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Toronto Animation Industry Conference

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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Sonya Carey

Head of Production, Snowball Studios

Sonya Carey has been working in the animation and visual effects industry for close to 25 years. After graduation from the University of Guelph, Sonya began working as an artist in a studio in Los Angeles on the Ren and Stimpy Show. She took the time needed to understand the technology behind animation by becoming a camera and compositing artist. As a creative, she was particularly interested in the complex tasks and pipelines which are needed to produce visual FX. Suggesting and providing solutions lead Sonya out of the creative seat and into production.

Following the path of animation technology, Sonya was promoted from 2D Compositing Lead, to Head of Studio Operations, to Producer and is now the Head of Production at Snowball Studios. She has been fortunate enough to work on both feature and series with a roster of clients that include Disney, Warner Brothers, and now Netflix.

Sonya is now dedicated to sharing this knowledge by way of teaching as founder and instructor of The Animation Lounge. Her focus is on 2D software and fine art of 2D film making. Teaching young people the skills needed to tell their own stories and how to pursue careers in animation is Sonya's latest passion project.

Next on the list is Producing and Directing her own stories.

10:30AM - 11:30AM

Reference Library: Epic Hall

Working Moms: Animation Edition

Listen as these animation powerhouses share their experience in both the joys and the challenges of what it's like being a Mom in the Animation Industry. We are joined by Shaleen Sangha (Head of Kids at Boat Rocker Media), Sonya Carey (Head of Production at Snowball Studios), Adriana Blake (Story Artist at Copernicus Studios) and Alexandra Tortosa (Surfacing Artist at Mainframe Studios). Panel is moderated by TAAFI Chair and fellow Mom of three, Karen Jackson.

With Alexandra Tortosa Surfacing Artist, Mainframe Studios Courtney Guthrie Lead Animator, Big Jump Entertainment Shaleen Sangha Vice President - Kids and Family, Boat Rocker Studios Sonya Carey Head of Production, Snowball Studios

Moderator: Karen Jackson Chair, TAAFI


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