SCA '09: "Moving Research"

August 1-2, 2009


Keynote Speakers

ERIC GOLDBERG (Supervising Animator) is a veteran Director, Designer, and Animator who has worked extensively in New York, London and Hollywood, creating feature films, commercials, title sequences and television specials in both worlds of hand-drawn and computer animation.

Eric’s early forays into Super-8 filmmaking won top prizes in the Kodak Teenage Movie Awards, including 1974’s Grand Prize of summer film courses at the University of Southern California. Eric received a full scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where he majored in illustration and took supplemental animation and film courses.

One of his first professional jobs in freelance animation (while still in school) led to his working as a full-time assistant animator on Richard Williams’ Raggedy Ann and Andy. Following the film’s completion, Williams invited Eric to work in his London studio as a Director/Animator on countless television spots. He had the good fortune to work with Ken Harris at that time, learning techniques honed during Ken’s stint as Chuck Jones’ greatest animator. Eric’s association with Richard Williams continued in Los Angeles, where Eric served as Director of Animation on the Emmy-winning Ziggy’s Gift, based on the popular newspaper cartoon.

Eric and his then-new wife Susan (a fellow animation artist, who has often served as Art Director on Eric’s projects) returned to London, where Eric co-founded Pizazz Pictures, a commercials studio with a worldwide clientele, where he directed spots with a myriad of diverse techniques-everything from cel-animation and brush-painting, stop-motion and pixillation, to live-action/animation combinations and digital compositing.

Eventually, after the success of films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Little Mermaid, Disney recruited Eric for what turned out to be a ten-year run at the studio, beginning with his work as Supervising Animator on Aladdin’s wise-cracking Genie. After that, he co-directed the successful Pocahontas and animated the feisty Danny DeVito-voiced satyr Phil in Hercules. He then directed, wrote and animated two sequences for Fantasia/2000 ("Carnival of the Animals" and "Rhapsody in Blue"), with Susan serving as Art Director on both.

Also during his time at Disney, Eric experimented with ground-breaking computer animation techniques that replicated the fluidity and "squash-and-stretch" of the best hand-drawn animation, eventually resulting in the Tokyo DisneySea theme park attraction, "Magic Lamp Theater," starring Eric’s signature character, the Genie, in 3-D computer animation.

After working on myriad projects (including directing "A Monkey’s Tale," a 12-minute high-definition cartoon for a Buddhist cultural center in Hong Kong), Eric returned to Disney to serve as Supervising Animator of the character Louis (the trumpet-playing alligator), in the upcoming hand-drawn feature The Princess and the Frog.

JEFF LIEBERMAN isn’t just the host of Discovery Channel’s Time Warp. He’s a musician roboticist sculptor photographer.

He holds four degrees (two bachelors of science and two masters) and is currently pursuing his doctorate at MIT’s Media Lab, studying how art and science can be combined to bring people together. He is known for creating "technological sculptures."

At MIT he led the design on the Cyberflora installation, a robotic flower garden that senses and responds to people in a lifelike manner, and the Motor Learning Robotic Wearable Suit, a robotic suit that teaches motor skills like dance, sports, rehab, etc.

He has also produced kinetic art sculptures, including Absolut Quartet, a music-making machine that incorporates the audience into the performance and light blub, an electromagnetically levitated and wirelessly powered light bulb.

In addition to his scientific pursuits, technological advances, artistic rendering and television career, Lieberman also performs electronic music in the duo Gloobic. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Lieberman’s newest venture Time Warp on the Discovery Channel focuses on the use of high speed photography to show viewers new things about the world. Lieberman takes regular events or actions, such as a cat licking its paw or a champagne bottle being opened, and slows them down enough so the human body can process exactly what is happening. These wonders are both beautiful and scientific, an intermingling of genres that Lieberman has perfected.