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Academy Panel to Examine Production Design in Animation

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Academy Panel to Examine Production Design in Animation

The differences between production design for animation and live action will be explored in detail during the first installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Evolution or Revolution? Production Design in the 21st Century,” on Monday, April 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

“Production Design in the 21st Century” will be hosted by two of the Academy’s Art Directors Branch governors, production designer Jim Bissell (300, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg (Unstoppable, Public Enemies). Special guests for the first evening will be production designers Kathy Altieri (How to Train Your Dragon, Over the Hedge), Scott Chambliss (Salt, Star Trek), Harley Jessup (Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc.) and Lilly Kilvert (Valkyrie, The Last Samurai), as well as set decorator Karen O’Hara (Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s A Christmas Carol). The session will feature film clips and open discussion between the evening’s special guests and members of the audience.

Subsequent sessions in the series include:

  • “Memorable Images: Production Designers and Set Decorators Choose Their Favorites,” set for May 2 and featuring William Creber, Jack Fisk, Alex McDowell and Beth Rubino.
  • “Set Decoration and the Design Collaboration” on May 9, featuring Jim Bissell, Jan Pascale, Lauri Gaffin, Alex McDowell, Anne Kuljian,Jeannine Oppewall, Jay Hart and Victor J. Zolfo.
  • “The Criteria for Good Production Design” on May 16, with Jim Erickson, Alex McDowell and Jeannine Oppewall.

Registration for the entire series is $40 for the general public and $30 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Admission for individual evenings, if available, is $10 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by mail, or in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the session when the doors open at 6 p.m.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit


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