CTN Animation eXpo Recap

This past weekend The Creative Talent Network hosted their 8th Annual CTN animation eXpo in Burbank, California. The expo, which gathers animation professionals is a meant to bring inspiration, employment, and business opportunities to attendees. The expo event has artist panel/interviews, special exhibits and demos, speed talent recruiting mixers, privileged access networking, leaders of the industry discussions, and one on one critiques. Eric Miller attended the expo last weekend and was able to share some insight from the event.

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Overall, Eric noted that the expo was fantastic and largest he's ever seen in size. Although he mainly attends for the screenings, presentations and panels, he also enjoyed meeting talent as he walked the exhibit floor. Below are photos from the event.

Photo from only one section of the exhibit floor which completely filled a tent.
Photo from only one section of the exhibit floor which completely filled a tent.
Photo of the Lobby where there are live demonstrations where artists can learn advanced skills from professionals.
Photo of the Lobby where there are live demonstrations where artists can learn advanced skills from professionals.
Photo from After Dark, where models posed for artists to draw them.
Photo from After Dark, where models posed for artists to draw them.
Presentation from Tonko House.  The founders are the two on the end. Henry Selick (seen in the black shirt), is a Disney animation legend who has done a great deal over the years.

Presentation from Tonko House.  The founders are the two on the end. Henry Selick (seen in the black shirt), is a Disney animation legend who has done a great deal over the years.

Talented artists who worked on Beauty and the Beast in the 25 year celebration.  They went through and spoke about the interesting behind the scenes of the production.  Many pictured above are animation legends!

Talented artists who worked on Beauty and the Beast in the 25 year celebration.  They went through and spoke about the interesting behind the scenes of the production.  Many pictured above are animation legends!

Andreas Deja with Ted Thomas (the son of animation legend Frank Thomas) went through and looked at some of the amazing animation work that Frank Thomas did while he was at Disney.  The techniques of Frank and Ollie, who wrote the book “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation”, are what many animation students train by.

Andreas Deja with Ted Thomas (the son of animation legend Frank Thomas) went through and looked at some of the amazing animation work that Frank Thomas did while he was at Disney.  The techniques of Frank and Ollie, who wrote the book “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation”, are what many animation students train by.

Eric Goldberg, an amazing animator who recently did the animation of the tattoos (little Maui) on Maui in the movie Moana.
Eric Goldberg, an amazing animator who recently did the animation of the tattoos (little Maui) on Maui in the movie Moana.
Jason Scheier, a friend of Eric Miller's. Scheier illustrated the ship sailing into the moon illustration on the company website!

Jason Scheier, a friend of Eric Miller's. Scheier illustrated the ship sailing into the moon illustration on the company website!

This is Floyd Norman introducing the documentary recently released about himself. Norman was the first black animator that worked at Walt Disney Animation, his first movie was Sleeping Beauty (1959).

This is Floyd Norman introducing the documentary recently released about himself. Norman was the first black animator that worked at Walt Disney Animation, his first movie was Sleeping Beauty (1959).

Thinking about attending CTNX next year? We'd recommend it!

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