On Saturday, January 19th, a panel discussion devoted to character animationespecially as it relates to advancing animation technology will be held at the Ince Theater at Sony Pictures Imageworks. The panel will be moderated by Frank Gladstone and will include important guest panelists from several animation studios. More details follow:

The Future of Character Animation:
What Do New Technologies Mean To Artists?

This panel is designed to address the changes that advances in animation technologies are making to how animation is produced and what that means to animation artists. Performance capture techniques are here to stay, but it has also been repeatedly shown that more traditional means of bringing characters to life still have a major role to play in animation production.

What does all of this mean to the artists, performers, actors and technologists who must work together? How do studios, directors, producers, and supervisors decide which techniques will bring their vision to the screen? It is our hope that this panel will creatively enlighten us with discussions of real solutions and guidelines for the individuals who do and love animation.

Frank Gladstone, Gladstone Film, Inc.

Panelists (Schedule Permitting):
Ken Duncan, Duncan Studio (3D Key Frame Animation)
Don Hahn, Disney (2D Hand Drawn Animation)
Steve Chiodo, Chiodo Brothers (Stop Motion Animation)
Dave Barclay, Perform FX (Puppet Capture Technology)
Michelle Papandrew, Cartoon Network (Flash Animation)
Ken McDonald, Sony Pictures Imageworks, (Motion Capture)

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
11am – 1pm
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Ince Theater
9050 W Washington Bl
Culver City, CA

Visual Effects Society Members: Free
ASIFA Members, Students & Union Members: $10
All Others: $20

RSVP Required: Call VES at 818 981-7861