Well known for its digital heritage, Dundee is set to host a major digital arts festival,NEoN, later this year and has attracted Disney artist Bud Luckey to hold exclusive Q&A.
The NEoN Digital Arts Festival will run from 13th-15th November across the city of Dundee and aims to bring together some of the biggest names digital arts to host a series of seminars, workshops, exhibitions and exclusive games showing for the general public to attend.One of the big names who will be holding a Q&A session is Bud Luckey, a character designer for Disney Pixar, who has worked on all of their feature films such as Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Cars, The Incredibles, Monster's Inc and Ratatouille and is the producer if the iconic Sesame Street shorts. Questions are already being invited for Luckey to answer during the NEoN session through Twitter at http://twitter.com/weaeon. NEoN has also secured the services of Andrew Slithers, academic manager of Microsoft. Proving invaluable in building Microsoft’s long-term relationships with academic institutions across the country, Andrew has helped ensure proper implementation of its technology and software so that students and educators can use them to their full potential. His lecture at NEoN ’09 will prove invaluable to those looking to further their academic potential and knowledge of the industry through the use of Microsoft technology. Event organiser for NEoN Donna Fordyce said: “Andrew’s seminar perfectly fits with one of the demographics we are gearing NEoN towards. One of the aim’s of the festival is help those seeking to undertake a career in the digital arts gain a better understanding of the industry and to help them advance. Andrew’s hand-on approach when working with academic institutions will prove invaluable for attendees and we encourage anyone working within this area to come along and truly benefit from the speakers and workshops on offer.’ Also joining the exciting line-up of speakers are Emmy award-winning television producer Graham Linehan, Dave Jones from Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds, head of children’s programming at the BBC Simon Parsons. Tickets for NEoN can be booked via the official event website http://www.northeastofnorth.com.