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Where Do We Go From Here

Where Do We Go From Here

Title: Where Do We Go From Here?
Sponsored by Animation Nation
CTNX 2011
Length 75 min.

Everyday we read about another studio opening up outside of the US with original content designed by US artists being outsourced. Large companies have told American animators that they aren’t valuable anymore by outsourcing. Lean forward and listen in on this unconventional  brainstorming discussion from an artists point of view with directors,  studio owners and other creatives who candidly discuss in an informal conversation the possibilities of where do we go from here?

Moderated by Bruce Morris started telling stories to his parents when he was a child. Occasionally, some of them were even true.

Afraid of anything that smacked of real work, Mr. Morris learned to draw and how to tell stories visually. This launched his career at the Walt Disney Studios as an animator, and he subsequently used his unique visuals and storytelling ability to get into the Disney Animation Story Department.

Believing firmly in the “Poetry of visuals” and the “Character of dialogue”, to date he has been a key writer and visual storyteller on over fourteen animated features including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Hercules, Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron, Finding Nemo, Curious George, Planet 51, and The Princess and the Frog.
In addition to his feature work, Bruce has written, produced and directed for animated television series and is currently working on the young adult fantasy book cycle Dimitri’s Garden and writing an animated feature, Betty 99.
He is an alumni and past professor of Story Development for California Institute of the Arts and a member of the Animation Writers of America and the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Having a conversation with:

Dominic Carola Owner / Creative Director at Premise Entertainment Prior to coming to work for The Walt Disney Company, Dominic worked as a cartoonist for D.C. Comics.  There, his interest in animation and filmmaking led him to the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he became the first-ever recipient of the Walter Lantz Animation Award, and the only one presented by Walter Lantz before his passing.

While at CalArts he was selected by Disney and went on to spend more than a decade working for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando Florida.  While at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Mr. Carola was a Lead Animator for LILO & STITCH, and animated on such films as BROTHER BEAR and MULAN. His other animation film credits include JOHN HENRY, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, POCAHONTAS and THE LION KING.  Mr. Carola was the Director of Animation for Walt Disney’s California Adventure Animation Pavilion, that was recognized for the THEA Award for theme park attractions upon its opening.

In 2004, the Disney studio was consolidated back to Burbank, and Dominic chose to stay in Orlando to launch an independent animation production studio with his colleagues from Walt Disney Feature Animation in Florida.  Since then he has overseen productions ranging from theatrical features, direct-to-DVD’s and television projects.  As a Creative Producer and Director while with Project Firefly, he had also served as the Head of Production for the Florida unit on the Universal Pictures theatrical release of CURIOUS GEORGE and as well as several other animated productions.

As President and Creative Director of Premise Entertainment, he is overseeing original content development as well as being an active animation and production service provider.  Including his work as the Head of Production at Premise Entertainment for the Florida unit of animation artists working with Walt Disney Pictures release of ‘THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG’.  Dominic continues to creatively lead visual development, pre-production, story, and animation production teams on 2D and 3D productions and original content projects working with clients and studios from around the world on various television, feature, gaming, theme park entertainment, publishing and web based episodic content..

Piet Kroon Director and Story Sketch Artist Disney, Warner Bros, Blue Sky Animation Studios. At 6’7″ Piet Kroon stands as the world’s tallest internationally acclaimed writer and director of animation: always pushing for new heights, never talking down to an audience.

Born in the Netherlands, Piet Kroon (1960) worked as a writer/director, story artist and story consultant in the American Feature Animation industry for close to two decades.

At Warner Bros. he spearheaded the development and co-directed the animation of the irreverent comedy Osmosis Jones (2001), about a cool white blood cell (Chris Rock) and a stuck up cold pill (David Hyde Pierce) fighting a nasty colde (Laurence Fishburne) inside Bill Murray’s rundown body.

An unabashed hybrid, Osmosis Jones combined live action (directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly) with 2D animation and state-of-the-art CGI, and probably pushed the mainstream envelope of good taste too far for it’s own good. Critics worldwide singled out the inventive design and brilliant conception of animation: bodily functions never looked better.

For Walt Disney Feature Animation Piet Kroon developed and wrote the Hitchcock-inspired animal thriller Fraidy Cat. As a story artist on DreamWorks’ Skrek 2, he was responsible for Pinocchio’s fetish for girlie underwear.

Kroon’s script for A Christmas Carol was produced by the Illuminated Film Company in the UK. His adaptation of Geraldine McCoughran’s Not the End of the World, again for Illuminated, is in preproduction.

Other credits include Brad Bird’s classic Iron Giant, Despicable Me, Rio and Aardman’s upcoming Arthur Christmas.

Kroon’s independent short films DaDa and T.R.A.N.S.I.T. have won many awards at international animation film festivals and received widespread critical acclaim.

T.R.A.N.S.I.T. was short-listed for the Academy Award, and nominated for the BAFTA and the Cartoon d’Or. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded it as Best Animated Short Film of 1998.

Piet is currently with BlueSky Animation Studios.

Guy Vasilovich brings an illustrious animation, cartooning and musical background to film and television.  He is the creator of  National Geographic’s first animates series: “IGGY ARBUCKLE”  and YTV’s Gemini nominated: “MOVILLE MYSTERIES”

He has directed, developed, designed and written animated shows for NICKELODEON, WARNER BROS, UNIVERSAL, COMEDY CENTRAL and DISNEY and has served as FILM ROMAN’S  Creative Executive for five years creating and developing original properties for live action and animation.
He has also co-created the popular daily comic strip, “WHEN I WAS SHORT” which was distributed by King Features Syndicate.
He is the supervising director for the Emmy nominated series: “GROWING UP CREEPIE” and serves as the show’s production designer. He is currently directing the series: “GERONIMO STILTON.”

Doug Lefler is a feature film director, screenwriter and professional artist working in the entertainment industry. He studied drawing and animation at the California Institute of the Arts for two years before being hired by Disney. After working as a writer and an artist on animated films like THE BLACK CAULDRON and THE LITTLE MERMAID he went on to storyboard over thirty live action feature films with such directors as Wolfgang Petersen, William Friedkin, and John Woo. Doug eventually became a second unit director for Sam Raimi on ARMY OF DARKNESS, A SIMPLE PLAN and SPIDER-MAN. His numerous television directing credits include the pilot episodes of HERCULES and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. He also directed DRAGONHEART: A NEW BEGINNING and THE LAST LEGION staring Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley and Ashwaria Rai. Doug lives in Southern California with his wife and dogs, but works all over the world.

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