Dreamworks character animators Jacob Gardner, Tyler Phillips, and Luke Randall will discuss character performance from the point of view of the character animator. Each artist will screen a sequence that they’ve animated and discuss in detail their strategy for bringing the characters to life and telling the story. In addition, they will all bring a clip of animation from their most inspirational film.
JACOB GARDENER was on the winning team of the FJORG Iron Animator competition at Siggraph 2007, which got him noticed by DreamWorks Animation. He has been working at the studio ever since on films such as Shrek Forever After, Megamind, Puss in Boots, and Rise of the Guardians. Jacob is also an instructor at iAnimate.net, and is the cofounder of the animation podcast website SpeakingOfAnimation.com.
TYLER PHILLIPS is an animator who studied at Platt College and Animation Mentor. Tyler got his start in Prague working as a 3D generalist. As an animator, Tyler has worked on such films as, Ice Age 3 (Blue Sky), God of War 3 (sony Games), and How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, and Puss in Boots with DreamWorks Animation.
LUKE RANDALL is an animator originally from Australia. Luke studied at Animation Mentor and got his start in TV and games before moving into features where he has completed work on Open Season 2, Shrek Forever After, Megamind, Puss in Boots, and Rocky and Bullwinkle.