Skydance Animation

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Skydance Animation... where imagination is being re-imagined. We’re creating an animation studio where wildly entertaining stories will captivate audiences of all ages around the world. Our deeply creative artists want to tell bold, original stories that touch people’s hearts. So we’re using the power of animation to create fantastic new worlds and unforgettable new characters across features, series and shorts. This is animation the world has never seen before. Ours is a one-of-a-kind studio. We are building a global creative community from the ground up in Los Angeles, Connecticut, and Madrid where everyone has a voice. Everyone contributes. Everyone counts. Together we’re pushing the envelope between art and technology, creating new looks that will blow audiences away.

Participant Schedule

Sunday 10/29 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Get the Gig

Ballroom G | Skydance Animation, Annwhitney McCombs, Alison Mann, Sam Goff, Deb Stone, Brooke Keesling, Ariel Goldberg

Candid discussion with recruitment experts on how to best stand out as a candidate and land the job. Each of these panelists brings years of experience from across multiple studios. They’ve seen how the industry has changed and how it’s remained the same, and they’ve seen just about every mistake and success that a candidate can make while trying to get the gig.
Saturday 10/28 10:15AM - 11:15AM

Crafting Stories: The Portfolio Edition

Room 107 | Skydance Animation, Clarisse Chua, Shelby Nicholas

For story artists at the beginning of your career, how do you craft a storyboard portfolio that will resonate with studios? Tips on where to draw inspiration for ideas, how to structure a successful sequence, and more from artists working in feature animation who were students themselves not too long ago.
Sunday 10/29 10:30AM - 11:30AM

The Technology of Animation

Room 209-210 | Skydance Animation, Erik Smitt

When vis dev and story artists see the finished product on the screen, the difference between a result they can be proud of and which reflects their hard work and one that falls short of their expectations often comes down to the creative pipeline and how it’s structured. Skydance Animation’s Director of Creative Production Erik Smitt will discuss the methodologies, tools, and considerations that go into making sure a feature or series delivers on the vision that its creative teams had at the outset.