Animation Film Designer
Dhimant Vyas is a veteran Animation Film Designer. He is currently working as a
Creative Director with the leading social game company Zynga Games pvt. Ltd. Dhimant
Vyas is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID) His previous work includes
the title animation sequence for the highly acclaimed Hindi feature film 'Taare
Zameen Par', which was directed by Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. During an earlier
stint at Aardman Animation Ltd. Dhimant has worked as an animator on Shaun the sheep,
Purple & Brown and Creature Comforts USA TV series. He has worked with brands like
BBC, UNICEF, FCB ULKA, Zee TV, MTV, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, to name just
a few. His work for Taare Zameen Par, Happy Planet, Cute Bunny, Y-snore, MTV promos
and his photography have won him several national and international awards .
He has a vast experience in creating animation using various techniques like Stop
Motion, 2D Classical, Cut Out, Material, Sand, Pixilation and Flash. Dhimant's web
and blog: www.dhimantvyas.com/blog
Interactive Storyteller and Artist (Laguna, California)
Marshall Vandruff has worked as a writer, illustrator, voice-over artist and consultant
for over thirty years. His clients include MAD Magazine, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera,
Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon, Insomniac Games, Disneyland, LeapFrog, Rockstar,
Blizzard Entertainment, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, ImagineFX, and over 40 advertising
Since 1984, he as taught over 200 Drawing, Anatomy, and Storytelling courses at
colleges, universities, and corporations in southern California, and is featured
in the 10th Edition of 'Who's Who Among America's Teachers'.
Founder & CEO Orb Media Group (Beijing/Los Angeles)
Peter Shiao is the Founder and CEO of Orb Media Group and entertainment company
based in Los Angeles and Beijing that produces, finances and markets entertainment
franchises with transformational themes, led by films and on-line games that unite
international and Chinese markets.
Among Orb's major initiatives is a comprehensive partnership with the 1500 year
old Shaolin Temple to deliver film, games, television, animation, virtual worlds
and merchandizing along its core transmedia methodology.
Formerly, Peter served as CEO of Ironpond, a US and Asia based finance/production
company that specializes in Chinese-Hollywood co-productions and managed joint venture
projects with the China Film GRoup and China Film Co-production Corporation in film
finance, digital media and co-productions. Peter also produced films under the Celestial
Pictures banner that he co-founded, including 'Restless' the first ever official
US-China film co-production.
In November 2010, Peter chaired the US-China Film Summit and brought together key
leaders from both hollywood and China to strategize on the future of cooperation
between the two spheres. Peter graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science,
and attended graduate school in public policy as a State Senate Fellow. www.orbmediagroup.com
Raghava KK was born in 1980 in Bangalore, India and has traveled extensively around
the world. He is a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums ranging from
painting, performance, installation, sculpture to film. He began his career working
as a cartoonist for national newspapers in India. He quickly became interested in
the artist’s journey, intrigued by the wide range of possibilities the world of
art has to offer.
Stylistically, Raghava exerts a broad range of techniques. His work frequently investigates
the human figure and confronts issues of gender, beauty, idealism, unconventionality
and societal conformity. His androgynous depictions of the human figure challenge
the cultural notions of gender roles, sexuality, and power structures developed
throughout political and visual histories. He often plays with the combination of
realistic renderings injunction with caricatured forms to delineate its actual existence
in comparison to its exaggerated and mutated manifestation. Raghava’s work employs
mythological references, confessional narratives and utilizes the juxtaposition
of iconic and grotesque depictions to evoke dialogues pertaining to the concept
of the hybrid. As he evolves and encounters new experiences his work also undergoes
transitions relevant to the time period in which it was executed. Raghava believes
in continually reinventing himself through the exploration of new ideas and materials
and does not limit himself to specific genres.
Among his latest work is the adorable children’s book 'A New Friend for Rudra' and
his latest iPad application 'Pop-It' has been featured on
Private Collectors, celebrities and important figures in the international art scene
instantly recognized his talent. Raghava’s work has been auctioned by Queens Museum,
Christie’s NY and he was recently invited to show his work at Carre d’Arte Contemporain
in Nimes, France. Raghava has received grants from various organizations including
the Robin Hood Foundation and the American India Foundation. He has taught and lectured
at multiple Art Institutes across the world. Raghava resides and works in both India
and the United States.
Principal, Robyn Kershaw Productions (Melbourne/Perth, Australia)
Robyn is one of Australia's most well respected film, television and theatre producers.
She produced 'Bran Nue Dae' directed by Rachel Perkins. In 2009 Bran Nue Dae premiered
at the Melbourne Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, The Dubai International Film
Festival and in 2010 the Sundance Film Festival. In competition at the Berlin International
Film Festival, the London Australian Film Festive, the Cannes Cinephile, the Seattle
International Film Festival and the Taipei Film Festival. It was the second highest
grossing Australian Film in Australia in 2010.
Robyn's first feature, 'Looking for Alibrandi' was box office hit in Australia and
won five AFI Awards, including Best Film and Best Actress. She was the Head of Drama
and Narrative Comedy at ABC from 2001 to 2004. Kershaw has served on the board of
the Australian Film Finance Corporation and is currently on the board of ScreenWest-Australia.