Surviving and thriving in the independent animation world is a challenge. From his training as an illustrator to his break into the animation industry; Nick Cross has been walking the fine line between the independent and commercial worlds for over 20 years. Nick will talk you through the winding path of life as an animator, and point out how to avoid the pitfalls that inevitably appear along the way. He will also delve into his unique approach to making a film — a process that he has honed over the course of almost a dozen films. How does one create and structure a film through story, colour and design? And where do ideas come from, and where do they go once they’ve been made into moving pictures?
Moderated by Sean Buckelew
Nick Cross is a Canadian animator and film-maker. Trained as an illustrator, Nick began working in the commercial animation field in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on an impressive number of animated ﬁlm, television and music video projects for clients such as Nickelodeon, Disney, Paramount, Netflix and New Line Entertainment. In 2015, he earned two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the Cartoon Network mini-series, Over the Garden Wall. Also an independent ﬁlmmaker, his short animated ﬁlm subjects have been seen in festivals and retrospectives around the world. Presently, Nick lives and works in Los Angeles.