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Animation Evolution: Bringing Story to Life

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A basic foundation of animation is story but in an industry where the technology is constantly evolving, how are animation professionals bringing characters and story worlds to life? Join the discussion with those working across a myriad of styles and genres as they discuss the development of story and the process behind bringing it to life on the screen.



MODERATOR John Bernstein Senior Producer

John Bernstein is Senior Producer of Creative Content at Walt Disney Studios. During his time at Disney, John has produced and developed shorts, documentaries, and interactive for a range of film and television projects including the Blu-ray and DVD releases of THE MUPPETS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, ABC's LOST, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and releases from MIRAMAX during the years they were under the Disney umbrella. As a festival veteran, John helped run the Atlanta Film Festival, served on the programming team of AFI Fest, and was a short film screener for Sundance for a decade. During his years as a freelance journalist, John was a writer/photographer for Detour, Rough Cut, and served as contributor to indieWIRE during its formative years.

Saschka Unseld Director The Blue Umbrella

Saschka Unseld studied film and animation at the Animation Institute in Germany. After graduation, he co-founded the award winning animation studio “Studio SOI” where he produced and directed numerous shorts and commercials. In 2008 Saschka Unseld joined Pixar Animation Studios where, before directing "The Blue Umbrella", he worked as camera and staging artist on “Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” and “Brave.”

Ryan Quincy Creator/Animator/Director OUT THERE IFC

Ryan Quincy is an artist, animator, voice actor and director based in Los Angeles. Originally from Nebraska, he is currently working on his own animated show, OUT THERE, which can be seen Friday nights 10/9 central on IFC. The series features voices by Fred Armisen, Megan Mullally, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio, Kate Micucci, Linda Cardellini, and Justin Roiland. Guest voices for OUT THERE season one include Selma Blair, Jemaine Clement, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Stephen Root, Jason Schwartzman, Sarah Silverman and Christian Slater. Previously, Quincy was a two time Emmy award winning animation director and producer for South Park. He’s also worked with 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon and Disney.

Darcy Prendergast Dir/Animator Oh Yeah Wow

The anomalous career of Darcy Prendergast was ignited when the Nescafe Big Break competition bestowed twenty thousand dollars on the budding filmmaker. After Completing a Bachelor of Animation at RMIT, he was immediately scouted as a lead sculptor for Adam Elliots Mary and Max feature. 

Armed with a keen eye for directing and penchant for the surreal, he catapulted directly into music videos, producing award winning content for artists such as 3 time Grammy winner Gotye, Wax Tailor, Aloe Blacc and Bombay Bicycle Club. His brain-child- Melbourne based studio Oh Yeah Wow, has now crystallised into a vast folio of impressive projects that bear his signature. His directing accolades continue to pile up with nods from Rolling Stone, Webby Awards and various other festivals...

He's a friendly chap who'll be swaggering around the festival, most likely with a drink in hand- why not share one with him?