“Lightyear” – VIEW Conference and Pixar Present a FREE Online Panel with the Director and Creators of Pixar’s New Animated Feature

“Lightyear” – VIEW Conference and Pixar Present a FREE Online Panel with the Director and Creators of Pixar’s New Animated Feature

Torino, Italy –VIEW Conference and Pixar Animation Studios are delighted to present a FREE virtual panel with the creative team behind LIGHTYEAR, the brand new animated feature from Disney and Pixar. This online session is a special PreVIEW event ahead of VIEW Conference 2022, happening in Torino, Italy, in October. The LIGHTYEAR virtual panel takes place on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, at 10:00am PST / 6:00pm UK / 19:00 CET.

LIGHTYEAR follows the spectacular adventures of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans), the heroic Space Ranger later immortalized as the action toy seen in Pixar’s groundbreaking TOY STORY movies. Marooned on a distant planet, Buzz and his companions – including a cybernetic cat called Sox (Peter Sohn) – attempt to return to Earth, only to be challenged by Emperor Zurg (James Brolin) and his lethal robot army. LIGHTYEAR releases in theaters June 17th, 2022.

This unmissable VIEW Conference panel brings together director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman for a lively and insightful discussion about the creative journey they undertook to bring this eagerly-awaited animated feature to the screen. Joining them are head of story Dean Kelly, animation supervisor David DeVan, and simulation and tailoring supervisor Fran Kalal. The session is moderated by Ramin Zahed, editor-in-chief of Animation Magazine.

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“We are over the moon to join forces with our friends at Pixar for this special PreVIEW panel,” says Conference Director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Meeting Angus MacLane and his creative team is a wonderful way to celebrate the launch of this much-anticipated film – and also to whet the appetite for our main conference program in October. I am sure everyone around the world will be eager to join us as we travel ‘to infinity and beyond!’”

Angus MacLane

Angus MacLane grew up in Portland, Oregon, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design. After joining Pixar Animation Studios as an animator in 1997, he worked on feature films including “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “WALL•E” and “Toy Story 3.” For his work on “The Incredibles” he won an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for “Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation.” MacLane co-directed “Finding Dory, and directed the short films “BURN•E” and “Small Fry”, followed by the television special “Toy Story of TERROR!”, for which he won an Annie Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Direction.” A huge LEGO fan, he designed the LEGO Ideas WALL•E set released in 2015.

Galyn Susman

A graduate of Brown University, Galyn Susman conducted graphics research and development at Apple, before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1990 to work in its television commercial production as technical director, animator, and producer. Soon after, she worked on Pixar’s first feature film, “Toy Story,” as a character technical director and lighting supervisor. Susman continued her work building character models on “A Bug’s Life,” then served as supervising technical director on “Toy Story 2” and as simulation and effects supervisor for “Monsters, Inc.” After working as associate producer for “Ratatouille,” Susman became the producer for Pixar’s DVD-Promo Department where she oversaw the production of DVD and Blu-ray bonus features and original animation promotional content for five years. From 2013 to 2014, she produced two of Pixar’s first ever ABC television specials, “Toy Story OF TERROR!”, and “Toy Story That Time Forgot.”

Dean Kelly

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Dean Kelly worked at a commercial animation studio in Minneapolis before relocating to Los Angeles, where he worked at FOX on “The Simpsons” and at Nickelodeon on “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” Kelly joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2009 as a story artist on “Monsters University,” and has contributed his story expertise on many of Pixar’s subsequent films including “Coco” and “Incredibles 2.”

David DeVan

David DeVan studied Character Animation at California Institute of the Arts and joined Pixar Animation Studios in June 1996 as an animator. He has worked on many of Pixar’s films and beloved characters including Woody and Buzz from “Toy Story 2” and Boo from “Monsters, Inc.” DeVan was nominated for a Annie Award for his animation of Marlin in “Finding Nemo.” He worked on the Parr family for “The Incredibles,” including Bob, Helen, Violet and Dash, and brought Sally to life in “Cars,” and worked as an animator on “WALL•E” and “Toy Story 3.” DeVan also served as a directing animator on “Ratatouille” and “Brave,” and was a supervising animator on “Finding Dory.”

Fran Kalal

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Fran Kalal earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University. Having joined Pixar Animation Studios in July 2007, she worked as a prop and sets shading artist for the short film, “Presto,” then moved on to work as a character shading artist for some of the background robots in “WALL•E” and as a shot simulation artist on “Up.” Kalal tailored all of the costumes and outfits for Ellie in “Up,” tailored Merida’s dress in “Brave,” and worked as the character tailoring lead on “Incredibles 2.” In addition to her work on Pixar’s films, Kalal was a lead instructor of the Pixar Undergraduate Program for six years, teaching the technical pipeline in Pixar production to undergraduate interns.

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The international VIEW Conference, Italy’s premiere event for Computer Graphics, Interactive & Immersive Media, Animation, Visual Effects, Games, Real-time Rendering, Virtual Production, AI, VR, AR, and Mixed Reality, brings top professionals from those fields to the beautiful baroque city of Torino, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops. The 2022 VIEW Conference will take place from October 16 to 21 in Torino’s state-of-the-art OGR venue, and virtually.

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