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Aaron Hartline

Aaron Hartline

Aaron Hartline was born in Hammond, Indiana – a small steel mill town outside of Chicago. From early on, he loved movies and drawing. While at Columbia College of Chicago, Aaron realized he could use animation to combine the two things he loved most as a child. During his first semester, life threw him an [...]

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AJ Briones

AJ Briones

AJ brings over 12 years of film and games experience to HALON, with an emphasis on animation, motion capture and cinematics. His career began at Sega of America managing the online experience for the Sega Sreamcast system on triple-A titles like Sonic Adventure and ChuChu Rocket. At Midway games, AJ worked with casting, direction, cinemativs [...]

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Ben Willis

Ben Willis

Ben Willis is currently working as a Character Animator on DreamWorks Animation’s “Me and My Shadow,” a film that combines both 2D and 3D animation and is scheduled for release in 2014. Ben has also animated on DWA’s Academy Award®-nominated “Kung Fu Panda,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Rise [...]

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Ben Willis Character Animator

Ben Willis Character Animator

Ben Willis is currently working as a Character Animator on DreamWorks Animation’s “Me and My Shadow,” a film that combines both 2D and 3D animation and is scheduled for release in 2014. Ben has also animated on DWA’s Academy Award®-nominated “Kung Fu Panda,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Rise [...]

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Cameron Fielding

Cameron Fielding

Cameron Fielding, Animator at Valve Cameron has been working in the entertainment industry for the past 12 years, helping to create and supervise high quality character animation for video games and Hollywood feature films. His career in animation has taken him from the UK, across Canada, and up the west coast of the United States. [...]

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Clint Reagan

Clint Reagan

As one of HALON’s first employees, Clint Reagan has done sequence and shot design for some of Hollywood’s biggest films including Ghost Rider, Transformers (pre Bay), X-Men 3, Disturbia, Spiderwick Chronicles and Indiana Jones 4. With 10+ years of experience, Clint recently supervised previs for Ridley Scott’s current production as well as the adaptation of [...]

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Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor

Inspired by movie-making legend Ray Harryhausen; Dan began making films as a young boy. By his late teens, Dan had produced several 8mm films that featured rudimentary animation and special effects. Dan continued to develop his passion for filmmaking at the Brooks Institute of Photography, majoring in Cinematography, Dan began his professional career in television, shooting and directing [...]

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David Breaux Jr. – Senior Animator

David Breaux Jr. – Senior Animator

Born in Marrero, La. A suburb of New Orleans, David Breaux always had a knack for drawing. In the early 80s, his parents made the fateful decision that would forever change his life. A brand new Commodore 64 computer for Christmas. He quickly gravitated to the few pieces of art software floating around at the [...]

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David Lam

David Lam

David Lam, Lead Cinematic Animator at Naughty Dog David grew up as an active kid, full of energy who often ran into things, sometimes even trees. He quickly channelled this energy into sports and martial arts. Little did he know this paved the way for his career in animation where he became obsessed with action [...]

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Faye Hsu Designer

Faye Hsu Designer

Faye Hsu was born and raised in the small city of Liuzhou in southern China. She has loved animation and cartoons for as long as she can remember, entertaining her friends in primary school with her drawings of fanciful characters and creatures. Though Faye’s undergraduate degree is in math and physics she changed her focus to [...]

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Francis Glebas

Francis Glebas

Francis Glebas is a storyartist, director, and author who has worked for Disney, Dreamworks, Universal, Warner Brothers, Blue Sky and other studios. He’s been in the industry a long time including helping test early computer graphic systems for N.Y.I.T.’s Computer Graphics Lab. Francis directed Donald Duck in Fantasia 2000 and Piglet’s Big Movie. He’s also [...]

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Gabe Hordos

Gabe Hordos

Gabe Hordos is concluding his role as Head of Character Animation on DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, which is scheduled for release on November 21, 2012. The film is an epic adventure in which classic childhood heroes are re-imagined and united for the first time ever to battle forces of evil and protect children [...]

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Glen McIntosh

Glen McIntosh

Glen McIntosh has been in the film and animation business for a little over fifteen years. After attending the Classical Animation Program at Sheridan College, McIntosh decided to pursue his passion for art and film. He moved from his childhood home in Calgary, Canada, to work for Don Bluth Studios in Dublin, Ireland and Twentieth [...]

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Jacob Gardner

Jacob Gardner

JACOB GARDNER was on the winning team of the FJORG Iron Animator competition at Siggraph 2007, which got him noticed by DreamWorks Animation. He has been working at the studio ever since on films such as “Shrek Forever After,” “Megamind,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Rise of the Guardians.” Jacob is also an instructor at iAnimate.net, [...]

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Jacob Gardner Character Animator

Jacob Gardner Character Animator

JACOB GARDNER was on the winning team of the FJORG Iron Animator competition at Siggraph 2007, which got him noticed by DreamWorks Animation. He has been working at the studio ever since on films such as “Shrek Forever After,” “Megamind,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Rise of the Guardians.” Jacob is also an instructor at iAnimate.net, [...]

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Jake Wyatt

Jake Wyatt

Jake Wyatt was born in Hammond, Louisiana, raised in the Southeastern United States, and studied animation at Brigham Young University in Utah. He has worked as an illustrator and board artist for a variety of clients in print, television, and film including Nickelodeon, Image Comics, and Overbrook Productions. Metro, Jake’s first animated short film, has [...]

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Jamaal Bradley

Jamaal Bradley, Animation Supervisor at DreamWorks Jamaal began his animation career at a small commercial studio in Atlanta, GA. (Wild Hare Studios). Over the past 11 years he has worked as a feature film and video game animator, storyboard artist, and director. Some of the projects he has had the pleasure of working on include [...]

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Jean-Baptiste Monge Illustrator and Designer

Jean-Baptiste Monge Illustrator and Designer

CTNX 2012 On location, Burbank CA The Creative Talent Network is proud to announce in an eXclusive US appearance, the magical world and talent of Jean-Baptiste Monge.  Jean-Baptiste will be featured in live demonstrations, conversations with creators and spotlight signing sessions where we are proud to release the first ever book published of his work. [...]

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John Musker Director

John Musker Director

John Musker began his career at Disney in 1977. His first assignment was as an assistant animator on a short called The Small One (1978). His feature film debut came when he worked as an animator on Pete’s Dragon (1977). He was promoted to supervising animator by 1981, when he worked on The Fox and [...]

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Karl Gnass

Karl Gnass

Karl Gnass began his career as a story, character, and visual development artist at Sid and Marty Croft, working on such legendary children’s series as H.R. Pufnstuff, Lidsville, The Bugaloos, and Sigmund and the Sea Monster. Karl has storyboarded for Disney, Coca-Cola, Saban, and Fox Entertainment. His credits include Peter Pan and the Pirates, Gargoyles, [...]

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Kazu Kibuishi – Bolt City Productions

Kazu Kibuishi – Bolt City Productions

Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comics series, as well as the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was [...]

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Michel Gagné Award Winning Designer

Michel Gagné Award Winning Designer

Michel Gagné was born in Québec, Canada. He studied animation at Sheridan College School of Visual Arts in Ontario, Canada and in 1985, began a highly successful artistic career. Renowned for his unique vision, Michel has lent his talent to several animation companies, such as Don Bluth Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, [...]

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Nacho Rodriguez Animator Filmmaker

Nacho Rodriguez Animator Filmmaker

Nacho Rodríguez is a self-taught animator from Spain. He’s been working professionally with Flash since 2002, deveolping a unique cartoony style. He has produced shorts for internet, advertisements and videogames. He spent one year and a half in France, as animation director for Ubisoft’s game ‘Ozen’. He has directed 5 official music videos as a [...]

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Pablo Lobato Caricaturist Illustrator from Argentina

Pablo Lobato Caricaturist Illustrator from Argentina

Pablo Lobato was born in Trelew, Patagonia Argentina in April 1970.   As a kid, Pablo would rather stay at home and draw rather than play soccer with his friends.  When it came time to choose a career, Pablo chose graphic design, although he really didn’t know anything about it.  After a short time, he ended [...]

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Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom

Pamela Tom is an independent producer and director. She’s currently in post production on Tyrus Wong:Brushstrokes in Hollywood, a documentary film about pioneering Chinese American artist and Disney Legend Tyrus Wong. Ms. Tom’s documentary credits include the PBS prime time series Wired Science (Producer) and Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis and the West (Post [...]

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Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan

Paul is originally from Northern Ireland. He got his unlikely career in Art as a stained glass apprentice there. The five year apprenticeship had him draw, design and color many stained glass window in churches and cathedrals all over Ireland. Paul Then travelled the world from 20 to 25 years old, working in glass shops [...]

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Pilar Alessandra Script Consultant

Pilar Alessandra Script Consultant

PILAR ALESSANDRA is the director of the Los Angeles writing program “On the Page, Inc.®.” She’s worked as Senior Story Analyst for DreamWorks and Radar Pictures and covered additional projects at ImageMovers, Saturday Night Live Studios and The Robert Evans Company. She’s trained writers at ABC/Disney, MTV/Nickelodeon, the National Screen Institute, the Los Angeles Film [...]

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Richard Arroyo

Richard Arroyo

Richard Arroyo, Head of Games Animation at iAnimate.net Richard, most people call him Ric, is the type of guy that when you meet him, you don’t forget him. Ric is so passionate about his work that it transpires in his attitude. Being very animated himself, he’s the guy that will do pretty much anything to [...]

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Rob Thompson Animator

Rob Thompson Animator

Rob Thompson started at Pixar Animation Studios in 2005 and has since worked on the Oscar nominated films Ratatouille, Wall-E, the short film Burn-E, Up, Toy Story 3, and just finished animating on Cars 2.  He also directed animation on the Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 video games, where he worked closely with game [...]

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Sang Jun Lee Character Designer

Sang Jun Lee Character Designer

SANG JUN LEE (Lead Character Designer) received his BFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in California. After graduating, he continued to explore his imagination by specializing in character, costume, and creature design for live action films, feature Animation, commercial and game studios. Such clients include Industrial Light & Magic, Lucas Film, Blue [...]

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Sonia Mak

Sonia Mak

Sonia Mak is a Los Angeles based independent curator, writer, and arts administrator. Mak has worked in Los Angeles¹s arts community for more than a decade. Her interest in pioneering Asian American artists and Chinese contemporary art began during her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University, under the tutelage of Mark Dean Johnson. Mak [...]

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Steve Anderson Director

Steve Anderson Director

STEPHEN ANDERSON (Director) joined Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1995 as a story artist on “Tarzan.”  Prior to taking on directing duties for “Winnie the Pooh,” he served as director of 2007’s “Meet the Robinsons.” Anderson’s credits in the WDAS story department include “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Brother Bear.”  He served as story supervisor [...]

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Sue DiCicco Writer Illustrator Sculptor

Sue DiCicco Writer Illustrator Sculptor

CTNX 2012 On location, Burbank CA CTN is proud to present Sue DiCicco. A successful woman in the creative arts. It is easy to categorized Sue as a multi-talented artist with many voices. Her creative curiosity has taken her to be an animator, writer, studio owner, illustrator and sculptor and has been and continues to [...]

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Syd Mead Legendary Visionary Artist – Modern Day Leonardo

Syd Mead Legendary Visionary Artist – Modern Day Leonardo

CTNX 2012 On location, Burbank CA Syd Mead has done more than imagine the future, he has helped to craft its shape. In addition to being one of the few top names in the field of concept art for the entertainment industry, Syd Mead is often referred to as a visual futurist, and he is [...]

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Tony Bancroft Director

Tony Bancroft Director

Upon graduating from high school, Tony was accepted into the exclusive, Disney sponsored art college, California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts) in 1987, where he thrived artistically and developed a lifelong passion for animation. As a result of his time at CalArts, he was “drafted” to the big leagues of Walt Disney Animation Studios. His [...]

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Torsten Schrank Character Designer

Torsten Schrank Character Designer

CTN is incredibly proud to include this extremely versatile and gifted character designer from Germany to CTN this year. Torsten will be on the exhibit floor and sharing his talent through both demonstrations and conversations with his international peers. Torsten Schrank was born 1974 in Berlin, Germany. After his studies of Animation at the Film [...]

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Tyler Phillips

Tyler Phillips

TYLER PHILLIPS is an animator who studied at Platt College and Animation Mentor. Tyler got his start in Prague working as a 3D generalist. As an animator, Tyler has worked on such films as, “Ice Age 3” (Blue Sky), “God of War 3” (Sony Games), and “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Megamind,” “Puss in Boots,” [...]

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Tyler Phillips Animator Dreamworks Animation

Tyler Phillips Animator Dreamworks Animation

TYLER PHILLIPS is an animator who studied at Platt College and Animation Mentor. Tyler got his start in Prague working as a 3D generalist. As an animator, Tyler has worked on such films as, “Ice Age 3” (Blue Sky), “God of War 3” (Sony Games), and “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Megamind,” “Puss in Boots,” [...]

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Tyler Phillips Character Animator

Tyler Phillips Character Animator

TYLER PHILLIPS is an animator who studied at Platt College and Animation Mentor. Tyler got his start in Prague working as a 3D generalist. As an animator, Tyler has worked on such films as, “Ice Age 3” (Blue Sky), “God of War 3” (Sony Games), and “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Megamind,” “Puss in Boots,” [...]

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Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong, painter, muralist, lithographer, film production illustrator and kitemaker was born in Guangzhou, China in 1910. At age nine he left China for the United States. Upon his arrival he spent nearly a month at the Angel Island Immigration Station before joining his father in Sacramento. As a young teen he moved to Los [...]

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Victor Navone Animator

Victor Navone Animator

Victor Navone is a traditional artist and computer animator. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine and worked for several years in the computer gaming industry as a Conceptual Designer and 3d Artist. In 1998 Navone began studying 3D character animation on his spare time. One of his early [...]