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Two in One Interview: NY Illustrators – Character Designers

Title: Two in One Interview: NY Illustrators – Character Designers
Presented by The Creative Talent Network
Length: 45min
Filmed in November 2010

Moderator Jill Culton Originally from Ventura, California, Jill Culton is a graduate from the California Institute of the Arts where she was one of only five women in the character animation class of 1990.  Now, twenty years later, Culton has a thriving career in the field of computer feature animation. Having worked as an animator, character designer, concept artist, storyboard artist, Director and Executive Producer, Culton is one of the foremost talents in her industry today.
Culton began her professional career at Pixar Animation Studios on history’s first computer animated feature, TOY STORY.  There she spent nearly eight years along side others who pioneered the craft, honing her skills as an artist, animator and storyteller.
While working on TOY STORY 1 & 2, A BUG’S LIFE, and MONSTERS INC., Culton was drawn toward storytelling and mastered the art of blending comedic and emotionally powerful stories with appealing characters.
She served as a storyboard artist on A BUG’S LIFE and on both TOY STORY  films. As a character designer on TOY STORY 2, she is credited with bringing to life the heart of that film, Jessie the cowgirl.
Subsequently, Culton served as a conceptual artist and head of story development on MONSTERS, INC.  She is part of the select team that is credited with ‘original story’ on that film.
Culton made her Directorial debut at Sony Pictures Animation on the hit animated feature, OPEN SEASON.  The film was number one in the box office three weeks in a row and paved the way for two straight to video sequels, the first of which Culton executive produced.   She also Directed a special DVD short based on the OPEN SEASON characters, MIDNIGHT BUN RUN.
Culton is currently writing and directing at Dreamworks Animation Studios and is in pre-production on her next film.
Other opportunities that have helped to shape Culton’s career as a filmmaker include: two years at ILM helping to set up that company’s feature film unit, three years as an Animation Director on commercials for Acme Filmworks,  she was a Directing Animator on Turner Feature Animation’s CATS DON’T DANCE, and taught advanced animation at her Alma Mater, Cal Arts.
good richPanelist Carter Goodric Acclaimed artist and Annie Award winner Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and has worked as a character designer on many beloved animated films, including  Ratatouille; Monsters, Inc.; Finding Nemo; and the latest being Despicable Me as well as many animation feature films from Pixar, DreamWorks Animaton and Walt Disney Studios. He is a two-time gold-medal recipient from the Society of Illustrators in New York and a graduate of the Rhose Island School of Design. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Forbes, and Time. Mr. Goodrich has a very busy schedule and we are proud he has accepted our invitation to present him and his work at CTNX 2010.

Here are just two of the many books he has illustrated.

“Zorro and Mister Bud in, Say Hello to Zorro” published by Simon and Schuster is the first in a coming series due out next summer.

Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule.

Then disaster strikes. A stranger comes home at “make a fuss time” and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to do with him. But when the dogs discover they like the same things (like chasing the cat and napping), everything becomes more fun. As long as everyone follows the schedule.

The Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab is no hero. He would rather just keep to himself. He’s content to spend the day looking for food and staying comfy in his shell. And when he finds a new shell, he is excited to have something so beautiful for himself. But when a mysterious contraption lands in the center of town, no one knows what to make of it. The lobster thinks it’s a restaurant. The bluefish thinks it’s a trap. No one is brave enough to go near it until they realize that flounder is trapped underneath! When Hermit Crab comes upon the contraption looking for the source of the delicious smell, he inadvertantly rescues the flounder and everyone in town cheers his triumph, but is he the hero or is his shell?

A Creature Was Stirring
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and in this great house the creature who stirred was a boy, not a mouse. And while upstairs his parents were dreaming and snoring, with Santa so close, sleep seemed pretty boring.

Esteemed New Yorker cover artist Carter Goodrich retells the story of ‘Twas the night before Christmas from the child’s point of view. With Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem one one side of every page, and a child’s comedic rhyming on the other,  this magical book about seeing and dreaming of Santa Claus will inspire readers of all ages to believe. Against a luminous backdrop of midnight and silver, memories of Christmases past and present converge in a modern classic born in the tradition of The Polar Express.

Panelist PETER de SÈVE’S illustration and character designs are known throughout the world.  His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and television advertising, animated feature films and magazines.  Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies (“Scrat” is now an international icon) de Seve has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan and Finding Nemo.

His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal and a Soleil d’Or award from the Festival BD Sollies Ville in France.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children’s book, The Duchess of Whimsy ) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.

Join Peter de Sève at CTN-X where he will premiere his new book “A Sketchy Past, The Art of Peter de Sève“, a hardcover collection of Peter’s work along with Randall and Peter de Sève’s children’s book “The Duchess of Whimsy” and for a rare one on one interview about his career.

Join CTN-X in welcoming Peter de Sève to the round table for a one on one interview about his remarkable career.  After the interview Peter and his audience will retreat to the “Shop Talk” lounge to carry on the conversation and Q+A.

Live Demonstration
Peter de Sève will be demonstrating live at CTN-X. Watch how he works and see the decisions he makes while creating his characters and art.

For time and date please refer to CTN-X Schedule Overview….click here. (Schedule subject to change.)

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