Kent Seki

Kent will be leading a talk on Creating The Cinematography for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem on Friday 23rd.

Join Head of Cinematography Kent Seki from last summer’s hit film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” as he breaks down how the team derived the movie’s camera language. He will be discussing the origin of the show’s camera style and philosophy that drove the picture’s cinematography choices. In addition to clips from other influential films and filmmakers from which the film drew inspiration, he will be breaking down a few sequences from the film itself and taking a deeper dive into the Previsualization process.

Kent Seki is the Head of Cinematography at Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation on the 2023 feature film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Mayhem.” Seki most recently completed work as the Head of Cinematography on Paramount Animation’s 2021 feature “Rumble” as well as consulting on “Tiger Apprentice.” Previously, he worked at the Virtual Reality story-telling company Baobab Studios where he won a Daytime Emmy as the Lead Previsualization Artist on their interactive short “Crow:The Legend” in 2019. Before working for Baobab, Seki worked at Dreamworks Animation as the Director of Previsualization on the feature animated film “Boss Baby.”  He also worked as a Rough Layout Artist at Pacific Data Images (PDI) on “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Puss and Boots,” and “Turbo,” in addition to being the Director of Previsualization on both “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Megamind.”  Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Seki was the Creative Director for the Visual Effects company that pioneered the use of computer-generated Previsualization Pixel Liberation Front (PLF). There, he worked as the Visualization and HUD Effects Supervisor on “Iron Man” for which he was nominated for a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award in 2008 and as the onset Visual Effects Supervisor on the horror film “Stay Alive.” Previous credits as a CG Supervisor include the films “Superman Returns,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” and “Dopamine.”  In addition, he worked as a Previsualization Supervisor on the films “Zathura” and “Flightplan,” and as Previs Artist on “Matrix Revolutions” and “Elf.” Seki graduated from Yale University as an Art major, concentrating in Graphic Design in 1993. He worked as a graphic Designer for three and half years before transitioning into a career in CG. In 2016, Seki was honored to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. He currently lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife and 20-year-old son who is a sophomore in collge.