2014 EACG Panel Speaker
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2014 Epic ACG Fest Panel Speaker


Yuichi ITO, Animator, Director
Yuichi Ito mainly uses clays, but also uses any other materials and animation techniques. He directed the original animation film “HARBOR TALE” which won the Best Animated Film and Audience Awards at The 52nd Zlín International Film Festival and so on.
He established and became the president of I.TOON Ltd. in 1998. He became a professor of Graduate School of Film and New Media Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008. ITO is one of the top directors in Japan who creates animation films including TV shows and commercials

  Nelson Recinos, Animator, Director
Nelson Recinos is a two-time Emmy Award-winning Animation Director. He has more than twenty years experience in the animation industry, the last ten as a Producer/Director/Creator.
At Warner Brothers Animation, he directed some of their top rated shows, including Pinky and the Brain (for which he received five Emmy nominations), Batman, Animaniacs, and Baby Looney Tunes.He has worked on 2D-traditional, CG-computer and flash projects for companies such as: Disney, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, 20th Century Fox, Starz, and Scholastic Entertainment.
In May 2008, Nelson received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Woodbury University
Lon Lopez,  Producer, Animator
Lon Lopez is an award winning filmmaker and producer from San Jose, CA.  Known for his narrative and documentary features, Lon also has a passion for animation.  His last short, the stop motion action figure film, “The Setback” won best animated short at the Famous Monsters of Filmland filmfest 2014 at the Big Wow Comic Fest. He’s currently in post-production of his next stop motion film, "C.O.B.A.L.T.” which is slated to release later this year.  As a huge fan of Comics, Games and Film, Lon and the EACG just might be a perfect match. 
  Robb Denovan, Animator
Robb Denovan has worked in the animation industry for over a decade at some of the industry's top studios including MPC London, Weta Digital and Pixar Animation Studios where he has been for the past 5 years.
Mr. Denovan studied Classical Animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario before animating on the Academy Award winning short film, Ryan. Since then, he has worked on many highly successful films including King Kong, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Brave, Cars 2 and Monsters University. He is currently working as a Senior Animator on Pixar's upcoming film Inside Out.
  Ashanti Altovese Griffin, Costume Designer
Dancer, Actor, Model, & Costume Designer are just some of the titles Ashanti Altovese dons on a daily basis. She uses her skills in the creative arts to develop original designs for bikini competitions, dance performances, and pageant shows. With a single semester of Sewing 101 during her high school learning, Ashanti has gone on to create a fashion line for women called Bellas & Bikinis, a collection of matching evening gown and swimwear sets. In addition, she developed her own fragrance line called Salsalicious to celebrate the sexy dance of Salsa, in which she is a professional performer, instructor, and competitor
  John Tupper   -   Illusive Reality Animation
John has been a freelance animator at Illusive Reality Animation, in Silicon Valley, since 1998, and was an aerospace engineering designer before that.  John’s passion remains story telling. His first animated short film, “On the Rise,” played in some 40 film festivals internationally and won multiple awards, including a Platinum Award at WorldFest.  His first feature-length  animation screen play, “Spirit of the Rain,” also won multiple awards including a Diamond Award at the Califonia Film Awards.
Vindi Birch, Cosplayer
Vindi Birch is a proud, plus-size cosplayer who loves to bring her favorite characters to life using unconventional materials. She has been creating costumes for over ten years and is the founder of the East Bay Renegade Cosplay Meetup. When she isn't helping out with cosplay projects, Vindi is a self-published author, singer, casual gamer and avid reader of comics and other fine literature.

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