Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Max Howard Presentation

So last night we had a presentation with Max Howard, who was a producer on a number of classic animated movies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Iron Giant, Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, etc. He gave quite a talk about his experience in the industry, and what it takes to pitch an original story to a studio. As expected, he talked a lot about Story, as it is the most important thing when pitching an original idea for an animation, film, television series or whatever. I have to say it was really insightful to hear his experiences over the last 20-30 years, and how even not coming from an Animation background, (actually a theatre/ play background from England) somehow wound up working for Disney Feature Animation starting on Who framed Roger Rabbit in 1984 and how it was what got him into the industry because he had to collect a lot of different artists, animators and filmmakers together to work on the movie.

That's my favorite part about living in this area and going to Ringling, is that we get to hear different presentations, talks and speeches from professionals from all around the world. It's definitely the most inspiring thing to hear as a student living in the area.

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