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Getting from Cal Arts to Directing Animation for Live Action


Title: Getting from Cal Arts to Directly Animation for Live Action
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
Length: 45 min
Filmed: Nov 2010 Posted January 2011

Description: Listen in on this rare exclusive opportunity to hear first hand from Cal Arts alumni Chris Bailey as he shares secrets and tips from his career in this candid interview moderated by Producer Frank Gladstone.

Chris Bailey is currently the Animation Supervisor on HOP for Universal. Recently, he has worked as a consultant to Blue Sky Studios and Fox. This follows his successful, longstanding relationship with Fox, for which he was the Animation Supervisor on numerous Fox hits such as ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS 1 & 2, X-MEN 2, ERAGON, GARFIELD 1 & 2 and FAT ALBERT.

Between ALVIN and ALVIN 2, Chris directed the PEPFAR shorts for Warner Bros. and the Kenyan government. Chris made his directing debut with Disney’s RUNAWAY BRAIN, a short film featuring Mickey Mouse. Prior to that, Chris animated on several Disney classics such as THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE LION KING. Chris then directed IT’S TOUGH TO BE A BUG, a 3D film for Walt Disney Attractions. From there, Hollywood Pictures hired him to be the Creature Animation Consultant on their thriller DEEP RISING, and then the animation director for MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. His dedication to innovative, cutting edge animation shines in many other films including Disney’s INSPECTOR GADGET.

Chris broke as a director on the first season of Disney’s highly successful series, KIM POSSIBLE, which he also executive produced. Previously, Miramax Television and Walt Disney Television Animation brought Chris in to be the Supervising Director of Kevin Smith’s animated series, CLERKS. Years later, The Weinsteins brought Chris onto the feature OPUS.

Following OPUS, Disney hired Chris to travel to China to interface with the executives and artists in the Chinese animation studio Disney was partnered with. This wasn’t the only time Disney asked Chris to bridge the gap between animation studios of different nations. While working as the director on KIM POSSIBLE, Chris traveled to Korea to teach the artistic style to the artists and directors working at the studio producing the show.

Chris was one of the first 2D character animators to embrace computer animation. The CG work on his personal projects, commercials and rock videos has led to speaking engagements at Imagina in Monte Carlo and Siggraph.

With his love of teaching, Chris shares his knowledge to numerous colleges and high schools in Southern California. He regularly appears as a guest lecturer at California Lutheran University. As a frequent guest to his alma mater Cal Arts, Chris lends his knowledge and experience to their Character Animation Program.

Chris continues to develop his own projects. He is the creator of MAJOR DAMAGE, a comic book and short film about a little boy who is transformed into MAJOR DAMAGE, a superhero with extraordinary power who battles “mutants, monsters and alien scum.” Since its creation, the property has spawned a 3D short written & directed by Chris, merchandise and has been published by Image and Sky Dog comics.

Moderated by: Frank Gladstone has been working as a professional animator, producer, director, writer and teacher for nearly 35 years. From 1973 to 1989, he managed his own Emmy award-winning studio, Persistence of Vision, producing commercials and educational films, and has since held management positions for Disney, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, among others. Some of his feature film credits include the DreamWorks productions of THE ROAD TO ELDORADO, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, and SHARK TALE. Prior to his tenure at DreamWorks, Mr. Gladstone was a producer at Warner Bros. Feature Animation and manager of training at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was instrumental at recruiting and setting up training programs for Disney’s Orlando and Paris studios. While there, he worked with the production teams on RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, THE LION KING, POCAHONTAS and MULAN. Additionally, Mr. Gladstone has been actively involved in bringing independent animated projects such as MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and GHOST IN THE SHELL II: INNOCENCE to North American audiences. Frank’s most recent credit is IDT Entertainment’s feature, EVERYONE’S HERO.

Frank is currently the CEO of his own company, Gladstone Film, Inc., producing and directing animated projects, consulting on animation processes, filmmaking skills and story structure at major studios worldwide. Additionally, Frank continues to teach about animation, film history, production techniques and cinematic fundamentals at secondary schools, colleges and professional guilds across North America, in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

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