SIGGRAPH 2013 Keynote Session Will Feature 8 Cartoon ‘Giants’

SIGGRAPH attendees, mark your calendars for Monday, July 22. 11:30am. The SIGGRAPH 2013 Keynote Session is titled “Giants’ First Steps” and the ‘giants’ are all animation directors. The panel, which is co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will feature eight animation directors—all male, by the way—who will “share their experiences along complex paths to filmmaking success.”

A ninety-minute session hardly seems long enough to contain the stories and thoughts of the distinguished group of filmmakers who will participate: Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), Eric Goldberg (Pocahontas, Fantasia/2000), Kevin Lima (Tarzan), Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon), Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie), and Kirk Wise (Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire).


  • Fernanda

    This is awesome! I was just going to Siggraph for the first time for the job fair, but now I’ll purchase a one day pass for this. I’ve never gone to Siggraph before though, do you guys know if it’s necesary to be there hours before a conference to secure a seat?

    • mutsbug

      i’d get there early, but hours? nah

      pro tip: there’s usually more than one entrance to the rooms talks are given in, and if you only have a basic pass you can usually find a door that is unattended and sneak in

  • Toonio

    Would like to go and ask Selick about releasing a director’s cut of Monkeybone without the live action sequences.

  • Jen Hurler

    No combination of words could accurately convey how excited I am for this…

  • mick

    go on I’ll bite…. ‘all male’ ?

  • Ira Owens

    Sorry boys and girls interested…sadly this is (Full Conference, Select Conference and Exhibitors only…which is a bummer.