Join us on Monday, December 6th as we welcome the creative team behind Namoo, a narrative poem come to life as an animated virtual reality experience created with Oculus’s VR animation tool Quill. Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh, from nine-time Emmy award-winning Baobab Studios, will discuss the intricate, creative process behind his acclaimed, hand-crafted short film. We'll also hear from Art Director Eusong Lee, Lead Quill Artist Nick Ladd, and Editor Vanessa Rojas.
Namoo, which translates to "tree' in Korean, was inspired by the passing of Erick's grandfather and follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man's life, from beginning to end. The entire story takes place on a grassy knoll next to a seed that transforms into a mature tree with branches full of the man's memories.
The film was hand-painted and animated with state-of-the-art software and real-time technology. Viewers will get insight into various softwares, techniques, and see models and concept art that Erick used during production. Plus, we'll screen the full film and hold a Q&A for audience members to interact with our guest speakers. Check out the official trailer of Namoo here.
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Erick Oh is an Oscar®-nominated Korean filmmaker and artist based in California. His films have been presented at numerous film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, Anima Mundi, SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, and more. With his background in fine art from Seoul National University and film from UCLA, Erick worked as an animator at Pixar Animation Studios for six years. He then joined his fellow former Pixar artists at Tonko House to direct PIG : The Dam Keeper Poems which won the Cristal Award at the Annecy Animation Festival in 2018. He followed that by directing the animated short installation project, Opera, for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Short in 2021 and also won the 2020 top prize for content across all artforms awarded by the Korean government. Erick joined Baobab Studios to create Namoo and will be working on a variety of projects in film/animation and will also contribute to the contemporary art scene in the USA and South Korea.
Eusong Lee is an LA-based director and an art director actively working in the animation industry. After studying at CalArts, he began his career with his short film Will (2012), which went on to win a Student Silver Oscar. Eusong continued directing at Jibjab Bros for Storybots (2016), which won five daytime Emmy awards and 12 nominations. Eusong also directed numerous shorts and opening title sequences at Chromosphere-LA, such as Carmen Sandiego (2019), Green Eggs and Ham (2019), and Sprint Vector VR game (2018). Alongside his work at studios, he also pursued his own creative projects. Eusong wrote and directed Love Birds (2019) as well as the award-winning independent short film My Moon (2018), which won Best Animation at Oxford Film Festival, Deadcenter Film festival, Digicon 6 Korea and was nominated for an Annie Award for Best FX.As an Art Director, Eusong has worked on projects in a number of different formats, from VR, commercials, TV series to feature films. He art-directed Powerpuff Girls Reboot (2016) at Cartoon Network and VR short film Namoo (2021) at Baobab Studios. Eusong was also a concept designer on Glen Keane’s Over The Moon (2020). Eusong is currently working as a colorscript artist and an assistant art director at Disney TVA, The Owl House.
Multi-Emmy Award-winning producer Kane Lee heads content for Baobab Studios. Lee has always led at the intersection of technology and media. He masterminded the first- ever adaptation of VR IP (Invasion!) into a traditional feature film. With new technology mediums, IP is usually adapted the opposite way, from Hollywood to new medium, but Roth Kirschenbaum Films signed on to partner with Baobab to bring Invasion! to the silver screen. Lee is lead producer of 20th Century Fox’s feature film based on the Academy Award - nominated short, The Dam Keeper, and is on producing teams for projects ranging from The School for Good and Evil at Universal Pictures to Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee’s The Way Between to the international award-winning children’s series Spooksville. Previously Lee was Vice President of Development and Production for Jane Startz Productions and worked on Horton Hears A Who!, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Robots for Blue Sky Studios. He is an advisor in interactive media for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.