Monsters, Muppets and Movies: Finding Passion in Science and Art
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, California NanoSystems Institute - Auditorium
Managing Invention Presents John Stevenson, Director 'Kung Fu Panda'
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Free and open to the public.
John Stevenson is one the world’s pre-eminent animation directors. With more than three decades of experience in filmed entertainment, John Stevenson brings a full and varied skill set to every project, all of which bear the stamp of his keen eye and unending creativity.
His journey as co-director of Kung Fu Panda began in May of 2003. Prior to that, Stevenson held the post of Head of Story at PDI/DreamWorks serving as story artist for the DreamWorks worldwide blockbusters Shrek, Shrek 2 and Madagascar. He also created storyboards for the animated features Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, starring Matt Damon; and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, starring Brad Pitt, Michelle Pfeiffer and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
A core member of PDI/DreamWorks’ creative review committee, John had input on a variety of projects and also taught classes on the story process to artists at PDI and the San Francisco-based Wild Brain Productions.
John was also storyboard artist and character designer for DreamWorks/PDI’s Antz, Pixar’s Toy Story 2, Nickelodeon’s Fathead, Wild Brain/Fox’s direct-to-video feature FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue, Jim Henson Production’s Brats of the Dark Nebula and the title design of Walt Disney’s George of the Jungle. During this period, he also acted as an independent creative consultant to CBS, NBC, Walt Disney Productions, Colossal Pictures and Protozoa Pictures.
His previous freelance career as an artist, illustrator, character designer and art director exposed him to myriad projects in nearly every medium, working on: England’s Wonder World theme park and the Children’s Museum of Bogotá, Columbia; commercials for Pepsi, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Fosters Lager; feature films The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raggedy Rawney.
Stevenson’s entrée into entertainment began with character/product design, storyboarding, show concepts and background puppetry on the seminal The Muppet Show for Jim Henson Productions.
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