Work In Progress
The Inventor

Conversation with executive producer Ilan Urroz and director Jim Capobianco live and online

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
In English
FIAF Skyroom

Moderated by Hsiang Chin Moe, Chair of BFA Animation, School of Visual Arts

In The Inventor, co-directors Jim Capobianco (Academy Award nominated writer of Ratatouille) and Pierre-Luc Granjon (La Grosse Bête, Molly in Springtime) bring to life one of the most insatiably curious and headstrong inventors in the world, Leonardo da Vinci. In this Work in Progress, Ilan Urroz, executive producer, will be on hand to discuss this much anticipated film with clips and images. He will be joined online by filmmaker Jim Capobianco who will address the creative choices he made with Granjon for their stop-motion and 2-D drawn adventure film and how they work as a team from LA and the South of France.

The Inventor is voiced by erudite comedian Stephen Fry (Leonardo) and Star Wars hero Daisy Ridley (Marguerite), and Marion Cotillard as Queen Louise, backed by a stellar creative team, including animation director Kim Keukeleire (Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mr. Fox), and Tomm Moore (Wolfwalkers).

60 minutes

About Ilan Urroz

Ilan Urroz is a producer and executive producer.

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    • Ilan Urroz studied biology and chemistry. After earning a degree in plant biology and wine, he decided to focus on information and the digital revolution, learning computer languages and the business of infotainment. From design to urban transportation, he decided in 2009 to develop his passion for animation as Director of La Cartoucherie. Built by the city council of Valence (Drôme in France), La Cartoucherie is a center dedicated to animation studios.

      In 2015, he moved to Marseille to manage the content cluster of the south region from Avignon, Aix, Marseille to Cannes and Nice. With more than 150 members in content industries—animation documentary, live action, and TV broadcast—he developed networking opportunities, international partnerships, and markets like Cannes, MIFA, Sunny Side and South by Southwest with the first French delegation in this content forum.

      In 2018, with his experience in partnerships and management, he bought, with Nicolas Flory, the company Folimage, originally founded by Pascal Le Nôtre. He has produced many films including Little Nicholas, Owen and the Wolves’s Forest, and Prendiluna, and worked as an executive producer on The Tower or No Dogs or Italians Allowed.

About Jim Capobianco

Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, Your Friend The Rat, found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films.

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    • Capobianco followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar’s 2008 release Wall•E.

      A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Capobianco started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Capobianco relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out.

      In 2009 Capobianco finished Leonardo his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker Capobianco co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 9th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Capobianco is bringing his story and design expertise to the independent world of film and animation.

About Hsiang Chin Moe

Hsiang Chin Moe is an artist and educator with experience in higher education, production, technology, and management.

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    • She began her career in advertising, VFX, and animation the further navigated her paths to education where she is now the inaugural BFA Animation Chair at School of Visual Arts in New York City. Hsiang is an active member of the global animation community. She organizes and moderates an annual talent panel at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival where she works with animation executives, recruiters, artists and educators to foster talents from all over the world.

      She previously acted as Associate Director of the New York Digital Salon, working to create international dialogue and partnerships to celebrate animation, video, games, and interactive installations. In addition to making her own documentary, short and animated films, she also regularly represents and participates as a panelist, presenter, and organizer at major international conferences and festivals, including FMX Conference, VIEW Conference, SIGGRAPH, Ottawa Animation Festival, New York Comic Con and New York Foundation of the Arts. She has exhibited, performed, presented, lectured and participated in panels in the United States and abroad, including France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan, and Thailand.