Tech Leads talk Monsters University and wow the crowd at Stanford University

Good afternoon folks! Here’s a reprint of an article I wrote for the Women in Animation San Francisco blog about a recent talk we hosted at Stanford University. Technical lighting supervisors, animators and scripting writers joined forces to discuss the making of Monsters University, now on DVD and BluRay. Scare School 101 was in session…

AIGA SF Event featuring Pixar Director Mark Andrews

I had the great pleasure of meeting Academy Award winning director and all around hilarious guy Mark Andrews on Thursday night at AIGA SF’s Lecture Design Series. Mark shared the joy and pitfalls of creating storyboards for live action and animated features. I wrote an article about the experience on the Women in Animation San…

Women in Camera and Lighting Panel

BAWIFM and SF State University’s Cinema Collective co-hosted a panel on Thursday April 26th with female directors, directors of photography and cinematography spoke about the industry. An excellent panel with excellent guests. From Left to Right: Moderator Laura Valladao, Director of Photography Sophia Constantinou, Cinematographer Jessica Fisher, Director of Photography Kate Lin Ariz Mendi From…

Pixar Animator Mike Makarewicz’s Excellent Lecture Notes

Academy of Art alum, 8 year Pixar animator and all around swell guy Mike Makarewicz (MUH-KARE-UH-VITCH) gave a great talk at the 79 Montgomery theater on Saturday April 21st on the most important of the 12 animation principles to him: timing. It was an excellent talk. He spoke extensively on the subject, provided great film…

San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival

Tonight marked the final evening of the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival. I volunteered in the office every week, working with executive director Scarlett Shepard. I had the opportunity to see “That’s What She Said” written by Kellie Overbey (“The Good Wife,” “Law and Order: SVU”) and directed by Carrie Preston (Arlene on “True…

Links of Note: Toon In!…to the World of Animation…

Links of Note is a weekly post in which I offer a description of the links posted on the right side of this blog. Today I will be discussing Toon In!…to the World of Animation.  Toon In!…to the World of Animation is fabulous. Created by Tee Bosustow, son of Stephen Bosustow, Executive Producer for many…

BAWIFM Mentor Meeting Sketches

I attended the BAWIFM Mentoring Event co-hosted by the Women’s Film Institute yesterday. It kicked off this year’s 8th Annual San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival, an event I have been volunteering for since February. I’m looking forward to the films and enjoyed hearing the panelists. They discussed what it’s like financing and creating their…

Links of Note: The Pixar Podcast

Links of Note is a weekly post in which I offer a description of the links posted on the right side of this blog. Today I will be discussing the Pixar Podcast.  I found the Pixar Podcast several months ago and it rapidly became one of my all-time online shows. Created by BYU student Derrick…

Links of Note: The Animation Podcast

Links of Note is a weekly post in which I offer a description of the links posted on the right side of this blog. Today I will be discussing the Animation Podcast. Enjoy!  Several years ago I came across an excellent podcast on iTunes called The Animation Podcast. It was the first animation podcast that…

Jennifer Yuh Nelson – The Most Successful Female Director in History

Brenda Chapman (an excellent animation director in her own right) posted a link to this great article about Jennifer Yuh Nelson – director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and the most successful female director in history. She is incredibly humble and talented – it’s exciting to know that there are directors out there as awesome…