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Brenda Baumgarten has worked with many studios to create award-winning short films, commercials and TV series. She currently works as a puppet fabricator at renowned stop motion studio LAIKA and was the character fabrication supervisor for puppets used in the feature film The Little Prince (2015). With 15 years of experience in stop motion animation, Brenda supports the industry as an advisory board member for US arts incubator and mentorship program Artlink 212.

Stop motion animator based in the UK, Jody Meredith has been involved in the animation industry for over 20 years. After graduating at the University of Glamorgan in the UK, he landed his first animator position at AAARGH! Animation Ltd on the BAFTA winning TV series Gogs. His feature film work includes Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox, Michael Mort's Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires and Nick Park's Early Man for Aardman Animations. During his time on the feature film Chuck Steel - Night of the Trampires, his roles included animation supervisor, animator, storyboard artist, concept artist/designer and sculptor. Jody recently designed several cinema posters for the film which have been used in the films promotion. This involved designing the posters, preparing/sculpting the puppets for stills and compositing the images to create the final posters.


Pierre Pepin is a trans-disciplinary professor with more than thirty-five years of experience in visual and media arts education. Teaching design, introduction to science, multimedia, technology and traditional stop motion animation, he is also recognized for his innovative approach through his international workshops. He taught at the New York Institute of Technology, New York School of Visual Art, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton Campus of Florida Atlantic University, Benedictine University Mesa in Arizona and the South Campus of Broward Community College. He also holds a Ph.D. in Visual Arts and Media from the Université du Québec à Montréal.


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