Converstions with the Experts

Conversations with the Experts: Join the Curious!

Historians, animators, actors, computer scientists and Studio staff guide us as we glean insights into animation and how Chuck Jones forever changed our cultural landscape. All programs are included with exhibit admission. Tickets to Conversation with the Experts are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ticket Office beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the program. Seating is limited. For a full program list, download the PDF.

Saturday, February 14 | 2 - 3 pm | Remembering Dad | Linda Jones
Linda Jones, daughter of legendary animation director Chuck Jones, has been instrumental in the development of the animation art industry. Linda is the past president of Chuck Jones Film Productions, founder of Linda Jones Enterprises in Irvine, California and Emmy Award-winner for her work in television’s Peter and the Wolf. She will share stories about growing up in and around the animation industry. Join the fun and imagine having Pepé, Daffy, Gossamer, the Roadrunner, Bugs and Wile E. as brothers and sisters!

Saturday, February 21 | 2 - 3 pm | Historical Perspectives: Cartoons in American Life | Joan McGettigan
Joan McGettigan is associate professor of Film-TV-Digital Media at TCU, where she teaches film history and critical film studies courses. She has published articles on the history of crime films, the Turner Classic Movies Annual Film Festival and film adaptations of The Great Gatsby. Join McGettigan as she traces the history of cartoons in Hollywood. From Bugs Bunny to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Simpsons, cartoons have been some of the most complex – and often most controversial—forms of entertainment. And as viewers and animators have always recognized, cartoons have never been “just for kids.”

Saturday, March 7 | 2 - 3 pm | Sticky, Part 1: Creating a Computer Animated Short Film | Todd Fetcher
Todd Fetcher is currently assistant professor of 3D Computer Animation at UT Dallas. Fetcher has experience working on both television and film production, including the Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Book of Life. He has worked as a freelance 3D artist for NASA, Reel FX Entertainment, Jeep, Ember Studios and Element X. Join Fetcher as he presents the various components of the computer animation process as used in the creation of the animated short film Sticky. Guests will see how both art and technology combine to create modern day animation.

Saturday, March 14 | 2 - 3 pm | Live Action and Cartoons | Innovation Studio Staff
The pros use green screens when they want to insert a new background using Chroma Key technology. Learn how to create your own green screen with household materials. Innovation Studio staff will demonstrate Mac-based software that enables you to do the same with your own videos. We’ll leave time for the audience to create a live 30-second animated video.

Saturday, March 21 | 2 - 3 pm | Meet Moonbot…the tiny start-up that could! | Kevin Koch and John Durbin
Moonbot, a start-up company that calls itself “an interplanetary creative expedition of story and art,” won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Short in 2011. It will offer fascinating insight into the DIY, tech-savvy and start-up world of the company that created The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and the 2015 short-list nominee, The Numberleys. Meet Moonbot animators Kevin Koch and John Durbin. Learn how the genius of Chuck Jones inspired their careers, and find out how this start-up studio that makes animations, apps and even ebooks walked away with the biggest prize of all!

Saturday, April 4 | 2 - 3 pm | Audacious Sound Effects! | Eric Ortiz
Discover the basics of sound recording with audio engineer, Eric Ortiz. Eric will demonstrate Audacity, a free, downloadable software program. Find out how to record voices, sound effects and edit them to create the perfect audio for your own cartoons.

Saturday, April 11 | 2 - 3 pm | Meet the FUNimation Voices! | Alex Moore and Brian Mathis
Learn what it takes to create the voice of a successful cartoon character. Meet Alex Moore and Brian Mathis, professional voice actors from FUNimation, North America’s largest distributor of anime and multi-national entertainment properties. The actors will tell stories about working as voice-over artists and describe how they develop a character’s vocal traits. Try your hand at creating your own cartoon voices.

Saturday, April 18 | 2 - 3 pm | From Pencils to Pixels | Dr. Ginger Alford
In the digital age, animators uses digital tools that rely on math and computer science to create the illusion of motion. Find out how what you see on a screen is really a wonderful trick of the eye that depends on math! Join Dr. Ginger Alford, author, consulting expert in image processing and nationally known computer science educator, as she shares insights into the role math and computing play in animation.

Saturday, April 25 | 2 - 3 pm | Sticky, Part 2: Creating a Computer Animated Short Film | Kyoung Swearingen
Kyoung Swearingen, an assistant professor at UT Dallas and an Academy Award winner, has worked on Ratatouille, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3. As technical director of lighting at Pixar Animation Studios, Swearingen focused on visual story-telling, mood and look development through lighting. Join Swearingen as she describes the computer animation process used to create the short film Sticky. Guests will see how both art and technology combine to create modern animation.


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