Jen Mackie

Cinematic Storytelling in Animation

Jen will lead a talk that takes a look at the visual tips and tricks used by animation cinematographers to tell great stories and how traditional film theory supports camera work in the limitless virtual world of computer animation.


Jen has worked in the animation and film industry around the world for many years, most notably as Camera and Staging Lead at Pixar Canada. Her passion for cinematography stemmed from a background in fine art, and along with her love of storytelling developed into a career focusing on layout and previs for feature films, shorts, games and commercials. Jen naturally branched from layout into editing, combining the two disciplines across different mediums always with a key focus on how the camera can help to tell the best story.