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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.

Industry Giants 2017 will be a one-day event with the forum and master Classes taking place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001

2017 Speakers Include:

  • Aaron Blaise, Disney Legend & Owner at The Art of Aaron Blaise
  • Tom Sito, Disney Legend & Professor of Animation at The School of Cinematic Arts, USC 
  • Trisha Gum, Co-Director of the Lego Movie Sequel
  • Armen Kevorkian, Creative Director and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Encore VFX, Director on Flash and Supergirl
  • John Schratz, Visual Effects / CG Generalist

Concept Art Panel with:

  • Brett Briley, Freelance Character Artist
  • Kevin Penrod, Lead Character Artist at Gearbox Software
  • Adam May, Character Artist at Gearbox Software
  • Bryan Wynia, Sr Character Artist at Id Software
  • Jason Martin, Lead Character Artist at Id Software
    * Portfolio review to follow panel.  Must have physical portfolio, no computers provided.
    **  Do not rely on Internet.
    *** First Come First Served.

Life Drawing with:

    **Lunch Provided for those who purchased full conference tickets**

    Amazing poster design by Andrea Garcia Werntz

    Location Addison, TX


    Location Detail

    14315 Midway Road
    Addison, TX 75001

    Saturday, Sept 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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    Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors

    A Bunch of Short Guys would like to thank all of its sponsors over the years. Without you, Industry Giants could not happen.


     2017 Platinum Sponsorship
    Cheap Software 24/7 logo
     BigDesign USA 2016 LogoFlat 


     2017 Gold Sponsorship
    Gold-Texas Film Commission

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     2017 Silver Sponsorship
     2017 Bronze Sponsorship
     2017 Donations
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