Speakers

 

Aaron Blaise
 

Aaron Blaise

  Owner at The Art of Aaron Blaise
   
   
 

Aaron graduated from the Ringling College of Art & Design in 1989 from the Illustration program. He was then hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation where he spent 21 years helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time he worked as an animator or supervising animator on “The Rescuers Down Under”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas” and “Mulan”. In 2003 he was co-director of “Brother Bear” for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. After leaving the studio world, Aaron created “The Art Of Aaron Blaise”. A website dedicated to bringing art education to the masses.


Artist Links:
Website: https://creatureartteacher.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AaronBlaiseArt
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0086431/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofAaronBlaise/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aaronblaiseart?lang=en
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaronblaiseart/?hl=en

     
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Tom Sito
 

Tom Sito

  Professor of Animation at The School of Cinematic Arts, USC
   
   
 

Tom Sito is an animator, historian and Professor of Animation at the University of Southern California. His movie credits include Beauty and the Beast (1991), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin ( 1992), The Lion King (1994) Osmosis Jones (2001) and Shrek (2001). “A Key Figure in the Disney Animation Renaissance“ –Animation Magazine 1998). President Emeritus of The Animation Guild Local 839 Hollywood (1991-2001).

His books include: Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson (U Press of Kentucky, 2006) Recommended by the London Review of Books, Recommended 2006 by the Firestone School of Economics, Princeton University. Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation MIT Press (2013) Nominated for a Kraszner-Krausz Foundation book award for best book on the Moving Image. Named to the list of Notable Books of 2013 by Computer Reviews magazine.

Artist Links:
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004552/
Article: Indiewire NTERVIEW: Tom Sito on The History of Computer Animation
Article: Animation World Network Book Review: 'Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson'


Trisha Gum
 

Trisha Gum

  Writer/Director at Warner Animation Group
   
   
 

Trisha has been working professionally in animation for ten years. She has worked on shows such as, ROBOT CHICKEN, WB’s MAD, and Adult Swim’s FRANKENHOLE. In 2015 she won an Emmy for my work on AMAZON’s TUMBLE LEAF. She recently wrapped as the Head of Story on Warner Bros LEGO BATMAN movie, set to be released FEB 2017!

Though animation remains the majority of her professional experience, in 2010 Trisha shifted into live-action writing and directing with her personal projects. In 2011 she was selected for AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. Her film, HOW TO BE A FEMALE DIRECTOR, gained her recognition from Independence’s Magazine as, “ 2012’s Top Ten Filmmakers to look for.


Artist Links:
Website: http://trishgum.com/
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user10827191
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1370855/
Independence’s Magazine: http://independent-magazine.org/2012/06/10_to_watch_2012/

     
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Armen Kevorkian
 

Armen Kevorkian

  Creative Director and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Encore VFX, Director on Flash and Supergirl
   
   
 

Since joining the company in 2011, Armen Kevorkian has helped grow visual effects operations at Deluxe’s Encore VFX from a handful of artists doing largely invisible work to a studio behind some of the most impressive VFX in television. He currently oversees VFX for three primetime shows from the DC Universe simultaneously, bringing blockbuster-level effects to the small screen for “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” often directing 2nd unit as well. His VFX efforts on “The Flash” have been recognized with 2016 and 2015 Leo Awards as well as 2015 Emmy and VES nominations. In 2016, Armen helmed two episodes of “The Flash,” and one episode of Supergirl, adding Director to his growing repertoire of roles.

Other notable projects Armen has worked on while at Encore VFX include “Banshee,” which earned Emmy and VES Awards for VFX, “The Tomorrow People,” “Hostages,” “Homeland,” “Ray Donovan” and “Unforgettable.” Prior to Encore VFX, Armen was on the studio side of VFX, starting his career as a VFX associate on “Star Trek” series “Enterprise,” “Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine,” and “Alias.” He then served as the show VFX Supervisor for “Invasion” and “Ghost Whisperer,” which received VES and Emmy Award nominations, respectively.


Artist Links:
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1090220/

     
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JohnSchratz2
 

John Schratz

  CG Supervisor at CoSA
   
   
 

John Schratz started his career after attending the Art Institute of Dallas with stints in games at studios like Gearbox Software, as well as arc-viz and advertising in Dallas and Austin. Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue work in film and television he served as Secretary of A Bunch of Short Guys. His work has appeared in a number of projects, including Oscar-winner for Visual Effects "Hugo", "Marvel's Agents of Shield", "Godzilla" and "Star Trek:Into Darkness". After working for a number of studios including Pixomondo, Zoic and Blur, John began his own boutique studio, Active Ingredient, which has provided specialist 3D, visual effects and on-set supervision to a number of feature films, television shows and commercials. He's currently employed as CG Supervisor at CoSA Visual Effects in Los Angeles and is very happy to return to A Bunch of Short Guys and Industry Giants.


Artist Links:
Website: http://www.johnschratz.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4653593/

     
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Jay Bailey
 

Jay Bailey

  Artist / Figure Drawing
   
   
 

Jay Bailey’s paintings are figurative combinations of line drawings and watercolor stains. His figures balance between quick gesture, rendered realism, and abstract mark making with much of his work’s imagery coming from his personal experience. He has shown work in group and solo shows in the United States, Canada and Australia. He taught general and advanced drawing, figure drawing, painting, water media, and digital photography at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Born in Reno, Nevada, Jay earned his BA in Fine Art from the University of Nevada in Reno, undertook post-baccalaureate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and has his MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Artist Links:
Website: http://jaybailey.com/

     
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Mel Milton
 

Mel Milton

  Visual Designer at K12
   
   
 

Bio coming soon!

Artist Links:
Website: http://melmade.blogspot.com/
Kickstarter for art of book: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/melmadedooks/mel-made-dooks-an-art-book
Interview: http://mel-milton-interview.blogspot.com/

     
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Kevin Penrod
 

Kevin Penrod

  Lead Character Artist at Gearbox Software
   
   
 

Kevin Penrod is a Lead Character Artist at Gearbox Software where he has worked for the past 8 years. Prior to working at Gearbox he has worked at Vigil Games, Paradigm Entertainment and Ritual Entertainment. He has worked on Battleborn, Borderlands 1, Borderlands 2.

Artist Links:
Moby: http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,286361/

     
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Brett
 

Brett Briley

 
   
   
 

Brett Briley began his career in CG as an artist at Disney but has worked in the videogame industry since 1999 for studios including Red Storm Ent, Irock Interactive, Sony Online Ent, Nerve Software, Ensemble Studios, id Software, and Project TriForce. He has also spent years as a successful independent, freelance artist. Brett has worked on a long list of titles including Paragon, Total War: Warhammer, Doom, Doom 3: Ressurection of Evil, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Rage, Halo Wars, Age of Empires 3, Age of Empires 3: Warchiefs, Oblivion, D&D Online, Neverwinter Nights 2, Planetside, Planetside: Core Combat, Planetside: Aftershock, Lucky's Tale, Savage Skies, and Freedom of those he can name. In addition to working in the gaming sector, he has taught at the Art Institute of Dallas, TAD (The Art Department), SMU, and is currently teaching with UArtsy.com.

Artist Links:
Website: www.bbriley.com

     
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