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"BoxTrolls" Director Graham Annable Will Discuss Character Development at TIFF 2014

"APRIL 15, 2014: Director Graham Annable will discuss character development, story development — as well as the creative process at LAIKA during a keynote address at TIFF Kids in Toronto.  Following the talk, Mark Shapiro will present a behind-the-scenes look at the studio.  The full-day conference at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Kids will feature panel discussions and breakout sessions with international filmmakers, producers and other notables from the children’s entertainment industry."

Check out the full guest lineup for TIFF 2014 here:

One of Animation Magazine's "Rising Stars of Animation," GRAHAM ANNABLE makes his directorial debut -- directing with Anthony Stacchi -- on The Boxtrolls. Graham began doodling at an early age and never stopped. Classically trained as an animator at Toronto's Sheridan College, he spent ten years at LucasArts animating on various video game projects. He worked as a storyboard artist on LAIKA’s first two films Coraline and ParaNorman.

A prolific creative in the video game industry, Graham is the former Creative Director at Telltale Games and the creator of the hip and hit comic book seriesGrickle (Alternative Comics) which was nominated for a 2002 Harvey Award for Best New Talent. He was one of the founders of the Hickee humor anthology (also published by Alternative Comics)and has created works for television, film and video games for such entities as LucasFilm, Chuck Jones, Nickelodeon and Walt Disney Productions. Before joining LAIKA, Graham worked on The Goofy Movie and all forty or so of the Grickle shorts on YouTube (called "phenomenally popular" by Comics Journal). His hardcover The Book of Grickle (Dark Horse, 2010), a collection of ten years of Grickle stories, was given a 5-star rating and labeled "Awesome and funny and weird ... a must read," by Goodreads.

The BoxTrolls trailer:

Laika's The BoxTrolls

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