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Sat, Oct 07


Falvey Hall Auditorium

Sweaty Eyeballs - Paul Harrod Talk

Sweaty Eyeballs - Paul Harrod Talk
Sweaty Eyeballs - Paul Harrod Talk

Time & Location

Oct 07, 2023, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Falvey Hall Auditorium, 1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA

About the event

​Sweaty Eyeballs is thrilled to present an in-person animation industry presentation by Paul Harrod (Portland, OR). Paul will give a presentation on his 30+ year career as a production designer and director for animated film and television. This is a free presentation, open to the public with a Q&A session at the end.

Paul Harrod has worked over three decades as a production designer and director of both animated and live action projects, with a special emphasis on stop-motion animation. Specializing in environments for visual effects and stop-motion projects, he designed and built miniature sets for the opening titles of Pee Wee’s Playhouse (1989) and set the tone for a variety of commercials, including the first several Chevron “Talking Cars” spots at Aardman Animations in 1994, a campaign which continues to this day. ​As Senior Art Director at Will Vinton Studios from 1995 through 2001, he oversaw the design demands of all studio output. There, he served as production designer and episode director on the Fox TV series, “The PJs” for which he was nominated for an Annie award in 2000. Joining Bent Image Lab in 2002 as a commercial director, he created spots for clients including Kellogg’s Twistables, Tractor Supply Company, Quaker, Chips Ahoy!, Hallmark, Ensure, Cartoon Network, Lowes, Aflac and AT&T. In 2015 he was co-Production Designer with Adam Stockhausen on Wes Anderson's stop-motion feature, Isle Of Dogs and received the 2019 Art Directors Guild award for Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature. In 2019 he joined Henry Selick’s stop-motion feature Wendell and Wild as Production Designer. The Netflix production was released in October of 2022. More recently, teaming up with Bix Pix Entertainment, he designed the Apple TV+ series, Shape Island, based on the popular Shape Trilogy children’s books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. Harrod lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, the internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Joanna Priestley.

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