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Darren Kiner CGI Lighting Artist

Darren Kiner CGI Lighting Artist

Title: Stand Up and Compete” Hello…….Get a Reality Check Regarding Artists in the Animation Industry Today
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
Length 45min


Our industry is being globalized and our jobs are leaving the country.  Is there anything that we can do about it?  Yes there is!  We can fight to be the very best artists and to compete globally!  We can promote ourselves effectively and become more educated about these issues, if we want jobs.  We can build an animation community that bands together and looks out for each other.  We can learn about trade laws and how we can use countervailing duties (and other tools) to stop work from leaving.  Come to this talk and learn about what we can all do to help. Together!

Darren Kiner is a CGI Lighting Artist / Compositor and CGI Supervisor working in visual effects and feature animation.After twenty years in production, his credits include such films as Aladdin, Fantasia 2000, Iron Giant, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Looney Tunes, X-Men, Thirteen Days, 13 Ghosts, Wind Talkers, Red Planet, Charlie Wilson’s War, GI Joe, and recently Black Swan.

Darren also develops, designs and writes his own properties that combine live action with visual effects and animation. He sold his Balloon Animals property to Exodus Film Group and is slated to direct.Among his many projects, he has recently been developing One Drop of Love, his science fiction romantic comedy.His current resume and demo reel are available on his