We are very lucky to have Magali Rigaudias who is currently a lead animator at Animal Logic.
She has been working as a character animator for over 20 years. After working in Paris for a few years, she joined Industrial Light and Magic, where she focused on effects and animation in live action feature films including Dragon Heart, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (re-release), Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secret, The Hulk, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
After almost a decade at the studio in San Francisco, she decided to broaden her experience to work on animated films. She then moved to Australia and joined Animal Logic to work on Happy Feet and The Legend of the Guardians. Working as a lead animator for the past 7 years, Magali was also a lead animator in Happy Feet 2.
The most rewarding part of her work is to bring life to a character, giving personality to any character she works on, and injecting a whole range of emotions that bring out that personality. When she succeeds, the audience will see it as a living, breathing character rather than a computer generated puppet. Often, her job is not about making things look real but to make them look believable.
Besides Magali, we also have Myrna Gawryn who shares her exprience and skills to the class. Myrna comes from a background in dance, choreography, theatre, film, TV, human behavior/anthropology, anatomy, kinesiology and motion capture. She has worked with animators and directors to develop character, physical behavior, relationship to other characters, context and anatomical detail, all the components that make animation truly alive and specific.
Myrna has taught and consulted in the area of character development / behavior, storytelling and movement for animation at DreamWorks and Disney in Los Angeles, Gobelins and Annecy in France, LucasFilms Singapore, Griffith University in Australia and The One University in Kuala Lumpur.
Last but not least, we have Yoshimichi Tamura. He is a 2D-3D character animator, character designer, and story boarder. After graduating from GOBELINS in 1991, Yoshi worked on a number of major animation feature films for both Disney and DreamWorks, including: A GOOFY MOVIE(1995), HERCULES (1997), TARZAN (1999), ATLANTIS:THE LOST EMPIRE (2001), THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 (2003), ) SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS (2003), A SHARK TALE (2004), OVER THE HEDGE (2006), FLUSHED AWAY (2006), and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (2009.
Yoshi has also participated in other international productions, such as the Spanish-French feature film NOCTURNA (2006) and the French-American production IGOR (2008). Now based in France, Yoshi was recently director of animation on the 2D French animation feature film Zarafa to be released this year. Yoshi will focus on the theme “Motion and Emotion” but also evaluate and mentor students working on the exercises begun in the master class of Magali Rigaudias during week one.
We also want to take this opportunity to CONGRATULATE Yoshimichi. He has just won the Best in Show Award at the upcoming SigGraph 2012. That is amazing. We all feel very honoured to be able to work with him.