spent nearly eight years along side others who pioneered the craft, honing her skills as an artist, animator and storyteller.
While working on TOY STORY 1 & 2, A BUG’S LIFE, and MONSTERS INC., Culton was drawn toward storytelling and mastered the art of blending comedic and emotionally powerful stories with appealing characters.

She served as a storyboard artist on A BUG’S LIFE and on both TOY STORY  films. As a character designer on TOY STORY 2, she is credited with bringing to life the heart of that film, Jessie the cowgirl.
Subsequently, Culton served as a conceptual artist and head of story development on MONSTERS, INC.  She is part of the select team that is credited with ‘original story’ on that film.
Culton made her Directorial debut at Sony Pictures Animation on the hit animated feature, OPEN SEASON.  The film was number one in the box office three weeks in a row and paved the way for two straight to video sequels, the first of which Culton executive produced.   She also Directed a special DVD short based on the OPEN SEASON characters, MIDNIGHT BUN RUN.

Culton is currently writing and directing at Dreamworks Animation Studios and is in pre-production on her next film.
Other opportunities that have helped to shape Culton’s career as a filmmaker include: two years at ILM helping to set up that company’s feature film unit, three years as an Animation Director on commercials for Acme Filmworks,  she was a Directing Animator on Turner Feature Animation’s CATS DON’T DANCE, and taught advanced animation at her Alma Mater, Cal Arts.


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