Pratt Institute | 200 Willoughby Ave.
American film director, writer, producer, animator and Guggenheim Fellow, two-time Academy Award-nominated director Mark Osborne has been telling stories with animation for more than twenty-five years. In addition to directing the first ever animated feature film adaptation of the classic French novella The Little Prince released in 2015 worldwide, he was one of the directors of the critically acclaimed animated 2008 blockbuster Kung Fu Panda. Osborne was selected to develop Kung Fu Panda on the strength of his award-winning animated short, MORE, which screened at more than 150 film festivals worldwide and garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short and a Special Jury Prize for Short Films from the Sundance Film Festival, among dozens of other awards. Previous to these efforts, Osborne was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as dozens of awards for designing and producing graphics and animation for television. Osborne studied foundation art at Pratt Institute before earning his BFA in experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts.
Osborne’s unique experience going from small independent short films to massive animated feature films is an inspirational story, one that aspiring filmmakers love to hear about firsthand.
This lecture is free and open to the public but seating is limited.