BURBANK — In what has develop into an annual custom at Annecy Worldwide Animated Movie Competition, Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) returns with a Bonlieu Theater presentation showcasing the Studios’ newest tasks, offered by the filmmakers themselves. On Friday, June 14, head of animation Becky Bresee and head of results animation Marlon West take to the stage to present an inside take a look at the making of Frozen 2, and the administrators of three new shorts – Simply A Thought, directed by Brian Menz, Change Scholar, directed by Natalie Nourigat and Jing Hua, directed by Jerry Huynh – current their shorts in world premiere screenings at Annecy.
The shorts are a part of Quick Circuit, the Studios’ experimental program that started in 2016 the place anybody at Walt Disney Animation Studios can pitch an thought and probably be chosen to create an authentic quick movie with the assist of the Studio and their fellow artists. The aim of this progressive program is to take dangers in each visible type and story, floor new voices on the Studio and experiment with new technical innovation. This system has up to now given 20 Disney Animation artists the chance to create their very own quick, most averaging 2:00 minutes in size. Final 12 months’s award-winning Disney Animation VR quick, Cycles, directed by Jeff Gipson, was created throughout the Quick Circuit program as effectively. The quick movies inside Quick Circuit shall be obtainable Spring of 2020 on Disney+ within the U.S., Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.
REBECCA WILSON BRESEE (Head of Animation, Frozen 2)
As an animation supervisor on 2013’s Frozen, Bresee labored along with her crew of animators to realize the absolute best character performances. Bresee labored with the animation crew as an animation supervisor on Frozen to realize the absolute best character performances. She paid particular consideration to Anna, guaranteeing that the efficiency mirrored the character’s optimistic and fearless persona. Her function on Frozen 2 as co-head of animation, partnering with Tony Smeed, is a bit totally different as she helps to supervise extra than simply that character. Her further tasks haven’t modified her love for Anna and she or he is so glad to revisit her buddy on this movie!
Bresee joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1996. She has labored as an animator on a bunch of characteristic movies together with Dinosaur, Treasure Planet, Hen Little, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Huge Hero Six, Zootopia and Moana. She loves the entire characters that she has had the prospect to animate whether or not they’re a pet or a princess.
A local of Oneonta, New York, Bresee’s lifelong curiosity in artwork and fervour for all issues Disney impressed her to pursue a profession in animation. Her love of Disney fairy tales is what began all of it. She earned a level in wonderful arts from Geneseo State in New York, and attended Sheridan School in Toronto, Canada for animation.
Bresee resides in Burbank, Calif., along with her husband, John, and daughters Olivia andEvelyn.
JERRY HUYNH (Director, Jing Hua – Flower within the Mirror)
Born in Pasadena, Calif., and raised primarily in Walnut, California, Huynh comes from a household of Chinese language-Vietnamese refugees and drew upon his household roots and tradition in telling this very private story. He attended the College of California, Irvine, the place he studied laptop science and engineering, with a deal with laptop graphics. Influenced at an early age by such memorable animated movies as Tarzan, The Iron Large and The Incredibles, Huynh got here to Walt Disney Animation Studios as an intern in 2011. He went on to work as a useful integrity take a look at engineer at Western Digital and a software program QA lead at Double Unfavourable earlier than returning to WDAS as a common TD (technical director). In that function, his credit embrace Moana, Ralph Breaks the Web and the Studio’s 2020 characteristic launch.
BRIAN MENZ (Director, Only a Thought)
Born in Rochester, New York, Menz fell in love with animation as a younger boy and dreamed of being a Disney animator for so long as he can bear in mind. He studied hand-drawn animation at Edinboro College of Pennsylvania and taught himself laptop animation utilizing a pc in his sister’s attic with the assistance of some mates. He got here to Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2008 as an animator on Bolt and went on to work on such movies as Huge Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Zootopia, Moana and Ralph Breaks the Web. He’s at present serving as animation supervisor on the Studio’s 2020 characteristic launch. Previous to working for Disney, Menz animated at Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, and extra), Laika (Coraline) and DNA Productions (Jimmy Neutron, The Ant Bully). Impressed by his personal awkward pre-teen reminiscences and the newspaper comics he grew up loving, Only a Thought offered Menz with the chance of a lifetime to experiment and collaborate. Brian and his spouse, Katie, have seven kids, together with son Jack, who supplies the voice of the boy in his movie.
NATALIE NOURIGAT (Director, Change Scholar)
A local of Portland, Ore., Nourigat joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2015 as a narrative apprentice, and has gone on to function a narrative assistant and story artist for Ralph Breaks the Web. After graduating from the College of Oregon, she launched her skilled profession drawing comics (“Between Gears,” “I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation,” “Deadpool” #250) and creating storyboards for commercials in addition to for the favored internet collection Bee and Puppycat. Because the director of Change Scholar, Nourigat has loved studying to guide different artists, exploring how the manufacturing pipeline works and seeing the movie enriched by every of the departments that contact it.
MARLON WEST (Head of Results Animation, Frozen 2)
West leads the consequences division in each inventive and technical path alongside fellow head of results Dale Mayeda for Frozen 2.
West has been with Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1993 when he got here aboard as a trainee results animator. His credit embrace The Lion King, Pocahontas and Hen Little as results animator; Tarzan as visible results animator; Fantasia/2000 as assistant results supervisor; Atlantis: The Misplaced Empire and Winnie the Pooh as visible results supervisor; the quick Find out how to Hook Up Your Dwelling Theater as results supervisor; and The Princess and the Frog as results animation supervisor. He served alongside Mayeda as results supervisor for 2013’s Oscar-winning characteristic movie Frozen, the Oscar-winning quick Feast and the worldwide hit movie Moana.
Previous to becoming a member of Disney, West labored for Encyclopedia Britannica on a number of instructional movies in Chicago. He painted and animated on The Beastie Boys’ music video Shadrack and animated pixie mud for the Michael Jackson California Raisin industrial. West’s first animated options have been Rover Dangerfield and Bebe’s Children.
West was 7 years previous when he checked out a e-book with an image of stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen and set his sights on a job the place he may convey his toys to work. He studied movie and writing at Columbia School Chicago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts diploma.
The St. Louis, Missouri, native is dad to a 15-year-old daughter, and has two cats, turtles and fish tanks. He resides in Glendale, California.
Supply: Walt Disney Animation Studios