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Tick Tock Tale

Title: Screening of Tick Tock Tale
Meet The Makers
Sponsored by Disney Animation

Moderated by: 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.

Art Director Tick Tock Tale Bill Perkins – During the last 25 years, Bill has worked in the animation and film industry on over 26 films, TV shows, DVDs, short films, and video games.  His involvement has ranged from art director, production designer, visual development, layout artist, to storyboard artist.  He began his career as a layout artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation on Oliver and Co. and continued on a string of hits including: The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, as lead layout on the critically acclaimed Rescuers Down Under Bill helped introduce a workbook process which embraced the new technologies, added to the cinematic impact visually, and streamlined the layout production process.  As art director on Aladdin, Bill developed the first comprehensive style guide which unified the drawing style of the environments with the characters, to address the overall continuity and look of the film.  He left Disney during Fantasia 2000 after co-art directing the Pines of Rome sequence.  In 1994, Bill moved on to do visual development and art direct for Warner bros. on Jam, visual development for DreamWorks on Shrek, and as production designer for ILM on Frankenstein.  In 2001, Bill opened High Street Studio as an independent preproduction and design studio where he took on contract work with Disney studios on Brother Bear, and worked jointly with DNA Productions, on the Ant Bully, Character Builders, and Disneytoon studios on 101 Dalmatians, Patch’s’ London Adventure, Tarzan II, Brother Bear II, Tinkerbell, and Fox and the Hound II.  In 2005, he worked jointly with the 9th Ray Studio doing visual development, and storyboards, on live action projects such as Outlander (Ascendant Films), John Carter and the Princess of Mars, (Paramount version, unreleased), and The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount).  In 2007, after finishing the visual development phase on Bolt, Bill returned to Walt Disney Animation Studios where he is currently involved in the area of visual development.

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