Dublin Animation Film Festival is delighted to announce that this year’s National Film School Lecture will be given by Nelson Lowry of Laika Studios, Portland, Oregon, USA. This lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre A019, in the Main Atrium, IADT (Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Design and Technology) on Friday, 16 October at 2.45pm. This lecture is free and members of the public are welcome to attend!
Nelson Lowry’s lengthy credits include LAIKA’s current production Kubo and the Two Strings as well as The Boxtrolls and ParaNorman. He also contributed his creativity to Corpse Bride, the Christmas comedy Fred Claus and Danny Boyle’s Sunshine. He worked on twenty-two episodes of The PJs, an Eddie Murphy Imagine Entertainment/Touchstone Pictures stop-motion TV series for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation. Winner of the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Production Design for his work on Fantastic Mr. Fox, he has also been nominated for several Annie Awards. Nelson spent seven years working in London where, fittingly, a selection of his Fantastic Mr. Fox sets is on display at the Roald Dahl Museum.
Founded in 2005, Oregon-based LAIKA is an animation studio specializing in feature films. Travis Knight serves as President and CEO of the company, which is owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight. Highlighting the artistry of award-winning filmmakers, designers and animators, LAIKA has produced three Oscar-nominated stop-motion movies: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014) as well as the all-CG short Moongirl (2005). The studio’s fourth feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, will premiere in theaters worldwide on August 19, 2016.