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Animation has the power to transform the way we see the world through imagination, daring visual techniques, and stories that pack an emotional punch even without live-action performances. But how does one break into this industry? Animators, producers, and executives dish on how to create a successful animated project, build a portfolio, and get hired.
Moderator: Howie Shia, Animator
Sam Chou, Animator
Michael Fukushima, Executive Producer, National Film Board
Brandon Lane, Production Executive, Corus
Nadine Simard, Talent Recruiter, Guru Studios
Ravi Steve, Animation Writer
Jeff Tran, Animator
Community Partner: Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)
Sam Chou is an award-winning creator, director and filmmaker. He co-created and directed the web-series ‘CRIME: The Animated Series’, premiering at Sundance, TIFF and winning Best Series for Adults at OIAF. He has won numerous awards as Director of Animation for the documentaries, ‘The Real Superhumans’ for The Discovery Channel and ‘Fly Colt Fly’ for The Movie Network. Sam recently collaborated with the CBC, directing animation for David Suzuki’s ‘The Nature of Things’.
He is the Director of the hit comedy series for Mondo “City in Crisis”, airing on Adult Swim Canada this fall and is currently directing an animated action series at Arc Productions.
Sam Chou is the founder of the award-winning animation studio, Style5.tv.
Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984, which is a lot of water under the bridge. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short award. Fukushima became an NFB animation producer in 1997, and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013. He now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in – this year with Oscar®-winners Alison Snowden and David Fine on their first short film in two decades, and on Oscar®-winner Torill Kove’s next short film.
Brandon Lane is Production Executive, Original Programming for TELETOON and CARTOON NETWORK CANADA. Brandon oversees the production of an assigned slate of original programming for TELETOON and TELETOON at Night, collaborating with producers from premise to sound mix.
A screenwriter and producer, prior to joining TELETOON Brandon worked as Development Executive and Creative Producer for 9 Story Media Group. At 9 Story, he developed and wrote for Numb Chucks and co-created Cache Craze. He also worked as creative producer on Camp Lakebottom, Nerds & Monsters and Fugget About It. At TELETOON, Brandon is production executive for Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding-Dong, Camp Lakebottom, Inspector Gadget, The Bagel & Becky Show and Counterfeit Cat, among others. Brandon recently wrote and produced a short for Sesame Street and wrote and directed a musical titled ‘The Crazy Space Adventures of Princess Sparkly Butt & The Hot Dog Kid’, which was chosen as Best Of FringeKids at The 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival. 10-year-old Brandon would be pretty stoked to hear that in the future he gets to work on so many cool cartoons.
Nadine Simard joined Guru Studio as their Talent Recruiter early this year after many years as an Executive Search Consultant for clients worldwide. Originally from Vancouver, Nadine graduated from Simon Fraser University, having earned a BA along with a post-graduate honours certificate from Humber College in Human Resources Management. Now heading up the recruitment team at Guru, Nadine is passionate about hiring and inspiring artists to assist in producing high quality animation.
Ravi Steve is based in Toronto, Canada, and has dedicated his career to creating content for and about young people. Most recently Ravi wrote two episodes for Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series RUSTY RIVETS. His film TRAINING WHEELS, was nominated for 2012 Director’s Guild of Canada Award. That same year Ravi directed his first episode of broadcast TV with YTV’s teen comedy HOW TO BE INDIE. In 2010/11 Ravi completed Remix-to-Rio, a muti-award winning one-hour documentary following a youth-run outreach program as they navigate the streets of Rio. He also produced the one-hour television Special TORONTO in 24 for Hildebrand/OMNI, a film that garnered over 20 international awards, nominations, and official film festival selections including three Gemini Award Nominations and one win in 2011. In 2006 Ravi’s script for YTV’s Prank Patrol was nominated for a Banff World Television Award and also earned the show a Gemini Award nomination. Ravi and has directed, edited, written, acted, and dialog coached for shows on YTV, Discovery kids, Family Channel, Disney and others. Ravi has a BFA from York University and is a former resident of The Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab. Ravi and his writing partner are currently in development on two feature films; a horror/thriller with Whizbang Films and a romantic comedy with NSI and Movie Central.
Jeff Tran is an artist who’s been making short films and working in the animation industry since 2008. His films ‘Jolly Melancholies’, and ‘Traces of Joy’ have previously been screened at the Reel Asian Film Festival. He has also been a finalist at Reel Asian’s 2010 ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ and Innoversity’s 2014 Short Film Pitch Competition. Currently he works at Arc Productions as a story artist.
Howie Shia is a Toronto-based illustra- tor, animator, writer, and director. His short films have won several awards, including the 2007 Grand Prix at the Tokyo Anime Fair. He combines a love for ancient mythologies with modern urban environments.