Lectures & Discussions

TALK | I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: Imagineering Walt’s Trains
Sat, Nov 15 | 3-4:30pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Find out what it’s like to conceive, design, build, and test a Disney park railroad according to Walt’s vision. Hear the stories behind such popular attractions as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Lilly Belle Parlor Car, and the Wildlife Express Train, as told by three accomplished railroaders who together share over 100 years of Disney Imagineering experience: Tony Baxter, former senior vice president creative development; Joel Fritsche, executive director; and Ray Spencer, executive creative director. Michael Campbell, president of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, moderates the discussion.

TALK | The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt’s Movie Magic
Sat, Nov 22 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Join author and Academy Award–winning animation director and designer John Canemaker for a discussion of one of early animation's most enigmatic and fascinating characters, Herman Schultheis. Canemaker relates the discovery of the technician’s long-hidden scrapbook of behind-the-scenes special-effects wizardry and ingenuity of early Disney films.

TALK | Animation Basics: Breaking Down the Magic (Part 2: CHARACTER)
Sat, Dec 6 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Think like an animator! Join us for the second in a five-part series about the basics of animation production that were followed in Walt’s time and are still applicable today. Part 2: CHARACTER covers design and character development, the use of maquettes, and casting and voiceover for the role. Featuring special guests from Pixar Animation Studios: Ricky Nierva, production designer; Matt Nolte, art director; Jerome Ranft, character sculptor; Kevin Reher; casting director/feature producer; and Natalie Lyon, casting manager.