Creating New Worlds featuring panelists Peter Frankfurt, Paul Pope and Danny Yount.
This session is dedicated to the creative processes involved in building new worlds. Three leading creators discuss what it means to make a reality out of whole cloth - for personal reasons or on behalf of a client - and to work in an existing world made by someone else- PICNIC
Peter Frankfurt serves as creative director and managing partner of Imaginary Forces (IF), the multidisciplinary communications, entertainment, and design firm he co-founded in 1996.
Frankfurt's involvement with the company's most significant projects has been instrumental in continuing to push IF in new directions. Some of his most high profile projects include the design of a branded experience for BMW, collaborating as a founding member of United Architects on the World Trade Center redesign project, and creating the plot integral pre-vision sequences in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report.
Also a filmmaker, Frankfurt has produced several movies, among them: Juice,, Boys, and all of the Blade films, which are based on the Marvel comic book character. Additionally, Frankfurt oversees the feature film marketing and main title projects at IF including Ray, Spider-Man, The Stepford Wives, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the upcoming Charlotte's Web and Transformers.
Michael B. Johnson
Dr. Michael B. Johnson currently is serving as the lead for Pixar's Moving Pictures Group in the Studio Tools Division, where he and his team design, develop and support the production pipeline for film development, story, and editorial.
Dr. Johnson first came to Pixar Animation Studios in May 1993, where he worked on custom tools for production. In 1995, he moved to R&D in Pixar's Interactive division, where he wrote and developed a previsualisation system for 'A Bug's Life'. In 1999, he completed additional pre- visualisation work and wrote lighting tools for 'Toy Story 2'. He created animation tools for 'Monsters, Inc.' and 'Finding Nemo', and developed a 3D paint and set-dressing system for the latter. For 'The Incredibles', he designed animation, review and story tools and for 'Cars' he worked on the Editorial pipeline. For the studio's latest release, 'Ratatouille', his team redesigned the entire story/editorial pipeline, moving it over to a completely digital one. Prior to Pixar, he worked for NCSA, Thinking Machines, IBM and MIT's Media Lab.
Paul Pope's stories evoke poignant, under-explored aspects of youth culture.
A popular American cartoonist, Pope began working for Kodansha, Japan's biggest and best-known manga publisher, in 1995. He is currently the only American artist to have worked in Japan's manga industry over 5 years. Pope's latest graphic novel, Batman Year 100 (DC Comics), won Best Limited Series, and Pope himself was voted Best Writer/Artist at the 2007 Eisner Awards (the comics industry's equivalent of the Oscars). Pope's first major mongraph, PULPHOPE, debuted this summer and has been hailed by fans and critics alike.
Aside from comics, Pope has also worked briefly in film production (2008's now-in-haitus The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay, from Paramount Pictures). He has created a number of original toy designs for New York-based Kid Robot which will appear in 2009. He has designed various rock'n'roll tour poster and/or album art for bands including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Stripes, and The Tea Party.
Pope has done a number of silkscreen prints, window designs, and store installations for Italian clothing company Diesel Industries, including one for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. Additionally, Diesel comissioned Pope to create a special 10-color silkscreen as a 51st birthday present to Diesel's founder, Renzo Rosso. Pope is currently working on a very large multi-media installation for Diesel's Hollywood store, which debuts October 17th 2008.
A self-taught designer, Danny Yount has exercised his natural talents to become one of today's top main title designers for film and television, as well as a photographer and commercial director.
He won an Emmy for his concept, design and direction of HBO's Six Feet Under, which has been termed "television's most gorgeous opening sequence". He has also won many notable industry awards for his work, including a TDC, BDA Gold, D&AD Silver and 3 Gold AIGA awards. His most recent sequences for feature film Iron Man were profiled in Creativity Magazine's top 5. He is also a photographer and commercial director for D&AD. He was recently elected into the Alliance Graphique Internationale.