Seiji Mizushima - Animation Director
Born in Tokyo in 1966. After entering a production company, he began working on the creation of animations and games, going on to direct "Generator Gawl" in 1998. Since then, he was worked on the theatrical versions of "Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa," "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" and numerous other films. His latest work "Expelled from Paradise" was produced in 3DCG.
Takashi Yamazaki - Film Director
He began working at SHIROGUMI INC. in 1986. His film "Always: Sunset on Third Street" (2005), part of a series of three films, won Best Picture at the 29th Japan Academy Prize and was awarded in 13 categories in total. His recent film "The Eternal Zero" (2013) won Best Picture, Best Director and was awarded in six additional categories at the 38th Japan Academy Prize. At the same event in the same year, his 3DCG animation "Stand by Me Doraemon" (2014) won Best Animation Picture. He has worked as a VFX director on "SPACE BATTLESHIP Yamato" (2010), the 3DCG animation "Friends: Naki on Monster Island" (2011) and on his two latest films “Parasyte: Part 1" (2014) and "Parasyte: Part 2" (to be released 25 April 2015).
Tomoyuki Sugiyama - President, Digital Hollywood University
Born in 1954, Tokyo. From 1987 Sugiyama spent three years as a visiting scholar at MIT' s Media Laboratory, and took up posts including Junior Lecturer at Nihon University before establishing Digital Hollywood in 1994. The school would go on to expand and establish both undergraduate and graduate programs, which are now administered by Digital Hollywood Corporation, an organization established under legislative reforms enacted in Japan. In 2011 Digital Hollywood University joined with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a digital media arts school in China, which is also headed by Sugiyama. Sugiyama works as a member of the Prime Minister of Japan’s Cabinet special committee that looks into issues related to strengthening the creation of new intellectual property in Japan.