Disney legend Floyd Norman, first African-American Animator at Walt Disney Animation, addressed attendees in very special keynote session during SIGGRAPH 2017.
Los Angeles, April 28, 2017
SIGGRAPH is the world’s largest, most influential annual conference and exhibition in computer graphics and interactive techniques: Five days of research results, demos, educational sessions, art, screenings, and hands-on interactivity featuring the community’s latest technical achievements, and three days of commercial exhibits displaying the industry's current hardware, software, and services. This year’s SIGGRAPH 2017 will be held in Los Angeles from July 30th to August 3rd at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Floyd Norman is the writer/illustrator of the Tuskegee Redtails Graphic Novel. Better known as an animator and storyman for the Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, Floyd Norman is no stranger to the comics or graphic novel format. Floyd began his career in the comic book medium while still a kid in Santa Barbara High School. While a student, Norman began his career as an apprentice to famous Archie Comics creator, Bill Woggon. Woggon was the creator of the popular Katy Keene comic series back in the fifties and this gave Floyd the opportunity to explore a professional career as a story teller.
Having worked on dozens of Walt Disney feature films and two notable movies for Pixar, Floyd Norman now lends his storytelling skills to the amazing story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Story of the Tuskegee Redtails is about the men and women who rose to the occasion to defend their country in World War II. “Real life often affords the greatest opportunity for storytelling,” says Norman. “It was a pleasure to partner with producer and publisher, Leo D. Sullivan to bring the amazing story of the Tuskegee Redtails to life. This brief graphic novel only sets the stage because there are more fascinating stories to be told.”
Leo Sullivan ( IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0838214/ ) is President/CEO of Leo Sullivan Multimedia, Inc., a California S-Corporation. Leo has produced and directed educational films, training films, public service films for various educational film companies with national distribution. Leo Sullivan and Ethelyn Sullivan published websites www.afrokids.com & www.afrokids.tv that help build children’s self-esteem, cultural heritage, and future through visual media.
Afrokids.com & Afrokids.tv are offering Parental Guidance primers and videos that will provide guidance for parents and teach children those life lessons about family values, respect, and responsibility. These websites provide families with parenting insights through Parental Guidance primers and present positive images and life lessons, through engaging videos, in which our children can not only discover their African American culture and heritage, but with which they can truly interact and learn.
Leo Sullivan & Floyd Norman have also worked together to establish a foundation that will introduce science, technology, engineering, art, math to underserved youth through the new media technology with emphasis on animation and games: http://www.lsmfoundation.org
View Floyd Norman’s special keynote session during SIGGRAPH 2017 (keynote session begins at 45:04 min. into video): https://youtu.be/TkURMfQUF14