Studio Animation Director, Guru Studio
Andrew Strimaitis has animated and directed animation for several shows over his 15 years in the industry, including MTV fan-favourite Celebrity Deathmatch, musical adventure series The Backyardigans, Mattel’s Ever After High, Guru’s own Emmy nominated series Justin Time, and the global smash hit PAW Patrol. With a background in stop-motion, Andrew brings a unique approach to 3D, specializing in animation workflow. Always eager to help animators improve their skills, he enjoys sharing his unique method of animating which finds the ideal acting choices to best perform scenes.
9:30AM - 11:30AM
TAAFI Meet & Greet
The TAAFI Industry Meet & Greet is a special chance to have a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with various industry experts from around the world from such studios as Guru, Headspinner, Epic Story Media, CBC, Industrial Brothers and more!
NOTE: PRE-REGISTRATION FOR MEET & GREET IS REQUIRED - REGISTRATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 5TH
11:45AM - 12:45PM
Guru Studio presents Mecha Builders
From feathered and furry friends to robo super-heroes-in-training, find out how animation powerhouse Guru Studio helped reimagine the iconic muppets of Sesame Street into supersized CGI for the newest series, Mecha Builders. Join Guru Studio’s Yurie Rocha (Series Director) and Andrew Strimaitis (Studio Animation Director) as they discuss how Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby were re-imagined to expand the Sesameverse for a whole new generation.
Moderator: Sabrina Zaczek Social Media Director, TAAFI