Workshop: Push/Pull: The Student, The Education and The Industry (Moderator)
With the animation industry constantly evolving and with its tentacles in so much of the media world how does an animation program best prepare its students? It can be a push-pull, tug of war — addressing student wants and industry needs preparing the student not just for their first job but also for a long successful career and the many directions a career can take. This conversation will workshop ways and ideas of working together.
Biographical Statement: For the past 14 years Tom Knott has recruited and built animation teams for such studios as Warner Bros (The Iron Giant) and Laika (Coraline), among others. He has also worked on the production side for Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes: Back In Action) and Acme Filmworks (The Drew Carry Green Screen Show). From 1988 to 1995 he was a Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival as well as assisting and providing direction for the Los Angeles International Animation Celebration. He occasionally writes about animation (Animation Art, Flame Tree Publishing, 2004); lectures and teaches; programs retrospectives; and was part of the planning committee for the 1990 Ottawa and 2002 Glendale Society for Animation Studies Conferences.