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Carlos Saldanha

Carlos Saldanha

Keynote Speaker: Filmmaker, Writer, Director Known for "Rio" & "Ice Age"

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Carlos Saldanha Biography

Carlos Saldanha has been one of the principal creative forces at Blue Sky Studios since 1993. Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for animation. With a background in computer science and a natural artistic sensibility, he found New York City the perfect locale to merge these skills and become an animator. He attended the MFA program at New York’s School of Visual Arts, where he graduated with honors in 1993, after completing two animated shorts, “The Adventures of Korky, the Corkscrew” (1992) and “Time For Love” (1993). His shorts have been screened at animation festivals around the world.

Carlos was one of the very first animators to join the Blue Sky Studios team of artists. After three years, he was the supervising animator for the talking and dancing roaches in the feature film “Joe’s Apartment” (1996). He was also the director of animation for the computer- generated characters in “Fight Club” (1999). Soon thereafter, he teamed up with Chris Wedge to co-direct Blue Sky’s first animated features, “Ice Age” (2002) and “Robots” (2005). “Ice Age” was nominated for an Oscar in 2003. In 2002 Saldanha directed the animated short film “Gone Nutty,” which was nominated for an Oscar in 2004.

After the success of “Ice Age,” Saldanha took the directorial reins on “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), the third computer-animated feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, which was the most profitable animated movie of the year. Next came the even more successful “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which became one of biggest grossing animated films of all time, grossing over $887 million worldwide.

In 2011 he created and directed “Rio”, a love letter to his hometown, which became a worldwide success. Earlier this year, Carlos received the CinemaCon International Filmmaker of the Year Award. Following this achievement, his latest sequel “Rio 2” hit the theaters and continues its exceptional run around the world.

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Carlos Saldanha Videos

Ferdinand | On-set visit with Carlos Saldanha "Director" - YouTube
Ferdinand - Director Carlos Saldanha Exclusive Interview - YouTube
Carlos Saldanha, Rio 2 - Cineplex Interview - YouTube

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What topics does Carlos Saldanha speak about?

Carlos Saldanha is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Creativity, Television & Film, Storytelling and Art.

Where does Carlos Saldanha travel from?

Carlos Saldanha generally travels from Brazil and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Carlos Saldanha is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Creativity, Television & Film and Storytelling. The estimated speaking fee range to book Carlos Saldanha for live events is $100,000 - $200,000, and for virtual events $50,000 - $100,000. Carlos Saldanha generally travels from Brazil and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Glen Keane, Matthew Luhn and Paul Topolos. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Carlos Saldanha for an upcoming event.

Carlos Saldanha Videos

Ferdinand | On-set visit with Carlos Saldanha "Director" - YouTube
Ferdinand - Director Carlos Saldanha Exclusive Interview - YouTube
Carlos Saldanha, Rio 2 - Cineplex Interview - YouTube

Carlos Saldanha News

  • 'Rio 2' Director Carlos Saldanha Talks Responsibility Of Showing Brazilian Culture To The World [EXCLUSIVE]

    Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha has worked in animated films with Blue Sky Studios for many years. He has an impressive resume as he was the director of “IceAge: The Meltdown” (2006) and “Ice Age: Dawn Of Dinosaurs” (2009) and co-director of “Ice Age” (2002) and “Robots” (2005). Though, no project has been closer to his heart than the film about two blue macaws that fall in love, “Rio” (2011), set in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro.

  • Fox Taps ‘Rio’ Director Carlos Saldanha for Sci-Fi Movie ‘Timeless’

    Fox has hired veteran animation director Carlos Saldanha to helm sci-fi fantasy movie “Timeless” as a possible franchise starter.

  • Rio Director Carlos Saldanha Heads For Shadows

    After working on several animated films for Fox and Blue Sky (most notably three Ice Ages and the bird-filled Rio movies), Carlos Saldanha has been focusing more on live-action, including contributing a segment to portmanteau film Rio, I Love You. He’s blending his knowledge of CG with directing living people for monster movie Shadows.

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