28. September 2021 Johannes Wolters

Real-time Animation: Unlocking Story and Style

Wednesday, September 29
12 PM PDT | 3 PM EDT | 8 PM BST

In this episode of The Pulse, join our host Dan Sarto of Animation World Network as he talks about real-time animation with industry experts David Prescott, SVP of DNEG Animation; Jason Chen, EVP of BRON Digital; Kevin Dart, Founder and Creative Director of Chromosphere; and Karen Dufilho of Epic Games.

The members of the panel will discuss how real-time animation pipelines have unlocked the route to better storytelling in their own projects. By moving from linear, siloed roles to non-linear collaboration and iteration, artists can instantly see results, give feedback, and try different scenarios long before final cut. Due to the workflow’s agile nature, styles and stories that were previously impossible are now within reach. And as a bonus, a real-time workflow naturally leads to transmedia assets for multiple platforms.

Join us as we explore how real-time rendering has changed the traditional animation pipeline, and what we can expect to see in the future. Be sure to stay for the live Q&A at the end.

Dan Sarto
Co-founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network

Dan helms Animation World Network (AWN.com), one of the largest publishers of animation and VFX news and information. Dan has served on juries, delivered keynotes, or moderated panels at numerous industry events such as the Animation Masters Summit and FMX, and is currently Chair of the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH Asia 2021.

David Prescott
Senior Vice President, Creative Productions, DNEG Animation

David has served as creative supervisor on award-winning projects such as Fight Club, X-Men, and Transformers, and executive producer on the animated short Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat. In his role as a technical innovator, he has created new technical solutions for previs, post, and VFX, such as collaborating on the groundbreaking all-digital color grading process on the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Jason Chen
Executive Vice President, Digital, BRON Digital

Jason is a 15-year industry veteran and virtual production expert, supporting technical/VFX integrations for such legendary creatives as James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Steven Spielberg. His credits include Avatar, Jojo Rabbit, Real Steel, and Thor: Ragnarok. At BRON Digital, Jason is currently producing the animated series Fables.

Kevin Dart
Founder and Creative Director, Chromosphere

Kevin is the founder and creative director of Chromosphere, the design and animation studio behind the Yuki 7 series and the film June, and visual direction on the Carmen Sandiego and City of Ghosts series. He previously worked as an art director and designer for projects like Steven Universe, Inside Out, Her, and The Powerpuff Girls.

Karen Dufilho
Epic Games

Karen is an Academy, Emmy, and Cannes award-winning producer, with credits that include Google Spotlight Stories and Pixar projects related to A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters Inc. At Epic, Karen leads the Unreal Shorts program, an initiative to get Unreal Engine into the hands of creators.

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