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Event Info What is Industry Giants?


Dallas, Texas annual Industry Giants conference presented by the nonprofit guild, A Bunch of Short Guys offers one full day of master classes, discussions and networking. Industry Giants features a distinctive lineup of industry professionals working in animation, visual effects and games. This year A Bunch of Short Guys have teamed up again with the Big(D)esign conference who showcases the biggest names in interactive development: user experience, usability, mobile development, user research, content strategy, social media and design thinking to have a joint conference focused on art, animation, games and interactive development all under one roof.

Past speakers include: Phil Tippet (Tippet Studios, Academy Award Winner), Brandon Oldenburg (Moonbot Studios, Academy Award Winner), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)Ed Jones (ILM, Reel FX, Academy Award Winner), John Carmack (i.d. Software), Armand Serrano (Disney), Stephen Silver (Kim Possible), Tom and Tony Bancroft, Stephan Martiniere (Concept Designer), Chris Fowler (Pixar), and so many more amazing professionals too long to list here.

Past sponsors include: Dallas Film Commission, Texas Film Commission, Apple, Disney, Sony Imageworks, Reel FX, Pixologic, Istation, Element X, Digital Tutors, JVC, Post Asylum, Troublemaker Studios, Autodesk, Gearbox Software, Janimation, and many more.

Industry Giants 2017 will be a one-day event with the forum and master Classes taking place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001. 

Lineup is not complete and subject to change, but so far we have commitments from Tom Sito, Mel Milton, Aaron Blaise, Armen Kevorkian, and John Schratz. More info coming soon - stay tuned!

Amazing poster design by Andrea Garcia Werntz

Location Addison, TX


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14315 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001

Saturday, Sept 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Mike Mattessi
Author The Force

Force: Drawing for Animation


FORCE workshops are exciting, educational and inspiring.  I do my very best to send clear and insightful knowledge to students through demonstrations, group lectures and individual instruction.  My twenty years of experience give me the ability to immediately decipher a student’s work.  I quickly assess their ability and what skills they most need to work on to move forward to the next step.

Learn that line itself has meaning and how to use it.  How does that line then evoke drama?  How do you draw a figure’s gesture with seamless functionality and fluidity? Learn to understand natural and appealing design and how to obtain it through some simple rules of force. Enjoy expressing your opinion about the model from truth to designing interesting characters. Experience the drama that occurs in drawing from humanity!

BRING 18x24 Smooth Newsprint, Caran D’Ache or China Marker and a drawing board- COME READY TO DRAW FORCE.


Michael Mattesi

Creator of inspiring FORCE drawing books