Philippe Bergeron is a CG animator and landscape designer who teamed up with Daniel Langlois and two other directors to create one of the first CG characters in the 1985 short Tony de Peltrie. He has worked at Digital Productions and Whitney/Demos Productions and is president of PaintScaping, Inc.
David Em began producing digital art in the 1970s and has worked as an independent artist in research laboratories such as the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group. He is the first digital artist to have his papers collected and preserved by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.
Tim Johnson is a director and animator who began his career at Chicago’s Post Effects. At Pacific Data Images in the 1980s, he animated the first digital Pillsbury Doughboy. His feature directing credits include Antz, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Over the Hedge.
Jeff Kleiser is the co-founder of Digital Effects, New York’s first CG house. He later co-founded both Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company and Synthespian Studios. His credits include Tron, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Stargate and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Bill Kroyer is an animator and director whose credits include Tron, FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Scooby-Doo. He received an Academy Award nomination for his 1988 short film Technological Threat. He is currently Director of Digital Arts at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
John Lasseter is Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Studios. His directing credits include Pixar’s first short, the Academy Award-winning Luxo Jr., and the feature films Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2.
Tom Sito is a veteran Hollywood animator and historian. His screen credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Shrek and Hop.
Diana Walczak is a CG animator and director who co-founded Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company and Synthespian Studios. With Jeff Kleiser, she created the first female Synthespian performer, Dozo, for the 1989 music video “Don’t Touch Me.” Her credits include the digital opera “Monsters of Grace” and the feature films “X-Men” and “Surrogates.”
- Monday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
- Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketed seating is unreserved.
$5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (limit 2 at the discounted price).
On sale starting May 1 online, in person at the Academy Box Office and by mail.