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PANEL: Animation: What Makes Animation So... Animated?

What is it about an animated story that can make us laugh, or shiver with fear, or well up with tears in a uniquely profound way? From hand drawn animation by independent filmmaker, Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton, to computer animation and studio production by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Osborne, this panel will delve into the thought process behind the artistry and the intense labor that goes into creating the final pieces. The audience will be treated to special clips from the panelists' works, including clips from Osborne's upcoming, highly anticipated animated film The Little Prince.


Linda Beck is a Producer and Development Scout with a passion for connecting artists and executives. She has produced content for children (Nickelodeon, Disney) and grown ups (History Channel, A&E, PBS) and is equally at home in both animation boutiques and major networks. Linda is Co-President of ASIFA-East, the east coast chapter of the International Animated Film Association. If you are an up-and-coming animator, Linda is your biggest cheerleader. If you are looking for an up-and-coming animator, Linda has someone for you. Linda also illustrates, sews, builds props, makes art, writes, directs, animates, and is a SAG-AFTRA voiceover artist.

Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Mark Osborne has been telling stories with animation for more than twenty-five years. In addition to directing the first animated feature film adaptation of the classic French novella The Little Prince, released in 2015 worldwide, he was one of the directors of the critically acclaimed animated summer 2008 blockbuster Kung Fu Panda. This film broke box office records worldwide and was nominated for an AcademyAward for Best Animated Feature. Osborne teaches and lectures on the subject of animation worldwide and all over the US.

Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Bill began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times and National Lampoon. In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar nomination, for his short Guard Dog. After producing many shorts, Bill turned his talent to feature films, making ten feature films. Seven of them, including The Tune, Hair High, and Cheatin', are animated.


Signe Baumane was born in Latvia and received a BA degree in philosphy at Moscow University. After graduating she delved into several projects including animation, film, and illustration. Then in 1995 she decided to come to New York where she continued in the film industry and has since produced several animated shorts, which have been accepted into numerous film festivals including but not limited to Sundance, Berlin, Annecy, Venice and Tribeca. She recently released her first feature film Rocks in My Pockets.

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