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CONFERENCE | ART | SOCIAL IMPACT

Women in Animation presents: "Focusing Female Firepower: The Path to Inclusivity”

Trisha Gum, Sharon Taylor (Animal Logic), Imke Fehrmann (Hahn Film AG), Kim Adams (Adventure Lab)

We’ll discuss the impact of marginalizing the female perspective in the entertainment industry and specific actions we can take as we change the tide. 

 

Trisha Gum

Trisha Gum, Filmmaker

Trisha Gum started her film career working as an art director and production designer on various TV shows, such as, “Robot Chicken,” The WB’s “MAD,” and Adult Swim’s “Frankenhole.”  Gum transitioned into writing and directing in 2010 and, in 2011, she was selected for the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. 

In 2015, Gum won an Emmy for her work on Amazon’s “Tumble Leaf” and, in 2018, was named one of Variety’s top 10 animators to watch.  Most recently, she was the Head of Story on the international hit “The LEGO Batman Movie.” Trisha just wrapped Co-directing/Animation Directing the film The LEGO MOVIE 2.”

Sharon Taylor

Sharon Taylor, Group Chief Operating Officer, Animal Logic, www.animallogic.com

Sharon Taylor is currently the Group Chief Operating Officer of the Animal Logic Group, where she is responsible for the leadership and management of the production and operational activities of the studio across all three of its locations – Sydney, Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Sharon joined Animal Logic in 2005 and progressed from various production accounting roles to eventually become the Head of Production Accounting in 2011. Her deep experience and insight into the fields of animation and VFX led her to fulfilling the role of Group Head of Production in 2014. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, The Great Gatsby, The Avengers and The LEGO Movie franchise are just a few of the films that have benefitted from her guidance while at Animal Logic. Most recently, Sharon was Co-Producer on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

Prior to becoming COO, Sharon took the helm at Animal Logic Vancouver as Executive Vice President and General Manager, overseeing the start-up and rapid growth of the new studio.

Sharon is currently a board member of DigiBC and the Motion Picture Production Industry Association. She enjoys building collaborative teams working together to achieve greatness. A strong proponent for inclusivity, Sharon is committed to supporting initiatives that ensure equal representation in the digital realm both on and off the screen.

Animal Logic is an independent Australian company that has been at the forefront of producing award winning design, animation and visual effects for over 25 years. With creative studios in Sydney and Vancouver and offices for the company’s development arms, Animal Logic Entertainment & Truant Pictures, in Sydney and Los Angeles, Animal Logic continues to forge new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop and produce stories that resonate with a global audience. Animal Logic is currently in production Peter Rabbit 2 and Super Pets and has recently completed work on The LEGO Movie 2, Captain Marvel, Peter Rabbit, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Alien: Covenant, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The LEGO Batman Movie. Other film credits include The LEGO Movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Great Gatsby, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, 300, Happy Feet and The Matrix.
 

Imke Fehrmann

Imke Fehrmann, CEO, Hahn Film AG

For the past 25 years, Imke has been working in Animation and recently in Visual Effects productions, managing and producing creative projects as well as building and leading creative teams in countries all around the world.

In January 2018, Imke returned to Berlin and is now CEO of the renowned Animation studio Hahn Film AG

Since the beginning of her career 1990, Imke has been passionate about the art of animation and the people who create it. Imke has successfully worked in senior Production / Producer roles on numerous film projects for most recently Animal Logic, Lucasfilm, Framestore and Rodeo FX.  She is also collaborating with filmmaker and human rights activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to support her animated films and animation team in Pakistan.

Keys for her successful work as Producer are her experience in animation production combined with her business skills and her talent and passion to bring people together with different backgrounds, skill sets and talents and to help the teams work efficiently and creatively in a healthy work environment.

Apart from Animation and VFX, Imke has also organized events, worked on an interactive educative website about glaciers in the Himalaya as well as co-organized Nepal’s first ever science exhibition and associated art and education program.

Kim Adams

Kim Adams, Co-Founder, Adventure Lab

Kim Adams most recently led a creative team at Facebook in developing a new platform
for augmented reality Storytelling for Facebook’s Portal video device. Kim took the
project from ideation through launch, produced six original stories for the platform, and
was instrumental in developing key partnerships and a strategy for program expansion.
Prior to her work at Facebook, Kim was the head of production at Emmy Award-winning
Oculus Story Studio. Oculus Story Studio was a team at Oculus that focused on narrative
virtual reality content. Kim made her transition into VR at Google Spotlight Stories, where
she produced Rain or Shine with partner Nexus Productions, and Special Delivery, with
Aardman Animations.

From 2009-2013, Kim was a Producer at Pixar Animation Studios, where she played an
integral role in the creation of Pixar Canada. Adams led the creation of Pixar’s “Toons” /
Short Film division, heading a team of 125 across two companies in two countries. She
worked very closely with John Lasseter in producing Toy Story and Cars short-form
content. Partnering with eight new directors, she produced 13 short films while
shepherding the development of a multitude of additional Pixar short-format projects.
Previous to Pixar, Kim served as a visual effects producer on several films including
Apocalypto, where she was on location in the jungles of Mexico for seven months. She
also worked at Asylum Visual Effects on films such as Master and Commander, which was
nominated for an Oscar for visual effects.

Kim began her journey in the industry working her way up the editorial ranks on major
feature films. Her first job in the industry was as a production assistant at George Lucas’
Industrial Light and Magic.

Kim’s latest passion is her company, Adventure Lab, which she recently co-founded with
partner, Max Planck. Adventure Lab creates virtual reality adventures in which live hosts
shape and guide delightful cooperative play adventures for players while streaming the
gameplay to their audiences.

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, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. 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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