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The Line KINGS 2011

Title: The Line Kings 2011
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
Length 75 min

With our industry growing arms to 3D, live action, multi media and more what inspires these most sought after designers to simply keep drawing!

Moderator Tenny Chonin Former Director of Artist and Professional Development at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Tenny Chonin combined her teaching and artistic experience to develop programs designed to enrich the creative lives of the Disney artists.

Tenny led the department that conceived and produced all training and enrichment activities for the feature animation division.
Her group provided cross-training, new software training, daily art classes, workshops, seminars, production-specific events,
mentoring and much more.

Tenny had the pleasure of working closely with Disney’s studio artists and trainees, apprentices and new hires.  No wonder she proclaims that she had “the best job at Disney Animation.”

Tenny is currently consulting on projects that further the education of animators in film and television.

Over 100 years of award winning design by line from the below in alphabetical order:

jdeamer_thumb01Panelists Jason Deamer Pixar Animation

Jason Deamer began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1998 as a Sketch Artist on Monsters, Inc.  He has worked as a Character Designer on a number of Pixar films including the Oscar®-winning Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, as well as the Short films One Man Band and Lifted.  Deamer is currently in development, working on a future Disney•Pixar release.

Inspired early in life by Spiderman, Star Wars and Tin Tin to pursue a career in drawing, Deamer leads a small team of artists at Pixar who work with the film’s director to design the characters.  Prior to joining Pixar, Deamer worked designing graphics and illustrations for Plan B skate boards.

Deamer grew up in Mill Valley, California and attended the University of California at Davis and the California College of Arts and Crafts in the Bay Area.  He currently lives in San Francisco and is currently working at Pixar Animation Studios.

Florian Satzinger was a student of the well-regarded Disney, MGM and Hanna-Barbera animator and animation director Ken Southworth (“Alice In Wonderland”, “Woody Woodpecker”, “Tom & Jerry”, “The Flintstones”, “Peanuts”, “The Smurfs”) who influenced him greatly. Presently, he is developing StarDucks© and Toby Skybuckle© with France and Japan based Ankama Media Group. Besides his design and production work, he teaches character design, analog animation and animation history in collaboration with Maryam Laura Moazedi at the University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg.



Panelist Bill Schwab Walt Disney Feature Animation

Bill started at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2005 as a character designer on Gnomeo and Juliet. After completing work on that film, he reprised his role as a character designer on the Disney’s Emmy Award winning holiday special Prep and Landing.

In 2009, Bill received a Best Character Design Annie Award for his outstanding work on Prep and Landing. He continued to do character design for the Prep and Landing short titled Operation Secret Santa and the follow-up holiday special, debuting holiday 2011, Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.

In between the Prep and Landing specials, Bill lent his character design talents to the wildly successful CG animated hit, Tangled. He worked on the Stabbington Brothers and the pub thugs. His creative vision and unique approach to design has been praised by many of Disney Animation’s filmmakers.

Bill has moved his way up to character design supervisor on Disney Animation’s 2012 release Wreck-It Ralph. As the character design supervisor, Bill is currently responsible for creating the look of the characters and developing the visual style of their world. He works hand in hand with the art director and the film director to bring the characters to life from concept through modeling, rigging and look development.

Bill resides in Studio City, CA with his wife and two kids.


Panelist Sylvain Deboissy Reel FX Animation Studios

Born near Paris in 1967.
Did the Gobelins animation school 1987-1989
Worked at Disney animation studio Paris from 1989 to 1995 as an animator.
Worked at Bibo films studio 1995 to 1998 as supervisor animator , storyboard artist and director.
Then moved to Dreamwork in 1998 as Supervisor animator, character design and storyboard artist.
I was character design for ” Surf’s Up” at Sony fin 2004 and worked on different projects like Cloudy and Hotel T.
Went back to Dreamworks in 2008 to work on Mega mind, Puss in boots, Neighbors from hell, and  Turbo.
I recently worked as Freelance for BluSky and ReelFX that I am currently at.
I was inspired by french comic artists like Franquin and also my classmate and Colleagues.

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