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The world of animation is full of geniuses who, with their hard work and determination, have managed to make the industry one of the most lucrative and profit-making ones in this highly competitive market. Let us have a look at some of the top animation gurus whose contribution to the field is indelible.Sam Fell: He is a British 2D & 3D Animationscreenwriter, film director, animator and voice actor. His directorial career started with The Big Cheese, a short film for 3 Peach Animation. However, soon, he became a part of Aardman, a British animation studio situated in Bristol, UK. Here, he worked on some of the most prestigious projects including Pop, Rex The Runt and Wat’s Pig, the short film by Peter Lord which was nominated for the Oscars. A television series for kids known as Rabbits was also developed by him.From 2001 to 2002, he worked on the script of Flushed Away which was finally made into a film in 2003. Along with directing, he also gave the voiceover for a number of characters including Ladykiller, Fanseller and Liam. Among his recent works, the most notable one is the film ParaNorman which he directed for Focus Features and Laika Studios. Here, he combined the techniques of traditional stop-motion with that of high-tech 3D.Barry Cook: Born and brought up in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, his first stint at filmmaking happened at the tender age of 10 on a super 8 camera. What is more, two prizes were won by him in the local Young Filmmakers Festival for “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide” and “The Vampire” when he was just twelve years old. With the intention of joining motion pictures, he soon shifted base to California.While studying at Columbia College, Barry used to spend a lot of time helping others to complete their student film projects. Finally, after working as an intern for some years, he became a part of Disney in the year 1981 and worked on “Tron”. From then on, it has been a successful journey for him having worked on numerous Disney films as an animator that include gems like “Captain EO” and “Oliver & Company”.

Jamie Beard: He had an inherent knack for animation and it certainly helped that he had very supportive parents who allowed him to study it and pursue a career in it. After working in London for many years, he was contacted by Weta one day to work on the cult Lord of the Rings series. It was a big opportunity for him and he immediately grabbed it and shifted base to New Zealand.

His association with Weta Digital resulted in many blockbuster films including King Kong. His latest work includes the much-acclaimed ‘The Adventures of Tintin”.

M.A. in Multimedia Animation Seamus Malone: His journey too began in Aardman Animations and he worked on several films as key animator that include Rex The Runt, Creature Comforts USA, Chicken Run, Creature Comforts 2 and A Matter of Loaf and Death to name a few. In 2002, he enhanced his skills by getting training in computer graphics and character acting development which he applied in Shrek 2, Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas.

These are some of the prominent names in the animation industry whose works give shape to the liveliest and most realistic animation movies.

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When one talks of animation, certain names of stalwarts come to mind. Five such personalities who are thought to be synonymous with animation are mentioned below:

Laurent Ben-Mimoun

UG & PG Animation DegreeThis French born artist has contributed concept art and matte paintings to films like ‘Tangled’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘The Day after Tomorrow’, ‘Beowulf’, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, ‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ and ‘Pearl Harbor’ to name a few.

He started out as a young artist in the animation studios of London where he first got noticed for the film ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ where he had to face the challenge of transforming Argentina to Tibet. It is for this film that he got the opportunity of going to America in 1997 and has been living there ever since.

He says that he likes the projects that offer him “creative freedom”, which he says to have got while working with Disney. He says that what he finds “engaging” and “interesting” about animation is that “everything is created”.

David Gilson 

This French artist and illustrator is well-known for ‘Tangled’ and ‘Magic’. He specializes as a character designer. After completing his training at CFT, he polished his art by working with various animation studios like Walt Disney, Feature Animation, Marathon etc. Being a huge fan of Disney princesses, it was his dream-come-true to work in ‘Tangled’.

Having “a gift for drawing”, Gilson wanted to work with everyone including Disney. He started out at Saban’s, designing secondary characters on the ‘Achille Talon’ series. He got a chance to work with Disney on Tarzan. He worked on the film for two years since April 1997. He says those were the two most important years of his life.

Barry Cook 

He was the first director to successfully fuse hand-drawn and computer animation in a film called ‘My Peoples’. It was based on his own short story ‘The Ghost & His Gift’. This film, however, never really got a release as Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida got closed, an experience that Cook described as “heartbreaking”.

2D & 3D AnimationHe also made a 3 minutes and 20 seconds long film as a young boy. This was an adaptation of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. He explains the brevity of the film by saying “that’s how long the cartridge in Super 8 film ran – three minutes and 20 seconds.”

He worked with Hanna-Barbara’s ‘The Smurfs’, where he worked on a 15 minute pilot. He joined Disney in 1981 and went on to work as a special effects animator in films like ‘The Black Cauldron’ (1985), ‘Captain EO’ (1986), ‘Oliver & Company’ (1988) and ‘The Little Mermaid’ (1989).

Margaret Kerry 

This Disney legend modeled for Tinker Bell in Peter Pan. She was also the voice and animation model for the red-haired mermaid in the ‘Neverland’ lagoon scenes. Her television work includes the role of Sharon in ‘The Ruffles’, one of the first network sitcoms on ABC-TV.

She provided her voice for Paddlefoot and Spinner for 52 episodes in the popular kids’ show ‘Clutch Cargo’.

Jamie Beard 

He is known as the animation supervisor for ‘Tintin’. Earlier he had worded on visual effects in films like ‘The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ (2003). ‘I, Robot’ (2004), ‘King Kong’(2005) and ‘Avatar’(2009).

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