Spark CG Society welcomes The Book of Life helmer Jorge R. Gutiérrez as the Spark Animation 2017 Conference Chair. The visionary Mexican animator, character designer, painter, writer and director will bring his years of experience and indomitable passion to the Great White North to curate and host the biggest animation event in western Canada — taking place in Vancouver from October 26-29 (conference.sparkanimation.ca).
The announcement comes on the heels of a busy stopover in Annecy for Gutiérrez, which included the unveiling of his immersive, animated VR short Son of Jaguar for Google Spotlight Stories, confirmation that he will return to the director’s chair for a Book of Life sequel at Reel FX, and a work-in-progress presentation of his feature project Kung Fu Space Punch — a comedic blend of ‘90s Kung Fu films, ‘60s Spaghetti Westerns, and epic space adventures of the past several decades.
This year’s Spark Animation Conference will be held in the Vancouver Convention Centre, with a focus on celebrating diversity in this multi-faceted medium. The two-day meet will includes discussions on animation and all its applications; panels and presentations with leading international animators and directors; insights into the global state of the art and business; and primo networking opportunities. Early bird registration is open through September 30.