Jane Wu will be leading a talk on The Making of Blue Eye Samurai with Alan Taylor, on Friday 23rd.
Jane will also be leading a small, intimate discussion, You Draw Pretty Good for a Girl – Finding My Own Voice in a Male Dominated Industry on Thursday 22nd. Spaces at this session will be sign-up in advance and first-come first-served.
Jane Wu is at the helm as the producer and supervising director of the highly anticipated series Blue Eye Samurai. An emotionally grounded animated drama with a live-action cinematic attitude which debuted on Netflix in November 2023. The series follows the epic journey of a mixed-race master of the sword, cloaked in disguise as she seeks revenge in Edo-period Japan. The 2nd season has just been greenlit.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Los Angeles, Jane found an early outlet in comic books, where she discovered a passion for storytelling and art. Her skills led her to the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, but upon graduating with a degree in Fashion, she was presented with an opportunity to work in animation. Starting as a character designer, she eventually directed and produced such animated series as Men in Black and Jackie Chan Adventures.
Today, Janeʻs unique background has made her an in-demand collaborator and she has built a formidable career in film and television that spans multiple genres. Inspired by her martial arts background, she has boarded action sequences for features such as Mulan, Into the Spiderverse, and multiple Marvel movies including The Avengers and Shang Chi. Her series credits include Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Interview with a Vampire. She has worked with the likes of David Chase and Alan Taylor, among many others.
As one of the few women in a predominantly male industry, she also has had the pleasure of mentoring young artists at her alma mater, UCLA, and the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.