Speakers

 

Aaron Blaise
 

Aaron Blaise

  Owner at The Art of Aaron Blaise
   
   
 

Aaron graduated from the Ringling College of Art and 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 Cinematic Arts at USC Film
   
   
 

Originally a native of New York City, Tom Sito is a well-known veteran of the Hollywood Animation Industry. His 31 movie credits include the Walt Disney classic films The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and The Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Pocahontas (1995), and Fantasia (2000). Animation World Network called Tom "one of the key players in the Disney Animation Revival "(January 2001). He also created animation and storyboards for Dreamworks Shrek (2001), The Prince of Egypt (2001), Spirit (1997) Fox’s Garfield (2003), Warner Bros Osmosis Jones (2001), Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003), and the 3D Roadrunner shorts (2010). For television, Tom animated on the 1982 Emmy award winning ABC special Ziggy's Gift (1982), animated on series such as Fat Albert, He Man and The Masters of the Universe, She-Ra, Biker Mice From Mars, Click and Clack, Superfriends, Gobots,and numerous commercials.

Tom Sito is President-Emeritus of the Hollywood Animation Guild, Local# 839 IATSE, and is Vice President of the International Animator's Society (ASIFA/Hollywood). He is a executive board member of the Motion Picture Academy for Shorts and Feature Animation, the National Cartoonists Society, and Hollywood Heritage. Prior to joining USC, Tom taught animation at Woodbury College, UCLA, The American Animation Institute, Gnomon and Santa Monica College. He has lectured about animation around the world from Beijing to Berlin. Tom Sito has written numerous articles in Animation Magazine and Animation World Network and is the author of three books. His first book "Drawing the Line: the Untold Story of Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson" (2006), was honored by the London Review of Books and the Firestone School of Economics of Princeton University. In 1998 he was named in Animation Magazine's list of "the 100 Most Important People in Animation". In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious June Foray Award by the International Animator’s Society ( ASIFA/Hollywood) for a lifetime of service to the animation community.

Artist Links:
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004552/

     
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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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John Schratz
 

John Schratz

  Visual Effects / CG Generalist Freelancer
   
   
 

Bio coming soon!

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

     
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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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