INTRODUCTION

Chris Colman is a writer and animator based in Shanghai, China, primarily focusing on Asian animation for AWN.com.  He is founder of the China Animation & Game Network (c-agn.com), a national community of industry professionals.  He also handles marketing for the Institute for Animation and Creative Content (iacc), the animation training and production studio of the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai.  He is the player-manager for the Shanghai International Football Club Shanghai Cosmos FC.


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

FEB ‘13 – present:DETao-logo-new

  • Institute for Animation and Creative Content,  DeTao Masters Academy, Shanghai
  • Position: Studio Program Coordinator / Producer

iacc is an animation training and production studio, bringing world-class Western specialists (known as ‘masters’) to China, to enhance production capabilities and develop global quality skills.

    • DeTao Employee of the Year 2013 (5 winners from 200 staff)
    • Event manager, producer & host – lectures, screenings and networking events
      • Scott Ross ‘Building a Chinese Hollywood’ – 250 guests
      • Chris Landreth @ The Shanghai Film Museum – 100 guests
      • Stuart Sumida & Ed Hooks @ Shanghai Film Museum – 100 guests
      • Stuart Sumida @  Institute of  Paleontology and Paleoanthropology – 100 guests
      • Shanghai Show & Tell – 120 guests
      • Animated shorts screening – 100 guests
    • Community & industry outreach and relationship development.  Business relationships established include: Shanghai Film Museum, Institute of  Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (Beijing), Oriental DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Alpha Animation, Fantawild
    • Workshop producer – producing professional workshops and master classes including acting teaching
    • Video producer – corporate videos for master classes and events
    • Interviews – producing, writing and conducting professional video interviews with masters
    • Writer and editor – all studio English language written output (email, press releases, website copy, corporate literature)
    • Website design, build and maintenance (English and Chinese sites)
    • China liaison for 16 animation masters
    • Marketing and sale of workshops – first time clients secured included EA, Ubisoft, Oriental DreamWorks, Alpha Animation, Fantawild, Virtuos, SMG

detaoiacc.com


JUN ‘13 – present:logo

  • Animation World Network, Shanghai
  • Position: Asia Bureau Chief

AWN is the most comprehensive and respected source for animation news and information resources on the internet.  Each month, AWN’s portals are visited by over 200,000 unique-readers from more than 100 countries.

    • Building a presence and professional network in China
    • Industry research
    • Interviewing key figures in the animation industry
    • Representing AWN at international animation festivals and conferences (Annecy, France 2013 / FMX, Germany 2014)
    • SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 Computer Animation Competition juror

awn.com


NOV ‘13 – present:   CAGN logo1

  • China Animation & Game Network, Shanghai
  • Position: Founder & Manager

A self initiated project. The CAGN mission is to bring professionals in the animation and gaming community together to share ideas in inspiring environments.

    • Initiating, planning, organizing, researching, curating & hosting creative networking events
    • 3 events successfully executed to date.  Averaging 100 – 150 guests including senior figures from Oriental Dreamworks, Original Force, Ubisoft, EA, Virtuos.
    • Marketing and design – logo and poster design, web build and maintenance, managing WeChat and LinkedIn groups
    • English written output – emails, website copy, blog, event blurb, press releases, newsletter

c-agn.com


APR ‘11 – present:      Cosmos logo - vectors - full stop

  • Shanghai Cosmos Football Club
  • Position:  Club Manager & Player

Shanghai Cosmos is an amateur football club competing in the Shanghai International Football League

    • Player (April 2011), Marketing Manager (June 2012), appointed Club Manager (June 2013)
    • Running training, liaising with SIFL management, managing transient squad of approx. 30 players, tactics, team selection, marketing, sponsorship, player recruitment, website build and management

shanghaicosmosfc.com


APR ‘12 – JAN ’13:

  • Studio Rainer Maria Latzke, DeTao Masters Academy
  • Position: Studio Manager 

Rainer Maria Latzke is an acclaimed mural artist, described as the “Modern Day Michelangelo” and ranked among the world’s best artists of the last 400 years (Russian Artist Federation)

    • Visualisation animation for high-end luxury interior decoration projects
    • Build, design and maintenance of company website, brochure design
    • Copywriting for company brochure, website and promotional material
    • Writing articles for Institute of Frescography, a research arm of Studio Rainer Maria Latzke

rainermarialatzke.com


MAR ‘11 – MAR ’12:

  • Jetoon Animation (now known as Left Pocket), Shanghai
  • Position: Designer

Jetoon Animation is a 2D animation studio specialising in animated TV series for 3 – 12 year olds

    • Lead character designer, background and prop designer, Flash builder
    • Story development

leftpocketstudio.com


EDUCATION

SEP ’09 – JUN ‘10:                   

  • Central St Martins, University of the Arts London
  • PgDip 2D Character Animation

SEP ‘04 – JUN ‘07 :                  

  • Norwich School of Art & Design
  • BA Graphic Communication

LANGUAGES 

  • English
 – Native speaker
  • Chinese (Mandarin) – Intermediate listening and speaking

SKILLS

  • Character Animation – experience, knowledge and understanding of principles
  • Adobe Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop – Full professional competence
  • Microsoft Word, Powerpoint – Full professional competence