Thurs Apr 18  |  7pm  |  Six Point Harness  |  Los Angeles

Please join Women in Animation and Six Point Harness for a fun and informal chat with Trisha Gum, Greg Franklin, Anne Walker Farrell, and Teddy Newton as they discuss their individual pathways to becoming directors.  We’ll dig in with each of them about the opportunities and challenges they faced along their journey and cover valuable insights they can offer to anyone interested in pursuing a career in directing for animation.

Hosted by Six Point Harness in Echo Park and moderated by their head of development, Wendy Willis.

April 18, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm – Panel starts at 7:00pm

Six Point Harness
1759 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Parking and entrance:
2217 Aaron St. Los Angeles, CA 90026

*Parking is extremely limited, we suggest you use a ride share service. 

Free for WIA Members.
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About our panelists: 
Trisha Gum has been working professionally in animation for ten years. She started her film career working as an art director and production designer on various TV shows, such as, Robot Chicken, The WB’s MAD, and Adult Swim’s Frankenhole. Gum transitioned into writing and directing in 2010 ,and in 2011, she was selected for the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.

In 2015, Gum won an Emmy for her work on Amazon’s Tumble Leaf and, in 2018, was named one of Variety’s top 10 animators to watch. Most recently, she was the Head of Story on the international hit The LEGO Batman Movie. Trisha just wrapped up co-directing the film The LEGO MOVIE 2.

Gum’s work includes a large body of independent films that have won festival awards and gained her recognition from the Independent Magazine as among “2012’s Top Ten Filmmakers to look for.” When not making films, she spends her time working on her fine art. As a cut-paper artist she has a unique way of changing paper into three-dimensional pop-up book-type scenes. Her artwork has a strong aesthetic that she often uses in her films.

Greg Franklin is the creative director and a founding partner at 6 Point Harness. He’s known for directing the cult comic adaptation Prison Pit and The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! as well as the animated segments from FOX’s Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, Bobcat Goldthwait’s acclaimed documentary Call Me Lucky, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob 2: Sponge Out Of Water, and the indie comedy Black Dynamite! As creative director at 6PH, he’s presided over several dozen hours of animated entertainment, including MTV’s Good Vibes, FOX’s Fringe, commercials for Metlife and Taco Bell, and many others. Franklin also animated a series of shorts for comedians Wyatt Cenac, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, and Kyle Kinane. His latest projects are Adult Swim’s Apollo Gauntlet and DreamworksTV’s Lizzie, which he wrote and co-created.
Anne Walker Farrell, A Bay Area transplant living in Los Angeles, Anne Walker Farrell has worked in nearly every department of television production during her fourteen years in the animation industry.  Currently a director on Final Space season 2, and previously a director on Bojack Horseman, she has worked with a wide variety of clients, including MTV (Good Vibes), Nickelodeon (Random! Cartoons), Bento Box (Murder Police), and Cartoon Network (The Mr. Men Show, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi). The creator of Starseeking, an ongoing sci-fi webcomic (, she enjoys traveling with her husband, hanging with her two cats, and unintentionally murdering an inordinate number of blameless houseplants.
Teddy Newton’s unique sense of humor mixed with his ability to whip out characters with only a few strokes a pen, gave rise to his career in the animation field. Teddy has contributed as a designer and story artist to many of the top animated films in the industry, including: Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, as well as many Pixar short films, such as, Presto, Jack-Jack Attack, Your Friend the Rat, Partly Cloudy, and Day and Night, which he also wrote and directed. The film played theatrically with Toy Story 3 and was nominated for an Academy Award. It won both a VES and an ANNIE award for outstanding short film of 2010. Teddy has also brought his irreverent style to the live-action world where he wrote and directed the feature length film The Trouble with Lou and a short live-action satire about the computer animation industry, called The Studio of Tomorrow. Currently, Teddy has multiple animated projects in various stages of development.
Moderator Wendy Willis joined Six Point in January 2016 as their Head of Development. She has worked as a creative producer in both features and television for over a decade, selling both comedies and dramas to places like FX, Comedy Central, CBS, Sundance, HBO, Sundance, Fox, Adult Swim, TBS, Cartoon Network and Sony. Prior to Six Point, she was a Development Executive at Mosaic where she oversaw a slate of projects under their first-look deal at HBO and she also spearheaded the company’s first theater project with Crescendo Productions. Even further back, Wendy worked for Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live and at Mopo Productions where she was a producer on the Oscar-winning, short documentary, TWIN TOWERS. She is currently producing four new series for the MONDO channel on the VRV network, a movie at Sony, a series for Adult Swim and pilots for FX, Hulu and Fox.

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