Work From Home Animation Production
Presented by: The Creators Society
Event Planner: Michael Cawood
As a third of the world's population goes into lock-down, "Work from Home" becomes the new normal for many. Not everyone can work, to their full capacity, from home but artists working in animation can largely do everything they need from home. In 2019 most job adverts read as 'onsite' so many people don't know how to work effectively from home or how to setup a workflow for it. But for the coming months, and probably longer, we can expect to see 'remote' or 'WFH' as an increasingly common option. We're gathering some of the most experienced artists and animated filmmakers for this panel to talk about the ups and downs of working from home. Tips and tricks for making the most of it and making it sustainable for artists and the companies that employ them.
(In alphabetical order)
Producer | Animator | Founder,
David Andrade is an Emmy nominated animator and entrepreneur who founded the world's first virtual animation company in 2013: Theory Studios. They have worked with Sesame Street, Disney Imagineers, Universal Studios, Korn, Amazon's Man in the High Castle, Transformers: War for Cybertron and much more. Seven years ago he co-founded Theory Studios as a home for artists, designers and programmers working around the world. They've been nominated for an Emmy, and a Visual Effects Society Award; they have been featured on major trade publications like 3D World; and collaborate frequently with the US State Department to teach animation to students around the world!
Director | Storyboard Artist,
Cinzia Angelini is a writer, story artist and director who has worked in the animation industry for more than twenty-five years. She moved to Los Angeles to start the American chapter of her career after working in London and Munich for Amblimation and Warner Bros. While her first Hollywood studio was Dreamworks, she eventually followed a path that would lead to a series of collaborations as animator and story artist, with all of the major studios including Sony Imageworks, Disney, Warner Bros, and Illumination. Her work includes 'Balto', 'Prince of Egypt', 'Eldorado', 'Spirit', 'Sinbad', 'Spider-man 2', 'Open Season', 'Meet the Robinsons', 'Bolt', 'The Minions Movie', 'Despicable Me 3', 'The Grinch' and 'Abominable'. She is currently directing the short indie film 'Mila'. The film has been produced by an world-wide, virtual studio collaboration consisting of around 350 animation professionals from 35 countries. The quality of the film attracted Cinesite to get involved to help finish the film and it's expected to be done this year. Cinzia is also directing an upcoming animated feature film for Cinesite.
Director | Storyboard Artist,
Everett Downing is an Oscar winning director, story artist and animator living in the Greater Los Angeles area. Born in Boulder, Colorado and raised in Denver, he studied Film, focusing on computer animation at Columbia College in Chicago. Everett began his career as a story artist at Big Idea Productions before making his break into feature film, animating at Blue Sky Studios on the original Ice Age. He later took a position as an animator at Pixar, animating on several award winning feature films (everything from Ratatouille to Monster’s University). He then transitioned back into the story department where he boarded on "The Toy Story That Time Forgot", and "Cars 3". Since then he's worked on films at Dreamworks, Paramount, and Sony Pictures Animation. Everett directed the animated short 'Hair Love' which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2020. He's recently joined Netflix Animation and is currently co-developing an animated series.
Mícheál Kiely is an Irish Animation Director and has over 28 years of experience in the animation industry. He started his career as a clean up artist and then as a junior traditional animator at Don Bluth Studios in Dublin Ireland on such movies as 'The Land Before Time' and 'All Dogs go to Heaven'. From there he went on to work in Berlin, Sydney, Hamburg, New York and LA, with a stint in New Zealand on Return of The King for WETA Digital Studios. He returned to LA, where he worked on 'Spiderman 2' for Sony Imageworks, 'Meet The Robinsons' for Disney, 'The Bee Movie', 'Kung Fu Panda 1' and 'Kung Fu Panda 2', 'Shrek 4', 'Puss in Boots', 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'The Croods' for Dreamworks, and returned to Disney for 'Frozen'. He was also an instructor for beginner and advanced body mechanics at iAnimate online school of animation, for approximately 6 years. Since then he has worked mainly from home for a variety of studios around the world. In 2017 he was part of a small team that was involved in setting up an independent studio called TenSky Entertainment, to create original IP for both film and games.
Animated Filmmaker | Producer | Director | Story Artist,
Michael Cawood is a British Animated Filmmaker based out of Los Angeles County. Having worked as an artist, supervisor and director in Animation for over 22 years he has credits including 'Happy Feet', 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', 'Bumblebee', 'Pete's Dragon', 'Lady and the Tramp', 'Pirates 5', 'Night at the Museum 3', 'Furious 7', 'Starfox Adentures', 'Skylanders Giants', and 'Call of Duty'. He's lived in many cities around the world working for studios that include Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, MPC, Rare, Encore, Proof, The Mill, Third Floor, Animal Logic, Passion Pictures, Rooster Teeth, Psyop and many more. He's also built his own work from home solutions to recruit for, and direct, his short films 'Devils Angels & Dating' and 'The Wrong Rock', both winning numerous awards. Along with his partner, Julie Pifher, he creates original animated content for TV and Film while continuing to animate, storyboard and supervise in Film and TV.