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Trojan Horse was a Unicorn

September 18-23, 2017 • Tróia, Portugal

Join us at Trojan Horse was a Unicorn as we discuss characters, visual development, animation, innovation, and story.

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Vaiana:  Stories the Ocean Tells 

1:30PM - 3:00PM

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The story behind the Academy Award®-nominated animated feature “Vaiana” is a celebration of the people, culture and mythology of the Pacific Islands. Creating a sweeping musical film featuring demigods, monsters, vast ocean voyages, and beautiful lush islands was no small task for the team at Disney Animation. Join visual effects supervisor Kyle Odermatt as he shares the research and the collaborative developments created by a team of engineers, artists and storytellers who brought the world of “Vaiana” to life.

Creating Characters

5:15PM - 6:45PM

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At Walt Disney Animation Studios, the process of creating characters for feature films and shorts spans decades, genres and subjects. Animator Eric Goldberg will provide an inside look at Disney Animation's character development process and principles through various film clips and drawings of the past and present.

Hand-Drawn Animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios

3:05PM - 4:35PM

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Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest film, the Academy Award®-nominated “Vaiana” fully integrated the art of hand-drawn animation into the CG world. The collaboration of art and technology has always inspired artists at Disney by creating new relationships that inspire the filmmaking and storytelling process. Join Eric Goldberg, a master animator, as he shares how these two art forms move the medium farther.

Childlike Wonder - What I love about Storytelling

5:15PM - 6:45PM

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Maintaining the childlike wonder in all of us is one of the best kept secrets of storytelling. Part technique, part imagination, and lots of drawing, Paul Briggs will share a view and an approach to building a story and visualizing it.

The Art of Visual Development

9:15AM - 10:45AM

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Creating a believable world starts out with a director’s idea. At Walt Disney Animation Studios, visual development artists bring a variety of skills, techniques, and styles to help shape the Director’s vision. Visual development artist Helen Chen will share how her visual development work helped shape the unique looks of Academy Award® winner “Paperman,” Academy Award® nominee “Wreck-it Ralph,” Academy Award® winner “Big Hero 6” and more.

Masterclass: Innovation in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Shorts Films

5:15PM - 6:45PM

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has created varying styles of shorts over the last decade. From titles that give a new twist to the Disney shorts of old, such as “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater” and the Academy Award®-nominated “Get a Horse!” to the heavily-stylized efforts of Academy Award® winner “Paperman,” Academy Award® Winner “Feast,” and “Inner Workings,” exploration is at the forefront of every Disney animated short. Visual effects supervisor Kyle Odermatt will share a look at the short filmmaking process, including new techniques and innovations discovered along the way.

Masterclass:  Storyboarding at Walt Disney Animation Studios

9:15AM - 10:45AM

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There are different approaches to building a story, developing a story and visualizing it. Join director and head of story Paul Briggs as he shares Disney Animation's approach to creating believable worlds, appealing characters and compelling stories.

Masterclass: Life After Art School

3:05PM - 4:35PM

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An overview of Helen Chen's career and journey as a visual development artist after graduating from "art school." Helen will talk about her personal design process, and what she's learned about combining the elements of character, set design, and lighting to visually tell a story.