Sum­mit As­cend­ing

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The third an­nual World An­i­ma­tion and VFX Sum­mit thrilled and en­light­ened at­ten­dees in the in­ti­mate set­ting of the Cal­i­for­nia Yacht Club in Ma­rina del Rey.

Mr. Pe­abody and Sher­man di­rec­tor Rob Minkoff; Mu­lan di­rec­tor Tony Ban­croft; Maxon US CEO Paul Babb. Sec­ond row: Dis­ney TV An­i­ma­tion’s Troy Un­der­wood and Mat­tel Play­ground Pro­duc­tions’ David Voss; The LEGO Movie film­mak­ers, from left Pablo Plaisted, Dan Lin, Chris Miller and Chris McKay. Third row: The Boxtrolls co-direc­tors Gra­ham Annable and An­thony Stac­chi, The Book of LIfe di­rec­tor Jorge Gu­tier­rez and Car­toon Sa­loon co-founder Paul Young; Nick­elodeon Stu­dios se­nior VP of an­i­ma­tion pro­duc­tion David Stein­berg. Fourth row: Pas­cal Blais and Guru Stu­dio’s Mary Ble­don; Daniel Gre­goire of Halon and Ron Frankel of Proof. This page, clock­wise from top left: Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simp­son; and The Simp­sons di­rec­tor David Sil­ver­man; Car­toon Sa­loon co-founder Paul Young; An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine pres­i­dent and pub­lisher Jean Thoren with hon­oree Phil Ro­man; How to Train Your Dragon 2 writer and di­rec­tor Dean De­Blois; Paul Rigg of Coper­ni­cus Stu­dio and Frank Saper­stein of Tri­con Films; DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion’s Si­mon Otto, talk show host Craig Fer­gu­son, hon­oree Bon­nie Arnold, com­poser John Pow­ell and De­Blois. And the party was just the start of it. The pro­gram­ming kicked off the next morn­ing with a stir­ring key­note ad­dress from Mr. Pe­abody and Sher­man di­rec­tor Rob Minkoff be­fore delv­ing into a slate of deep pan­els that in­cluded a case study of the mak­ing of Dis­ney’s Big Hero 6; an Os­cars panel with the direc­tors of five of the year’s big­gest an­i­mated re­leases; a deep look into the mak­ing of The LEGO Movie and a stun­ning pre­sen­ta­tion of Glen Keane’s in­ter­ac­tive app Duet.

The sec­ond day quickly re­sumed the in­tense pace with a key­note from David Stein­berg, se- nior VP of an­i­ma­tion pro­duc­tion at Nick­elodeon Stu­dios, fol­lowed by spot­lights on the an­i­ma­tion business in Canada and around the world. Maxon CEO Paul Babb de­liv­ered a key­note that was fol­lowed by a look at the lat­est tech­nol­ogy poised to change the world of an­i­ma­tion.

The evening cock­tail party was abuzz with ex­cite­ment for the vi­sion of the fu­ture of an­i­ma­tion the sum­mit pre­sented, as well as the ca­ma­raderie an­i­ma­tion folks are well known for.

“The deeper level of en­gage­ment and the shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion is so ex­hil­a­rat­ing, it made it hard for me to sleep at the end of each day, as my mind was so turned on,” says Kathy Mes­sick, pres­i­dent of Cy­ber Op­tics En­ter­tain­ment.

The sum­mit wrapped up with a tour of Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios, Mouse­trappe and RGH Themed En­ter­tain­ment.

And now be­fore we start look­ing for­ward to next year’s sum­mit, we’d like to thank our spon­sors: MDEC, DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion, CelAc­tion, Mat­tel Play­ground Pro­duc­tions, Atomic Cartoons, Maxon, Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment, RGH, Stereo D, Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion, Mondo, Big Bad Boo Stu­dios and Nat­u­ral Tal­ent.

See you next year!

Top 10 Home En­ter­tain­ment Ti­tles 1. 2.



5. 6. 7. The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire (Lion­s­gate) The Hob­bit: The Des­o­la­tion of Smaug (New Line) Thor: The Dark World (Dis­ney) Grav­ity (Warner) Di­ver­gent (Lion­s­gate) Trans­form­ers: Age of Ex­tinc­tion (Paramount) Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier (Dis­ney) The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man 2 (Sony) 300: Rise of an Em­pire (Warner) X-Men: Days of Fu­ture Past (Fox)

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