The Special Sessions program has been updated and ILM will present a complete session on how they have brought animated characters to life during their long history. The session, titled Creatures, Critters & Clones: Styles and Techniques Unique to Industrial Light + Magic, will have most of the Animation Directors and Supervisors presenting: Tom Bertino, Colin Brady, Hal Hickel, Dave Andrews, Dan Taylor, and Jenn Emberly.
The Special Session will take place Monday, July 28, 2003 from 6 to 8 pm. You can read the details here:
Tom Bertino is an Animation Director at ILM who joined ILM in 1986 on the roto department, and eventually became Animation Supervisor with the emergence of CG characters. He is a classically trained animator who previously worked on such places as Colossal Pictures and Hanna-Barbera. He has also worked as a VFX Supervisor on Flubber and worked as Director of the ILM animated short Work in Progress. He also received an Oscar nomination for his work on The Mask. Some of his projects include Howard the Duck, Innerspace, back to the Future 2, The Abyss, T2, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Death Becomes Her and 101 Dalmatians. He most recently worked as Animation Director for The Time Machine and MIB 2, but there are no details yet of what his next project is, though it's rumored he'll work on ILM's first animated film.
Colin Brady graduated from the California Institute of the Arts. Before joining ILM he worked at Rhythm and Hues (on the film Hocus Pocus) and then at Pixar on such films as Toy Story, A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. AT ILM has worked on projects such as Magnolia, ET 20th Anniversary edition as is currently working on the highly anticipated The Hulk.
Hal Hickel joined ILM in 1996 to work on The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2. After his stint at Cal Arts in the Film Graphics Program he worked on motion graphics on an Oxberry. He later joined acclaimed Will Winton Studios doing stop motion and motion control work before joining Pixar in 1994. He worked on the groundbreaking Toy Story and minor projects like the THX logo animation. At ILM he has worked on such projects as Space Cowboys, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, where he served as one of the two Animation Supervisors. He has most recently worked on Dreamcatcher to be released later this month.
Dave Andrews joined ILM in 1993 where he started working on Jumanji and Casper. He is a Sheridan College graduate where he studied classical animation. Some of his past projects include Small Soldiers, Mars Attacks!, and the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. He most recently worked on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where he oversaw the animation of Dobby. His next project is not known at the moment.
Dan Taylor, joined ILM in 1994 to start working on The Mask. He graduated in 1972 from the Brooks Institute of Photography, where he studied cinematography. He started his career in TV commercials (graphics, logos, special effects, etc.) and also did stop motion work for TV and low budget features. He eventually learned Softimage and used it to create a creature for The Regenerated Man that would bring the attention of ILM. Some of his projects include Dragonheart, The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2, Deep Rising, and Wild Wild West. Recently worked on Jurassic Park 3 and is currently working on Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines.
Jenn Emberly has been a long time Lead Animator who started at ILM back in 1984. She started almost straight out of Sheridan College, where she studied classical cel animation, along with her friend Julija Learie, who also joined ILM as a junior animator. Some of her projects include Jumanji, Dragonheart, Small Soldiers, Mars Attacks!, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Mummy and Jurassic Park 3. She is the most recent Animation Supervisor and is currently working on Peter Pan for director P. J. Hogan and VFX Supervisor Scott Farrar.
There will also be a session on Pixar's Finding Nemo, also with some of their top guys like Sharon Calahan, Ralph Eggelston and Oren Jacob, a special session on video games, and one on visualization.