Animex speakers

Karen Prell

Animator, Valve

Speaking at Animex Game

Karen Prell Valve animator Karen Prell comes from a background in live action puppetry. She performed popular film and television puppet characters for 16 years with The Jim Henson Company, most notably Red Fraggle in Fraggle Rock and the Worm in Labyrinth.

In 1997 Karen learned computer animation at Pixar Studios and worked on the award-winning Pixar films Geri's Game, For the Birds, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2. She later animated on several productions at Tippett Studio including Disney's Enchanted and at DNA Productions on the feature film The Ant Bully. Karen joined Valve in 2007 and has contributed to character animation on several of Team Fortress 2's Meet the Team shorts, zombies and survivors in Left 4 Dead 2 and the mechanical cast of Portal 2: Atlas, P-Body, GLaDOS and Wheatley, the exuberantly delusional sphere.


Talk: The animated adventures of Portal 2

Karen will talk about the design, movement and personality development of Portal 2’s mechanical characters Wheatley, Atlas and P-Body and the rebirth of rogue AI GLaDOS. She will also touch on the animation in the environments of Aperture Science and use of animatics in the development of Portal 2, for which she will show some rare exploratory animation tests.

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