SCAD AnimationFest schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

3 p.m.

Writing for animation: Creating worlds

Panelists: Jim Fortier, writer; Ben Prisk, illustrator and art director; Brandon Betts, vice president of production, Awesome Inc.; Alan Steadman, writer and producer; Chris "Casper" Kelly, writer and producer
Location: SCADshow, Stage 2

Animation affords filmmakers unlimited settings to tell stories. Join the talent behind popular Adult Swim television shows "Space Ghost," "Squidbillies," "The Brak Show" and "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" as they discuss the creative process in the context of world creation.

★ Featured event 5 p.m.

'Ferdinand' and the animation lifecycle

Panelists: Andrea Miloro, senior vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation; Karen Toliver, senior vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation; Tom Cardone, art director
Location: SCADshow, Mainstage

Discover the animation process from beginning to end as top creatives discuss the animated film adaptation of beloved children's book "Ferdinand," and enjoy an extensive preview of the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox Animation feature.

★ Featured event 7:30 p.m.

'Leap!'

Panelist: Theodore Ty, animation director
Location: SCADshow, Mainstage

In the 1880s, 11-year-old orphan Félicie dreams of becoming a ballerina. She runs off to Paris and makes her way to the Opera Ballet School, where she passes for someone else and becomes a pupil. She quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthlessness of her fellow classmates.

A Q-and-A session will follow the screening.

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

11 a.m.

Animation: The new model

Panelists: Justice Obiaya, business development and operations director, ASIFA-South; Marisa "Ginger" Tontaveetong, executive director, ASIFA-South; Jeff MacDonald, chief executive officer, Tiny Monster Studios; Jenna Zona, animation director, Tiny Monster Studios; Claire Almon, freelance character designer and illustrator
Location: SCADshow, Mainstage

Smaller companies are changing the animation studio model. Learn how Tiny Monster Studios and the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation, also known as ASIFA, are making it happen.

11:30 a.m.

Y'allywood animation

Panelists: Doug Grimmett, founder and chief executive officer, Primal Screen; Jeremy Seymour, creative director, Primal Screen; Ashley Kohler, president and executive producer, Awesome Inc.; Neal Holman, art director and producer, "Archer"; Nigel Rowe, partner and director, Sumptuous Media
Location: SCADshow, Stage 2

Atlanta has become the place to be for filmmakers, earning it the nickname Y'allywood. Listen as top talent talks shop about Atlanta's professional landscape and the culture surrounding the production of animated content and hit shows like "Archer," "The Awesomes," "Squidbillies" and more.

2 p.m.

Exciting careers in animation

Panelists: Andrea Miloro, senior vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation; Tom Cardone, art director at Ferdinand
Location: SCADshow, Stage 2

Breaking into the evolving business of animation requires more than education and talent. Find your role in the animation business by exploring the career trajectories of a production executive and a creative professional working in feature-length animated films.

★ Featured event 3:30 p.m.

Producing 'Duck Duck Goose'

Panelist: Christopher Jenkins, director
Location: SCADshow, Mainstage

Director Christopher Jenkins previews his upcoming animated feature film "Duck Duck Goose," and discusses creative development and the challenges of producing the film in China with 3-D animation studio Original Force.

★ Featured event 7:30 p.m.

Directors choice screening: 'Ethel & Ernest'

Location: SCADshow, Mainstage

See defining moments of the 20th century through the eyes of the titular couple in this hand-drawn, animated feature version of Raymond Briggs’ classic graphic novel.

SCAD AnimationFest passes

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 2, passes for SCAD AnimationFest can be purchased online. Orders will not be taken over the phone. Passes may be purchased only at the SCADshow Box Office once the festival begins.

Preorders are available for pickup at SCADshow beginning Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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