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Pixie Dust to Pixels

Title: Pixie Dust to Pixels
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
Length 45 min

Listen in with veteran animators as they discuss the role of EFX in animation and the journey from Pixie Dust to Pixels.

henkdawson _thumbModerator Henk Dawson:

I started my Seattle, Washington-based illustration and animation business in 1989. Since then, I have been working with clients such as Apple, ESPN, Fox, FedEx, IBM, Hasbro, Intel, Microsoft, Nintendo, Pepsi, Taco Bell, The Federal Reserve, Volvo, and Warner Books. I have received accolades both for illustration work and animation endeavors, including a permanent placement in the California Museum of Science. I have taught at the School of Visual Arts in Seattle; has been a speaker for the 3D Design Conference in Los Angeles, AIGA’s Currents Conference; Apple’s Symposium; Lectured at the Society of Illustrators/New York. I feel privileged to do what I love – It is icing on the cake, when someone else loves it too.

mmaressa_thumbPanelist Mauro Marressa:

I have been in the Animation Industry in film and TV for 30 years, as both  an Effects and Character Animator. I’ve worked in TV, Feature Animation films, and Live Action films as an Animator, Animation Supervisor and Head of Effects.  I have supervised crews as few as 12 and as many as 105 spanning across L.A., Florida and Paris.

For Walt Disney Co., I was an Effects Animator on; Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Home on the Range, Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons, Black Cauldron – 1985.  I was Head of Effects on three films: Hercules, Emperors New Groove and Rhapsody in Blue on Fantasia 2000.

For Boss Film Corp., I animated traditional effects and whatever else was called for on: Poltergeist 2, Monster Squad, Masters of the Universe and Big Trouble in Little China.  As Animation Supervisor I supervised traditional animation and animation camera effects for: Alien 3, Solarcrisis, Batman Returns.

Other credits include: Superfriends, Fred and Barny, Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Heidi’s Song,Heavy Metal the Movie, Fire and Ice, Shera Princess of Power, Bravestar, He-Man, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Happily Ever After, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures, Warlock, Leviathan, Tummy Trouble, The Prince and the Pauper, and Matinée.

dmayeda_thumbPanelist Dale Mayeda:

Dale has worked at Disney Animation Studios since 1999.  He has served as Effects Supervisor on Chicken Little and Bolt creating effects from flying space ships to explosions and fiery sound stages.  Prior to working on animated features, Dale has created effects on many live action visual effects films including Kangaroo Jack, Reign of Fire and Mission to Mars.  Prior to Disney, Dale worked at effects facilities, DreamQuest Images, Rainmaker Digital, and The Post Group creating effects for live action visual effects films, commercials and trailer graphics.  Dale attended UC Irvine as a Computer Science major from 1986-1991.

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