Inside the Studio with DreamWorks

Coupled with DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition in opening week, our Inside the Studio talk picked the brains of key members of DreamWorks’ creative team.

Bill Damaschke (Chief Creative Officer), Kendal Cronkhite (Production Designer), Christophe Lautrette (Production Designer), Jason Schleifer (Head of Character Animation) and Doug Cooper (Visual Effects Supervisor) discussed not only their work, but how the animation and artwork has evolved over the history of the studio’s many hit titles.

DreamWorks Animation exhibition maquettes

Maquettes and artwork inside ‘DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition’

In this excerpt from the evening’s talk, Bill invites his colleagues to recall how they arrived at DreamWorks Animation.

Kendal began as an editorial illustrator (and had no intention of doing animation), but was wooed into the animation industry by an opportunity to work with Tim Burton.  Jason confesses that although he “didn’t have very good drafting skills” when he started out he jumped at the chance to intern for a 3D animation software company. Doug scored his first role in the industry when he was around 16 as a computer production artist colourising black-and-white films, while Christophe grew up making his own stop-motion films before landing a role at Disney.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition runs until Sunday 5 October 2014.

Check out the full program of events and don’t forget to visit our ACMI DreamWorks Online Hub for exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, concept art, articles and insight into the world’s largest animation studio.


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