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Friday, March 17 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Keynote Luncheon (Registration Required) – Evans Hall

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Marlon West
Head of Effects Animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios
MARLON WEST (Head of Effects Animation) started his professional animation career producing educational films for Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago in 1985 after graduating from Columbia College. In 1989 he followed his dreams and moved to animation central, Los Angeles, where he started with freelance work on special effects for music videos, television commercials, and motion pictures. Marlon joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1993 as an effects animator on The Lion King. His task was to add the dust cloud effects to the wildebeest stampede scene in The Lion King.
Subsequent to this auspicious start, Marlon went on to work on effects animation in features such as Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia/2000, and The Emperor’s New Groove. On Pocahontas Marlon was part of the team responsible for the storm sequence at the beginning of the film. He also designed and animated the effects for Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas’s aged advisor. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s dramatic climax scene, Marlon was responsible for the molten lead effects. In Hercules, he was responsible for bringing to life the hot-headed Hades and the destructive Titans. The fire on the shipwreck in Tarzan, as well as much of the lightning in the show down between Tarzan and Clayton, were all Marlon’s handiwork.
Marlon’s first taste of administration was as an Assistant Effects Supervisor on the “Rhapsody in Blue” sequence of Fantasia/2000. From there Marlon went on to serve as Head of Effects on Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Home on the Range. As Lead on Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Marlon designed most of the effects. He was also responsible for casting and keying all traditional and digital effects and worked closely with the Directors and Art Director to create the “comic book” look of the movie.
After transitioning to computer graphics animated films, Marlon worked as a digital artist animating special effects on Chicken Little, and then as an Effects Animator on Meet the Robinsons. Marlon helped to usher the return of traditional 2-D animation (as well as the cartoon short form) to the studio with his work as Artistic Coordinator and Visual Effects Supervisor on How to Hook Up Your Home Theater. Marlon recently completed The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh. In this same vein, Marlon worked on Paperman, and served as Head of Effects Animation on Feast, both shorts that
won Academy Awards. In addition, Marlon was Head of Effects Animation for Frozen, which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Marlon served as Head of Effects Animation on Moana. Recently, the Effects group that he led in the making of Moana received the award for “Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production” at the IFSA’s 44th Annie Awards.
Always a music fan, he has worked as a DJ in various venues and styles. A native of St. Louis, Marlon resides with his daughter and thousands of CDs and records in Glendale, California.

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Marlon West

Head of Effects Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios
MARLON WEST (Head of Effects Animation) started his professional animation career producing educational films for Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago in 1985 after graduating from Columbia College. In 1989 he followed his dreams and moved to animation central, Los Angeles, where he started with freelance work on special effects for music videos, television commercials, and motion pictures. Marlon joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1993 as... Read More →



Friday March 17, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Evans Hall

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