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Featuring directors and producer:

  • Frank Abney and Paige Johnstone
  • Arnon Manor and Timothy Ware-Hill
  • Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Moderator: Ramin Zahed, Editor-in-Chief Animation Magazine 

Go Behind the Scenes of Netflix's First Three Animated Shorts. A  great story can come in any size, shape or length.
In  Fall 2020 Netflix  introduced its first three animated short films,  each bringing a unique  social action story and diverse animation  technique:

  • If Anything Happens I Love You (now on Netflix), an elegy on grief that became a TikTok sensation, directed by Will McCormack and Michael Govier;
  • Canvas (now on Netflix), a personal passion project of 5 years directed by Frank E. Abney III and produced by Paige Johnstone;
  • Cops and Robbers (now on Netflix), directed by Arnon Manor  and Timothy Ware-Hill and  written and performed by Ware-Hill in response  to the murder of Ahmaud  Arbery.

Frank E. Abney III is a California native who  grew up with a passion  for storytelling,  drawing and movies. After  graduating from The Art  Institute of  California - San Francisco, he  began working as an  animator on game,  film and TV projects like Tomb Raider, Disney’s  Oscar-winning Frozen  and Big Hero 6 and DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu  Panda 3 and The Boss  Baby. He then joined the team at Pixar, where he  has collaborated on  Coco, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, and Soul. Abney  recently executive  produced Sony Picture Animation’s Academy  Award-winning short Hair Love  with Issa Rae, and is currently directing  an animated feature film at  Netflix.

Paige Johnstone has  worked in animation since 2015 with production   credits on Academy  Award winning and nominated films from DreamWorks   Animation and Pixar.  As a producer, she focuses on creating meaningful   content that can  inspire others to see themselves on screen and behind   the lens. In  addition to working on Pixar’s Coco, Soul and the upcoming  Luca,  Johnstone has produced the animated short film, "Canvas".

Timothy Ware-Hill is a native of Montgomery, AL, where he received a  BA  in Theater Arts  from Alabama State University. From there, he was   accepted into the  UCLA MFA Acting Program. Most of his career has been   as an actor in  film/tv and Broadway. He recently received an MFA in   Screenwriting  from National University. Ware-Hill is a 2nd Place Winner   in the 2020  CineStory Foundation Feature Fellowship, and a  Semifinalist  in the  2020 Academy Nicholl’s Fellowship, for his feature  screenplay,  Tyrone  and The Looking Glass.

Arnon Manor is an independent filmmaker, writer, producer, and   director. His  recent credits include producing and directing the indie   web-series,  Mondays. Arnon grew up in Europe, where he started  his  career as a CG  animator and visual effects artist, then moved to the  US  where he has  continued to create and oversee the visual effects on   countless  features as an artist, supervisor, producer and studio   executive. His  range of visual effects credits include comedies such as  This is the  End, The Interview, 21Jump Street, action such as Captain  Phillips,  Fury, The Equalizer, and CG hybrid-animated movies such as  Stuart  Little 2, Garfield and Peter Rabbit.

Will McCormack & Michael Govier  are making their directorial  debut  with, “If Anything Happens I Love  You”.  McCormack and Govier are   producers, writers, actors and  directors.  McCormack wrote “Toy Story  4”  and “Celeste and Jesse  Forever”.  Govier has written multiple short   films, plays and  performed on tv and commercials.

Ramin Zahed is Editor in Chief of Animation Magazine.