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Monday, July 16, 2007

AnimationMentor.com’s Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena to Present at //Adapt 2007 Conference


+ (Montreal, Canada) Monday, July 16. 2007 – Today, Digital 04 Studios is pleased to announce additional speakers to the //ADAPT 2007 Conference schedule. Presenting in the 3D Masters Program are renowned artists and co-founders of the world leading online animation school, AnimationMentor.com’s Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena. In addition, two more Special Feature Presentations are confirmed; The Evolution of Shrek presented by DreamWorks Animation SKG and for the first time ever, Creating a CG film presented by an impressive panel featuring Walt Disney Animation Studios - Carolyn Soper (VP Production), DreamWorks Animation SKG - Tim Johnson (Co-Director on the movie Over the Hedge) and Sony Pictures Imageworks - Lydia Bottegoni (Co-Producer on the movie Surf’s Up).
The //ADAPT 2007 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal from September 24th to September 28th, 2007. An estimated 2500 digital artists from around the world are expected to attend the industry's second annual creative event focused on inspiring and teaching advanced digital art production techniques for film, visual effects and videogame development. The program includes over 40 digital art masters, an Art Expo, a Theatre, a Job Fair and much more, soon to be announced.Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena launched AnimationMentor.com in 2004, along side President/C.E.O. Bobby Beck, with the desire to bridge the gap between companies and new recruits in the digital industry.
In 2006, this online animation school was awarded the 21st Century Award, honoring ground-breaking organizations that change distance learning through new and innovative solutions, as well as the 2006 Best Practices in Programming Award Gold Level, from the U.S Distance Learning Awards (USDLA). With their participation in this year’s event, attendees will get a taste of what this online character animation school is all about.

Speaking for himself and his colleague Carlos, Shawn Kelly said, “We are very excited to present at Adapt, to share some of our experiences helping to create AnimationMentor.com, to meet other professionals in the field, and to talk about our favorite subject: animation.”
//ADAPT’s Special Feature Presentations program will be open to all attendees. The Special Feature Presentations are geared towards the reveal or making-of a major blockbuster film or AAA videogame released this year. Industry experts will showcase their work and share their creative and artistic expertise.
“Participating in Adapt gives such a great opportunity for each of the studios to have face to face time with each other, and to have interaction with the artists attending the conference. It’s also a fantastic forum to show artists the similarities and the differences that exist at these studios during the process of creating a film in CG,” commented Carolyn Soper, VP Production, Walt Disney Animation Studios.
//ADAPT 2007 tickets are currently available with limited seating. Receive a $100 rebate before August 24th. //ADAPT Call for Entries welcomes all students, amateurs, professionals and studios to submit their most outstanding artwork for the //ADAPT Art Expo and their most outstanding animated content for the //ADAPT Theater. All submission guidelines and categories can be found at www.adptmontreal.com.

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