Golden Globe winner and Sheridan Alumni Dean DeBlois speaks at Sheridan College


Sheridan Alumni Dean DeBlois and director of the Golden Globe winning animated films How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 spoke at Sheridan College on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, in front of a sold out crowd. The audience were able to get an up close look at the creation of How to Train Your Dragon 2 as well as have DeBlois share and expand on his approach to writing, storytelling, production and delivery.

DeBlois credited his Sheridan education which he said helped shape his career. “My instructor Zack Schwartz always said, ‘If it reads as a postage stamp, it will read as a billboard,’ meaning that without a strong spine art becomes complicated and muddy. This is a powerful piece of advice that I still pass it along to people.”

That same day (Tuesday October 13th, 2015), DeBlois also held a presentation at the Pinewood Studios in Toronto where the public had the chance to tour Sheridan’s leading edge Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) and experience the magic of motion capture and camera tracking technology.

DeBlois revealed that a third installment of the wildly popular and critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon series is in the works with an early release date slated for June 2018.

“There are certain characters and situations that come into play in the second film that will become much more crucial to the story by the third,” DeBlois said.

Near the end of his presentation DeBlois touched on Sheridan’s influence and how younger artists and students are interested in his counsel. “I remember how exciting it was to hear from industry professionals while I was at school. They become concrete examples of attainable dreams,” he recalls. “At this mid-point in my career while I still have heroes that I look up to, I realize that I also play a mentoring role. Yet, I am still close enough to my student experience to recognize how important it is to pass along my knowledge and inspiration.”

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