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Don’t Miss Unreal Engine’s ‘The Pulse’ Ep 7: Real-Time Animation

All-new ‘Unlocking Story and Style’ episode of innovative series on interactive technology features DNEG’s David Prescott, BRON Digital’s Jason Chen, Chromosphere’s Kevin Dart, and Epic Games’ Karen Dufilho, hosted by AWN publisher Dan Sarto, coming Wednesday, September 29.

AWN is pleased to announce the latest exciting episode of Unreal Engine’s The Pulse, its thought-provoking talk series that uncovers emerging trends in interactive technology across architecture, automotive, film & TV, and games.

In Episode 7 of The Pulse, “Real-time Animation: Unlocking Story and Style,” join AWN co-founder and publisher Dan Sarto as he talks about real-time animation with industry experts David Prescott, SVP of DNEG Animation; Jason Chen, EVP of BRON Digital; Kevin Dart, Founder and Creative Director of Chromosphere; and Karen Dufilho of Epic Games.

“Real-time Animation: Unlocking Story and Style” will be presented Wednesday, September 29 at 12 PM PDT | 3 PM EDT | 8 PM BST.

Panel members will discuss how real-time animation pipelines have unlocked the route to better storytelling in their own projects. By moving from linear, siloed roles to non-linear collaboration and iteration, artists can instantly see results, give feedback, and try different scenarios long before final cut. Due to the workflow’s agile nature, styles and stories that were previously impossible are now within reach. And as a bonus, a real-time workflow naturally leads to transmedia assets for multiple platforms.

Join the presentation as it explores how real-time rendering has changed the traditional animation pipeline, and what we can expect to see in the future. Be sure to stay for the live Q&A at the end.

About the presenters

Dan Sarto

Co-founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network

Dan helms Animation World Network (, one of the largest publishers of animation and VFX news and information. Dan has served on juries, delivered keynotes, and moderated panels at numerous industry events such as the Animation Masters Summit and FMX, and is currently Chair of the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH Asia 2021.

David Prescott

Senior Vice President, Creative Productions, DNEG Animation

David has served as creative supervisor on award-winning projects such as Fight Club, X-Men, and Transformers, and executive producer on the animated short Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat. In his role as a technical innovator, he has created new technical solutions for previs, post, and VFX, such as collaborating on the ground-breaking all-digital color grading process on the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Jason Chen

Executive Vice President, Digital, BRON Digital

Jason is a 15-year industry veteran and virtual production expert, supporting technical/VFX integrations for such legendary creatives as James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Steven Spielberg. His credits include Avatar, Jojo Rabbit, Real Steel, and Thor: Ragnarok. At BRON Digital, Jason is currently producing the animated series Fables.

Kevin Dart

Founder and Creative Director, Chromosphere

Kevin is the founder and creative director of Chromosphere, the design and animation studio behind the Yuki 7 series and the film June, and visual direction on the Carmen Sandiego and City of Ghosts series. He previously worked as an art director and designer for projects like Steven Universe, Inside Out, Her, and The Powerpuff Girls

Karen Dufilho

Epic Games

Karen is an Academy, Emmy, and Cannes award-winning producer, with credits that include Google Spotlight Stories and Pixar projects related to A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters Inc. At Epic, Karen leads the Unreal Shorts program, an initiative to get Unreal Engine into the hands of creators

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For more information on The Pulse, visit The Pulse hub to see past episodes and sign up for notifications. You can also keep up to date on the latest developments on real-time animation via our Animation hub.

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.