This Month's Contributors

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Otto Alder has been on the jury of numerous festivals, as well as acted as a consultant and programmer for many more. He was the Director of the Stuttgart Festival from 1986-1992, on the ASIFA Board from 1991-1996, founded the FANTOCHE Festival in 1995 and since 1992 has been selecting animation for the Leipzig Festival and Animation Show. He is also a noted writer and film director. His latest film is The Spirit of Genius: Fedor Khitruk and His Films.

Amid Amidi is the Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine.

Evan Backes is the creator of the Stay Tooned website and a freelance writer for Animato Magazine.

Toby Bluth is a writer, director and designer. He is a veteran of the American musical stage and has performed in, directed or choreographed nearly one hundred musical comedies. He has also directed live-action films. In animation, he has recently directed and designed MGM's Babes in Toyland, and is currently art directing Disney's Winnie the Pooh feature Tigger's Family Tree.

Mitch Butler is originally from Palmer, Alaska where he was a cartoonist from a young age. Mitch was president of the Idaho Film and Video Association in 1996, and vice president in 1995. He studied communication at Boise State University where he found a Video Toaster and became a self-taught animator with Lightwave v1.0. Shortly thereafter, he bought his own gear and went into business for himself.

George Cairns currently demonstrates the use of Maya at the University of Luton in the UK. In his spare time he churns out computer generated sci-fi art for various magazines. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his CG showreel with the intention of getting a job in the real world.

Menno de Nooijer is an animation director from Middleburg, The Netherlands. He occasionally collaborates on projects with filmmaker Paul de Nooijer, his father.

Zahra Dowlatabadi started working in animation in 1986. She has worked for several studios including Universal, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera and Walt Disney. She is presently co-writing a book with Catherine Winder entitled: How To Produce Animation.

Eric Huelsman is the head of the 3D computer graphics center at the Abram Friedman Occupational Center.

J.B. Kaufman is an independent film historian who has written extensively on early Disney animation. He is co-author, with Russell Merritt, of Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney, and the two are completing a second book on Disney's Silly Symphonies.

Heather Kenyon is editor-in-chief of Animation World Magazine.

Irene Kotlarz is a Los Angeles-based freelance producer and animation consultant. Kotlarz was the director of the Cardiff/Bristol/Cambridge festival from 1985 to 1992. She has taught animation history and theory at West Surrey College, Royal College of Arts and the National Film and Television School in the U.K. and was a producer at Speedy Films from 1993 to 1997.

Chuck McBride is a Creative Director at Weiden & Kennedy currently working on the Nike account. He has previously worked on Levis, Got Milk? and Isuzu campaigns. His favorite color is purple.

Barry Purves is a Manchester-based filmmaker. Through his production company, Bare Boards Productions, he has directed several stop-motion animated films and commercials, including Next, Screen Play, Rigoletto and Achilles.

Michael Swanigan has over 25 years of experience in animation having worked as a director, animator, layout and storyboard artist, and development/writer. He is currently a director on World Events' CGI series Voltron. In addition he has published and written several books on animation including Hanna-Barbera's World of Super Adventure and Animation by Filmation. He also publishes and edits the international quarterly animation magazine TOON Magazine.

Annick Teninge is the general manager of Animation World Network.

Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is an independent recruiter and business consultant. Her clients include Walt Disney Feature Animation, Fox Feature Animation, Digital Domain, Dream Quest Images, Lucas Learning and many others. Thompson produced L.A. SIGGRAPH's Career Boot Camp last year and she advises colleges and universities on establishing animation programs. She also writes a column for Animation World Network called "The Career Coach."

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