Creativity was celebrated at Quixote Studios last week as Variety held its annual 10 Animators to Watch event.
Now in it’s third year, it recognized up and coming animation artists in the world of film and television.
In addition to the “10 to Watch” (Arthur de Pins, Megan Nicole Dong, Dorota Kobiela, Kirsten Lepore, Kira Lehtomaki, Dave Mullins, Julia Pott, Carlos Puertolas, Carlos Puertolas, and Nora Twomey), the event also recognized director Carlos Saldanha with the creative impact award, as well as Maija Burnett, CalArts’ director of character animation, who received the animation educator of the year award. Burnett said the title holds a special place in her heart as she follows in the footsteps of a long line of teachers.
The celebration, presented by Variety and Nickelodeon Animation Studios, was decorated with custom Variety magazine covers drawn by the storyboard artists from “Spongebob Squarepants.”
There was also a virtual reality “slime zone” where up to a half dozen guests could interact with each other. “Slime martinis” were also offered as refreshments.