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2nd Free Online PreVIEW Session Set with Directors Kris Pearn and Jorge Gutierrez

On July 11, the award-winning directors of ‘The Willoughbys’ and ‘The Book of Life’ will discuss each other’s approaches to developing and directing animated features.

VIEW CONFERENCE 2020 continues its 21st season virtual programming with a second free, online “PreVIEW session,” PreVIEW II, featuring writers/directors Kris Pearn and Jorge Gutiérrez, who will discuss each other’s approaches to developing and directing animated features.

The session takes place Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm Canada / 19:00 CET.

Pearn is a director, executive producer, writer, storyboard artist, and actor known most recently for writing and directing Netflix’s critically acclaimed animated feature, The Willoughbys. He was nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award for directing the animated feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and received two Annie Award nominations for storyboarding the feature films Arthur Christmas and Open Season. He has also been a storyboard artist for Shaun the Sheep Movie, Home, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Surf's Up among other films.

Gutiérrez is a director, writer, character designer, and voice actor, known for the Annie Award winning and Golden Globe nominated animated feature film, The Book of Life, produced by Guillermo Del Toro; his Annie nominated VR short film Son of Jaguar for Google’s Spotlight Stories; creating (with wife Sandra Equihua) the Annie and Emmy winning series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon; and his current project, the Netflix limited series Maya and the Three. Gutiérrez has also received an Annie award for character design and Annie nominations for writing and directing The Book of Life; an Emmy Award for character design; and an Annie Award for best series for El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. Gutierrez is also currently developing multiple unannounced projects for Netflix Animation.

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PreVIEW II is organized by VIEW Conference in collaboration with OGR.

The international VIEW Conference, Italy’s premiere event for Computer Graphics, Interactive and Immersive Storytelling, Animation, Visual Effects, Games, and VR, AR, and Mixed Reality, brings top professionals from those fields to the beautiful baroque city of Torino, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops.

The 2020 VIEW Conference will take place October 18 - 23 in Torino’s state-of-the-art OGR venue and virtually. Registration is now open

Source: VIEW Conference

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