DNEG at Annecy Festival 2019

Feature Animation at DNEG and 'Ron's Gone Wrong' with Locksmith Animation

Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the world-famous animation event, is back for 2019, opening its doors on June 10th in the beautiful town of Annecy in France.

DNEG will be attending the festival once again this year, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Locksmith Animation, the studio producing upcoming animated feature film ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’.

Locksmith Animation and DNEG will be recruiting for ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ at Annecy. Make sure to go to Locksmith Animation’s ‘Studio Focus’ on Thursday 13th (more details below) to find out more about the studio’s vision for the future, and stop by DNEG’s booth in the MIFA recruitment area (5.009) to chat with the teams. Andrew Gordon (DNEG Head of Character Animation), Eric Leighton (Animation Director for Locksmith Animation on ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’), and the DNEG and Locksmith Animation teams will be on hand to answer all your questions (more details below)!

DNEG’s Annecy team includes Tom Jacomb (Managing Director), Andrew Gordon (Head of Character Animation), Troy Saliba (Animation Director), Philippe Denis (VFX Supervisor for ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’), Steven Meyers (Animation Supervisor), Crosby Clyse (Production Manager), Dara McGarry (Artist Manager) and of course our wonderful Talent Acquisition team, Ciara Brosnan and Harriet Edge-Partington.

Here is our programme for the week:

Masterclass & panels

Tuesday, June 11th, 12.30pm to 2pm at the Imperial Palace, Salon Imperial – Masterclass: ‘Acting and Gestures in Animation’

Join Andrew Gordon, DNEG Feature Animation’s Head of Character Animation, for a masterclass on gesture and posture, and learn how to make better and clearer poses for animation. With more than 20 years’ experience at Pixar and Warner Bros., Andrew’s impressive credit list includes prestigious blockbusters such as ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Monsters University’ and ‘Toy Story’.


Thursday, June 13th, 11am to 12.15pm at the Imperial Palace, Salle de L’Europe – Panel: ‘From Animation to Live-Action: When VFX Bridge the Gap’

Animation Director Troy Saliba will be joining the panel ‘From Animation to Live-Action: When VFX Bridge the Gap’, where he will talk about his work on Sony’s 2018 blockbuster ‘Venom’ and how the boundaries between live-action, 2D animation, 3D and stop-motion are dissolving. Troy’s career spans almost 30 years, with credits on the likes of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, ‘The Smurfs’ and ‘Stuart Little 2’, and he has extensive experience of hybrid VFX Feature Animation.


Thursday, June 13th, 6pm to 7.15pm at the Imperial Palace, Salle de L’Europe – Studio Focus: ‘Locksmith Animation: A New Studio Finds Its Voice’

Locksmith Animation, the animation studio behind ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’, will give an insight into their studio: Sarah Smith (Co-CEO) and Julie Lockhart (Co-CEO) will introduce JP Vine (Co-Director), Octavio Rodriguez (Co-Director), Aurelien Predal (Production Designer), Philippe Denis (VFX Supervisor), David Peers (Director of Photography) and Doug Ikeler (Chief Technology Officer and VFX Supervisor). Philippe Denis will join Aurelien Predal to talk about the creative vision for ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ and how DNEG are delivering that ambition.


DNEG at MIFA recruitment

Look out for our Talent Acquisition and Feature Animation teams, who will be in the MIFA recruitment area from Tuesday, June 11th to Friday, June 14th, booth 5.009.

Follow us on Instagram for live updates throughout the week, and on our other social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – to find out which members of the DNEG team will be on the booth each day. Come and chat with us to learn more about job opportunities in animation at DNEG!

We are also excited to announce that the Locksmith Animation team will be stopping by at DNEG’s booth on Thursday, June 13th. Keep your eyes open for more information!


Find out about opportunities with DNEG

Check out our careers page for more details about all of our open positions.




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