Multi-disciplined British animation professional most recently worked with Shanghai-based animation feature film development studio Oriental DreamWorks.
Final Frontier further bolstered its team in Asia this week, naming Chris Colman as executive producer at the company’s Shanghai studio.
A multi-disciplined British animation professional, Colman most recently worked with Shanghai-based animation feature film development studio Oriental DreamWorks, scouting emerging local and international talent and developing relationships with the company’s global partners and collaborators.
“Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise gleaned from extensive and diverse experiences in China in animation, film and advertising,” said fellow Final Frontier executive producer and company co-founder, Gustavo Karam. “He’s a hybrid professional with the full set of creative and production skills we need to serve our partners and build Final Frontier in Asia. It feels like fate that our paths crossed when they did.”
Based in Shanghai since 2011, Colman was previously development & strategy director for the Institute for Animation & Creative Content, a high-end training institute bringing world-class international specialists to China to execute projects and promote skill development in the country’s emerging animation industry.
An animator by background, Colman has been an active promoter of creativity in animation in China. In 2013, he founded the China Animation & Game Network (CAGN), then Shanghai’s only live creative events organization for animation and game professionals, for which he organized, curated and hosted bi-monthly showcases.
“Final Frontier is an awesome project, encompassing everything I’ve been working toward here in China for the past few years and firing it in to the stratosphere,” Colman said. “I can’t wait to play my part in bringing more beautiful design-driven animation to China and beyond.”
In recent years, Colman has worked closely with the Beijing Film Academy’s Advanced Innovation Centre For Future Visual Entertainment (AICFVE) and consulted about Chinese visual media for multiple studios and bodies worldwide. He has also written extensively about the domestic animation, film, interactive and advertising industries for local and international publications including here at Animation World Network as well as Variety and China Film Insider, and is a regular speaker at conferences and schools across China, Europe and the U.S.
Final Frontier officially launched in May this year, representing a roster of animation and mixed-media talent currently comprising 16 studios and directors, including Le Cube, Tendril, Wonderlust, Los York, BlinkMyBrain and CanCan Club.
Source: Final Frontier