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LIAF presents the 2022 UK Animation Industry Event – seven panels giving insider access to some of the hottest topics of the year. We’ve gathered together some of the most passionate, honest and insightful experts from a wide range of different areas and backgrounds who are ready to cover all manner of vital topics to give you much food for thought.
Animation doesn’t stand still; and debates and discussions with animators and creative experts are the best way to get in touch with what’s happening, whether it’s a look into the minds of some of the most creative forces making music videos in the 2020’s, a discussion on the career paths of women in the industry over the last decades, where AI Generated Imagery might be going, whether animation can be a viable and satisfying career for people who are neurodiverse, what the Metaverse might offer animators and can animation be a business as well as an artform.
For anyone currently working in the film and animation industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious, these seven talks are indispensable.
The panels will be chaired by Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean/Director of Industry Engagement at Escape Studios, Julian Scott, animation consultant at Film London and Dara McGarry, Director of Outreach at DNEG Animation.
LIAF 2022: UK Animation Industry Event Session 2: Back to a Future!
Join Animated Women UK’s cross generational panel for a candid discussion of the career paths of women over the past decades to determine whether opportunities were more accessible then, or now and how we might better shape the future.
Moderator: Dara McGarry – Director of Outreach at DNEG Animation
Dara McGarry started her career at Disney Feature Animation in 1997, and over the course of 13 years worked in a variety of departments including Production, Technology and Effects on films such as Dinosaur, Chicken Little, Tangled and Frozen. But being a bonafide anglophile, she jumped at the chance to move to London in 2010, working as an Artist Manager for DNEG VFX. A few years later DNEG opened a Feature Animation division with Dara as the Artist Manager, helping to grow and shape the team from its nascent days of 12 people to a global team of 700. She now serves as Director of Outreach for DNEG Animation.
Emily Morus-Jones – Welsh Puppeteer, Puppet Maker and Creature FX Co-ordinator
Emily trained as a TV puppeteer with the Sesame Workshop in addition to completing training at the prestigious Curious School Of Puppetry. Emily lives for puppets and practical FX and is one of the few women taking the lead on projects using puppetry in the film and TV industry at present. She has performed with puppets on CBBC, ITV, Sky 1 and Netflix in addition to working with high profile clients that include Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, McLaren (F1), The Brit Awards, Rag’nBone Man & Jam Baxter. Additionally she has built puppets for The Handspring Puppet Company, Spitting Image, KneeHigh Theatre, Nick Barnes Puppets, John Lewis and the band Iron Maiden. Emily is passionate about promoting puppetry to new audiences, connecting with other like minded artists and creating new, innovative stories using puppetry as the central medium in film, TV and online.
Nellie McQuinn – Head of Production at Moonbug Entertainment
Nellie has been in the entertainment industry for 29 years and has worked in Australia, New Zealand, UK and the USA both in front and behind the camera. She joined Grass Roots Media as co-director in 2006 and helped grow the company to become one of the most prolific producers of children’s digital content in the UK over the following decade.
In 2018, Nellie joined Moonbug Entertainment as VP, Head of Production, producing content consumed by children globally. The brands under her remit include Cocomelon, Blippi, Oddbods and Little Baby Bum. As well as being a global leader in the AVOD space, the Moonbug production team are also engaged in premium original partnerships with Disney, Amazon Kids, Netflix and Sky, amongst others.
Sofia Caldeira – Layout/PreVis/PostVis Artist at The Third Floor
Sofia is a Visualisation & Layout Artist with experience in hybrid CG/live action, animated features and episodic series, currently working at The Third Floor in London as Shot Creator.
Her background is originally in filmmaking and photography, but she fell in love with the 3D medium and in 2017 decided to do a specialised course in Advanced 3D for VFX. Sofia first joined the industry in 2019 as a Layout artist at MPC Film, working on the Best VFX Oscar nominee “The One and Only Ivan”. She then joined Jellyfish Pictures in 2020 to work on DreamWorks’ “Spirit Untamed” and during her time there, was promoted to Lead Layout Artist. Once that show wrapped, Sofia joined The Third Floor and has since been working in PreVis/PostVis for live action films and streaming series.
Rebecca Barbour – Director of Talent at Industrial Light and Magic
As the Director of Talent Management at ILM, Rebecca is tasked with strategically assembling and growing a team of artists with a diverse skill set and the creative drive to work with the Leadership teams, to produce the groundbreaking work for which ILM is known. Rebecca has overseen the growth of the Studio Talent group to its peak size of 425 artists. Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, Toronto, Canada and began her career in Film Production in 1999. She has contributed to the films Avatar and Salt, and has also worked on the animated feature The Tales of Despereaux.