Buck is a design-driven production company comprised of an integrated collective of directors, producers, digital artists, graphic designers, illustrators and animators, who believe in the power of collaboration—the special alchemy that only happens when working together toward a common purpose. Buck has offices in LA, NYC, and Sydney.
Laura Yilmaz is a 2D lead animator and art director at Buck Design (LA). Prior to Buck, she freelanced at numerous commercial studios around LA, including Mirada, Logan, Psyop, and Royale. Her personal films have been screened in festivals around the globe, including Animafest Zagreb, TAAFI, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Animation Block Party, and the Seattle Film Festival. Her USC MFA thesis Places Other People Have Lived was awarded Best Animated Film of the 2012 Black Maria Film Festival, a Spirit Award at the 2012 Seattle Film Festival, and was a featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick and semi-finalist in the 2012 Vimeo Festival Awards. Laura holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, USC (2010). She is also a Hench-DADA adjunct professor.
Laura will speak about how to brand and present a portfolio with a broad mixed media background to make oneself marketable in the commercial animation world.