Getting the Best Artistry + Cost Efficiency from your Animation Department-Paul Griffin


About Paul Griffin
Paul has enjoyed a prolific career as a an animator, animation director, producer andvisual effects supervisor, working primarily in Hollywood on some of the most celebrated animated cinematic masterpieces of modern times.  He brings a level of experience and expertise that is truly unique in China.


  • Happy Feet Two (lead animator)
  • District 9 (animation consultant)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (animation supervisor)
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (animation supervisor)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (animation supervisor)
  • King Kong (animation previsualization)
  • Fantastic Four (animation supervisor)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (animation supervisor)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (animator)
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Video Game) (animation supervisor)
  • Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (lead animator)
  • Jurassic Park III (animation sequence supervisor)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (character animator)

Course Introduction

This seminar covers a vast array of topics ranging from pipeline issues to production philosophies to practical tips based on over 30 years of experience in some of the most famous visual effects and animation studios in the world. More specifically, it provides insight into techniques and practices that can make an animation studio more successful in finding the balance between creating great art [and greater demand] and being financially successful.  The seminar is peppered with production stories that are designed to be both educational and entertaining.

Who Can Benefit From Taking the Course?

The information is beneficial for anyone interested in improving animation quality and efficiency at an animation or creature effects studio.  
People such as Studio management (CEO’s, CFO’s, CTO’s, etc), Production management (executive producers, producers, production support), Animation Directors, Animation Supervisors, Animation talent at any level interested in animation direction, and students.

Former Workshop Clients

  • The Visual Effects Society –  a worldwide honour society created for the advancement and understanding of visual effects and education of visual effects artists
  • The Toronto Animation Society – an affiliation of studios in the Toronto area
  • SPARK – Animation Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • SIGGRAPH – San Francisco chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Graphics
  • SMPTE – [Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers]  Conference on Color – Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Practical production research and development at: 
    • DR D Studios (Sydney)
    • Industrial Light + Magic
    • CafeFX
    • The Vortex Project [IP Development]
    • various independent film projects


  • Duration: 1 day is ideal.  The seminar can be abridged to a one hour presentation, or extended to an all-encompassing 5 day master class
  • Location: Flexible


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