Production Designer & Writer
Chris Appelhans is an illustrator and writer for the film and book industry. As a productions designer he has worked on films such as Monster House, Coraline, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and the Rise of The Guardians. As a writer he has sold screenplays to Disney and Laika – and has worked in development on countless feature projects for most of the major animated studios. His latest work can be seen in Paramount’s The Little Prince.
Froghat Studios develops original content and provides writing and design services to clients across the entertainment industry.
Terryl Whitlatch was born in Oakland, California, and started drawing at less than three years of age. Blessed with a mother who was, and still is, a talented artist-illustrator, and a father who taught biology, her fascination with animals started early. Countless weekends were spent visiting zoos, aquariums, and museums, and her father was constantly bringing home mounted skeletons, creatures preserved in jars, and living animals as well – chicken hatchlings, bullfrogs, iguanas, and insects.
After studying illustration at the California College of Arts and the Academy of Art University, Terryl began a career that has spanned over 25 years. She has worked with many major studios and effects houses as a highly sought after creature and concept designer. Clients include Industrial Light and Magic, Lucas Film Ltd., Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, PDI, Entertainment Arts, LucasArts, Chronicle Books, and various zoos and natural history museums.
Terryl has acted as principal creature designer for Star Wars — the Phantom Menace. She designed most of the alien characters and creatures, from concept to fully realized anatomies and stylizations. Some of the significant characters include Jar-Jar Binx, Sebulba, the pod racers, the undersea monsters of Naboo, and the Naboo Swamp creatures. She also worked closely with George Lucas in the redesign of such pre-existing characters as Jabba the Hutt and the dewbacks.
For Disney Feature Animation’s Brother Bear, she designed bear, moose, and other animal characters, from highly realistic anatomical studies to fully branded characters.
Recent films to which she has contributed concept work include John Carter of Mars and Pixar’s Brave.
Terryl is also the creator and illustrator of three books: The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, The Katurran Odyssey, and the newly released Animals Real and Imagined.
CEO and Creative Director, The Spa Studios
His experience in the Animation field has not only been limited to the Original Story or Executive Production of the well-known “Despicable Me” Feature Animation Movie.
His career includes credits as Supervising Animator for the following Disney titles: “Tarzan”, “Hunchback of Notre Dame, “Hercules”, and “Treasure Planet”, just to name a few.
Sergio’s work has led him to be nominated twice to the Annie Awards: for his Character Design work on “Rio” (Fox Pictures), and for his Character Animation on “Treasure Planet” (Disney).
Currently, Sergio is focusing on the development of Original Stories and production for Feature Animation Movies.
The acronym SPA stands for Sergio Pablos Animation, the real soul of the Studio. Our focus since 2004 has been the production of high quality Animation work, providing Pre-Production and Production services for clients such as Universal, Blue Sky, Warner and Disney, among others.
We gather the best creative teams to develop original content for Feature Animation Films, such as the box office hit “Despicable Me” (Universal).
Currently we are developing several other new exciting properties.
Akinori Oishi is an internationally acclaimed multimedia artist from Japan. Akinori studied fine arts at Kyoto City University of Art, and later developed skills in multimedia at IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences / Japan). After he won the New Talent Competition Award at MILIA (International Multi-media Fair in France) in 2001 for his thesis project for IAMAS, Akinori moved to France in order to continue his artistic career there. His work was featured in the opening exhibition of French contemporary art museum, Palais de Tokyo. He later served as a guest lecturer at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne / University of Art and Design Lausanne) in Switzerland. In 2004, Akinori returned to Japan to teach at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. Since his return, Akinori has been active in the Japanese art scene, opening an exhibit at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, and working with Coca Cola Japan on a variety of animation projects for TV commercials. In summer 2013, he collaborated with ICC Tokyo Kids Program to showcase an interactive Augmented Reality exhibit, Mono Miru Ugoku (Matter See Move) AR Museum.
Akinori’s innocent-looking characters provide a source of entertainment for both children and grownups. In 2011, Akinori became the first Japanese to have his work featured on the cover page of Open Sky magazine on board Emirates Airline. In addition, he also worked on Yo Gabba Gabba, a children’s animation show in the US, and has been a regular guest speaker at Pictoplasma Berlin, an internationally recognized conference for character art and design.
Born in Japan 1972
Animation Supervisor, Cartoon Saloon
Fabian has 15 years industry experience at the Academy-Award-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon, where he works as animation supervisor. He was 1st Assistant Director of animation on the upcoming feature film “Song Of The Sea”,which was nominated for multiple Annie Awards, a César; and the Academy Award. He oversaw the character animation for the film, which was spread over three studios: Cartoon Saloon in Ireland, ‘Studio 352′ in Luxembourg, and ‘Nørlum’ in Denmark. Fabian also worked with a small team of character posing artists to supply the animators with key storytelling poses for their respective scenes. As 1st assistant director he worked closely with director Tomm Moore on a daily basis to ensure the consistency of acting and draughtsmanship, and to keep all animators within the film’s style. Before joinging Cartoon Saloon in 2000, Fabian graduated with ‘Distinction’ from the Don Bluth-related college BCFE in Dublin. His field of expertise at Cartoon Saloon covers the areas character animation, animation supervision and character posing on diverse projects such as feature films, short films, TV shows, and commercials. Fabian was also the animation supervisor of the Academy Award-nominated film ‘The Secret Of Kells’ and an integral part of the team which developed the film’s animation style and character posing. Apart from Cartoon Saloon, Fabian annually teaches character animation at the “Animation Workshop” in Viborg, Denmark. illustrates childrens books for publishers such as Randomhouse; Lübbe ; Leiv; O’Brien Press and Egmont.
Cartoon Saloon studio has been nominated for an Academy Award® twice. Cartoon Saloon has just released its newest feature Film, Song of the Sea, a follow up to ‘The Secret of Kells’ ,which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010. The OSCAR ® and Annie Award nominated film is currently enjoying theatrical success in France, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, USA and Canada with a further worldwide release planned for later this year. Currently in development is a screen adaption of the award-winning novel ‘The Breadwinner’, written by Deborah Ellis it will be directed by Nora Twomey and is due to start production in summer 2015. From award-winning short films such as ‘From Darkness’, ‘Cúilín Dualach/Backwards Boy’, ‘Old Fangs’, ‘The Ledge End Of Phil’, and ‘Somewhere Down the Line’, to TV series like Super RTL’s ‘Skunk FU!’ and now ‘Puffin Rock’ (launched on RTEjr in Jan 2015 and to be broadcast worldwide later this year), Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international animation industry. Concentrating the artistic skills, Cartoon Saloon continues to tell stories for the screen. The studio constantly aligns with artists and partners with whom we can grow and learn.