The CTN Animation Expo returns to the Burbank Airport Marriott this weekend for its fifth edition. The three-day event is a mix of panels, lectures, tutorials, book signings, recruiter meetings, and exhibition halls, all of which are particularly attractive for students and young artists who are trying to break into the industry.
The expo attracts dozens of industry professionals due to its convenient Los Angeles location. Speakers and presenters this year include big names from the animation/vfx world, both young and old, including ILM’s Richard Edlund, Disney storyman Burny Mattinson, stop motion animator and designer Phil Tippett, animator Eric Goldberg, poster artist Drew Struzan, Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, co-director of the Oscar-winning short The Lost Things Andrew Ruhemann, visual development artist Claire Keane, director Chris Sanders, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, and Wander Over Yonder creator Craig McCracken. And, if you’re really lucky, maybe even the mime guy.