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Kathy Altieri Dreamworks Production Designer

Title: Production Design: A Look Inside the Process
Sponsored by Dreamworks Animation
CTNX09: Filmed Nov 2009; Posted August 2010
Length 45 min
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KATHY ALTIERI is Production Designer on one of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming 2010 releases, “How To Train Your Dragon,” based on the children’s book by Cressida Cowell.  Prior to “How to Train Your Dragon,” Altieri was Production Designer on “Over the Hedge” and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.”  When arriving at DreamWorks Animation in 1994, Altieri worked as an Art Director on “The Prince of Egypt.”  She was the first artist hired when Dreamworks was formed.

Before joining DreamWorks, Altieri worked at Disney Feature Animation as a background supervisor on “Aladdin,” the featurette “The Prince and the Pauper,” and the Roger Rabbit short “Tummy Trouble.”  She was also a background painter for such animated successes as “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and another Roger Rabbit short, “Roller Coaster Rabbit.”  It was this opportunity at Disney, working directly with Jeffrey Katzenberg that made her talent and work ethic known.

Kathy attended the University of California at Los Angeles as an Art Major and also studied Illustration at Pasadena’s Art Center for three years.  She frequently teaches and speaks at conferences, festivals and at various schools about art, animation and hard work.

Join Kathy Altieri as she lectures on “Production Design:  an inside look at the process, the latest Dreamworks art, and the career path.”

The presentation will be focused on illustrating the production design process using artwork from How to Train Your Dragon (to be released March 26,2009), plus examples from other films.  In addition, Kathy will be talking about the career path to Production Designer, the kinds of skills we look for, and how to get your foot in the door.   I’ll be showing our trailer for “How to Train Your Dragon” as well!

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