Latinx games x animation festival

July 18, 2020

Animation is one of the most important and sought out disciplines in all of entertainment. Latinx Games X Animation Festival will cover multiple entertainment industries and offer industry insider career advice on what recruiters are looking for in your Portfolio, Resume and Demo Reel! If you’ve ever wanted to work in Movies, Television or Video Games in the animation field then this event is for you! Learn from panelists that work in Warner Bros. Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Latinx in Animation, Valve and more as they break down the art of Storyboarding, VFX, Character Modeling, Environment Art, Tech Art and Animation!

Panels

Intro to Animation

Speaker: Bryan Dimas

Speaker: Maria Azellea

Speaker: Michelle Rincon

Speaker: Jeannette Lara

Moderator: Venisia Gonzalez

Intro to Game Art & Animation

Speaker: Dan Rosas Paulsen

Speaker: Marcelo Viana Neto

Moderator: Juan Morales – Rocha

Intro to Animation

Speaker: Bryan Dimas

Speaker: Maria Azellea

Speaker: Michelle Rincon

Speaker: Jeannette Lara

Moderator: Jeannette Lara

Intro to Game Art & Animation

Speaker: Dan Rosas Paulsen

Speaker: Marcelo Viana Neto

Moderator: Juan Morales – Rocha

Speakers

Dan Rosas Paulsen

Animator at Valve

I am an animator at Valve, born and raised in Mexico City. Back in Mexico, I helped put the Kerbals in Kerbal Space Program while working with the team that shipped the game on Steam in 2015. I’ve also worked on animated short-films and taught animation for graduate and undergraduate students. I studied an MA in 3D Computer Animation at Bournemouth University in the UK, before moving to Seattle to work at Valve.

Marcelo Viana Neto

Assistant Professor of Game Design at 

CUNY Hostos College

Marcelo Viana Neto is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator interested in how games can help explore socio-economic relations based on solidarity and mutual aid, reveal illegitimate forms of power, and enable creative expression. He was born in Sete Lagoas, Brazil and has been a resident of California since 2002. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design with high distinction from the California College of the Arts and is currently an MFA candidate in DANM at UC Santa Cruz. His current research focuses on applying non-hierarchical participatory modes of organization to game design pedagogy and practice.

BRYAN DIMAS

Co-Founder & Co-Director, 

LatinX in Animation

Bryan Dimas is an animation production professional with experience in feature animation production, 2D and CG animation television development and production, and project management. He has contributed to various projects that include “Trolls World Tour”, “The Boss Baby 2″, “3Below: Tales of Arcadia”, “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia”, and “Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.” He has worked for animation studios that include DreamWorks Animation and Warner Bros. Animation. He grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied Electrical Engineering and Film, Television, and Theatre with a concentration in Film Production. He is particularly interested in the development and production of animation, and promoting diversity and inclusivity in Animation and STEM fields.

He is currently the Development Production Manager at Warner Bros. Animation.

Michelle Rincon

Team member, LatinX in Animation

Storyboard Artist at Joe Murray Studio

Michelle Rincon is an LA-born storyboard artist based in Pasadena, CA. She’s currently storyboarding at Joe Murray Studio and Brown Bag Films for the PBS Kids show Let’s Go Luna! where she has done all sorts of jobs ranging from storyboard revisionist to assisting with the show’s pipeline as a production coordinator. She’s also a graduate from Cal State Fullerton. Her loves in life include folklórico, chips, boba, and lives for stories that involve magical girls.

MARIA AZELLEA

Team member, LatinX in Animation

Production Assistant at DreamWorks Animation

Maria Azellea at a young age realized there was a need to help diverse, new, and outdated companies who strived to be part of the social media shift in the new multimedia marketing world. From that need she established Menacing Marketing in 2013 with the focus of empowering the voices of these businesses.

Her belief in empowering the Next Generation brought her to work with several Non Profits & Organizations. Together they build great platforms, media content and strong membership participation.

Meanwhile as an animator her philosophy is “To create new, innovative, and diverse media that empowers the next generation of creatives to tell their own stories.”. This passion and drive led to her short film ” La Concha Mágica ” to debut at San Diego Comic Con Children’s Film Festival. Which is a step in her continued journey to bring to life new stories everyday.

JEANNETTE LARA

Team member, LatinX in Animation

This former military brat with Latin sass began her career in production… that is if you count a 6-year-old staging plays with Barbie’s and action figures during the summers. In time, writing fan-fics and a love for dialogue led her to L.A. to pursue screenwriting where she made quarter finals for Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship in 2016 with Muse and as a finalist for the 2019 Screencraft Animation competition with her coming of age comedy pilot, Me, My Shadow and Iris. She is currently freelancing for an unannounced animated project.

Dan Rosas Paulsen | @danRpaulsen

Animator at Valve

I am an animator at Valve, born and raised in Mexico City. Back in Mexico, I helped put the Kerbals in Kerbal Space Program while working with the team that shipped the game on Steam in 2015. I’ve also worked on animated short-films and taught animation for graduate and undergraduate students. I studied an MA in 3D Computer Animation at Bournemouth University in the UK, before moving to Seattle to work at Valve.

Marcelo Viana Neto | @manyweare

Assistant Professor of Game Design at CUNY Hostos College

Marcelo Viana Neto is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator interested in how games can help explore socio-economic relations based on solidarity and mutual aid, reveal illegitimate forms of power, and enable creative expression. He was born in Sete Lagoas, Brazil and has been a resident of California since 2002. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design with high distinction from the California College of the Arts and is currently an MFA candidate in DANM at UC Santa Cruz. His current research focuses on applying non-hierarchical participatory modes of organization to game design pedagogy and practice.

Bryan Dimas | @bryandimas_

Co-Founder & Co-Director, LatinX in Animation

Bryan Dimas is an animation production professional with experience in feature animation production, 2D and CG animation television development and production, and project management. He has contributed to various projects that include “Trolls World Tour”, “The Boss Baby 2″, “3Below: Tales of Arcadia”, “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia”, and “Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.” He has worked for animation studios that include DreamWorks Animation and Warner Bros. Animation. He grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied Electrical Engineering and Film, Television, and Theatre with a concentration in Film Production. He is particularly interested in the development and production of animation, and promoting diversity and inclusivity in Animation and STEM fields.

 

He is currently the Development Production Manager at Warner Bros. Animation.

Michelle Rincon | @elotewaifu

Team Member, LatinX in Animation

Storyboard Artist at Joe Murray Studio

Michelle Rincon is an LA-born storyboard artist based in Pasadena, CA. She’s currently storyboarding at Joe Murray Studio and Brown Bag Films for the PBS Kids show Let’s Go Luna! where she has done all sorts of jobs ranging from storyboard revisionist to assisting with the show’s pipeline as a production coordinator. She’s also a graduate from Cal State Fullerton. Her loves in life include folklórico, chips, boba, and lives for stories that involve magical girls.

Maria Azellea | @_azellea

Team Member, LatinX in Animation

Production Assistant at DreamWorks Animation

Maria Azellea at a young age realized there was a need to help diverse, new, and outdated companies who strived to be part of the social media shift in the new multimedia marketing world. From that need she established Menacing Marketing in 2013 with the focus of empowering the voices of these businesses. 

Her belief in empowering the Next Generation brought her to work with several Non Profits & Organizations. Together they build great platforms, media content and strong membership participation. 

Meanwhile as an animator her philosophy is “To create new, innovative, and diverse media that empowers the next generation of creatives to tell their own stories.”. This passion and drive led to her short film ” La Concha Mágica ” to debut at San Diego Comic Con Children’s Film Festival. Which is a step in her continued journey to bring to life new stories everyday.

Jeannette Lara

Team Member, LatinX in Animation

This former military brat with Latin sass began her career in production… that is if you count a 6-year-old staging plays with Barbie’s and action figures during the summers. In time, writing fan-fics and a love for dialogue led her to L.A. to pursue screenwriting where she made quarter finals for Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship in 2016 with Muse and as a finalist for the 2019 Screencraft Animation competition with her coming of age comedy pilot, Me, My Shadow and Iris. She is currently freelancing for an unannounced animated project.