Shawn Kelly And Carlos Baena Of Animationmentor.Com To Present At The //Adapt 2007 Conference In Montreal


Two Additional Special Feature Presentations Confirmed; Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation SKG and Sony Pictures Imageworks

Last Updated: July 17, 2007 6:09 pm GMT
(Montreal, Canada - Thursday, July 19, 2007) Today, Digital 04 Studios is pleased to announce additional speakers to the //ADAPT 2007 Conference schedule.

Presenting in the 3D Masters Program are Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena, renowned artists and two of the three founders of™, the leading online animation school. In addition, two more Special Feature Presentations are confirmed; The Evolution of Shrek presented by DreamWorks Animation SKG and for the first time ever, Creating a CG film presented by an impressive panel featuring Walt Disney Animation Studios - Carolyn Soper (VP Production), DreamWorks Animation SKG - Tim Johnson (Co-Director on the movie Over the Hedge) and Sony Pictures Imageworks - Lydia Bottegoni (Co-Producer on the movie Surf's Up).

The //ADAPT 2007 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal from September 24th to September 28th, 2007. An estimated 2 500 digital artists from around the world are expected to attend the industry's second annual creative event focused on inspiring and teaching advanced digital art production techniques for film, visual effects and videogame development. The program includes over 40 digital art masters, an Art Expo, a Theatre, a Job Fair and much more, soon to be announced.

Working with CEO/President Bobby Beck, Kelly and Baena launched in 2005 with the goal of training character animators for immediate employment at feature film and high-end gaming studios. In 2006, the online school was honored with the 21st Century Award and the Best Practices in Programming Award Gold Level by the U.S. Distance Learning Awards (USDLA), the nation's leading distance-learning organization. With's participation in this year's event, attendees will get a taste of what the character animation school is all about.

Speaking for himself and his colleague Baena, Kelly said, "We are very excited to present at Adapt, to share some of our experiences helping to create, to meet other professionals in the field, and to talk about our favorite subject: animation."

Recommended for intermediate to advanced artists, the 3D Masters Program covers a wide range of topics which include advanced previz, rigging, texturing, animation, lighting and rendering techniques. Passes are available at a reduced rate until August 24th, at $449 USD for general attendees and $389 USD for students.

//ADAPT's Special Feature Presentations program will be open to all attendees. The Special Feature Presentations are geared towards the reveal or making-of a major blockbuster film or AAA videogame released this year. Industry experts will showcase their work and share their creative and artistic expertise.

"Participating in Adapt gives such a great opportunity for each of the studios to have face to face time with each other, and to have interaction with the artists attending the conference. It's also a fantastic forum to show artists the similarities and the differences that exist at these studios during the process of creating a film in CG," commented Carolyn Soper, VP Production, Walt Disney Animation Studios.

//ADAPT 2007 tickets are currently available with limited seating. Receive a $100 rebate before August 24th. Take advantage of the many social activities, a unique Job fair and more! For more information and complete summary of events and tickets, please visit

//ADAPT Call for Entries welcomes all students, amateurs, professionals and studios to submit their most outstanding artwork for the //ADAPT Art Expo and their most outstanding animated content for the //ADAPT Theater. All submission guidelines and categories can be found at

About is the online animation school® at which students from more than 50 countries study character animation with working artists from Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial light & Magic, DreamWorks Animation SKG and other top studios.'s six-term (18 month) program includes: professional mentoring; expert audio/video rich media lectures; live, real-time, interactive Q&A sessions (web classes); eCritiques™; and 24/7 online creative community. Students graduate with a certified diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

About Shawn Kelly
Convinced that animation lovers everywhere should have access to the mentorship that made his career possible, Shawn launched with Carlos and President/CEO Bobby Beck. He collaborates with Bobby and Carlos to chart the school's overall direction, while working as a senior animator at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Shawn's credits at the studio, which he joined in 1998, include Day After Tomorrow, War of the Worlds, Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith, The Incredible Hulk, Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones and AI: Artificial Intelligence. Most recently he was a lead animator on Transformers. Shawn has also taught at and designed curriculum for the Academy of Art University.

About Carlos Baena
Carlos's talent secured him a position as an animator at San Rafael-based Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 2001, where he worked on such films as Jurassic Park 3, Men in Black 2 and Star Wars: Episode 2-Attack of the Clones. In 2002, Carlos left ILM for Pixar, where he has animated on Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille and the short film Boundin'. Carlos now balances his work at Pixar with his role at, defining and shaping the school's direction and overseeing promotional trailers, video advertising and content related to the school's mascot Spike.

About Digital 04 Studios:
Digital 04 Studios, created for artists by artists, is the corporate entity presenting and organizing the //ADAPT Conference. Co-founded by Jean-Eric Hénault, Emile Ghorayeb, and Jonathan Abenhaim.

About //ADAPT:
The //ADAPT Conference was established in 2006 by Digital 04 Studios to teach advanced digital art production techniques and to promote digital artists worldwide. More than 2500 professional digital artists and students will convene during the //ADAPT 2007 Conference, featuring 40 speakers and many studios presenting and recruiting over 5 days. New for 2007, the //ADAPT Theater and the //ADAPT Art Expo.


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