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Guide to the Designers at San Diego Comic Con 2013

If you're headed to San Diego Comic Con next week, here are some panels and booths hosted by the biggest designers in the industry.

San Diego Convention Center111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

The Art Directors Guild Will Have Three Panels At The 2013 Comic-Con

The Feature Film Art Department:  The Art of Collaboration -- and the Collaboration of Artists
Friday 7/19/13 12:30-1:30 p.m. Room 24ABC
How do as few as five, or as many as 50 artists work together to create a coherent, believable world in which to stage the action of the modern motion picture?  Members of the Art Department of Captain America: First Avenger discuss working on the film in Los Angeles while the film was shooting in London.
  • Moderator: Supervising Art Director John Dexter (also Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3)
  • Conceptual Model Maker Jeff Frost (Star Trek: Into Darkness)
  • Lead Vehicle Designer Daniel Simon  (Tron: Uprising)
  • Graphic Designer Karen TenEyck (The Lone Ranger)
  • Set Designer and Assistant Art Director Clint Wallace (Men in Black 3, Enders Game as Art Director).

Motion Picture and Television Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild
Friday 7/19/13 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Room 24ABC
Film starts with an idea that must be brought to life by a team of creative men and women. The Illustrators and Storyboard Artists use their skills and imaginations to develop the transcendent visuals of the big screen, be it adventure on distant worlds or earthly hovels.
  • Moderator Tim Burgard (White House Down, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
  • Donna Cline (Bones)
  • Gabe Hardman (Inception)
  • Patrick J. Rodriguez (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
  • Peter Rubin (Man of Steel)

Film and TV Production Designers of the Art Directors Guild
Saturday 7/20/13 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Room 24ABC
In collaboration with a highly skilled Art Department, the Production Designer lays out the plan that will create small worlds to warm the heart, and entire civilizations to fire the imagination.
  • Moderator Jim Bissell (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
  • Darren Gilford (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy)
  • Corey Kaplan (Scandal, The X-Files)
  • Alex McDowell (Man of Steel)
  • Robert Stromberg (Oz the Great and Powerful, Avatar)
The Costume Designers Guild Will Have Two Panels At The 2013 Comic-Con

"Welcome to the New Age"
Friday, July 19, 2013  5:30-6:30pm RM 24ABC
Today’s top Costume Illustrators from the Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 talk about their latest projects and the changing world of illustration in the digital and 3D age followed by a Q&A.
  • Moderated  by Author Peter Clines (Ex-Heros, Ex-Patriots)
  • Keith Christianson (Man of Steel, Star Trek)
  • Phillip Boute Jr. (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Man of Steel)
  • Constantine Sekeris (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: Retaliation)
  • Alan Villanueva (Oz, the Great & Powerful, Enders Game, Defiance)
  • Christian Cordella (Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, Oblivion, 300: Rise of an Empire)
"Poppin’ Some Tags"
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 4:30-5:30pm Room 24ABC
Celebrity Costume Designers from Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 dish the dirt on designing and bringing to fruition the costumes for today’s hottest blockbuster films.
Featured panelists include:
  • Moderated by Actor Ron Perlman (Hell Boy, Sons of Anarchy)
  • Trish Summerville (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Gary Jones (Oz, the Great & Powerful)
  • Christine Bieslin-Clark (TRON, Watchmen, 300)
  • Isis Mussenden (Wolverine, Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Mayes Rubeo (WWZ, Avatar)
"Animated Effects in Live Action"
Thursday July 18, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 7AB
When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation is becoming blurred due to technological advances. This panel includes industry professionals who create some of the most memorable animated visual effects, discussing how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. Appearing: Daniel Jeannette (animation director, Happy Feet and animation supervisor, Where The Wild Things Are), Roger Kupelian (matte painter, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and James Parris (animator, Spider-Man and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

"Creative Techniques for Innovative Creature Design"

Thursday July 18, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 5AB
Neville Page (Star Trek Into Darkness) demonstrates his latest techniques for creating unique creatures and characters for entertainment. A variety of techniques will be shared, from traditional to digital. Multiple examples will be shown from his personal work to the latest films he has worked on, such as Star Trek and Prometheus.
  • Neville Page

20th Century Fox TBD
Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM in Hall H

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF)
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 2:45 - 3:15 Marriott Marquis Hall 2
House of Monsters is in the film festival, followed by a Q&A with director Dawn Brown (Star Trek, Ocean's Eleven, Oz the Great and Powerful).
  • Dawn Brown
"Horror Comics from the Monsterverse"
Thursday July 18, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm
A discussion of upcoming horror comics from Monsterverse featuring Bela Lugosi and classic undead monsters delivered with a modern twist. Learn of horror media projects from Scratch Lightning Productions. Sam F. Park (Monsterverse West Coast editor and Scratch Lightning executive producer) is joined by Hollywood concept, storyboard and Monsterverse comic artists Benton Jew (G.I. JOE) and Henry Mayo (Ted) and writer Ed Polgardy (From Dusk Til Dawn). Followed by a Q&A session and media presentation.
  • Benton Jew (G.I. JOE)
"Insights for Independent Creators"
Thursday July 18, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 9
The Antidote Trust teams up with comics/TV animation creative force Brandon Easton for 2 hours of in-depth discussions. Preceding “The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting” panel, this first hour concentrates on independent comic creation-what you’ll need to know for a chance at success. Here’s (not too much of) a spoiler alert: you’ll need to tell a good story and doing so in a fresh way. Panelists are BuyIndieComics.com and DWAP Productions creator Dale Wilson; Todd Harris, story illustrator with well over a decade of experience in film, TV, video games and print and co-founder of Genre19 (Prodigal for Ape Entertainment, Journeymen for Dark Horse); Dani Dixon, entrepreneur/creator of Tumble Creek Press; Larry Welch, former senior art editor at Malibu Comics and currently freelance comic book inker for Marvel and Black Inc! Imprints; Andre Owens, Force Galaxia creator and founder of Hiro Unlimited entertainment enterprise; and TV and film story illustrator, comics creator, and winner of the inaugural “Glyph” Rising Star Award Robert Roach. DeWayne Copeland, co-creator and producer of the indie superhero web-series CV Nation, moderates.
  • Todd Harris (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

  • Allen Williams Booth #4912
  • Mondo (Jock) Booth #936
Find out more at Comic-Con.org

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