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- 8/8(FRI)14:30 - Medium Hall
spcDisney Latest Short "Glago's Guest" Screening and Seminar
screen "Glago's Guest" (2008/07'06")
Director: Chris Williams
Producer: Chuck Williams
Music: John Brion
"Glago's Guest" © 2008 Disney/Pixer

"Glago's Guest" follows the intriguing and thought-provoking story of a lonely Russian soldier stationed in a remote Siberian outpost. When the soldier's solitude is interrupted one day by the arrival of a strange new "guest," Glago is jolted out of his uneventful daily routine but soon comes to realize that things aren't always what they appear to be. With its bold art direction, stark but stylish depiction of the frozen Russian landscape, and inspired computer-animation, "Glago's Guest" is an exciting, entertaining, and original short film that uses the medium to full advantage.

Chris Williams (Director)
Chris Williams has been an important part of the Walt Disney Studios for 14 years joining the Florida Animation Studio as an intern in 1994. Chris was a key member of the "Mulan" story team, the first feature film done entirely at the Florida Studio. After completing his work on "Mulan", he relocated to the California Studio where he pitched the idea and wrote the story that became "The Emperor's New Groove". Chris was nominated for an Annie award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Presentation for his work on "The Emperor's New Groove".
During Williams' time in the story department, he has led the development of several feature and short film ideas. Most recently he wrote and directed Disney's first CG short, "Glago's Guest", which premiered in June at Annecy International Film Festival and will be released in theaters attached to Bolt this Thanksgiving. John Lasseter was so impressed with Chris' storytelling and directing that he hand-picked Chris to helm the studio's Thanksgiving 2008 feature, Bolt. Williams makes his debut as a feature animated film director alongside Byron Howard on the project which will be released Thanksgiving 2008.
Williams earned a fine arts degree from the University of Waterloo as well as completing two summer programs at Sheridan College. Growing up in Canada, Williams recalls his mother's wish for him to attend the nearby, well-known Canadian art school, Sheridan College. Williams also recalls not fully realizing his interest in the animation field before attending the two summer programs at Sheridan. Williams resides in Los Angels, California with his wife and daughter.

[About the Speaker]
Andy Harkness (Art Director)

Andy Harkness arrived at Walt Disney Animation Studios in January of 1994, joining the creative staff of "Pochahontas" as an inbetweener. Expanding his experience, he then worked in clean-up and layout on big Disney titles like "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Mulan," and "Brother Bear."
Today Andy serves as Art Director on the upcoming shorts, "Glago's Guest" and "The Ballad of Nessie," as well as the highly-anticipated animated feature "King of the Elves." In his current role, Andy oversees the overall look of the movie, creating the visual language and color palette of the film.
Inspired by the work of Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, Andy enjoys mentoring his crew and the Disney interns and getting them excited about participating in the creative adventure of each new project. He also cites painter N.C. Wyeth as one of his favorite muses.
True to his roots, Andy remains dedicated to the development of young artists from his home turf as a member of the Board of Directors at Mississippi State University's Art Department.


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