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Pixar’s Kahrs to Speak at Gnomon School on Feb. 24

Pixar animator John Kahrs, who worked on THE INCREDIBLES from model testing through completion, will discuss his work at Gnomon School of Visual Effects Feb. 24 at 7:00 pm.

Kahrs refined facial articulation for Mirage and Violet, and animated Bob and Syndrome, while working on Helen, Dash and Violet as well. He reveals the thought process he undertakes when trying to give each character life from the inside out...and the ways he brings detail and subtlety (or not) to each action.

Kahrs interest in animation began early. By the age of 12, with his head filled with STAR WARS, he experimented with super 8 films and drawing flipbooks down the sides of paperback novels. Unsure of where and how to learn more about animation, he attended an art college in Eastern Canada. When he stumbled across a computer animation course at the school and also saw John Lasseter's LUXO JR. playing at a local theater, he made up his mind to pursue animation as a career.

In 1990, Kahrs began working at Blue Sky Studios in New York, mostly on commercials, directing the animation on a few. He also developed a strong interest in computer lighting, and organized and taught a course in lighting at the 1996 SIGGRAPH conference. In 1997, Kahrs came to Pixar to focus solely on animation, and has been working as a feature animator there ever since.His credits at Pixar include A BUG'S LIFE, TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC. and THE INCREDIBLES. He is currently working on CARS.

This event is free, but seating is limited. So, please RSVP only if you are sure you can attend. RSVP at

Gnomon School of Visual Effects is a professional institute specializing in training for visual effects for film, television and games. Located in the heart of Hollywood, it offers a full curriculum for individuals wanting careers in 3D, professionals in need of specialized training and custom training for production studios. Founded by Alex Alvarez in 1997, Gnomon is located at 1015 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Suite 5430i, Hollywood, California 90038.