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The Broad Appeal of Animation

Title: The Broad Appeal of Animation
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
CTNX09: Filmed Nov 2009; Posted May 2010
Length 45 min

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The number of females working in the animation industry has dramatically increased in the past quarter century. What began mostly as a male-dominated profession has evolved into an arena full of women  animators, directors, story artists, designers and filmmakers . Together for the first time in over 10 years, join these veteran female colleagues who between them have over 30 animation feature film credits in this rare opportunity as they share both their insider views and experiences of working and having careers in the animation industry from “their perspective”. These “Broads of Animation are the “BEST” in the business.

Glad StoneModerator Frank Gladstone

Frank Gladstone has been working as a professional animator, producer, director, writer and teacher for nearly 35 years. From 1973 to 1989, he managed his own Emmy award-winning studio, Persistence of Vision, producing commercials and educational films, and has since held management positions for Disney, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, among others. Some of his feature film credits include the DreamWorks productions of THE ROAD TO ELDORADO, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, and SHARK TALE. Prior to his tenure at DreamWorks, Mr. Gladstone was a producer at Warner Bros. Feature Animation and manager of training at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was instrumental at recruiting and setting up training programs for Disney’s Orlando and Paris studios. While there, he worked with the production teams on RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, THE LION KING, POCAHONTAS and MULAN. Additionally, Mr. Gladstone has been actively involved in bringing independent animated projects such as MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and GHOST IN THE SHELL II: INNOCENCE to North American audiences. Frank’s most recent credit is IDT Entertainment’s feature, EVERYONE’S HERO.

Frank is currently the CEO of his own company, Gladstone Film, Inc., producing and directing animated projects, consulting on animation processes, filmmaking skills and story structure at major studios worldwide. Additionally, Frank continues to teach about animation, film history, production techniques and cinematic fundamentals at secondary schools, colleges and professional guilds across North America, in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

Panelist Brenda Chapman Animation Director

A native of the state of Illinois, Chapman studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). During her summer breaks, she began her professional career working in syndicated television animation. After graduating with a BFA in character animation, she was a story trainee on Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid. She was one of several key story artists on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, where she worked closely with future Disney director Roger Allers to define many of the key sequences and motifs used in the film. She later served as head of story for the Disney animated feature film, The Lion King, overseeing both the writers and the artists on the project. The Lion King is unique in Disney Animation history in that it is the only major animated feature produced by the studio that was not based on a previously extant story (i.e., it was conceived and developed entirely by the Disney Feature Animation team).
Chapman also worked in story and development for other Disney animated films such as The Rescuers Down Under and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She joined DreamWorks Animation at its inception in the fall of 1994, and is now working at Pixar.
She also worked on Dennis the Menace, The Real Ghostbusters, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling, the second season of Heathcliff, Chicken Run, Cars and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Chapman was one of a team of three directors who worked on 1998′s The Prince of Egypt, along with Steve Hickner and Simon Wells. She became the first woman to land a directing role in an animated feature by a major studio;[1] three others had helmed independent efforts before her (Lotte Reiniger of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Joy Batchelor of Animal Farm, and Arna Selznick of The Care Bears Movie).[1][2]
She is currently directing Brave for Pixar Animation Studios, which is due for release in 2012

Panelist Sue Nichols Visual Development and Story Artist

“For years, Sue Nichols has been one of the best vis dev and storyboard people in the business, having helped to create some of Disney’s greatest animated motion pictures of the 1990s…” – Allan Neuwirth, “Makin’ Toons”. Sue is currently freelancing story and design work.

Positions Held Director, Art Director, Production Stylist, Model Supervisor, Head of Story, Story, Consultant / Instructor, Story Illustrator / Writer, Visual Development Artist, Character Designer, Design Teacher / Lecturer, Costume Designer, Interior Designer, Merchandise Designer.

Clients Marvel Productions, Mike Joens Productions, TMS, Turner Feature Animation, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Disney Television, Universal, Disneytoons, Disney Productions (Live Action), Canum Entertainment, Kid’s Clubhouse.

Skills Sue is known most for being able to create or imitate any design style, break it down, and teach it to production artists. story developer, writer, illustrator, designer, character designer, merchandise designer, consultant, and teacher

Books Published “Disney’s Aladdin The Making of an Animated Film”, “The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “The Art of Hercules”, “The Art of Hercules” Collector’s Edition

Panelsit Kathy Zielinksi Animator

KATHY ZIELINSKI has over 21 animated feature screen credits behind her Kathy is one of a very elite group of award winning women animators in this industry. Currently at Dreamworks for over 10 years she just finished animating on Monsters vs Aliens. A Cal Arts Alumni Kathy started her career at Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1981 on the Black Cauldron. Her long list of credits include bringing such characters to life as Ursula in “The Little Mermaid” and notably as Supervising Animator and designer of “Frollo” in “Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Credits Include:

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) (animator)
Kung Fu Panda (2008) (animator)
Bee Movie (2007) (animator)
Flushed Away (2006) (animator)
Over the Hedge (2006) (animator)
Madagascar (2005) (character development)
Shark Tale (2004) (animator)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) (animator: “Marina”)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) (animator: “Spirit”)
The Road to El Dorado (2000) (supervising animator: “Tzekel-Kan”)
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (additional animator)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (supervising animator: “Frollo”)
Pocahontas (1995) (character designer)
Aladdin (1992) (animator: “Jafar as Beggar/Snake”)
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) (character designer) (leading character animator: “Hexxus”)
The Rescuers Down Under (1990) (supervising animator)
The Little Mermaid (1989) (character animator)
Oliver & Company (1988) (character animator)
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) (character animator)
The Black Cauldron (1985) (additional animator)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) (animator)

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