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They need us! Leveraging Technical Skills in Feature Animation

In this circle, we will discuss what it is like for a technically minded person to work in a creative field like animation.

What kind of technical roles are there in animation? What are some important skills to have? How does one keep up with their skills and adapt to ever changing technology? What are the big changes that are happening in the world of feature film animation?

We will have the opportunity to look at our resumes together (or individually) and find ways to create a narrative about your interests and goals. And if you are unsure, we can brainstorm about figuring those things out. We’ll leave room to chat about topics ranging from: switching careers or entering animation to pitching projects to your team or boss at your current company. Hopefully you’ll leave this circle with a feeling of the importance of the role of technologists in animation, and in the world.

Mentee Criteria

Exp Level:
0-1 year
1-3 years
3+ years

TAs, TDs in animation or technically minded folks who want to be TDs.

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Once per month

Dates:  9/12, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16

Meeting Times:  5:30-7:30pm PST

Circle Leader

Elvis Au

Elvis Au has worked at Blue Sky Studios for over 12 years. At the studio, he founded the Immersive Technologies group whose mission is to identify and incorporate emerging tech like VR/AR and game engines to make better animated movies. Prior to this he worked as a technical director, helping build and patent the stereoscopic 3D film pipeline at Blue Sky Studios.

Title/Expertise:  Technologist / Immersive Technologies

Company:  Blue Sky Studios

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