Bologna, Italy, May 2018
Chris Prynoski is an American animator, director, and producer, known for his work on TV programs such as Metalocalypse, Freaknik: The Musical, Motorcity and Megas XLR and films such as Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Prynoski began his career working in New York City, mostly on his own or through MTV's in-house studio on shows like Daria and Beavis and Butthead. He also created his own show, Downtown, which was nominated for a primetime Emmy Award in 2000 and his directorial work in the hallucination sequence of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was nominated for "Best Animated Sequence in a Feature Film" by the National Cartoonists Society.
In the same year, he moved to Hollywood, California, where he opened his own studio Titmouse, Inc. with wife, Shannon Prynoski
Prynoski's animation can be seen in opening title sequences for The Osbournes and The Simple Life and his directorial work can be seen in a number of media, from commercials to feature films to television. He has directed animation for the animated commercial "Foot Long Hot Dog Inventor" for Budweiser, many music videos for artists including Velvet Revolver, Snoop Dogg and George Clinton, and among other projects, a Dexter's Lab spoof with They Might Be Giants for Cartoon Network. His directing credits also include The Amazing Screw-On Head starring Paul Giamatti, Megas XLR for Cartoon Network, Happy Monster Band for Disney, Metalocalypse for Cartoon Network, Motorcity for Disney XD, and Downtown for MTV.
Prynoski has also directed Adult Swim's Freaknik: The Musical and executive produced Black Panther for Marvel and G.I. Joe: Resolute for Hasbro. He created and executive produced of the animated series Motorcity, which premiered on Disney XD in April 2012.
His animation studio, Titmouse, Inc., is best known for their work on the Guitar Hero game cinematics, the short film Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation, and television series work on such shows as Metalocalypse, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Afro Samurai, DJ & the Fro, Community, The Venture Bros., Freaknik: The Musical, and Superjail!.
Tommy Pallotta received a degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT he met Richard Linklater and began his film career as an actor and production assistant on Linklater's directorial debut, Slacker (1991). After working on numerous films and commercials, Pallotta wrote, directed and produced his first film, The High Road (1997). He also produced several of Bob Sabiston's animated projects including: Roadhead (1999), which received the Best Animation award at the Aspen Film Festival; a series of interstitials for MTV; Snack and Drink (1999), a three-minute short about an autistic child in a 7-Eleven store, which is now part of the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art; and Figures of Speech (2000), a series of interstitials for PBS. He then connected his animation experience with Richard Linklater in Waking Life (2001). Waking Life was the first independently financed and produced computer animated feature. The film was subsequently nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture. Pallotta also directed the first machinima produced music video, In the Waiting Line (2003), using the animation engine from the Quake 3 video game, and the rotoscoped MTV "Breakthrough Video" Destiny (2002), both for the band Zero 7. The Microsoft Research and Development team recognized Pallotta for his "penchant for innovation" where he helmed an interactive project based on Jonathan Lethem's novel Amnesia Moon (2004), which was an experiment that was not released to the public. He then returned to the film industry with his frequent collaborator, Richard Linklater, to produce A Scanner Darkly (2006) based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick and starring Keanu Reeves.
Marco Pavone (1976) was born in Naples, where on the 1998, he graduate in Philosophy.
He starts his career like satiric drawer at the Naples' newspaper "Il Mattino" and for the Rizzoli editor house. Since the 1997, after a Bachelor at the Disney's accademy, he makes comics for "Topolino". On 1999, he starts working as post-producer in Milan for some studios, entering in the animation world.
Since 2002, he starts directing music videoclip for many italian artists like Daniele Silvestri, Ginuwine, Subsonica, Coolio, Luca Carboni, Caparezza, Le Vibrazioni, Subsonica, Edoardo Bennato, Tiromancino and many others.
On 2007 MTV buys once of his short-movies, the Last Subway. He directed and produced also three animated feature-film: Zero Zero(2009), Extra (2013), Burqa(2015). I
On 2013 he presented, from the Venezia festival's red carpet, a musical short-movie, Symphony of life, produced with Giovanni Allevi.
French born writer, director and producer, Xavier Picard's prolific international film career includes over 300 hours of animation with i.a. Jean Chalopin (The Bot's Master), Hanna Barbera (Jonny Quest), Luc Besson and Mamoru Oshii (Valerian). Xavier's work has been distributed in more than 100 countries by Avi Arad, Bohbot Int., Nippon Animation, TF1 Int., and Freemantle Media. Xavier Picard directed seven animated short films for the French pavillon at the World Expo Shanghai 2010 and he was a faculty member of the prestigious CFT Gobelins Animation University in France.
In 2000, Picard co-founded Pictak with the Japanese Producer Takashi Masunaga. Pictak produces and co-produces animated films and series for markets all over the world. Pictak collaborates with animation studios in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Canada, as well as with premier 3D and 2D studios in France. Some of Pictak's most notable co-productions include Marcelino, Odd Family and Valerian