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Avneet Kaur

Avneet Kaur

Simulation Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, California

ABOUT

PRESENTATION SYNOPSIS

Bringing the iconic Disney princesses to life in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest animated feature, Ralph Breaks the Internet, posed a unique challenge to the character team. Voiced by the original actresses, it was important that these beloved characters were consistent with their historical characterization even in the stylized world of the internet. Avneet Kaur will go behind the scenes of the “Oh My Disney” site(that exists in the internet world of this film) where the princesses were introduced, and share how the team worked together across various production departments to ensure that their individual personalities shined through.

SPEAKER BIO

Avneet Kaur is currently a Simulation Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Kaur works closely with the character asset team to lead the development and implementation of simulation solutions for a wide range of character styles and art directions. She is responsible for the creation and downstream success of each of her character set up for simulation performance. Kaur enjoys taking on the artistic and technical challenges that every film brings at the studio. Building on WDAS’s rich legacy of creativity and innovation, she and her team constantly strive to combine groundbreaking technology and masterful artistry, with the goal of making some of the most lovable and memorable characters that form an integral part of Disney’s animated features.Kaur was born and raised in India. She did her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from BIT Mesra, Ranchi and a Master of Science in Visualization Sciences from Texas A&M University. She has been with Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2004 and her film credits include “Meet the Robinsons,” “Bolt,” “Tangled,” the Academy Award®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Academy Award®-winning “Frozen,”, “Big Hero 6”,“Zootopia” and the studio’s latest hit, “Moana”. Currently she is working on “Ralph breaks the Internet:Wreck it Ralph 2″, which is set to release in March 2018. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.Kaur is very passionate about the people and craft of animation and has a keen interest in academia. At WDAS, she helps mentor and grow, both, the incoming and existing talent at the studio and has taught several classes in character simulation, both inside and outside the studio. She has given several talks and presentations at international conferences like Siggraph Asia(Bangkok),Siggraph(Vancouver) and GAFX(India) amongst others, in an effort to share artistic and technical innovations, in the field of CG film-making. She is involved as a mentor with various associations such as Women in Animation, Women in Technology, Girls Who Code and ABAI(India) and is actively engaged with leading international animation schools and her Alma maters, in an effort to encourage and support, diversity and inclusion in the animation community and its ecosystem, worldwide.