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Hey there everybody.
I'm happy to say that I was at the Marriott in Burbank for CTNX 2010. I checked out the main meeting area where the exhibitors and recruiters are going to be as everything was being set up.
Looks pretty cozy, it'll be very crowded in there, but a good kind of crowded.
I'll be at CTNX tomorrow as the doors open and will record it for the community.
I'll have the photos online in just a few minutes.
Here's one for the history books my good people.
The very first photographic recording of CTN X 2010 in Burbank.
This is about 2:45 to 3:00 PM as set up was going on.
The first booth to great you as you enter will be AnimationMentor.
I saw the Walt Disney Company just to the right.
Click on the photo montage to see it better.
Have a good time everyone.
Just got in from the CTNX. Even though I was there for only a few hours, it was a great experience. Seemed wherever I was heading I was at the right place at the right time. Uncanny. As such, I've got plenty of terrific photos to share.
I can say this. On the first day, not even 3 1/2 hours since it opened, CTN eXpo 2010 is a huge, gigantic success.
If you're going to be here Saturday and/or Sunday, get ready for some long lines and big crowds.
But it's all good! It's an almost exclusive animation crowd, and you simply can't find a better group of people to hang out with than animation people. Especially if you're an animation person yourself.
This is going to be a major annual event for a long time to come. Last year at the first CTN eXpo, I had dinner with Don Bluth. This year I made it into the eXpo proper and for only it's second year, CTNX has established itself as THE annual convention for the animation community.
A big congratulation to CTN and all involved!
Back soon with photos.
Okay, here we go.
To show you how things just fell together for me at CTNX, as I made my way up to the Marriott in Burbank on Hollywood Way, I saw a couple of guys walking across the street from the airport with their luggage in tow. I happened to trek right into my good friend John Nevarez from Pixar! He just got off the plane and was on his way to the hotel with Noah Klocek, a colleague of his, to check in and our paths crossed. He's the first person I saw at the convention.
That's John on the left with the Pixar cap.
Here's the man himself.
The second person I ran into was Dan Sarto, the founder of of AWN.com. He was relaxing in front of the hotel entrance.
Here's the lobby of the Burbank Marriott at around 11:00 AM. There was a line fo people checking in for the eXpo.
This is the line to check in and get your pass or register for CTNX. The view is from the back of the line at about 11:15 AM.
This is the view from the front of the line. The entrance to CTNX is just to the left. At this point the eXpo was minutes away from opening. When it did open, they were letting people in 5 at a time, so if you're attending, be prepared to wait awhile to get in.
This is where it's happening.
As fate would have it, I wound up at the very front of the line. This is the mayor of Burbank, California as she addresses the crowd.
She's getting ready to officially open CTN eXpo 2010.
Now the mayor is preparing to cut the ribbon.
Hold on, here it comes...
It's official! CTNX 2010 is under way!
Everywhere I went at the eXpo I was running into someone I knew.
At the front desk, the lady who cleared me for attendance was a former student of mine from Cal State Northridge.
I turn around and came face to face with "Will Ryan" of AN fame here on the forums. A very talented character designer.
As soon as we finish our conversation, there's Jerry Beck of Cartoonbrew.
This is the view of the registration area. The main exhibition hall of the convention center is to the immediate left of me, but it was still early and the doors weren't open, so I decided to head to the room I was at yesterday which was the recruiting area where the animation companies were located.
The first booth to greet you once you entered the recruiting area is AnimationMentor.com
This was a fun experience as I met the recruiters for Disney TV. Michelle is the pretty lady on the left, Ernie is in the middle, and to the right a very special person. That's Dawn, who I've known for many years. She went to the same art school as I did, and also worked at Universal Interactive when I was developing the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon properties. She's a lovely person, a lady that makes your day just saying hello to her.
The recruiter for Titmouse Studios. They have a major production going down with Disney and are looking for Flash animation artists for "Motorcity".
The recruiters for Sonic Bunny Productions
The recruiter for Hangboy.
The recruiter for Don Bluth Films.
The recruiter for Blue Sky.
The recruiters for Warner Bros Animation.
Exhibitors in the recruiting area.
After the recruiting area, I went back to the main hall as it was open. Hooked up with many friends.
Almost everyone who manned a booth along this entire stretch of wall hail from my school, The Animation Academy in Burbank.
This is a panoramic view of the main hall where most of the exhibitors were.
Look at this line. I took the shot from the entrance of a screening room where something about producing animated short films was going to be discussed. It went from the door, down the hallway and around the corner.
And that does it for now ladies and gents. CTNX 2010 will be going on all day tomorrow with Moebius as the highlight of the convention, and wraps up on Sunday.
If you're going to attend, have a good time. If you couldn't make it, plan on being here next year. This is a major event for the animation industry and I look forward to many more.
A great big thank you to the Creative Talent Network for all the dedicated work they put into this exciting occasion. Congratulations on its success.
Keep Creating! That's what it's all about.
Welcome to the Show
Presented by the Creative Talent Network®
The International CTN animation eXpo®
Nov 19-21, 2010
Burbank Marriott Convention Center
SATURDAY SPECIAL EVENT ALERT
Moebius Print Signing 1:00pm Saturday Nov 19 Parlor 123
Peter de Seve and Carter Goodrich are in the house at 2:00pm Academy 2
Art Directors - They've Got the Look at 3:00pm Academy 2
The Talented Minds Behind Megamind 5:30pm Academy 3
Animation Mentor Indoor Pool Party 6:00pm Saturday Nov 19th Marriott Lobby
Chris Wedge Founder of BlueSky 6:00pm Academy 2
"An Evening with Moebius" 8:00pm Saturday Nov 19 Academy 2 and 3
I felt right at home at this year's CTNX. One of the things that made it as enjoyable as it was I'd say, is that it was Burbank centric and animation centric. Unlike the Comic Con, which is primarily about comics, and other conventions which are focused on other media and include animation, this one is just about animation and I hope it stays that way.
I hope it stays in Burbank and I hope it stays focused on animation and I hope Tina Price and CTN and all involved will stay committed to keeping it animation focused and artist focused and here in Burbank.
This was very successful. Once again, congrats to all involved and a big thank you!
We'll be there again next year.
Such an awe-inspiring experience, Charles! I had a blast and am planning on attending next year's event.
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