For some people, animation is life. In Georgia, many of those people go to the Savannah College of Art & Design’s (SCAD) AnimationFest, the place to be for emerging animators
The three-day event hosted some of the biggest names in the animation industry, giving students the chance to hear from a panel of experts and pre-screen films like Abominable (2019). “The Abominable showing last night has been the best thing so far,” said Laura Baker, an undergraduate student at Chattahoochee Technical College.
The conference was hosted by SCAD at the college’s Atlanta campus. The animation community in Atlanta is small but mighty, and SCAD is steadily helping it grow. Home to animation powerhouses like Cartoon Network, Primal Screen, Awesome Inc. and many more, Atlanta is making a name for itself in the industry. SCAD AnimationFest is a place for students to network and hunt down industry experience. “For me, it’s been great,” said Darien Mcrae, SCAD alumni. “I’ve been able to meet other animators, hear about their experience in the industry and make connections.”
At the Designing for Animation: Costumes, Characters and Complexity panel, attendees had the chance to hear about all the detail that goes into character design and movement for movies like Moana (2016) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). SCAD AnimationFest was held at the college’s SCADShow Theater in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. From virtual reality to motion graphics, the industry is vast and wide, and it continues to grow year after year. “Find what sparks you,” said Kate Kirby- O’Connell, a technical animation supervisor at Disney Animation Studios and SCAD alumna. “What am I good at? Find the strength you can capitalize on and work hard.”