The last couple of days, there's been a whirl of activity in and around the Burbank Marriot Hotel (directly across the street from the renowned Bob Hope/Burbank Airport).
CTN eXpo has been setting up its monster exhibition tent (seen above) in Marriot's parking lot, directly across the way from Marriot's convention center.
What's different this year is that all the vendors and exhibits previously housed in the convention hall, are now in the big fat tent. It's not really a problem, because the BFT is generous in its square footage and air conditioned on a par with the climate and temperature of Gnome, Alaska. (No doubt the temp will rise once there are a few thousand bodies jammed inside the canvas walls).
Beyond the exhibition hall, CTN will be packed with presentations and events, including:
"Behind the Scenes of Disney's Moana" -- (Disney Panel Discussion)
"Finding Clarity In Your Storyboards" -- (Adam Cootes - Blue Sky Studios)
"Jam Packed With Story" -- (Panel Discussion)
"Create or Die: How Living the 5 Pillars of Creativity Can Change Your Life" -- (Jake Parker)
"The Art of Making Trolls" -- (DWA Panel Discussion)
"Colorful Language: Ever Palette Tells a Story" -- (Brian McEntee)
And this is only a fragment of the first day. So as you can see, it's going to be a fast-moving weekend.
Add On: CTN eXpo is expanding in a variety of ways:
... This year, it will open its doors to the public, offering speaker sessions, workshops, art demonstrations, book signings, studio recruitment, portfolio reviews, vendors and more at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center running Friday through Sunday Nov. 18-20.
“I was at Disney for 23 years, and when I left, I wanted to provide an arena to help promote what these particular group of artists do because I realized when you’re at a studio for that long, when you leave, it’s a challenge trying to identify yourself as not working for ‘fill in the blank,’ ” said Tina Price, founder and owner of Creative Talent Network and producer of CTN eXpo.
Price decided to change things because, as a networking event, a big part of the convention is exposing the artists to future generations and the general public. Students and youths will have the opportunity to learn more about the animation industry as a career choice, while animation fans can shop and meet some of their favorite artists. ...
When: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, plus CTNX After Dark gathering 8 p.m. to midnight tonight and Saturday.
Where: Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank.