Toronto Animation Film Festival

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Where: Online

When: November 11-13, 2021

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Directing During a Pandemic

Sat, Nov 13th

5:30PM - 6:30PM


Directing is challenging enough in normal times, but how do you lead a creative team during the work-from-home times of the pandemic? What tips or tricks are they using? How do they keep crews motivated? How do they keep in touch with their team? What works and what didn't?


Barnabas Wornoff, Creative Producer, Smiley Guy Studios - Chair & co-founder, TAAFI

As well as being TAAFI's Chair and one of its co-founders, Wornoff helps with speaker programming, TAAFI sing-a-longs, behind the scenes tomfoolery and enjoys Hawiian pizza.

Wornoff is a full-time professor at Seneca College, where he coordinates the 3rd year 2D stream and mentors his students while they make incredible cartoons. Seneca2D.com

Wornoff also animates and consults for studios in Toronto, and has worked on toons such as Corner Gas Animated, Numb Chucks, Nature Cat, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Total Drama Island, Jimmy Two Shoes, Peg and Corn, Esme and Roy and did storyboard cleanup on Danny Phantom. Currently he's a Creative Producer and Animation Supervisor at Smiley Guy Studios where he's managing animation revs on a new show for Netflix.

Barnabas has his Masters in Creative Media and Education from Bournemouth University in England and is a new dad.


Cory Bobiak , Creative Director, Brown Bag Films

Cory Bobiak is a Toronto-based director and artist with an extensive list of television, design and artistic achievements. Cory has worked in both children’s and adult television programs ranging from the Emmy award-winning Peg + Cat, to Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans. He has animated, designed and storyboarded on numerous series including Mucha Lucha, Jimmy Two Shoes, Rick & Steve –The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, Ugly Americans, Wibbly Pig, and Peep and the Big Wide World

Cory's directing credits include Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, Peg + Cat, and Ugly Americans. Cory is currently creative director at Brown Bag Films Toronto and is responsible for overseeing creative direction within the Toronto studio.

Cory lives in Hamilton with his wife Sandra and their two children, Frankie and Rudy.


Lisa Whittick, Series Director, Yowza! Animation

Lisa Whittick has spent the bulk of her 22 years in animation as a freelance storyboard artist, a position which has allowed her to work from home and raise her 3 kids without giving up the career she loves. She has always aspired to be a director, but directing seemed like an impossible goal given the in-studio hours required to do the job right. Not wanting to give up her family life so she could chase her goal, Lisa resigned herself to the fact that directing wasn't in the cards. But then along came Covid, the right project and people who were willing to give her a chance and everything changed.  


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