Toronto Animation Film Festival

Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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

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

Previous Events:

Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Jason Martinsen

Lead Animator, Reel FX

Jason grew up in Bayfield, Wisconsin, a very small town located on the south shore of the largest lake on the planet, Lake Superior. He studied classical animation at Sheridan College in Ontario Canada, where his student film, Mt. Ehn, won the Teletoon: Most Promising Student award. In 2002, Jason began his professional career at Naughty Dog Studios in Los Angeles, animating the hit game series Jak & Daxter, and later Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3.

A move to New York came next to work at Blue Sky Studios on feature films including Ice Age II, Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age III and Rio. Jason has combined his career moves with his love for travel; he has lived in Madrid, working on Planet 51 for Ilion Animation Studios, in London working on Iron Man and Paul for Double Negative, and in Melbourne he worked on After Earth for Iloura Studios.

In 2012, he settled in Vancouver BC at the Coalition, working on Gears of War; and at Sony Pictures Animation working on Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2, Cloudy 2, Storks, and finally, Emoji the movie. Next he returned to Blue Sky Studios in New York as senior character animator on Ferdinand.

In 2018 Jason began work with Moon Studios on their visually stunning game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. In Jan 2019 Jason relocated to Montreal Canada, and began work for Reel FX. Current he is lead animator on Scooby-Doo (based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon).

Throughout his career, Jason has shared his passion for animation with his students. As an animation mentor instructor, and through his demo reel improvement program. In addition, he provides studio animation teams around the world with specialized training (based on project needs).

2:30PM - 3:30PM

The Spin Master Atrium Stage

Animation: Not Just For Kids

We know that animation isn’t just for cartoons, but recently it seems like the rest of the world is starting to wake up to that notion, as new streaming services start to take animation seriously. Join us for a discussion on the ins and outs on crafting your ideas for a primetime world.

With Aaron Long Director - Bojack Horseman, Netflix & Shadow Machine Jason Martinsen Lead Animator, Reel FX Liliana Reyes Senior Vice President, Content, Portfolio Entertainment

4:00PM - 5:00PM

The Spin Master Atrium Stage

Closing Keynote: Jason Martinsen

What do you say when you've worked on 15 feature films and 6 AAA video games in the last 16 years? Join Jason to see some behind the scenes clips of films like Ferdinand, Ice Age, Horton Hears a Who, Storks, Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs. Witness some of his early animation tests, stories of wisdom from smart talented people he was fortunate to work with, silly stories and incomplete thoughts.

With Jason Martinsen Lead Animator, Reel FX

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