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Watch: Animag’s 2021 Rising Stars of Animation Spotlight!

2021 Rising Stars
2021 Rising Stars



Watch: Animag’s 2021 Rising Stars of Animation Spotlight!

Animation Magazine is delighted to present a one-four video spotlight on our 2021 Rising Stars of Animation! Visit Animag’s YouTube channel or scroll down to watch for free, and learn more about the careers, inspirations and aspirations of these talented creators — plus their choicest nuggets of advice on how to set your own star on the rise!

The video spotlight features (in alphabetical order):

  • Carlos Baena, director, The Tiger’s Apprentice (Paramount)
  • Alfonso Blaas, production designer, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (DreamWorks)
  • Shabrayia Cleaver, production manager, Spirit Untamed (DreamWorks)
  • Wendell Dalit, art director, Vivo (Sony)
  • Megan Nicole Dong, creator/exec producer, Centaurworld (Netflix)
  • Megan Ferguson, assistant director, Hilda (Mercury Filmworks)
  • Valtteri Heinonen, art director, Moominvalley (Gutsy Animation)
  • Manny Hernandez, exec producer, We Baby Bears (Cartoon Network)
  • Dou Hong, model supervisor, Young Justice: Phantoms (Warner Bros.)
  • Grace Kum, visual development, Stillwater (Gaumont/Apple TV+)
  • Christina LaFerla, CG supervisor, Big Nate (Nickelodeon)
  • Katie Lyons, development designer Odo (Sixteen South)
  • Beatriz Martin, character animator, The Snoopy Show (WildBrain)
  • Eastwood Wong, art director, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Disney+)
  • Michael Yamada, production designer, Back to the Outback (Netflix)


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