The Studio Has No Walls: The Virtual Production Model

Title: The Studio Has No Walls: The Virtual Production Model
Sponsored by The Animation World Network
CTNX09: Filmed Nov 2009; Posted June 2010
Length 45 min
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A moderated round table overview of where animation production is headed for both studio owners and artists. Along with the internet came a direct connection with talent outside studio walls and around the world. Film crews are being constructed virtually How is this affecting production and the creative process as seen from the CEO’s of companies who successfully have created animation content completely virtually outside the brick and mortar walls of a studio. After the presentation we will retreat to the “Shop Talk Lounge” to carry on the conversation and have Q+A.

Moderator Frank Gladstone: Producer and Animation Professional

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: Richard Chuang PDI and CloudPic Studios (Pic and Bio coming soon)

Panelist: Max Howard Exodus Film Group

Max Howard is the president of Exodus Film Group the independent production company formed in 2001 that has taken pioneering steps in the animation field by creating one of the first private equity animation film funds.  The company will develop, produce, finance and distribute a multi-picture slate of CG-animated feature films, DVDs and television series.

In his role at Exodus Films, Howard is responsible for production and development.  Prior to assuming his current role as president of Exodus Film Group in 2007, Howard served as president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation and senior vice president of Disney Feature Animation.  During his time at Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Howard oversaw the award-winning animated feature “The Iron Giant” and the international hit “Space Jam.” He oversaw about 600 staff members while he was at the helm.

During his twelve years at Disney, Howard was one of the senior architects of the company‘s animation renaissance, collaborating on such animation successes as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas” and “The Lion King.”  These films were honored with 13 Academy Awards® and 11 Golden Globe awards.

Most recently he worked alongside Jeffery Katzenberg at DreamWorks as an executive producer on “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron” for DreamWorks Animation.

Originally getting his start in the U.K., Howard established and ran the Disney U.K. studio during the making of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” then came to the United States to launch and lead the Florida studio for Disney.  After spending six years with the company, he oversaw the move into Disney’s iconic “Hat Building” in Burbank, California and opened their studio in Paris. He then made his move to Warner Bros. and as president of feature animation was responsible for additional memorable films.

Memberships include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), and Association Internationale Du Film D’Animation (ASIFA). He has received ASIFA-Hollywood’s Certificate of Merit and UNICEF’s Children Fund Award. Join him at the CTN Animation Expo as he speaks to the virtual studio experience.

Panelist: Uri Shinar Aniboom (Pic and Bio coming soon)

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