The Summit You Can’t Afford to Miss!
Meet some of the top people in the biz, learn from their expertise and find the inspiration for your next project at the 2017 World Animation & VFX Summit. he 2017 edition of the World Animation and VFX Summit will soon begin with an opening night awards gala at the Casa del Mar Ballroom in Santa Monica, California on October 29. This year’s award recipients and their presenters will entertain and inspire the high-profile audience of international guests with clips and speeches that demonstrate why they are “Game Changers” for our industry.
The Animation Magazine Hall of Fame awards will be presented by Al Jean to Nancy Cartwright; by Vanessa Morrison to Lori Forte; by John Musker to Glen Keane; to PGS Entertainment’s Philippe and Guillaume Soutter; by Tom Lynch, by Herb Scannell to Fred Seibert; and by Margie Cohn to Mark Taylor. The star-studded event will be hosted by none other than one of the top voice-over artists working in the business today, Tom Kenny ( SpongeBob SquarePants).
To see and read more about this evening, go to www.animationmagazine.net/summit where you will find the career biographies of all of these incredible industry leaders and visionaries. I look forward to personally welcoming you! Jean Thoren Founder, World Animation & VFX Summit Publisher, Animation Magazine
The gala will be followed by two packed Summit days in the intimate surrounds of The California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. All-inclusive networking breakfasts, lunches and cocktail parties anchor the all-day panels of industry luminaries. The focus is on easy access and face-to-face interactions. Speakers will share enlightening information about their experience, the future of our industry, its best practices, new ideas and the technologies that will make life in 20172018 easier for producers, studio owners and talent. Speakers and panel information along with registration details can be found at the website. Tom Kenny
Finally, the icing on the cake will be our incredible Master Classes for the Masters. Alison Norrington, Archita Ghosh, Fred Seibert and Butch Hartman will be disclosing their secrets and expert tips during four Master Classes on Wednesday November 1. Breakfast, lunch, an afternoon break snack and cocktails with appetizers will be served. Attendees can purchase these classes individually or as a full-day pass on the Summit website.
The World Animation and VFX Summit is a way to travel the global geography of our industry, all while relaxing in the ambiance of a private club overlooking the Marina. No jet lag, no appointments every half hour, and no running around town, a huge hotel or a convention center. You will not be exhausted, but will be renewed, energized and inspired. It’s especially convenient if you are heading over to the American Film Market in Santa Monica the following week.
Fred Seibert reminded me as we were discussing his “Master Class” earlier, that to succeed in the animation business has a lot to do with getting to know people personally. His career was launched on the advice to “go have lunch.” He was told by a mentor early on, to ask someone to lunch that you would not otherwise have the opportunity to spend time with. That idea of sharing an unhurried meal has been the beginning of many great projects and relationships. I have been told of many projects and fruitful partnerships that have come out of chance meetings at the Summit over the past six years.
If you have been with us before, then you understand how different our Summit is from similar events. If you haven’t, I encourage you to take the time out to drive or fly to the Marina to learn “what you didn’t know you didn’t know” and meet a future partner.
10 AM Alison Norrington: How to Design Powerful VR Experiences for Younger Audiences. If you are interested in creating great VR story-driven experiences for kids, but have no idea where to start, this is the master class for you. Join our VR workshop for an exciting and thorough overview of what works (and what doesn’t) when designing for children in VR. With mainstream brands already creating VR for children—from Cartoon Network’s I See Ooo to Framestore’s Fantastic Beasts VR, Google Expeditions in the classroom to Samsung‘s Bedtime VR Stories allowing a shared experience, this workshop will introduce you to the world of virtual reality. With so much VR and 360 content lacking story and experience, this is your chance to dive in as a newcomer and walk away knowing how to approach storytelling within VR. 11 AM Archita Ghosh: An Indie Studio’s Guide to the Future of Animation, Education and Production. E*D Films is an animation lab based in Montreal, Canada that has positioned itself at the convergence of technology, gaming, animation, education and R&D. Exec producer Archita Ghosh will discuss the democratization of media production, the opening up of storytelling possibilities, free tutorials, animator-friendly tools, community collaboration, and innovative models from business and process perspectives. From the practical realities of shrinking budgets and tighter deadlines, to the continuous drive towards quality and beauty, E*D Films tackles the challenges of the evolving digital industry head on, with an eye towards the desires of current and future animators in a digital landscape that is shifting to its new form. 1:30 PM Butch Hartman: Creating Profitable Animated Hits in a Non-Linear World. Multiple Emmyand Annie-winning creator of Nickelodeon’s long-running series Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy and animation industry innovator Butch Hartman will share the secrets of his amazing career, offer helpful tips on how to develop, pitch, produce and promote your animated content, and discuss the myriad opportunities that new streaming services and online content venues have provided for first-time toon creator. “Technology has allowed content creators to blaze their own path these days,” says Hartman. “I believe that strong characters and strong stories will always win the day. In this master class, we will look at how you can prepare your ideas for a pitch. Then, we examine ways you can pitch your ideas effectively to a studio. We’ll also look at the best ways to stay creative and open to new ideas.” 3:45 PM Fred Seibert: How to Have Lunch and Sell Your Show Successfully! Learn the secrets of producing and selling a hit animated property from Emmywinning producer and Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibiert ( Adventure Time, Fairly OddParents). As Seibert explains, “For 10 years, I asked anyone within earshot, ‘How do we sell a show?’ I heard every answer imaginable. But veteran producer Florence Small gave me the best advice of all: ‘Your ideas don’t really matter,’ she said. ‘Everyone’s got an idea. Go to lunch with the people who can buy a show from you.’ Having a great show is only half the battle. Now, you need someone willing to pay for it. And no one will pay for a show from someone they don’t know. Everyone’s got a boss they answer to, even the president of a network—and every show is a multimillion-dollar investment. Who’s going to hand over millions to someone they don’t even know?” Seibert will discuss how to create relationships with people who can buy your show. Then, when you’ve actually got a great show, they’ll be there for you with their millions and their network!
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