Join ArtCenter Entertainment Design Department Chair Guillaume Aretos in a lively discussion with Peter Ramsey, director of the award-winning film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
An American film director, illustrator and writer, Ramsey is best known for directing DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians and Sony Pictures Animation’s Into the Spider-Verse. Ramsey is the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Ramsey also directed the Halloween TV special Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space and served as a story artist on several Dreamworks Animation feature films. Prior to joining Dreamworks, he worked as a storyboard artist on many live action feature films, including Backdraft, Boyz n the Hood, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Minority Report, Cast Away, Independence Day, Being John Malkovich, Fight Club and Hulk. Ramsey's directing skills were honed early as a second unit director for a number of live action feature films, including Godzilla, Tank Girl, Higher Learning and Poetic Justice. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, Ramsey grew up in the Crenshaw area, and graduated from Palisades High School before attending UCLA.
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Hosted by Entertainment Design and held during the Spring and Fall terms, Imaginary Friends: Conversations with Leaders in Entertainment Design brings leaders in concept design, animation and game design to ArtCenter for an intimate dialogue with Aretos to discuss their personal and professional journeys.