Congratulations to Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper and David Lipton on their Annie Award for Animated Effects in an Animated Production for Rise of the Guardians!
The Role of Supervising Technical Directors
It’s no secret that it takes a rather large village to create an animated film. One look at the scrolling end credits of a DreamWorks Animation production such as our latest, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” reveals the hundreds of professionals responsible for creating stories that are both entertaining and visually arresting.
Vital to the communal nature of animated filmmaking are the Supervising Technical Directors, or Sup TDs. They’re the ones who turn on the lights, metaphorically speaking, at the start of production, and they’re the folks who turn them out at the end.
In simplest terms, Sup TDs manage all the technology (software and hardware) for a feature film so that the moviemaking process is a seamless and efficient one from start to finish. But they’re not just techies. Yes, they’re troubleshooters and technical whizzes but, because they work with many different aspects of the production, they’re translators and ambassadors between departments as well. They also oversee the Technical Directors (TDs) that are imbedded in almost every department of production from modeling, animation and layout to surfacing and lighting.
Rise of the Guardians production designer Patrick Hanenberger at Comic-Con 2012 with exclusive limited edition Rise of the Guardians prints by Perry Maple!
Croods co-director Chris Sanders and vis dev artist Arthur Fong are at Comic-Con Booth #5534 signing exclusive Croods prints! The last 300 will be given out tomorrow morning!
Congratulations to our very own Lincoln Wallen, Head of Animation Technology, on his honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh! Before embarking on a career in entertainment, Lincoln was a professor at Oxford University where he researched mathematics and foundational approaches to computer science. He has a degree in Math and Physics from Durham University and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Edinburgh. Congratulations Lincoln!
Congratulations to DreamWorks Animation’s own Dave Wolter on taking home the Gold at the Student Academy Awards for his Animated Short “Eyrie”! Dave and 12 other students from around the world were honored for their work this past Saturday at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Watch Dave’s film, “Eyrie” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5jcSCDr2BM.
It’s In the Works Wednesday here at DreamWorks Animation. Head of Surfacing Andy H. is hard at work on a scene from the highly anticipated film Rise of the Guardians, In Theatres November 21st!