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

Fraser MacLean is an animator, educator, co-founder and co-director of The Animation Centrifuge, and author who literally wrote the book on layout “Setting the Scene: The Art & Evolution of Animation Layout.”

In this lively, in-depth presentation, Fraser takes us through the early history of layout, outlining the process, tricks, and advancements being made in the area of layout — from Disney’s Silly Symphonies to the work being done at Fleischer Studios.

Don't miss Part 2 of the discussion!


Fraser MacLean

Lecturer // SAE México

In addition to being a part of the SAE México online teaching team, Fraser is also the author of “Setting The Scene: The Art & Evolution of Animation Layout” which was described by Total Film Magazine as, “…a museum, a film school and an art gallery all in one."

He has been working in commercial animation since 1987 and his screen credits include Who Framed Roger RabbitSpace Jam and Disney’s Tarzan. Fraser currently lives in Guadalajara and has taught at a wide range of different universities, colleges and art schools in a number of different countries — including Costa Rica, Norway, Scotland, Lebanon, Ireland and Austria.

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David Burgess

Animation Supervisor // Animal Logic

(DC's The League of Super Pets, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Trolls, Mr Peabody & Sherman)

Dave has almost three decades of experience in the animation industry, working on some of the most iconic 2D and CGI animated films of our time. Dave is currently the Animation Supervisor at Animal Logic's Vancouver studio and has recently wrapped on The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

In 1991, Dave started at Walt Disney Feature Animation where he was an Animator and Supervising Animator on many of their most successful 2D films including Beauty & The BeastAladdinThe Lion King and Tarzan.

In 2001, he switched his pencil for a computer and started at PDI/DreamWorks, working as an Animator, Supervising Animator and Head of Character Animation. His credits during this time include Shrek 2MadagascarOver the HedgeMegamind and Trolls.

Dave graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver with Honours in Animation.

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