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VIEW 2020 Debuts Meet the Masters: Nora Twomey–Kris Pearn in Conversation

Leading international animation, VFX, and computer graphics conference continues its innovative virtual programming with new free industry leader talk series.

The VIEW Conference 2020 is launching a new virtual discussion series, Meet the Masters, which debuts with Academy Award nominee Nora Twomey, partner and creative director at Cartoon Saloon, in conversation with Award-winning animated feature film director Kris Pearn, whose latest film is this year’s highly acclaimed The Willoughbys, which premiered earlier this year on Netflix. The virtual session takes place November 24, 10:00 am PST, 19:00 CET, 6:00 pm Ireland, and is slated for one hour.

Twomey directed The Breadwinner, co-directed The Secret of Kells, and was head of story for Song of the Sea, all of which received Best Animated Feature Film Oscar nominations and many international awards. She produced Cartoon Saloon’s current feature Wolfwalkers for Apple and is directing a new feature, My Father’s Dragon, for Netflix. 

Pearn previously directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and has been a storyboard artist on many animated features including Home, Hotel Transylvania, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, all for Sony Pictures Animation. 

“Kris and Nora both direct animated features, but Kris’s delightful CG films and Nora’s beautiful hand-drawn animated films are so different,” says VIEW Conference director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “I’m eager to hear Kris engage Nora in conversation about her approach to developing and directing an animated feature.”  

In 1999, Twomey, Tomm Moore, Paul Young, and Ross Murray founded Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny, Ireland. 

Twomey directed and animated her first short film there in 2002, went on to direct several award-winning short films, and now has 11 short and animated film credits as animator, director, head of story, producer, and/or voice actor. In addition, she guided the development processes on the television series Puffin Rock and is co-creator of the current series Dorg Van Dango. In addition to the Academy Award nomination for The Breadwinner, the film received the audience and jury awards at Annecy and was nominated for a Cristal, as was The Secret of Kells, which also received the audience award at Annecy. In 2018, the VIEW Conference honored Nora Twomey with its Visionary Award. 

Pearn is a director, executive producer, writer, storyboard artist, and actor. 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 MovieSolo: A Star Wars Story, and Surf's Up among other films.

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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 2021 VIEW Conference will take place from October 17 to 22 in Torino’s state-of-the-art OGR venue and virtually.

VIEW Conference 2020 online edition is now available on demand. Purchase tickets here:

VIEW Conference 2020 is made possible thanks to the support of  Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo,  Fondazione CRT,  Regione Piemonte, Città di Torino and OGR.

This event is organized by VIEW Conference in partnership with OGR and Cartoon Saloon.

Source: VIEW Conference 2020

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