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ATLANTA, Ga.--Director of the animated film Hoodwinked Cory Edwards was the keynote speaker for the 2013 Georgia BigPictureCon.
Though Hoodwinked was his feature film debut, Edwards had a long career as a filmmaker touching on almost every creative area of the business. As a child using a "Super 8" camera, Edwards shot everything from superhero comedies to adventure serials, complete with storyboards, miniatures, animation, and pyrotechnics. Every class project from grade school to college, Edwards would make a film or video project, sometimes winning national contests. He interned at an animation studio in Ohio while in college and after graduation, directed music videos and commercials for a Tulsa production company.
After founding Blue Yonder Films in 1995 and acting in his brother's feature debut Chillicothe, Cory and his brother Todd pitched a Red Riding Hood crime story to a private investor. And so Hoodwinked, made totally outside of the studio system for a tenth the cost, was born. To make the film, Edwards worked with Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, Chazz Palminteri, and Jim Belushi. He voiced the coffee-addicted squirrel "Twitchy" himself and wrote two songs for the soundtrack. Produced by moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the film has since grossed over $150 million worldwide.
Since then Edwards, a resident of Los Angeles, has written for Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil as well as created Roger Cosmonkey, the world's first Twitter series.