From Balloon Guy to Bluesky – Interview Chris Wedge
Title: From Balloon Guy to Bluesky
Sponsored by Bluesky Animation Studios
Length: 45 min
Description: Join me in welcoming to the CTN animation eXpo in this rare exclusive opportunity to meet, see and hear about the amazing career of Oscar® winning film director, producer, and co-founder of Blue Sky Studios Chris Wedge.
Moderator Bill Kroyer is an award-winning director of animation and computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films. Trained in classic hand-drawn animation at the Disney Studio, Bill was one of the first animators to make the leap to computer animation as Computer Image Choreographer on Disney’s ground-breaking 1982 feature, “Tron.” Founding his own company, Kroyer Films, Inc., Bill and his wife Susan pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn animation with computer animation. Bill was Director of such projects as his Academy Award® nominated short film “Technological Threat” and the theatrical animated feature film “FernGully: The Last Rainforest”. Bill is currently Senior Animation Director at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles, where he supervised animation “Garfield”, “Scooby Doo”, “Cats & Dogs” and “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” He has directed animation in commercials for Cox Communications, Novell, AT&T, Cheetos, Hankook, and the Coca Cola Polar Bears. Bill’s animation has won awards at festivals all over the world. He serves on the Executive Board of the Animation Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Join Bill at CTN-X 09 where his will be joined by other experts in from 2D, 3D and VFX as he hosts some engaging round table discussion on the subject of animations.
Chris Wedge is an Oscar® winning film director, producer, and co-founder of Blue Sky Studios. He is the driving force behind the company’s high standard of visual storytelling and character animation. This, along with the studio’s commitment to research and development, has brought Blue Sky to prominence as one of the top computer animation studios in the world.