Brenda Chapman is an American animator and film director. In 1998, she became the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major studio, DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt.
A native of the state of Illinois, Chapman studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). During her summer breaks, she began her professional career working in syndicated television animation. After graduating with a BFA in character animation, she was a story trainee on Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid. She was one of several key story artists on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, where she worked closely with future Disney director Roger Allers to define many of the key sequences and motifs used in the film. She later served as head of story for the Disney animated feature film, The Lion King.
Chapman also worked in story and development for other Disney animated films such as The Rescuers Down Under and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia 2000. She… read more
Stephen Hickner is an American film director at DreamWorks Animation, he has worked as director on The Prince of Egypt, Father of the Pride and the Bee Movie. He also worked as Storyboard Artist Over the Hedge, Madagascar, Shark Tale, The Road to El Dorado and Antz.
He started his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation, he then moved to Amblimation were he started his career at Producer. He is now at DreamWorks working as director, storyboard artist and producer. He also worked as Head of Story on Shrek 4-D. —dreamworks.wikia.com
Simon Wells (born 1961) is an English film director of animation and live-action films. He is the great grandson of author, H. G. Wells.
Born in Cambridge, he attended The Perse School and De Montfort University where he studied audio-visual design. Upon graduating he found a job at Richard Williams’s studio where he animated commercials and other projects. Wells later supervised the animation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
Wells later became a member of Amblimation, a studio owned by Steven Spielberg, where he served as director on films such as An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story and Balto. Wells was set to direct a sequel to Casper but the project was cancelled.
After the closure of Amblimation Wells joined Dreamworks where he worked as storyboard artist on many animated projects, he also directed The Prince of Egypt which was nominated for an Annie Award.
In 2002 he directed his first live-action film, a film adaptation of… read more
One of the greatest American animated films of all time. Every frame is brimming with artistry which has rarely been bettered before or since.