Renowned director/screenwriter/storyboard artist/designer/animator Jorgen Klubien has been named a director of story for feature film at Vinton Studios where he will be responsible for developing animated feature film properties for the Portland-based entertainment studio, including his own original concepts as well as story ideas already in the Vinton pipeline.
For the past eight years at Pixar, Klubien developed original feature film story ideas. He wrote and illustrated the original concept for the studios upcoming feature, CARS, and was story development artist on MONSTERS, INC., TOY STORY 2, and A BUGS LIFE, for which he was also co-writer. A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Klubien had a 10-year run at Disney Studios, where he was a storyboard artist, animator, illustrator, supervising animator, or co-writer of such classic Disney animated fare as MULAN, POCAHONTAS, THE LION KING, RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, and THE LITTLE MERMAID. He also did a three-year tenure at Tim Burtons Skellington Studios, as storyboard artist on director Henry Selicks JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, and storyboard artist and character designer on Tim Burtons NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
The addition of Jorgen Klubien to our story department sends a clear message to the animated feature film community that we are making top drawer, first-rate animated feature films, said Vinton ceo Jeff Farnath. Jorgens storied career has included success at every creative endeavor in the animated feature film field, and his breadth of knowledge, discerning taste, and depth of relationships will be a tremendous help in realizing our goal of being a world-class producer of animated movies.
Vinton Studios is co-producer, with Tim Burton and Warner Bros., of the stop-motion feature film CORPSE BRIDE, which will premiere later this year. In addition, director Henry Selick, who joined Vinton as supervising director a year ago, is prepping his feature film adaptation of Neil Gaimans Hugo Award-winning, international bestselling childrens book, CORALINE. Former 20th Century Fox chairman/ceo Bill Mechanic and his Pandemonium Films will co-produce with Vinton Studios. Vinton Studios, with offices in Portland and Los Angeles (www.vinton.com), produced the Emmy Awardwinning, primetime animated series THE PJs with Imagine Entertainment and Eddie Murphy, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Vinton Studios is a leading producer of animated commercials and shorts, including long-running and iconic campaigns such as M&Ms, the NFL on FOX, and Arbys Oven Mitt.