Tues Nov 26 | 630pm | VFS Theater 106 | Vancouver
Curious about what happens in visual development for an animated project? Or wonder what happens once a series has been greenlit? Or how does casting work? Well this is the workshop for you! Soup to Nuts takes a close look at Atomic Cartoons’ The Last Kids on Earth (Netflix) from initial concept to the start of pre-production. Come and meet the producers Joel Bradley, Tini Wilder, and Jennifer Twiner-McCarron, director Steve Rolston, art director Alexia Tryfon, and casting director James Corrigall as they discuss the process and how they brought the property to life. Hosted by Vancouver Film School.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Max Brallier and locally produced by Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons, The Last Kids on Earth is about Monsters. Zombies. Apocalyptic adventure. Cosmic horror. Crazy action. The Last Kids on Earth has plenty of that – but at its core, it is a story about true friendship; a foster child who finds a family in the wildest of circumstances.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
VFS Theatre 106
Vancouver Film School Animation Campus
151 W Cordova St
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Joel Bradley – Supervising Producer 2D
Joel Bradley is the 2D Supervising Producer at Atomic Cartoons. Joel overseas all 2D production through development into final delivery, this includes budgeting, scheduling, client relations and crew management. Over the past 6 years Joel has helped Atomic produce such shows as The Three Caballeros, 101 Dalmatians Street, Hilda and The Last Kids on Earth.
James Corrigall – Voice Director
James has been an animation voice director for 18 years and has directed over a thousand episodes in dozens of different series. Some of James’ credits include: Slugterra, Kate & Mim-Mim, The Deep, Chuck’s Choice, Super Monsters, The Hollow, Super Dinosaur, LEGO: Ninjago, LEGO: Jurassic World, Hello Ninja, The Last Kids on Earth.
Steve Rolston – Director
Steve Rolston is an Eisner Award winning artist who has illustrated a variety of comic books such as Queen & Country and Emiko Superstar. In 2015, Steve returned to the animation industry as a storyboard artist on Marvel Avengers Assemble and Littlest Pet Shop. He has since been storyboard supervisor on Cupcake & Dino, writer/director on the Minecraft Mini-Series and storyboard director on The Last Kids on Earth, which he is currently directing.
Alexia Tryfon – Art Director
Alexia Tryfon studied as an industrial designer and has worked on designing toys, packaging and furniture for different clients. In 2006 she decided to explore the entertainment industry where she studied 3D animation and Visual Effects. After that she worked as a Visual Development artist for over 14 years in games, feature films and television. Her clients span from Hasbro, Rovio, DHX, Disney, Animal Logic, Lego, Big Fish Games, EA and Oculus.Some of her latest work can be seen on My Little Pony: The Movie for the world outside Equestria and Lego 2: The Second Part, as she helped develop concepts for space, planets and character designs for the sister world. She is currently Art Directing The Last Kids on Earth for Atomic Cartoons.
Tini Wider – Line Producer
After graduating from film school in Vienna/Austria Tini has worked as a Location Manager, Production Manager and Producer on various projects. Starting off with short films, then gaining more experience with TV movies and commercials, she is currently working as an Animation Line Producer.
Jennifer Twiner-McCarron – Executive Producer
Jennifer Twiner-McCarron is the CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, and its Kids and Family Division, Atomic Cartoons. The Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters.
Jennifer Twiner-McCarron joined Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird Entertainment’s kids and family division, as the Head of Production in 2011. Under her leadership, the studio grew from 25 artists to more than 550 today. She has lead production on multiple titles including the Emmy-winning Beat Bugs for Netflix, Cupcake & Dino for eOne and 101 Dalmatian Street for Disney+. She is also an executive producer for The Last Kids on Earth, which began streaming on Netflix in 2019, as well as the upcoming series Princesses Wear Pants, which is currently in development.
Jennifer was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Atomic Cartoons in 2016, then CEO of all Thunderbird companies in June 2018. She continues to hold both roles, overseeing a team of more than 1,000 people, in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London (UK). Jennifer’s collaborative leadership is responsible for continued growth, creative excellence and thriving partnerships across Thunderbird and Atomic Cartoons, which culminated in the Company going public on the TSX Venture Exchange in November 2018.
Prior to joining Atomic, Jennifer was Vice President of Production for Rainmaker Entertainment in Vancouver. Over the past 20 years, Jennifer has produced or executive produced dozens of animated series, video game cinematics, and direct to DVD features, including the popular Barbie Princess franchise with Mattel Filmed Entertainment. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and a degree in film studies from the Vancouver Film School. She is an award-winning producer having received multiple Leo awards, an ELAN, and a DTV award. She was voted one of the “Top 25 Women in Animation” by Animation Magazine in 2004 and named Executive of the Year by Playback Magazine in 2018. Jennifer’s greatest achievement, however, is her family and she cherishes spending time with her husband and three children.