The Academy keynote presentation at SIGGRAPH 2013, “The Giants’ First Steps,” featuring the student works and early careers of animation directors Ron Clements, Pete Docter, Eric Goldberg, Kevin Lima, Mike Mitchell, Chris Sanders, Henry Selick, David Silverman and Kirk Wise, is released online.
In conjunction with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, SIGGRAPH 2013 presented the Marc Davis Lecture Series on Monday, July 22, as its Keynote Presentation kicking off the annual conference and exhibition.
Nine distinguished animation film directors shared their experiences along complex paths to filmmaking success. The Marc Davis Lecture was established to provide a forum for film animators and other experts in the craft to share their experiences as well as to explore with colleagues the challenges of creating animation for the screen.
The panel, entitled “Giants' First Steps,” explored the student works and early careers of the participating directors. Clips from their student films were shown as part of the session. Among the panel participants were several Oscar recipients and nominees including Ron Clements, Pete Docter, Eric Goldberg, Kevin Lima, Mike Mitchell, Chris Sanders, Henry Selick, David Silverman, and Kirk Wise. The panel was moderated by Randy Haberkamp of the Academy.
The full presentation, now available online, can be viewed below:
The Academy's first Marc Davis Lecture took place in 1994 with Davis himself, one of Disney's "Nine Old Men,"as the inaugural participant in this lecture named in his honor. Davis' association with Walt Disney and the Disney Studio began in 1935.
Among the characters to whom Davis gave shape and life were "Bambi," "Brier Rabbit," "Cinderella,""Tinkerbell," "Maleficent" and "Cruella DeVil." He also did extensive preliminary work on a number of the attractions featured at the New York World's Fair, Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland, including "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "It's a Small World" and "The Haunted Mansion."
Source: SIGGRAPH 2013
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.