Converstions with the Experts

Conversations with the Experts: Join the Curious!

Historians, animators, actors, computer scientists and Studio staff guide us as we glean insights into animation and how Chuck Jones forever changed our cultural landscape. All programs are included with exhibit admission. Tickets to Conversation with the Experts are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ticket Office beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the program. Seating is limited. For a full program list, download the PDF.

Saturday, April 18 | 2 - 3 pm | From Pencils to Pixels | Dr. Ginger Alford
In the digital age, animators uses digital tools that rely on math and computer science to create the illusion of motion. Find out how what you see on a screen is really a wonderful trick of the eye that depends on math! Join Dr. Ginger Alford, author, consulting expert in image processing and nationally known computer science educator, as she shares insights into the role math and computing play in animation.

Saturday, April 25 | 2 - 3 pm | Sticky, Part 2: Creating a Computer Animated Short Film | Kyoung Swearingen
Kyoung Swearingen, an assistant professor at UT Dallas and an Academy Award winner, has worked on Ratatouille, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3. As technical director of lighting at Pixar Animation Studios, Swearingen focused on visual story-telling, mood and look development through lighting. Join Swearingen as she describes the computer animation process used to create the short film Sticky. Guests will see how both art and technology combine to create modern animation.

Saturday, April 25 | 3:15 - 4:15 pm | Looney Tunes: Translating the iconic 2D of Chuck Jones to 3D | Bryan Engram, Greg Lyons, Jasmine Johnson, Joel Friesch
Bryan, Greg, Jasmine and Joel had the wonderful opportunity to work with Warner Bros. and create a series of 6 theatrically released Looney Tunes 3D short films. The challenge…take the iconic characters created by Chuck Jones and bring them to life in the world of CG animation. The crew collaborated to dissect the original model sheets and classic short films.  They then translated the essence of the characters and performance into a new medium. Join us as they detail the process and innovation along with discussing the inspiration that Chuck Jones continues to have on their careers.

Program Sponsors

Kathleen Connors Trust, PlainsCapital Bank, Trustee

Fun Fact
When established in 1941, the Museum was the first children's museum in Texas and one of the first children's museums in the nation.

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