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Event Schedule

Tuesday Aug. 3rd
Kevin O'Hara

Animating Quadrupeds
7pm – 8:30pm pacific

Daniel Klug

Animating Fast & Slow
8:30pm – 10pm pacific

Thursday Aug. 5th
Dave Mullins

Leadership in Animation
7pm – 10pm pacific

Tuesday Aug. 10th
Victor Navone

Believable Performance
7pm – 10pm pacific

Thursday Aug. 12th
Noah Klocek

Storytelling with Color
7pm – 10pm pacific

Tuesday Aug. 17th
Ronnie Del Carmen

7pm – 10pm pacific

Thursday Aug. 19th
Steve Pilcher

Production Design
7pm – 10pm pacific

Tuesday Aug. 24th
Allen Simpson

Acting for Animation
7pm – 10pm pacific

Thursday Aug. 26th
Rachelle Lambden

7pm – 10pm pacific


Kevin O'Hara

Animator, Pixar

Animating Quadrupeds from Live Action Reference:
Kevin will be doing a live hand drawn demonstration of a Cheetah run cycle, and how he uses live action reference for inspiration.  There will be Q & A as he animates.

Kevin O’Hara joined Pixar Animation Studios as an animator in September 2006. O’Hara has worked on a number of Pixar’s feature films including the Academy Award®-winning Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, Brave, the Good Dinosaur, Incredibles 2, Soul and Luca. O’Hara has 17 years of hand-drawn animation experience prior to working in computer animation. 

Daniel Klug

Animator, Blizzard
Former Animation Supervisor, Disney

Animating Fast and Slow In this lecture I will teach you how to animate the two extreme speeds in animation. First, characters moving so quickly they need smears and duplicates. Second, characters moving so subtly they could appear lifeless without these tips and tricks.

Daniel Klug is a Senior Animator at Blizzard Entertainment. He’s been animating in the industry since 2010, where he got his start at Rhythm&Hues. From there, he jumped to Walt Disney Animation Studios in January 2012 to help animate the feature film, Wreck-It Ralph. He took on the role of Animation Supervisor on the feature films, Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

David Mullins

Animator, Writer, Director

Leadership: the Highly Visible Invisible Job

Dave Mullins is an American director, writer and animator. His film LOU was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film. A 20 year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios, he has directed short form content and supervised animation on the Academy Award® winner Up and SOUL and Golden Globe Nominated® Cars 2, The Good Dinosaur and Incredibles 2.

Mullins is now writing and developing original feature animated films and consulting for writing, directing and animation for various studios.

Victor Navone

Animator, Pixar

Creating Believable Performance


Victor Navone:  is a traditional artist and computer animator. Navone’s feature animation credits include the films “Monsters, Inc.”, “Finding Nemo”, “The Incredibles”, “Cars”, “Toy Story 3”, “Brave”, “The Good Dinosaur”, “Coco”, “Onward”, and “Luca”. He was a Supervising Animator on the film “Inside Out” and co-directed a series of short “Cars Toons” for television. For his work on “WALL-E” he received an Annie nomination and an award from the Visual Effects Society.

Navone has been teaching animation since 2005.

Noah Klocek

Writer, Art Direction, Production Design, Pixar

Storytelling with Color: This 3-hour seminar with Pixar Art Director, and Children‘s Book Illustrator & Author, Noah Klocek, is designed to be an overview of color theory. Noah will dispel myths about color; provide insights on how to think about—and use—Hue, Value, Temperature, and Saturation. He will explain and demonstrate how to leverage color theory to build meaning, associations, and emotional storytelling

Noah Klocek is a Production Design at Pixar Animation Studios. Noah’s creative work experience includes advertising design and art direction; as well as visual development, art direction, and production design for studios such as Industrial Light & Magic, PDI/DreamWorks, and Pixar Animation Studios. 

Ronnie Del Carmen

Former Story Artist, Pixar Animation Studios Director, Netflix Studios

Storyteller: No experience necessary
When you confuse the job for the innate skill. When you have to use your own stories to tell everyone’s stories

Ronnie Del Carmen:
born in the Philippines on December 31, 1959, is an animation writer, director, story artist and production designer. He co-directed and was one of the story writers for the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was the story supervisor on Pixar’s tenth full-length computer- animated film, Up and directed its accompanying short film, Dug’s Special Mission. He joined Netflix in 2020 where he will be writing and developing an original animated feature as part of an exclusive overall deal. The movie will be rooted in the lore and mythology of the Philippines.

Steve Pilcher

Production Design, Kuku Studios Former Production Designer Pixar Animation Studios

What does a Production Designer do?
Steve will take you through the process and thinking a Production Designer needs to undertake when designing an animated feature, short film or even a children’s book. Visual samples from the films and books he’s worked on will be presented.

Steve Pilcher: Steve has worked for Warner Bros. Feature Animation – Quest for Camelot & Osmosis Jones, DreamWorks Animation – Shrek 2, Pixar Animation Studios – Academy Award-winning Brave, Finding Dory & Academy Award-winning Soul.
Steve recently won the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature film for Soul.
Currently, Steve is working on an animated feature film for Kuku Studios with Sony Pictures Imageworks & Netflix.

Allen Simpson

Actor, Director, Feature Film Consultant

Every choice an artist makes is an opportunity to tell story. This workshop examines story structure and how to connect choices to character, relationship, emotion, and narrative. Participants will analyze shots and sequences from a variety of films and examine how acting, blocking, composition choices, editing, and more can become powerful tools for storytelling and in many cases, add significant additional detail and flavor.

Allen Simpson is an animation acting coach and visual/story consultant. He’s currently working on DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys (2022). Allen has worked with Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky, The Third Floor, Cinesite, Telltale Games, CTN, LAAFA, Chapman University, California College of the Arts, The Animation Collaborative, The CG Master Academy and more.

Rachelle Lambden

Animator, Laika Studios

A Story of Performance Through Animation
Join stop motion animator Rachelle Lambden as she discusses her career path and origins from theatre into animation.  From a stop motion perspective, she covers the process of character development and the breakdown of a shot from start to finish.  Using accessible tools to any animator and examples from her work from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and LAIKA’s ParaNormanThe BoxtrollsKubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link, she will focus on the subtleties of acting in animation and complex characters

Rachelle Lambden: With several critical animation contributions for major film and television series to her credit, Rachelle Lambden has solidified her stature as a character animator amongst the very finest in the stop motion animation industry. Her list of high profile credits include LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Missing Link (2019). Rachelle was nominated for Best Character Animation at the 47th Annual Annie Awards and a recipient of a Visual Effects Society Award in the Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature category for her work in Missing Link.



Enjoy access to TWO featured artist panels included in your ticket price to the EPIC Intensive. We will be featuring artists from Blizzard in one panel and artist from Disney in another. The artists will discuss their career journey and answer YOUR questions. 

Summer Epic Intensive Description


9 Speakers
8 Evenings
2 Artist Panels

Geared toward students and experienced animators, the EPIC: Intensive discusses animation from a feature film and visual effects perspective presented by 9 current industry professionals with a wide variety of studio experience. Through live demos and lectures, this 8 day masterclass packed full of information, experience and the collective wisdom of its instructors is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

Get the tools you need to create your own feature-quality animation, and don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry!

1 ticket gets you access to the entire event! (tickets sales in USD)

Terms and Conditions

Ticket purchase fee includes non-refundable registration fee of $75.00 USD. Cancellations for refund of remainder of ticket purchase fee will be accepted up to 3 weeks before the event. From 20-10 days before the event, a cancellation fee of $100 USD will apply. From 9 days before the event and after, refunds cannot be provided. Event tickets are non-transferable.

The Animation Collaborative reserves the right to Cancel the Event if a minimum number of attendees is not reached by two-weeks before the event start date (minimum attendee deadline July 20th, 2021)

The event organizer, The Animation Collaborative, reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event with reasonable discretion and for any reason (inclement weather, low enrollment, instructor illness, or any other unforeseen disruptive circumstances). In the case of cancellation by The Animation Collaborative, the full event fee, including the registration fee of $75.00 USD, will be refunded. If the event is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund, or transfer their registration to the rescheduled event. In all cases, The Animation Collaborative shall have no further liability beyond the event fee. We regret that any transportation and hotel costs, cancellation penalties, or any other non-recoverable costs incurred by registrants are not refundable. In the event of any unforeseen last-minute scheduling problems, we reserve the right to substitute an equivalent, qualified instructor who might not be listed in the class description.

AGE RESTRICTIONS: Attendees must be over the age of 18.

RECORDING: A pen and paper are recommended for taking notes. Laptop/tablet computers are permitted, but please no recording with these or other devices. NO AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PRESENTED MATERIAL OF ANY KIND IS PERMITTED. Out of respect for fellow attendees and the instructors, we ask that attendees please refrain from live tweeting, texting, phone calls, etc. during the class.

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