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Alumni Career Pathway Series: Animation

This panel series is comprised of alumni from various disciplines to talk about their career pathways and professional development from emerging to established artists and designers. The purpose of these panels is to illuminate and demystify the career paths of creatives while offering insight and advice.

The panel on February 3 is Animation featuring:

Director Christopher Auchter grew up exploring the beaches and forests of Haida Gwaii, off Canada’s West Coast, and his art is rooted in the land and stories of the Haida people. Auchter’s art practice is fueled by his close connection to the natural environment, his adventures in forestry and commercial fishing, and by the colourful people with whom he has lived and worked. From early on, he recorded his feelings and impressions as images, and today his filmmaking serves the same function.

Auchter studied media arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, graduating class valedictorian (Vancouver, British Columbia) and graduated with honours in computer animation from Sheridan College in Ontario. His goal is to create films that are as engaging and entertaining as the many people and environments that have inspired him, to help facilitate genuine contact between the Haida people and the global community.

His previous projects include writing and directing the award winning NFB film The Mountain of SGaana. Animating on Daniel Janke’s How People Got Fire, Electronic Arts’ NHL Games and Nintendo’s Punch Out! He has illustrated three children’s books, including Jordan Wheeler’s Just a Walk, a comic by Richard Van Camp called Kiss Me Deadly, and a graphic novel by W.L. Liberman entitled The Ruptured Sky: The War of 1812.

Stephanie Blakey is an award-winning storyboard supervisor and animation director with animation training in Vancouver, England, and France. Her last film, “The Butterfly Affect,” made with funding and support from Women in Animation, is currently screening internationally. Her previous film, “The Last Resort”, a stop-motion paper cutout comedy horror, won several awards on its globe-trotting festival run. She is currently working as a storyboard supervisor at Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver while she develops her own ideas for shorts and TV series, while occasionally dabbling in comics and paper cutout artwork.

Ren Budd is a Vancouver born 2D animator working at Atomic Cartoons.  She graduated from Emily Carr University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Media Arts in Animation.  At Atomic Cartoons she’s worked on Cupcake and Dino: General Services, Molly of Denali and is currently an animator on Trolls: TrollsTopia.

Alisha Steinberger is a recent ECU graduate who currently works in vfx as a character/creature animator.

Alisha started her journey as a layout artist at Scanline VFX, moving to the animation department at the same company. She has had the great pleasure of working on films such as Godzilla vs Kong, Black Widow, Freeguy and Suicide Squad.

Creature Animation has always been her passion, so when she got an offer to work on a creatures-only show at Bron Studios, taking the job was a no-brainer.

Outside of professional work, Alisha takes part in independent film and animation projects that reflect her passion for animal rights.

Animation focuses on different career paths for animators.

Panels will run from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Breakout rooms from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 899 8953 6037
Passcode: 074687

Upcoming panels in this series:
February 10: Film Panel
February 17: Illustration Panel

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