Join us for an extended conversation with renowned animator and showrunner Lauren Faust, as she discusses her career, as well as the art and business of modern animation. Best known for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Faust has also been involved with such iconic projects as The Iron Giant, The PowerPuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder, Milky Way & the Galaxy Girls, and Super Best Friends Forever.
James Turner, a freelance journalist and correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor, will spend 90 minutes delving deep into Faust's experiences, starting with her childhood, and tracing her evolution from a student at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) to one of the leading figures in animation today. This is a chance to hear the insider's view of the animation business, from someone who has worked on both original series and franchise projects.
After the interview and audience questions, you'll have a chance to mingle with Faust as well as other special guests such as writers Amy Keating Rogers and M. A. Larson*, as well as students and faculty from CalArts character animation program. All net proceeds benefit the Derpy Hooves Scholarship in Character Animation at CalArts.
*Scheduled to attend
What can I bring into the event?
Feel free to bring a phone or camera for a selfie with the guests. However, only still photography is allowed during the actual interview, absolutely no recording (audio or video) will be allowed.
Who is the interviewer?
James Turner is a freelance journalist who has written for publications including WIRED, the Christian Science Monitor, American Profile, IEEE Spectrum and many others. He has previously covered the rise of the My Little Pony Fandom, as well as other media-related topics. He also serves as the president and chairman of the board of the Brony Thank You Fund, Incorporated.
What is the format of the event?
The evening will begin promptly at 6PM with a 90 minute interview of Lauren Faust. 30 minutes are then reserved for questions from the CalArts students, faculty and members of the audience. After that, an informal reception will run until the venue closes around 8:45.
Where will my money go?
After paying for the event costs, the net proceeds will be added to the existing endowment for the Derpy Hooves Scholarship in Character Animation. This is a permenently endowed needs-based scholarship administered by CalArts.
Is my ticket tax-deductible?
According to our reading of the tax laws regarding charity events, the full cost of the ticket would be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. No meal or other refreshment is being served, and no tangible items are being given in return for your donation. As always, consult a tax professional regarding your own situation.