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Program 2016


The Art of Animation - Kung Fu Panda 3

Max Boas (DWA), Raymond Zibach (DWA)

Production designer Raymond Zibach and art director Max Boas will take you behind the scenes and delve into the creative design process of "Kung Fu Panda 3," from DreamWorks Animation. 

Max Boas

Max Boas, Art Director, DreamWorks Animation,

Max Boas recently served as Art Director on DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, which was released on January 29th, 2016.  The film is a co-production between DreamWorks Animation and Oriental DreamWorks, a Shanghai-based entertainment company. 

Boas began his career at DreamWorks Animation in 2003 as a Layout Artist and Background Painter on Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.  He went on to work as a Visual Development Artist on Over the Hedge, where he helped design locations, create production illustrations and color keys for the lighting department and design a plethora of props found in the suburbia scenes.  Boas also worked as a Visual Development Artist on Flushed Away and the Academy Award®-nominated Kung Fu Panda.  Before joining Kung Fu Panda 3, Boas served as Art Director on the epic adventure Rise of the Guardians and the acclaimed finale to the Shrek franchise, Shrek Forever After. 

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Boas studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors distinction in 2002.  Before the Art Center, Boas spent two years at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he studied illustration and general foundation in art.  Boas graduated from Fairview High School in 1996 in his hometown Boulder, Colorado.  He was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1978 and spent his first five years in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Raymond Zibach

Raymond Zibach, Production Designer, DreamWorks Animation,

Raymond Zibach recently reprised his role as Production Designer on Kung Fu Panda 3, after winning the Annie award for production design on Kung Fu Panda 2. Zibach served in the same capacity on the Academy Award®-nominated Kung Fu Panda.

Zibach began his career in episodic television, working as a key background painter on a variety of animated series, including Alvin & the ChipmunksDarkwing Duck, Bonkers, Marsupilami, Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Ren & Stimpy Show and The Twisted Adventures of Felix the Cat, as well as the TV short Star Wars: Clone Wars.

            Zibach segued into motion pictures as a background artist for the animated Rover Dangerfield.  He then worked as a background artist on Aladdin and the King of Thieves and Space Jam.  Zibach then joined DreamWorks Animation where he worked in visual development and was the Background Department Supervisor for Road to El Dorado; he was later made Art Director.  He then served as Production Designer on Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.

Over the past 20 years, DreamWorks Animation has introduced the world to a lovable curmudgeonly ogre, a noodle-slurping martial arts obsessed panda, and a bashful yet charismatic Viking hero and his pet dragon. Thanks to movies like Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How To Train Your Dragon to name a few, DreamWorks Animation is recognized as one of the most admired family entertainment brands in the world. Dedicated to helping families dream and laugh together, DreamWorks creates and innovates 3D animated feature films, original TV series, and shorts, interactive media, live entertainment, themed experiences, consumer products, publishing, and trailblazing technology. Put all this together with DreamWorks Animations’ award-winning cast of artists, storytellers, and innovators, and, SKADOOSH – the result is a daily dose of laughter that comes to life across platforms, continents, and generations.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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