Free Panel Discussions: Insider Perspectives


IN THE LITTLE THEATER

SATURDAY:

Women in Animation
Saturday, September 19, 12 noon-1pm, Little Theater
Moderator: Citrus College Art history instructor Alison Holmes

The Digital Arts have historically been dominated by men. This panel will feature women in the industry and discuss what they’ve done and how they’ve achieved success. Meet some amazing women working in all aspects of stop-motion animation.

  • Margaret Meyer started her stop-motion animation career with Art and Joe Clokey heading up the puppet department on “Davey & Goliath’s Snowboard Christmas.” From there she went on to design and build numerous characte
    MARGARET MEYER

    Margaret Meyer

    rs for Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and “Moral Orel.” After moving to Portland, she became an influential costume designer on Henry Selick’s “Coraline.”  Currently she is employed by HouseSpecial, in Portland, Oregon, where she fabricates and costumes characters for numerous national ad campaigns, in addition to running a bustling Etsy business for her artwork.

  • Kristal Babich is a comic book and storyboard artist. At the beginning of her career, she got five years deep into a Biology and Education degree, b
    KRISTA BABICH

    Kristal Babich

    efore realizing it wasn’t for her. She then transferred all her credits to the Savannah College of Art and Design and got her degree in Comic Books. A few years pass, and Kristal is now living in Los Angeles and storyboards on the stop motion preschool show “Tumble Leaf.”

  • Victoria Cloyes loves miniature fabrication with all her heart.  She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and drove her little Camry from Boston to Los Angeles in
    Victoria Cloyes

    Victoria Cloyes

    2010, where she worked for free at a stop motion internship in someone’s living room; lunch was provided!  It was there, while covering toilet paper tubes with tinfoil to make trees, gazing happily through the smog at the Hollywood sign that she met her future husband, and leapt down the stop-motion rabbit hole. Fast forward 5 years, and she is almost 31, newly married, and is working as a prop master on an Emmy award winning pre-school show called “Tumble Leaf.”  She is lucky enough to also have her own workshop and is in the process of creating her fourth stop-motion short.


Running an Animation Studio
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 2pm-3pm, Little Theater
Moderator: Fred Thompson

In this panel you will meet some of the leading stop-motion animation studio owners. Find out how they started their studios and how they coordinate artists to make award winning animation. See what their studios are producing now.

  • Kelli Bixler began her career producing and directing live-action in Chicago before founding Bix Pix Entertainment, an award-winning stop-motion animation
    Kelli Bixler

    Kelli Bixler

    studio in 1998. As the studio’s sole owner and executive producer, Kelli shepherds a diverse group of talented artists, who create hand-made characters and worlds for a bevy of high profile clients, such as: Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, Hasbro, NBC, Mattel, ABC, Jim Henson, and Cartoon Network. Kelli is currently the Executive Producer of the stop-motion preschool series “Tumble Leaf,” which, in its premiere season, won the 2014 ANNIE and five Emmys for best preschool animated series.

  • Joe Clokey: Son of Gumby creators Art and Ruth Clokey, Joe Clokey was raised as Gumby’s little brother. Gumby’s adventures first came to life in bedtime
    Joe Clokey

    Joe Clokey

    stories that Art Clokey invented for his children. Today, Joe is President of Clokey Productions / Premavision Studios. In the ’60s and ’70s, Joe studied clay animation techniques alongside his father. Since 2001, he has produced Gumby spots for ABC, Namco, Google and others, as well as the TV special Gumby’s World, a one-hour “Davey and Goliath” special. He was instrumental in producing “Gumby Dharma,” the documentary about Art Clokey and Gumby.

SUNDAY:

Stop-Motion Puppet Makers
Sunday, September 20, 10:15am-11:15am, Little Theatre

Puppets are the essential characters that bring the illusion of life to an animation. From creating a character with armatures, interchangeable facial expressions, making molds and designing costumes for the bodies, the panelists have made puppets for Coraline, Robot Chicken, Tumble Leaf and more. Come and see behind-the-scenes puppet making for stop-motion

  • Liz Allen has been in love with animation ever since watching Muppet Babies on Saturday mornings. She began fabricating in the early 2000s after graduating from Syracuse University, creating shadow puppets with an art collective based in New York City. Later she moved to Portland, Oregon to work for LAIKA Entertainment on the films Coraline and Paranorman. In 2011 she relocated to Los Angeles to fabricate on the upcoming film Hell & Back, the ABC Christmas special Buddy the Elf, as well as various stop-motion commercials, including a Honda commercial featuring Gumby! Liz is currently working on the Emmy Award-winning show Tumble Leaf, focusing on silicone painting and casting. She is a huge fan of Syfy’s FaceOff and will totally be on it if you ask her.
  • Nikki Rice Malki is a Seattle girl, born and raised, but attended college in California; receiving a BFA in Film Production in 2002. She worked at movie-
    Nikki Rae Malki

    Nikki Rice Malki

    marketing agency Craig Murray Productions (later, mOcean) consecutively as receptionist, machine room operator and post production coordinator. Growing weary of the office atmosphere, Nikki decided to shift and begin a career in Special Effects Make-Up. The effects world segued into the stop-motion world where she currently finds herself Lead Puppet Fabricator on Robot Chicken. Other credits include fabricator/digital modeler on TV show Super Mansion, and films Anomalisa and Hell and Back.

     

  • Margaret Meyer started her stop-motion animation career with Art and Joe Clokey, by designing and building numerous characters for Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and Moral Orel.  After moving to Portland, she became an influential costume designer on Henry Selick’s Coraline.  Currently she is employed by HouseSpecial, in Portland, OR, where she fabricates and costumes characters for numerous national ad campaigns, in addition to running a bustling Etsy business for her artwork.

Stop-Motion University: Colleges Offering Stop-Motion
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12 noon-1pm Little Theater
Moderator: Matt Jackson, Citrus College Digital Arts Instructor

citrus_fine_arts_courtyard_0In 2016, Citrus College opens its new Visual Arts Complex, 37,000 square feet of state-of-the-art studios and classrooms.  The complex will make a strong step toward student careers in digital media, animation, studio arts, multimedia productions, photography, entertainment business and more. Representatives from animation departments such from Cal Arts, USC, Cal State Los Angeles, and Academy of Art that feature stop-motion and experimental animation in film by showing stop-motion shorts of current student work.

  • USC Adjunct Faculty Member Musa Brooker (that’s “moo-say”) is a Los Angeles-
    Musa Brooker

    Musa Brooker

    based Animator, Producer and Director. Musa earned his BFA in animation from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Musa has served as animator, animation director or director on a wide variety of projects, including animating on television programs Celebrity Deathmatch, The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants, Robot Chicken and Community. Throughout his career he has worked for such companies as MTV, Disney, Will Vinton Studios/Laika, Warner Bros., and Nickelodeon.

  • Jim Ovelmen, Associate Professor of Art, California State University Los
    Jim Ovelmen

    Jim Ovelmen

    Angeles, is a mixed media artist. His work often combines drawing, painting, sculpture and animation, into media projection and performance. His work continues to be shown internationally. He has exhibited his work in numerous museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Europe, Tokyo and elsewhere.  His drawings and paintings are owned in many private collections.

  • Matthew Manning taught puppet building for stop-motion animation at Woodbury University, and is known for his work on Robot ChickenCelebrity Deathmatch and Moral Orel.

 

IN ROOM PA133:

SATURDAY:

How I Got Into The Industry/ What It Takes To Be An Artist
Saturday, September 19, 10:15- 11:15 am, PA 133

So you love stop-motion animation, animation, the film industry, television, and art. How can you get into this industry that seems impenetrable?  In this panel you will hear the personal stories of artists who broke into the film industry. What does it take to get where they are and how did they do it?

  • Kristal Babich is a comic book and storyboard artist. At the beginning of her career, she got five years deep into a Biology and Education degree before realizing it wasn’t for her. She then transferred all her credits to the Savannah College of Art and Design and got her degree in Comic Books. A few years pass, and Kristal is now living in Los Angeles and storyboards on the stop motion preschool show “Tumble Leaf.”
  • Bryan Garver, Supervising Gaffer and Stage Manager, LAIKA. A native Oregonian, Bryan Garver started his stop motion career nearly two decades ago
    Bryan Garver

    Bryan Garver

    working on commercials at Will Vinton Studios.  Bryan also has experience in the episodic television realm on such titles as “The PJ’s,” “Gary and Mike,” “Phantom Investigators,” “Robot Chicken,” “Titan Maximum,” and “Frankenhole.” His work on features includes “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” “The Boxtrolls,” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.” 

  • Dalton Grant Jr., Storyboard Artist and owner Red Giant Studios, worked for Pixar (“Cars”) Dreamworks (“Shrek II”) and Wild Brain (“Higgleytown Heroes”). He has been a professional story artist for the last 15 years. He got his first start
    Dalton Grant Jr.

    Dalton Grant Jr.

    out of college to work at Pixar animation studios in Emeryville, California, where he learned to become a story artist for features and expanded his love of writing in animation through drawing. Shortly after he worked on the “Shrek 2” with DreamWorks as a board artist and helped pitch and design the promotional material after the film was finished. Before moving back to Los Angeles he traveled back and forth to China and ended up starting a small studio to produce the short film “the way to heaven,” based on a Chinese myth in southern China. Other credits include Paramount’s “Sponge Bob 2 Movie,” two episodes of Nickelodeon’s new series “Pig Goat Banana” and Bix Pix very special “Tumble Leaf” season 2. He will be boarding on the DVD feature of the new “My Little Pony” series.

  • Alex Kamer is a 2004 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. He got his start in stop-motion soon after and has worked on such shows as “Morel
    Alex Kamer

    Alex Kamer

    Orel.” “Frankenhole” and “Titan Maximum.” In 2012 he began working at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, coming in as the animation director for “Robot Chicken,” Season 6.  Since joining the studio he has also directed episodes of “Dinosaur Office,” wrote and directed his own film, “The Well,” and taught character animation at the studio. Alex is currently the animation director/co-director of SBS’s upcoming show, “SuperMansions.

  • Margaret Meyer started her stop-motion animation career with Art and Joe Clokey heading up the puppet department on “Davey & Goliath’s Snowboard Christmas.” From there she went on to design and build numerous characters for Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and “Moral Orel.” After moving to Portland, she became an influential costume designer on Henry Selick’s “Coraline.”  Currently she is employed by HouseSpecial, in Portland, Oregon, where she fabricates and costumes characters for numerous national ad campaigns, in addition to running a bustling Etsy business for her artwork.

State of the Art-What’s Next?
Saturday September 19, 2015 12noon-1pm, PA133
Moderator: Greg Wyatt

We are bringing this panel back because it was such a success at last year’s Gumby Fest.  What is the future of stop-motion animation? How has CGI (computer generated imagery) changed animation? And what can we expect to see in the future of animation? Professionals from the field will discuss their experiences, developments and forecasting.

  • Brian Garver, Supervising Gaffer and Stage Manager, LAIKA. A native Oregonian, Bryan Garver started his stop motion career nearly two decades ago working on commercials at Will Vinton Studios.  Bryan also has experience in the episodic television realm on such titles as “The PJ’s,” “Gary and Mike,” “Phantom Investigators,” “Robot Chicken,” “Titan Maximum,” and “Frankenhole.” His work on features includes “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” “The Boxtrolls,” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
  • Award-winning producer and director John Harvatine IV is a visual storyteller who combines his love of photography with his passion for stop-motion. After starting his career as an animator, Harv quickly learned the ropes from the stop-motion studios he worked at and decided to form his own company.  Starting in 2003 with Make Out City Studios, Harv created content for the NFL, G4TV, and Interscope Records.  Then in 2008 he co-founded Buddy System Studios with Eric Towner, where they created groundbreaking animations for heavyweights such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network.  Harv then partnered with Seth Green, Eric Towner, and Matt Senreich in 2011 to create Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which now produces the longest running stop-motion animation show in television history: “Robot Chicken.” Currently, Harv is co-creating shows for Disney, Cartoon Network, and Sony Animation.
  • Tim Hittle is an animator and creator of “The Jay Clay Trilogy.” His other stop-
    Tim Hittle

    Tim Hittle

    motion work includes the “New Adventures of Gumby,” The Fridge on “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “James and the Giant Peach.” As a CG animator he has worked on several films for Pixar including “The Incredibles,” “Wall-e” and “Toy Story 3.” He currently works for Pixar Animation studios and lives in San Francisco.

3-D Printing for Stop Motion
Saturday, September 19, 2-3pm, PA133
Moderator: Greg Wyatt

3-D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The 3D printed object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. 3-D printing has been used to create doll house furniture, solar electricity cells, artificial limbs and more. In this panel discussion, you will learn how 3-D printing is revolutionizing stop-motion animation. Visual effects and digital effects artist John Ikuma (“Tumble Leaf”) and Tommy Keiser (“Robot Chicken,” “Hired Gun”) and visual artist and instructor Jesse Standlea will explore how they have used 3-D printing, how it has changed their industry, and how it has benefitted their work.

  • John Ikuma is the Executive Editor / Founder of Stop Motion Magazine. He is a
    John Ikuma

    John Ikuma

    Professional VFX Artist working in TV and Film Production in Hollywood, California on high profile stop-motion production utilizing both traditional and modern techniques of animation. He is currently working on the Emmy Award-winning “Tumble Leaf.”

  • Tommy Keiser has been utilizing 3-D printing for character fabrication in stop-
    Tommy Keiser

    Tommy Keiser

    motion animation for over five years. He is currently the Director of Digital Design at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios leading a team of designers in the production of Crackle’s “SuperMansion,” Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken,: and multiple commercials. Using ZBrush and a variety of other 3D programs, he and his team take characters from concepts to fully realized, highly articulated puppets.

  • Jesse Standlea runs the three-dimensional art program at St. Margaret’s School in San
    Jesse Standlea

    Jesse Standlea

    Juan Capistrano. There he has expanded the three dimension offerings to include both traditional and digital fabrication methods such as bronze casting and 3-D printing.  He holds a BFA in Ceramics from Cal State Fullerton and an MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University.

 

 

SUNDAY:

Cultivating a Creative Community
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12noon-1pm PA133
Moderator: Rochelle Botello, visual artist and Citrus College instructor

Creativity can take place in one’s private studio space, but can also flourish in a social context.  What does it mean to create a creative community and how important is it to the artist? Each of the panelists found it necessary to build an environment for people to feel creative.   They will share what their community is, what it means for them, how they built it, and how they maintain it.

  • John Ikuma is the Executive Editor / Founder of Stop Motion Magazine. He is a
    John Ikuma

    John Ikuma

    professional VFX artist working in TV and Film Production in Hollywood on high profile stop-motion production utilizing both traditional and modern techniques of animation. He is currently working on the Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf.

 

  • Anthony Scott, renowned stop-motion animator and animation director and
    Anthony Scott

    Anthony Scott

    current head of animation at Clokey Productions/Premavision, kicked off his career with the “New Adventures of Gumby” in 1988. He went on to animate on “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Toy Story 2,” “Davey & Goliath’s Snowboard Christmas,” and others. Scott was the animation supervisor on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” and Henry Selick’s “Coraline.” He just finished supervising the stop-motion segments of the upcoming feature “The Little Prince.” Scott has a huge on-line presence with his Stopmotionanimation.com.

  • Dave Shelton is an award-winning film and television writer/cartoonist/voice
    Dave Shelton

    Dave Shelton

    actor/author/director. His credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, Nickelodeon, Disney, Tweety and Sylvester, National Lampoon and SyFy. He is the best-selling author of Brain Explosion, a collection of his work from his days at National Lampoon. Currently, he has three series on the kids television network Kaleidoscope on Roku and is signed to the Academy Award-nominated Shoreline Entertainment. His voice work can be heard on the SyFy channel film Lake Placid vs. Anaconda.

In the Art Studio
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 2-3pm, PA133
Moderator: Rochelle Botello, visual artist, Citrus College Instructor

We will expose the creative, the nitty-gritty, and the behind-the-scenes movie magic. You will hear about tools, paint, clay, and methods of working.  Each of the artist speakers have worked in many different roles in the creation of stop-motion animation and will invite you in to help you see their creations from their eyes.

  • Art Director/ Production Artist – Jason Kolowski is an Emmy Award-winning Production Designer/Art Director working in live action, miniatures and a heavy
    Jason Kolowski

    Jason Kolowski

    focus on stop-motion. After graduating from Savannah College of Art & Design he went on to work in London, Brazil and finally Los Angeles where he currently resides by the beach. His credits range from miniature work on films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Dark Knight Rises” and “Fast & Furious” to “SpongeBob,” “Robot Chicken,” “Morel Orel,” “Tumble Leaf” and the upcoming stop-mo episode of “Adventure Time.” He is currently working on Season 2 of “Tumble Leaf.”

  • Set Fabrication – Victoria Cloyes loves miniature fabrication with all her heart. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and drove her little Camry from Boston to Los Angeles in 2010, where she worked for free at a stop motion internship in someone’s living room; lunch was provided!  It was there, while covering toilet paper tubes with tinfoil to make trees, gazing happily through the smog at the Hollywood sign that she met her future husband, and leapt down the stop-motion rabbit hole. Fast forward 5 years, and she is almost 31, newly married, and is working as a prop master on an Emmy award winning pre-school show called “Tumble Leaf.”  She is lucky enough to also have her own workshop and is in the process of creating her fourth stop-motion short.
  • Puppet Maker – Margaret Meyer started her stop-motion animation career with Art and Joe Clokey heading up the puppet department on “Davey & Goliath’s Snowboard Christmas.” From there she went on to design and build numerous characters for Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and “Moral Orel.” After moving to Portland, she became an influential costume designer on Henry Selick’s “Coraline.”  Currently she is employed by HouseSpecial, in Portland, Oregon, where she fabricates and costumes characters for numerous national ad campaigns, in addition to running a bustling Etsy business for her artwork.