The Toast of Toon Town

World An­i­ma­tion & VFX Sum­mit brings to­gether the crème de la crème of the in­dus­try in L.A. for four days in Novem­ber.

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f you’ve been fol­low­ing An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine online, you al­ready know that we had a ter­rific turnout at our 2013 World An­i­ma­tion & VFX Sum­mit in Novem­ber, which was held at the Cal­i­for­nia Yacht Club in Ma­rina Del Rey. Talk about a room with a view! We couldn’t have asked for more en­ter­tain­ing and in­spir­ing keynote speak­ers, pan­elist and at­ten­dees. We had ter­rific sunny skies, lots of stim­u­lat­ing con­ver­sa­tions and great food and com­pany! Here are some of the high­lights of the four-day event:

Tom Kenny Is God: Can some­one please hire Tom Kenny to host ev­ery award show in town? The man, who has been voic­ing Sponge­Bob SquarePants for the past 14 years, is also one of the fun­ni­est, most gra­cious and gen­uine stars in town. He did such a won­der­ful job of host­ing the Sun­day night awards, which fea­tured the likes of voice leg­end June Foray, ILM’s CCO John Knoll, DQ CEO Ta­paas Chakravarti, Stoopid Buddy Stood­ios’ John Har­va­tine IV, Matthew Sen­re­ich and Eric Towner and ta­lented DreamWorks’ di­rec­tors and writ­ers Chris San­ders and Kirk DeMicco.

Find­ing the Right Pre­sen­ter Is Half the Fun! Thanks to all the good peo­ple who worked hard to match our honorees with just the right peo­ple to give them this year’s awards. Here’s a big shout-out to the toplevel tal­ent who showed up at our event to in­tro­duce the honorees and give them their tro­phies: We’re talk­ing the al­ways-glow­ing Toon Boom pres­i­dent Joan Vo­gel­sang, the down-to-earth Mr. Mega-Pro­ducer Jon Lan­dau ( Avatar, Ti­tanic), Mr. Pe­abody and Sher­man exec pro­ducer Tif­fany Ward (yup, that’s Jay’s awe­some daugh­ter) and the two-time Os­car-nom­i­nated ac­tress Cather­ine Keener. How many other ac­tresses do you know who were in five movies in 2013 alone ( The Croods, Enough Said, Can a Song Save Your Life, Cap­tain Philips, Bad Grandpa)?

Tom Sito and Jay Redd Give Great Keynotes! Every­body loved Tom Sito’s in­for­ma­tive keynote about the evo­lu­tion of com­puter graph­ics and Jay Redd’s en­gag­ing look at the things that have in­spired his ca­reer. Sure, ev­ery­one can get up there and read a few facts and fig­ures and make eye con­tact with the au­di­ence, but th­ese guys re­ally know their stuff, and they found a way to bring lots of hu­man­ity and in­spir­ing touches to their ma­te­rial. We wish we could shrink them and carry Mini Sito and Mini Redd in our pock­ets for those days that we need an ex­tra pos­i­tive push in our lives.

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Be­hind-the-Scenes Se­crets: Yes, we love their movies, but we get ex­tra crazy when they show up to tell us how they made their projects! A big thank you ILM’s John Knoll and Hal Hickel who woke up early on the Mon­day morn­ing af­ter the open­ing night party to show us high­lights from Pa­cific Rim and share some of the magic they cre­ated for the amaz­ing Guillermo del Toro movie. Three cheers for the tech team be­hind Dis­ney’s Frozen (light­ing di­rec­tor Mo­hit Kal­lian­pur, soft­ware engi­neer An­drew Selle, CG su­per­vi­sor Frank Han­ner and ef­fects su­per­vi­sors Mar­lon West and Dale Mayeda) who served up some nice tid­bits about the mak­ing of this month’s fairy tale pic and the gre­gar­i­ous Sony An­i­ma­tion folks (di­rec­tor Cody Cameron, pro­ducer Pam Mars­den, co-pro­ducer Chris Juen, pro­duc­tion de­signer Justin Thomp­son and art di­rec­tor Dave Ble­ich) who spilled the beans about the cre­ation of our fa­vorite food­i­mals for Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls 2.

Hon­est Award Sea­son Chats: We all know ev­ery­one is out there pro­mot­ing their movies for the big award sea­son, but what we got from Chris Wedge ( Epic), Kris­tine Bel­son ( The Croods), Aron Warner ( Free Birds) and Jamie Ke­zlar­ian Bo­lio ( Ernest and Ce­les­tine) was the hon­est truth. Th­ese four Os­car sea­son con­tenders weren’t shy about telling us the real sto­ries be­hind the mak­ing of their movies or how they felt about the an­i­ma­tion scene in 2013, and we salute them for their can­dor and spirit! That’s right—2D ver­sus CG, bring it on, baby!

Ex­pert Ad­vice: Where would we be with­out some help­ful tips from

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some real pro­fes­sion­als? Among the many key in­dus­try pros who al­lowed us to tap their brains and share their wis­dom with the rest of the at­ten­dees this year were Greg Payne, An­drew Koski, Sander Schwartz, Peter McHugh, Mark Vul­cano, Chris and Shan­non Prynoski, Evan Spiri­del­lis, Vin­cent Chalvon-De­m­er­say, Fred DeWysocki, Raul Gar­cia, Roland Car­roll, Robert Sethi, Lu­dovico Marenzi, Alexis Nel­son, Scott Met­zger, Stephan Lawes, Ja­son Bierut, Ryan Cooper, Lenora Hume, Dan Clark, Peter Gal, Jenny Fulle, Alex Schwartz, Carolyn Bates, Bonne Rad­ford, Ted Bi­aselli, Jenna Boyd, Mike Moon, Conrad Mont­gomery, Clint Rea­gan, Chris Ed­wards, An­thony Hoit, Ta­paas Chakravarti, Jac­ques Bilodeau, Pet­teri Pasa­nen, Youngki Lee, Bren­dan Burch, Frank Fal­cone, Tim Miller, Fred Schae­fer and many more. Also, a big thank you to our help­ful mod­er­a­tors Ellen Wolff, Tom McLean, Craig Miller, Max Howard and Ramin Za­hed.

Fi­nally, Let’s Hear It for the Spon­sors: We are very grate­ful to DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion, MDeC, Ile de France, Cel Ac­tion, Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment, Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion, The Gotham Group, Toon Boom, The Mill, Tit­mouse Stu­dios, and our me­dia part­ner Va­ri­ety who came through with their gen­er­ous sup­port and hos­pi­tal­ity. We re­ally couldn’t have done it with­out you! If you missed our Sum­mit this year, it’s not too early to plan ahead for the 2014 edi­tion, which will be held Nov. 2-5! We will keep you posted!

Tom Kenny proves that he’s the best host in town (again). Award re­cip­i­ent, DQ pres­i­dent Ta­paas Chakravarti and his daugh­ter Nivedita (head of con­tent and line pro­ducer) pose with An­imag pres­i­dent Jean Thoren. Break­through Stu­dio Award re­cip­i­ents (from l

Andy Blazdell (Celac­tion) demon­strates the pop­u­lar soft­ware’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Sony’s pan­elists (from left) di­rec­tor Cody Cameron, art di­rec­tor Davd Ble­ich, pro­ducer Pam Mars­den and art di­rec­tor Dave Ble­ich. Top an­i­ma­tion lu­mi­nar­ies from Malaysia’s Mul­timedi

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