Archive for October, 2013

Master Class with our very own Stephen Melagrano

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Our Very own Stephen Melagrano will be at Cartoon Connection Canada in Quebec City on October 29th and will be giving a master class with Mini Pixel and  You can check out the press release below for more info:


DreamWorks Animation and Blizzard Entertainment will take part in Quebec City’s Mini Pixel new master classes in animation. The side event will be held at the Loews Hôtel Le Concorde on Tuesday, October 29 during Cartoon Connection Canada, an international convention of animation and video game professionals.

Three master classes are scheduled for October 29: David Lesperance (Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, Valve Corporation) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Lismer-Leduc-Fortin Room, Ken Fountain (DreamWorks Animation,, iAnimate Workshops) from 2 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. in the Suzor-Côté-Krieghoff Room, a master class on using attitudes and body language to interpret, simplify and caricaturize complex expressions in an animated character, and Stephen Melagrano (Blue Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. in the Suzor- Côté-Krieghoff Room, a discussion on the process of creating an animated character, from its body mechanics to its emotional credibility.

“We’re really pleased to bring these speakers to Quebec City. This is a great opportunity for animation professionals to gain in-depth knowledge and added experience,” says Louis Leclerc, general manger of Pixel Québec and co- organizer of Cartoon Connection Canada.

To register for these master classes or for more details, click here.

Stephen also recently did an interview with Rhino House about what he thinks reference is and finding inspiration for your work:

Rhino House interview with Stephen Melagrano from Rhino House on Vimeo.

Podcast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Double Feature

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You’re getting double portions in this meaty podcast, that’s right, we’re talking BOTH Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films!!  Stephen, and some of the Cloudy 2 animation team, sat down with Animation Leads Alan Hawkins and Joshua Beveridge, and Senior Supervising Animator Pete Nash to get all the juicy tidbits on what went into the making of these two films.  This interview is packed full of great insight, like how the films animation style was developed and getting the best out of every shot.  Just in case you are hungry for more, this interview is loaded with Easter eggs!  So go see the film, listen to the podcast, then go back to find all the fun hidden characters throughout Cloudy 2.  Speaking of Animation was short staffed on this interview so we want to give a very special thank you to animators Kevin Jackson, Shaofu Zhang, Claudio De Oliveira, and David Lisbe for stepping in as interviewers and turning the second half of this interview into a really fun round table.  Bon Appetit!!

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