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Where: Corus Quay, Toronto, Canada, 25 Dockside Dr.

When: Saturday to Sunday, November 2-3, 2019

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

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BTS: The Most Magnificent Thing

Sun, Nov 3rd

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Corus 8th Floor Theatre

This past year saw the debut of The Most Magnificent Thing, a family classic transformed into one of the most beautiful shorts by the team at Nelvana. Join the team from Nelvana as they talk about transforming this Kids Can Press book by Ashley Spires into an animated short and taking it on the road to various festivals around the world.


Ashley Spires, Author and Illustrator

Ashley is the author and illustrator of many books including the best selling The Most Magnificent Thing and the Binky The Space Cat series. She is a drinker of tea, eater of candy and lover of cats. Ashley lives just outside Vancouver, BC with her husband, her dog and far too many felines. 


Ross Maudsley, Head of Nelvana Operations and Technology, Nelvana

Ross Maudsley is an engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo who found his way into video post and ultimately CG production inspired by some of the field’s earliest innovators. Ross started in the field of broadcast and commercial graphics for such high profile clients as ABC News and Sports. He made his move into the field of long format storytelling when he joined Nelvana to help launch the series Rolie Polie Olie, one of the earliest examples of a CG series for television. Ross’s specialty is as a facilitator of artists, providing them with the tools, environment and workflow design to bring out their best work. 


Yaleh Paxton-Harding, Art Director, Nelvana

Raised in Toronto, the son of two professional artists, Yaleh trained in fine art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax) where he worked in photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, with a final emphasis on sculpture. After school, returning to Toronto to look for work, he found employment with a large animation company (Nelvana) as a traditional background artist. Not long afterwards, he moved into computer-based technologies, producing background paintings for Sticking Around, an early digital animation series.  Keen to learn, his involvement with CGI deepened when working on a show called Rolie Polie Olie. In the time since, he has worked as a technical director, modeler, rigger, surfacer and art director on many CGI productions. 

Yaleh continues to develop his own fine art work as well as challenging the aesthetic and technical status quo in the commercial animation industry.


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