ADG Announces Sci-Fi Eagle-Con Schedule at Cal State LA, March 8-10

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Spotlighting Aliens, Monsters and Others. Nelson Coates, ADG Pres, and Chuck Parker, ADG Ex. Dir, Join Speakers, Including a “Guardian of the Galaxy” Super Panel, Production Designers, Illustrators and Set Designers Among Others

Last Updated: March 8, 2018 7:29 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, CA--March 8, 2018) The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800), Founding Sponsor of Eagle-Con, has announced their event during the three-day Sci-Fi convention at Cal State LA from March 8-10. ADG panels feature Nelson Coates and ADG President; Chuck Parker, ADG Executive Director, for discussions on the Labor movement, entertainment, art, sci-fi, fantasy, race, gender identity and sexuality. Eagle-Con brings together a diverse range of students and the professionals behind science fiction TV-shows, fantasy novels, comic book movies and superheroes comics, while discussing topics such as ableism and ethnicity. Additionally, the ADG will host an exhibit with over 300 pieces of production art that reflect the theme of this years’ convention: Aliens, Monsters and Others.



Growing exponentially since its inception four years ago, Eagle-Con has flourished into a campus wide event. This year’s panels spotlight topics including “Bringing Monsters and Aliens to Life: From Storyboarding to Acting,” “Guardians of The Galaxy Super Panel,” “We Design Their Worlds: Union Membership and Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy,” and a Drawing Workshop with artist Pierre Bernard Jr. The Art Directors Guild’s exhibits and panels are joined by panels from the Costume Designers Guild (IATSE Local 892).

THE ADG SPONSORED EAGLE-CON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS INCLUDES:

FRIDAY -- 12:00-12:50pm
SPECIAL PANEL: WE DESIGN THEIR WORLDS: UNION MEMBERSHIP AND DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Top industry professionals from the Art Directors Guild discuss their careers and experiences creating science fiction and fantasy in the entertainment industries of southern California. If you’ve ever wanted to work in the entertainment industries or are just curious about the nuts and bolts of how your favorite SF movies and shows are created, this panel is a must-see!

Note: All students who attend this panel will get a free Saturday pass for Eagle-Con! Supplies are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Panelists:
  • NELSON COATES, President, IATSE 800 Art Directors Guild (production designer for Aquamarine, Flight, Imposter, The Stand, Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier, Bastard Out of Carolina, Antwone Fisher, Fifty Shades Freed)
  • CHUCK PARKER, Executive Director, IATSE 800 Art Directors Guild (production designer for Under the Dome, Monk, Brimstone, Major Crimes)
  • CLARENCE MAJOR, Chair of the Diversity Committee, IATSE 800 Art Directors Guild (production designer for Fighting for Freedom, A Stranger in Paradise)
  • CASEY BERNAY, Education Director, IATSE 800 Art Directors Guild (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, It Came From Hollywood)
  • JOEL COHEN, Field Representative, IATSE 800 Art Directors Guild
Moderator: MIMI GRAMATKY, former President, Art Directors Guild Local 800 (art director for Lost and production designer for Conquering Space, 10,000 Days, V.I.P., and Frankenhood)

SATURDAY -- 11:00-1:50pm
DRAWING WORKSHOP WITH PIERRE BERNARD JR.!
Want to learn how to draw awesome characters from science fiction and fantasy? Special guest instructor PIERRE BERNARD JR. from the Art Directors Guild (and the Conan O’Brien show) will teach you how with live models. Drop in throughout the day for mini-workshops and bring the whole family

Models: JENNIFER FABOS PATTON and VAILENCE MARTYN

12:00-12:50pm -- BRINGING MONSTERS AND ALIENS TO LIFE: FROM STORYBOARDING TO ACTING
Legendary actor and Cal State LA graduate BARRY GORDON discusses the art of bringing monsters to life on the screen with Hollywood storyboard artist PETE VON SHOLLY and actor CAMDEN TOY.

Panelists:
  • BARRY GORDON (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Batman: The Animated Series, The Incredible Hulk – 1970s, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Shazam!, Pac-Man, The Jetsons, The Smurfs)
  • PETE VON SHOLLY (Mars Attacks!, The Fantastic Four, The Punisher, Darkman, Curse of Chucky, Scooby-Doo)
  • CAMDEN TOY (Ubervamp and Gnarl from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, A Blood Story)
Moderator: CASEY BERNAY, Education Director, IATSE 800 Art Directors Guild (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, It Came From Hollywood)

2:00-2:50pm -- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY SUPER PANEL!
The artistic talents who created the visual world of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2—and many more of the biggest science fiction films of recent years—discuss how they build the look, characters, and stories for your favorite superheroes.

Panelists:
  • SCOTT CHAMBLISS, Production Designer (Guardians Vol. 2, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Cowboys and Aliens, Godzilla: King of the Monsters)
  • RAMSEY AVERY, supervising Art Director (Guardians Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Trek: Into Darkness)
  • LAUREN POLIZZI, Art Director (Guardians Vol. 2, Captain Marvel, Star Trek: Beyond, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay)
  • HARRY OTTO, Art Director (Guardians Vol. 2, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Van Helsing)
  • ANDREW REEDER, Set Designer/3d digital concept modeler (Guardians Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Thor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
  • JEFF FROST, Concept Sculptor (Guardians Vol. 2, The Avengers, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Dark Tower, Batman and Robin)
Moderator: MIMI GRAMATKY, former President, Art Directors Guild Local 800 (art director for Lost and production designer for Conquering Space, 10,000 Days, V.I.P., and Frankenhood)

ADG will host exhibits, panels and workshops throughout the week and Eagle-Con weekend at the University-Student Union and Golden Eagle Ballrooms 2 & 3. For a list of events, please visit: http://bit.ly/2oNg9fm. Cal State LA is located at 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032.

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ABOUT THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD: The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,500 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers, Model Makers and Previs Artists. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, an annual Awards Banquet, a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org.

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