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CCCCD Applied Graphic Design Technology Hosts Industry Giants 2004: Bringing Things To Life

CCCCD Applied Graphic Design Technology Hosts Industry Giants 2004: Bringing Things To Life

June 18, 2004 -- Collin County Community College District's applied graphic design technology department and fine arts division hosts the 3rd annual Industry Giants forum highlighting animation and visual effects from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, July 10 in the John Anthony Theatre at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The event is also sponsored by local animators group A Bunch of Short Guys.

Industry Giants 2004: Bringing Things to Life features an award-winning lineup of speakers including Hoyt Yeatman, co-founder of Whamaphram Productions, Dan Kuenster, co-founder of Zoom Cartoons Entertainment, Renato dos Anjos, senior character animator for Sony Pictures and Scott Gordon, visual effects supervisor with CafeFX.

Each speaker brings a wealth of animation talent and expertise to the conference. Yeatman has worked on such blockbuster hits as Bladerunner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Crimson Tide and Armageddon. He received an Oscar for his visual effects work on The Abyss.

Kuenster began his career at Disney and later joined Don Bluth Studios where he worked on The Land Before Time and An American Tail. He also began creating interactive media CD-ROM's such as Ace Ventura and Timon and Pumba's Jungle Games before he co-founded his own company. He recently received an Emmy for his work as storyboard artist for Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.

Dos Anjos worked as lead animator for Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, produced by Dallas-based DNA Productions. Since joining Sony Pictures, he has worked on many projects including the Academy Award winning animated short film The Chubb Chubbs and he has just finished working on Disney's The Haunted Mansion and Warner's Polar Express.

Gordon has worked on CafeFX projects including the recently released movie Hellboy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Core. Prior to CafeFX, he worked for Disney and Sony where he was supervisor for mass illusions for Robin Williams' movie What Dreams May Come, which won an Academy Award for visual effects. He also worked on Scooby-Doo and An American Werewolf in Paris plus many animations for ABC, CBS, NBC, David Letterman, Cinemax and Barbara Walters.

The conference is open to industry professionals, students and the community. Advance ticket prices are $10 for students and $15 for professionals and the general public and may be purchased online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $15 for students and $20 for professionals and the general public.

For more information, please contact Tom Ottinger at or 972.516.5089.