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Kathy Altieri

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How to Train Your Dragon

Kathy Altieri, production designer for How to Train Your Dragon, the DreamWorks Animation, academy award-nominated film, will give a free public talk on visual storytelling using color at Kapiʻolani Community College on Tuesday, March 13, 7–9 p.m. in ʻŌhiʻa 118.

Altieri will present an overview and comparison of several animated features and discuss how color was utilized in each to emphasize the emotional arc of the story. She will cover how lighting, color and tone are all orchestrated in a film to subtly guide viewers’ emotions.

She has visited Kapiʻolani CC twice before and will work with animation students during her current visit, as she has in the past.

Altieri also served as production designer on Over the Hedge and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. She worked as art director on the critically acclaimed film The Prince of Egypt. Before joining DreamWorks Animation, Altieri worked as a background painter and supervisor on the Disney films: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Additional workshops

Altieri will be teaching additional workshops at Kapiʻolani CC. Seating is limited, and students will be given priority. RSVP required to Sharon Sussman by Thursday, March 8.

  • March 13, 8–10 a.m, How to Train your Dragon—the real story: change, drama and metamorphosis
  • March 15, 8–10 a.m., the emotional power of design

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