Animation & Story Masterclass - with PIXAR artists

Animation & Story Masterclass

The ANIMATION & STORY MASTERCLASS hosted by Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) is an exciting 2-day event featuring instruction by top talent from Pixar Animation Studios. These globally renowned events have taken place in cities around the world since 2008. Bringing inspiration to a wide array of artists working inside and outside of the industry, from students to animators to business managers! Joining a VanArts Master Class will enable and inspire anyone who wants to excel in their craft!

This Fall, VanArts is excited to be bringing masterclasses in Animation & Story to London - UK, Seattle and Mexico City. These events will sell out fast, so be sure not to miss your chance to join us!

2015 Tour

London, UK

September 26-27, 2015

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Seattle, WA

October 9-10, 2015

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Mexico City, MX

October 23-24, 2015

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Instructors



Ronnie del Carmen

Ronnie del Carmen

Co-Director/Co-Writer of INSIDE OUT

Ronnie del Carmen joined Pixar Animation Studios in the summer of 2000 during the production of FINDING NEMO and became a story supervisor on the film. He did production design on the Academy Award-nominated short film ONE MAN BAND and story work on the Oscar-winning RATATOUILLE. Del Carmen was Head of Story on Disney-Pixar’s Academy Award winning feature UP and is the Co-Director of Disney-Pixar’s INSIDE OUT.

Del Carmen also made his directorial debut with the short film DUG’S SPECIAL MISSION released on the Up DVD and Blu-Ray. In addition to his work on feature and short films he contributed his artistic talents to the illustrating the children's book, My Name is Dug, written by Kiki Thorpe.

Del Carmen attended the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising. Ronnie moved to the United States in 1989 and served as a Storyboard Artist for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and then worked for Dreamworks Animation as a Story Supervisor.

Selected Filmography

  • Inside Out (Co-Director) - 2015
  • Dug's Special Mission (Director/Writer) - 2009
  • Up (Story Supervisor) - 2009
  • WALL-E (Story/Character Design) - 2008
  • Ratatouille (Story) - 2006
  • One Man Band (Production Design) - 2005
  • Finding Nemo (Story Supervisor) - 2003
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Story Supervisor) - 2002
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Storyboards) - 2000
  • The Road to El Dorado (Story Supervisor) - 2000
  • The Prince of Egypt (Story)
  • Freakazoid! (Director)
  • Batman: The Animated Series Storyboard, Character Design - 1991–95

Comics

  • Batman Adventures Holiday Special with Bruce Timm, Paul Dini. (Illustrator, Eisner Award - Best Single Issue in 1995.)
  • Batman Black and White, Volume Two for DC (Illustrator) - 2002
  • Dark Horse's Aliens Mondo Pest series (Illustrator and Writer)
  • Paper Biscuit, a series of self-published books featuring Nina, a dream-walking adventurer and social misfit.

Books

  • My Name is Dug, author Kiki Thorpe. Illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen
  • And There You Are, Ronnie del Carmen, Paper Biscuit Industries.
  • Three Trees make a Forest with Tadahiro Uesugi and Enrico Casarosa.
  • Batman Black and White Vol. 2, "The Bet" written by Paul Dini and art by Ronnie del Carmen
  • Project Superior, "No Prize", written and illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen

Awards and Nominations

  • Daytime Emmy Award - Outstanding Special Class Animated Program: FREAKAZOID, Ronaldo del Carmen (Director)
  • Annie Award, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Ronnie Del Carmen – SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMMARON - DreamWorks Animation
  • Annie Award Nomination, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Ronnie Del Carmen – WALL-E – Pixar Animation Studios
  • Annie Award Nomination, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Ronnie Del Carmen – UP – Pixar Animation Studios
  • National Cartoonists Society 2010 Animated Feature Division Award: Ronnie del Carmen – UP – Pixar Animation Studios
  • Eisner Award, Best Single Issue 1995 Batman Adventures Holiday Special by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Ronnie del Carmen, and others (DC)

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon

Directing Animator - Pixar

Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for over 20 years. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 where he has animated on A BUG’S LIFE, TOY STORY 2/3, MONSTERS INC, FINDING NEMO, THE INCREDIBLES and RATATOUILLE among many others. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Gill from Finding Nemo and Edna Mode, the costume designer in The Incredibles. He was Supervising Animator for the Academy-Award nominated short PRESTO, Directing Animator on MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and the recent TV special TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT, and currently Director of Promotions working on content for an upcoming Pixar feature film. Andrew was awarded "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" by the Visual Effects Society for his work in Finding Nemo.

Andrew studied animation in Vancouver and New York, and prior to his work at Pixar, he worked in the Looney Tunes division of Warner Brothers. Andrew has been teaching animation since 2000, leading the Pixar internship three times. He has lectured throughout the world, including masterclasses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Spain, Singapore, Australia, London, Vancouver, Japan and Italy. He is currently the Director of the Hollywood Animation Program for the One Academy, and one of the founders of Splinedoctors.com, a web-blog/podcast dedicated to animation education. Andrew lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Selected Filmography

  • Monsters University (Directing Animator) - 2013
  • Brave (Animator) - 2012
  • Toy Story 3 (Animator) - 2010
  • Presto (Supervising Animator) - 2008
  • Ratatouille (Animator) - 2007
  • Cars (Animator) - 2006
  • The Incredibles (Animator) - 2004
  • Finding Nemo (Animator) - 2003
  • Monsters, Inc (Animator) - 2001
  • Toy Story 2 (Animator) - 1999
  • A Bug’s Life (Animator) - 1998

Awards/Nominations

  • Visual Effects Society - "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" – Finding Nemo

Rej Bourdages

Rej Bourdages

Head of Story - Dreamworks, Disney…

Rej has been working professionally in Animation since 1984. His first big animation feature was WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? in 1988. From there Rej worked as an Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation on such features as BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, THE LION KING and POCAHONTAS. Rej’s true passion was in the telling of stories and he soon transitioned into storyboarding at Dreamworks on many of their animated features including SHREK, MADAGASCAR, and THE ROAD TO EL DORADO. He has also been a key player on most of Aardman Animation’s feature films, including CHICKEN RUN and WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE RABBIT as well as Head of Story on PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS. Rej has currently been working at Pixar Animation Studios for the last 5 years on various film projects.

Selected Filmography

  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Head of Story) - 2012
  • Shrek the Third (Head of Story) - 2007
  • Flushed Away (Storyboard Artist) - 2006
  • Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit (Senior Storyboard Artist) - 2005
  • Madagascar (Story Artist) - 2005
  • Shark Tale (Story Artist) - 2004
  • Shrek (Story Artist) - 2001
  • Chicken Run (Storyboard Artist) - 2000
  • The Road to El Dorado (Storyboard Artist) - 2000
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame (Animator) - 1996
  • Pocahontas (Animator) - 1995
  • The Lion King (Animator) - 1994
  • Aladdin (Animator) - 1992
  • Beauty and the Beast (Animator) - 1991
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Assistant Animator) - 1988

Nate Stanton

Nate Stanton

Story Artist - Pixar, Skellington Productions

Nate Stanton has been in the animation industry for over 22 years, working on feature films, commercials, and video game projects. Pixar Animation Studios has been his home for the last 19 years, providing Storyboarding on multiple films including A BUG’S LIFE, TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS INC, FINDING NEMO, RATATOUILLE, WALL-E, BRAVE, CARS 2, and the theatrical short THE BLUE UMBRELLA.

Prior to Pixar he worked at Skellington Productions on THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH doing 2D Assistant-Animation, and freelance work at Colossal Pictures making a strong learning ground for more 2D animation on a multitude of commercial and TV projects.

Stanton studied animation at California Institute of the Arts and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992. Professionals in the field of animation provided excellent teachers, and a strong curriculum paved the path to the career he has today.

Selected Filmography

  • Brave (Story Artist) - 2012
  • Ratatouille (Storyboard Artist) - 2007
  • Finding Nemo (Story Artist) - 2003
  • Monsters, Inc (Story Artist) - 2001
  • Toy Story 2 (Story Artist) - 1999
  • A Bug’s Life (Story Artist) - 1998
  • James and the Giant Peach (Key Assistant Effects Animator) - 1996
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (Assistant Animator) - 1993

Testimonials from past attendees

This class was the best thing I could have done for myself as an artist/animator.
The information has helped me to assess my skills and help me to move in the right direction.
Thanks again for a great masterclass. Both days perfectly complimented each other.
Great class! I was very inspired and also exhausted by the end of the 2 days. :)
It was an awesome, awesome event. I loved it.
Shows, presentations and gatherings like this are gold to us working professionals.
I was really impressed and loved it. I am so inspired and hopeful now.
I know what I have to do now, and I’m even more driven than I was before.

Registration Information

Register now and secure your spot using a credit card. You will receive your ticket by e-mail instantly. Online registration and payments are powered by EventSpot® and PayPal®. If you would like more information on the events, make sure you check out the London, UK, Seattle and Mexico City pages. Thanks!

London, UK

September 26-27, 2015

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Tuition

£430.80 GBP (includes VAT)

Seattle, WA

October 9-10, 2015

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Tuition

$549 USD

Mexico City, MX

October 23-24, 2015

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Tuition

$8,540 MXN

Included with registration

  • 2 full days of instruction
  • workbook with notes prepared by the instructors
  • custom class t-shirt
  • certificate of completion
  • refreshments during morning & afternoon coffee breaks
  • draws for prizes & giveaways!

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