ERIC GOLDBERG 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. He is equally at home with traditional hand-drawn animation and the most up-to-date computer animation, and has pioneered ground-breaking techniques in both worlds.
After the success of films like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Little Mermaid”, Disney came knocking at Eric’s door, and convinced him to come to California for what turned out to be a 10-year run at the studio. Eric was involved in Classiscs like “Aladdin”, “Pocahontas”, “Hercules” and “Fantasia/2000”. Eric also directed, wrote and animated two critically-acclaimed sequences for that film: “Carnival of the Animals” and “Rhapsody in Blue”.
Also during his time at Disney, Eric experimented with ground-breaking computer animation techniques which replicated the fluidity and “squash-and-stretch” of the best hand-drawn animation, first on a Roger Rabbit test sequence, and then on the Tokyo Disney Seas theme park attraction, “Magic Lamp Theatre,” a stereoscopic, gratuitously-throw-everything-at-the-audience, 3-D computer animation.
Eric also was Animation Director on Warner Brother’s “Looney Tunes: Back in Action”, directed by Joe Dante. On this film, Eric got to handle the legendary Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam and the entire Warners stable, as well as providing the voices (!) for Speedy Gonzales, Tweety, and Marvin the Martian.
In 2006, Eric directed a 12-minute high-definition cartoon for a Buddhist cultural center in Hong Kong. “A Monkey’s Tale” and also 4 minutes of brand-new animation starring Disney’s “The Three Caballeros” (Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito) for the updated Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT Center in Florida.
In 2006, Eric returned to his alma mater, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and worked on Projects like “The Princess and the Frog”, “Winnie the Pooh”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and Mickey Mouse short, “Get a Horse”.
In February 2011, Eric was awarded the prestigious Winsor McCay award from ASIFA-Hollywood for lifetime achievement in animation.
Talk - 2D to 3D – 2D Techniques in a 3D World
Eric Goldberg will talk about one of the core areas of expertese of Disney Animation Studios: Creating living characters in 2D and transitioning them to the new technique of 3D animation. Afterwards, he will sit down for one hour with the guests of the PIXEL, giving feedback to animations and portfolios from the point of view of the animation master. After the screening of Disney’s new animation short “Get A Horse” at the PIXEL Animation Festival on Sunday, Goldberg will hold a masterclass on the production of this timeless short.