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Making a Short in ToonBoom Harmony with Michael Hilliger


September 29, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Canadian Pacific Plaza
120 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402 United States

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Nice Moves is back with another monthly meetup! (Really, they’re bimonthly meetups, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it.) We’re excited to present our speaker, Michael Hilliger, who will be giving a 30 min talk and Q&A on how he used ToonBoom Harmony to animate his latest short, “Marcus The Teenager’s Never-Ending Quest for Popularity!” Join us to hear Michael explain the process of creating characters, directing voice actors, building a virtual jazz band, and animating everything in Toon Boom Harmony. Before and after the talk will be time to mingle and build connections with fellow animators/vfx artists/motion designers/really cool people. Plus, free food doesn’t hurt.

Here’s a little more about our awesome speaker and what he’s up to:

Having recently graduated UW-Stout, Michael is a lifelong storyteller with experience across several entertainment mediums and genres. Having recently wrapped a 5-year run at Whitewater TV producing award-winning history documentaries, he’s migrating back to Minneapolis animation having worked on “The Boys” for Amazon Prime via WOMO Studio, and recently landing an internship at MAKE Visual as a 2D Animator/Story Artist.

Make sure you RSVP through the eventbrite, as tickets are limited to 60 people for covid considerations. Masks are optional but encouraged, and stay home if you feel unwell- we’ll be sure to set up a livestream so you don’t miss out!


Free pizza, drinks, and snacks as always!



6:00 – Hello! 👋 Pizza/Mingle Time

6:30 – Nice Moves Announcements

6:35 – Presentation ft. Michael Hilliger + Q&A

7:10 – More Mingle Time!

8:30 – Bye 👋


Parking & Entry

There are several close by parking lots in the downtown area and metered street parking. A little further out, about a 10-15 min walk are the ABC Ramps, which can be a bit cheaper and are easy to get to. The building is also conveniently right off the Hennepin Goverment Plaza Light Rail Station, if you are taking public transit.

Once you are inside, look for the first floor conference rooms. We will hopefully be able to put signs up directing you to the Nice Moves meetup, but there will also be board members there to guide you. If you enter from the 6th street entrance, go to your left, and if you enter from the 5th street entrance, go to the far end and right.


COVID-19 Guidelines


Please follow the MN state guidelines.


Making a Short in ToonBoom Harmony with Michael Hilliger