Disney Head of Effects Animation to Give Presentation, Receive Award

ST. LOUIS (OCTOBER 27, 2016) – The School of Communications at Webster University will host an event as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). Marlon West, the head of effects animation for Disney’s newest animated feature film, “Moana,” and a St. Louis native, will give a behind-the-scenes peek at the new film.

Marlon West,  head shotPrior to his presentation, Marlon West will receive the Cinema St. Louis Award from SLIFF for his achievements in the cinematic arts. The event will take place on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

West has been with Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1993, starting as a trainee effects animator. West has worked on more than a dozen animated features since, including the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature film “Frozen.”

West will provide a revealing look at the filmmaking process at Disney Animation. He will focus on how his team created “Moana,” which has an enormous scope of effects, making it the most effects-heavy film in the history of the studio.

“Moana,” which will appear in theaters nationwide beginning Nov. 23, is an animated tale about an adventurous Pacific Island teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. While on her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. The film features the voices of Auli’i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson as Maui.

This special animation presentation and Q & A session will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public; seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as six master’s degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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