30th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival with Matrix Animator

Saturday, June 19, 2004, at 6:00 PM, children and adults will be able to participate in “Illustrations & Images – The Evolution of Black Cartoons and Animation.” Participants will learn how Black Super-Heroes have evolved; what is the future for African-Americans in this industry and how those working in animation received their starts. Participants will include, Lyndon Barrios, Animation Supervisor for the Matrix Revolution films, “Matrix Revolution” and “Matrix Revisited,” and also Cilia Sawadogo, Professor of Animation at Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Canada.

Lyndon J. Barrios comes to the Special Effects arena as a 1995 graduate of the California Institute of the Arts Master’s Program in experimental animation. His three years at CalArts were spent producing three sports-themed stop-motion films utilizing his unique gum wrapper miniature sculptures as the main characters.

However, his introduction into the digital realm was born out of losing what would have been his first feature job — as a stop-motion animator on “Mars Attacks.” A quick re-evaluation of his skills landed him a character animation position at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles, where he dove headstrong into the computer graphic medium.

From 1996 to 1999, he was a lead character animator on commercials, feature films and video game venues. He left Rhythm & Hues to accept an opportunity as an episodic director of “The P.J.’s” a stop motion television series for FOX-TV, produced at Wil Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon. From there, he’s landed stints as a CG Animation director/supervisor on such films as “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist,” “The Karate Dog,” “Scooby Doo,” and most recently “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” at ESC Entertainment in San Francisco. His next feature project is the Walt Disney/Walden Media production of the C.S. Lewis classic, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” back at Rhythm & Hues. He’s also taught and continues to mentor and lecture on the many career opportunities that exist in art and animation.

For more information on the Museum and its programs, please call (773) 947-0600 or you may visit our website at http://www.dusablemuseum.org.
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