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Creators Jam

A competition for the fun of it!

Presented by: The Creators Society
Event Planner: Lynn Terra

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Production Week
Took place Sat. May 9th - Fri. May 15th (7 days)

The Premier
Was on Tues. May 19th

Working in animation we know what it means to adapt. We’re constantly learning new techniques, acquiring new tools, and mastering new software to make our vision a reality. In animation, we specialize in coming together as a crew and accomplishing all of that under a strict deadline.

Though as of late, coming together has been difficult. The global quarantine and shelter in place orders may have stopped us from gathering, but it will not stop us from creating. In fact, there couldn’t be a better time to create. With that in mind, we’re announcing the first ever Creators Society Creators Jam!

An event where randomly assembled teams will get together(virtually) for one goal... to create the best short story possible in one week!

From Saturday May 9th - Friday May 15th these teams will become their own indie animation studio, tasked with a super secret theme. Together they’ll create everything from the story, to the characters, to the world together all from scratch. Then on Tuesday, May 19th, there will be a big online premier where the different crews will present their work before a special panel of judges, and a live audience. The only limit will be their own creativity... and time, a really short amount of time.


(In alphabetical order)

On the day of the Premier, we will have judges to watch each team's productions, and score them based off certain criteria.  

Erika Dapkewicz

Lead Editor, "VIVO"
Sony Animated Pictures

Erika is currently the Lead Editor on the Sony Animated Pictures, “VIVO”. She is working with Lin-Manuel Miranda who is also starring and writing songs for the 2021 movie. Erika is an ACE and Academy Member.

Erika got her BA in Film/TV at CSUF back in 1993. She was hired by Disney Feature Animation in 1994 and worked on such films/projects as, “POCAHONTAS” - “MULAN” - “JOHN HENRY” - “LILO & STITCH” and “A FEW GOOD GHOSTS”. She started as a Production Assistant and became an Associate Editor for Disney in 1999.

Erika left Disney for DreamWorks Feature Animation in 2004 as a Lead Editor. She worked on such films/projects as “FLUSHED AWAY” - “MONSTERS VS ALIENS” - “PUSS IN BOOTS” - “THE CROODS” - “B.O.O.” and “THE TROLLS HOLIDAY”. She left DreamWorks to work on “VIVO” at Sony in 2017

In addition to Editing in Animation - Erika co-wrote and directed the 2012 sci-fi film, “PARADOX ALICE” for Orchard Pictures. She is also a music composer and musician, and has a side musical project called, “IMAGINARIUS”.

FYI - If you have trouble finding Erika’s name in past credits - it’s because she transitioned from Eric to Erika beginning in 2014.

Niki López

Creator/Executive Producer of Santiago of the Seas,
Nick JR.

Niki López is the creator and executive producer of Nick JR.’s Santiago of the Seas, an action-adventure bridge series that follows eight-year-old Santiago Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, as he embarks on daring adventures in a fantastical Caribbean world. López was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL to earn a BFA in Illustration. Her animation career began as a Nicktern for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, where she got hired shortly after as a production assistant on Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and then as a color designer on The Fairly Odd Parents, Harvey Beaks, and Glitch Techs. In 2018, she was selected as one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch.

Eric M. Miller

The Creators Society

CEO/Executive Producer,
Eric Miller Animation Studios

Eric M. Miller is the President and Founder of The Creators Society, and the CEO/Executive Producer of Eric Miller Animation Studios.

During his half-decade at DreamWorks Animation, Eric collaborated on some of the biggest animation franchises in the business--including Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon--managed crews as large as 60 artists, and led animation teams in multiple locations ranging from in-house artists to artists around the globe.  

Proud of his accomplishments at DreamWorks and eager to take the next step in his career, Eric left DreamWorks Animation in July of 2014 to found Eric Miller Animation Studios. Over the last 6 years he's worked with larger clients such as Toys'R'Us and Honda, and also many smaller clients.

In 2015 Eric founded The Creators Society to bring people working in all areas of the animation community together.  The Creators Society holds month animation socials, and put on events(like this one) for it's growing membership.

Todd Wilderman

Co-Director of DreamWorks Animation's Abominable

A veteran of 25 years in animation, Todd Wilderman began his career as an animator and development artist at Sony where he worked on a number of films including STUART LITTLE 1 & 2, HARRY POTTER, and OPEN SEASON. On each of these films, Todd worked on developing the characters personalities as well as their designs. Todd’s unique approach to his characters in his role as Animation Supervisor eventually led him to focus on story. 

Todd Co-Directed Open Season 2 which was nominated for an Annie Award and earned him a spot as one of Animation Magazine’s Rising Stars of Animation.

Todd spent the last eight years at Dreamworks Animation and contributed to films like CROODS, HOME, as Head of Story, and TROLLS. In addition, Todd directed the short film ALMOST HOME, which featured Steve Martin. 

Most recently, Todd was the Co-Director on DreamWorks Animation’s ABOMINABLE.

Master of Ceremonies

Lynn Terra


Growing up across the street from a Blockbuster, it was only a matter of time before Lynn became obsessed with film and television. He got his start creating animated shorts with his brother using MS Paint and knew it was his calling. It was time consuming, but not nearly as tedious as getting detention for using the school’s copy machine to circulate his hand drawn comics.

After obtaining a marketing degree, Lynn scores a gig writing and voice acting for commercials broadcast exclusively on gas pumps. Though only 5–10 long these ads were heavily circulated. There are still people who recognize his voice from talking about coffee.
Lynn left the advertising field in 2018 and has dedicated his time exclusively to animation ever since

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