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Event Info What is Industry Giants?

IG2016 SMensinga smallfile 01INDUSTRY GIANTS 2016 CONFERENCE

Dallas, Texas annual Industry Giants conference presented by the nonprofit guild, A Bunch of Short Guysoffers one full day of master classes, discussions and networking. Industry Giants 2016 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 2016 will be a one-day event with the forum and master Classes taking place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001. 

Scott McCloud: Author of "Understanding Comics"
Tony Bonilla: Walt Disney Feature Animation
Silvia Pompei: Animator The Simpsons
Joan Panis: Head of FX, MPC Films
Nate Stephens: Principle Artist - God of War - Santa Monica Studio
The Shiflett Brothers: Traditional Sculpture
Figure Drawing with Michael Mentler, Jose Ramirez and Lionel Cornelius Jr.
VR Room

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A Bunch of Short Guys (ABOSG)   is a non-profit organization that fosters education and career development for students and professionals in the animation and visual effects industry. The group hosts free monthly meetings on the third or fourth Saturday of the month. In addition, ABOSG presents Industry Insights, an ongoing series featuring industry artists, as well as various training workshops.

author of “Understanding Comics”, Scott McCloud.Joining Scott will be the following amazing talent of:

·         Tony Bonilla: Walt Disney Feature Animator

·         Sylvia Pompie: Animator/Character Layout Artist on The Simpsons

·         Joan Panis: Head of VFX, MPC Films

·         Nate Stephens: Principal Artist – God of War – Santa Monica Studio

·         Figure drawing with Michael Mentler: Jose Ramirez, and Lionel Cornelius Jr.

·         And more ...

Location Addison, TX


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14315 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001

Saturday, Sept 10, 2016 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