14. August 2021 Johannes Wolters

Rise up Animation: AVNEET KAUR – My Journey Into Animation: From India to Hollywood

Rise Up Fam! We are honored to host the wonderful Avneet Kaur, Character Technical Director and Simulation Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios! Avneet will share her amazing journey from India, give you insight on her varied roles at Disney Animation, and share her views on the significance of mentoring diverse and inclusive talent. Avneet Kaur is a veteran in the vfx and animation industry with 17+ years of experience. She most recently served as a Simulation Supervisor for Disney’s 59th animated feature, „Raya and The Last Dragon“. As a character technical director, she works with the character asset teams to lead the design, development, and implementation of simulation solutions and asset workflows. Avneet has worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks in 2003 on their motion-capture-based animated film, „Polar Express“. She joined WDAS in 2004 and has since worked on “Meet the Robinsons”, “Bolt”, “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph“, „Frozen“, „Big Hero 6“, „Zootopia“, “Moana”, “Frozen 2”, and „Ralph Breaks the Internet“. Kaur is very passionate about the people and craft of animation and has a keen interest in academia. At WDAS, she helps mentor both the incoming and existing talent at the studio. She is deeply engaged in outreach for WDAS and has been a Speaker, Paper Contributor and Presenter at numerous international conferences. She is also involved as a mentor with various associations such as Women in Animation, Women in Technology, Girls Who Code, Rise Up Animation, ABAI(India) and both her Alma Maters (BIT-Mesra and TAMU) in an effort to encourage and support diversity and inclusion in the animation community worldwide.

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