By: Cedric                Categories: AnimationBooksGeneral

Focal Press authors Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi along with editor Tracey Miller-Zarneke have released a second edition of the highly praised Producing Animation.  Their impressive credits include senior roles at HBO animation, and Fox, as well as production credits for the hit animation series and movies: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Aeon Flux, Spawn, Land Before Time sequels, and Kung Fu Panda.

I caught up with Catherine and Zahra in Vancouver and broke out the trusty flip cam.  The two authors took a few minutes to discuss why an update to Producing Animation was needed, who can benefit from reading Producing Animation, and they even provided a quick tip before you jump into your next big project.

Also, check out the trailer for Luna – an animated short produced by Catherine’s Ranimaker Entertainment. The animated short was featured in SIGGRAPH’s 2011 Animation Festival. Luna is also featured in the new edition of Producing Animation as a case study.

Producing Animation is available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books can be found.

Meet Catherine Winder, co-author of Producing Animation.

Meet Zahra Dowlatabadi, co-author of Producing Animation, second edition.

Co-authors of Producing Animation discuss the industry need for the book and updates in the 2nd edition

Catherine explains who would benefit from Producing Animation

Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi provide a quick tip before you jump into your next big project.

Luna trailer – Rainmaker Entertainment

Catherine Winder has worked as both a producer and an executive in feature film, home video, short films and television animation. She joined Rainmaker Entertainment in the summer of 2009 as President/Executive Producer. In this role, she is responsible for all creative, production and operational aspects of the studio including the development of a slate of feature films, the creation of a shorts program, and producing the company’s first movie, Escape from Planet Earth. In her prior position as Executive Producer for Lucasfilm Animation, Winder wrote the company’s business plan and set-up their wholly owned studios in Singapore and Marin, California. As George Lucas’ producer, she then developed and produced the first animated Star Wars movie and highly rated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Zahra Dowlatabadi has produced both animation and live-action projects. Currently Dowlatabadi consults on animated theatrical features, direct-to-DVD and television projects. Her client list includes Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm Animation, Disney and Rainmaker Entertainment. Her production credits include; Warner Bros.’ Quest for Camelot, Universal’s Land Before Time Sequels (II, III & IV) and 20th Century Fox’s Once Upon a Forest. She received an Annie Award in 1996 for her work on Land Before Time IV.

Tracey Miller-Zarneke launched her career working in publicity and film production. She began as a public relations account executive at an agency in Beverly Hills, working with entertainment, retail and non-profit clients. Tracey Miller-Zarneke next joined The Walt Disney Company for a stint in Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, working on the opening publicity campaigns for feature films such as The Lion King and Toy Story. During her run at Disney, she also helped produce a documentary film about animation production entitled The Sweatbox, a project helmed by Trudie Styler and John Paul Davidson. She has since been published as an author of “art of” books in support of five animated films.

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