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Learn the how, why, and what to do, from some of the industry’s greatest animators.

Animated films may make the broadest use of Visual Development, but its use in story, looks, and world-building had been around since the earliest days of film, and prior to that, theatre.

This talk will celebrate its history, use, and influence.

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Ralph Eggleston

Filmmaker // Pixar Animation Studios

(Incredibles 2, Inside Out, Wall-e, Finding Nemo)

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ralph Eggleston was asked to join Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as the art director of Toy Story, which earned him the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for Best Art Direction. Following Toy Story, he helped develop Monsters, Inc. for production. Eggleston also wrote, designed, and directed the Oscar®- and Annie-Award-winning short film For the Birds, which was his directorial debut. 

Eggleston contributed his talents to a number of Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning films — Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2The Incredibles, WALL•E, Up, Inside Out, Finding Dory, and Incredibles 2. His work on The Incredibles, WALL•E, and Incredibles 2 was recognized with nominations by the Art Directors Guild for “Best Production Design” and he earned an Annie award for Best Art Direction for Finding Nemo and Inside Out as well as a nomination for WALL•E. Eggleston most recently worked as the production designer on Disney•Pixar’s feature Incredibles 2, which received an Annie Award nomination for “Best Production Design.”

In 2019, at the 46th Annie Awards, Eggleston was bestowed the Winsor McCay Award by ASIFA Hollywood in recognition of his career contributions in the field of animation.

Eggleston began his career as a storyboard artist, animator, and designer on various projects, including commercials, television, movie titles, and various “special projects.” He has also contributed to the writing and development of several feature films both at Pixar and elsewhere in the industry.

He is currently working on upcoming Disney•Pixar film projects in development.