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Steve Hickner Director

Steve Hickner Director

CTN is proud to welcome back the amazing words of Steve Hickner. A Director from Dreamworks animation and veteran of our profession this inspirational speaker shares his insights on filmmaking, artist careers and how to succeed in this wonderful profession we all share.  Steve will again be providing one of his famous lectures and will also be available all weekend for conversations. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with this extremely generous and articulate thinker. His previous lectures at CTN have clicked over 10,000 views in just a short 2 years. Steve Hickner IS making an impact at CTN.

Lecture: Animation:  Not a Career–a Lifestyle. Starting out and Staying Around in the Business.
45 min.
Presented by Steve Hickner

Description: Animation is a very fluid occupation to work in.  To sustain any real length of a career, you will likely have to relocate at least once– if not several times– to really maximize your career growth.  Also, the animation worker should expect fluctuations in pay rates and working periods.  And so, it is a lifestyle to embrace, not just a 9 to 5 job.  Like any great job worth having, it’s hard to get in, and even harder to stay in.  It will take a lifetime of commitment to sustain a career– but the rewards are wonderful.  The people are great and the work is fun!

Steve Hickner has spent the past thirty-two years (since 1979) working at some of the most fabled studios in animation including: DreamWorks, Disney, Amblimation, Aardman, Hanna-Barbera and Filmation. He has worked on such films as: American Tail II: Fievel Goes West, We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story, and Balto. His director credits include Bee Movie and The Prince of Egypt. In addition, he has contributed to such feature films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Little Mermaid, The Great Mouse Detective, Antz, Shark Tale, Madagascar, Over the Hedge and others. His television credits include such favorites as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

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