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THE DARKEST MINDS

"The Darkest Minds" marks director JENNIFER YUH NELSON's first live-action feature.

Before that Nelson had gained critical acclaim for her career in animation. She made her feature film directorial debut with "Kung Fu Panda 2" (2011), which earned more than $665 million at the worldwide box-office as well as an Oscar nomination for best animated feature, and an Annie Award for best director. She continued on to direct the franchise's successful follow-up "Kung Fu Panda 3" (2016) alongside Alessandro Carloni.

Nelson had previously lent her talents to a variety of DreamWorks Animation pictures, including as head of story for "Kung Fu Panda" (2008), for which she also directed the opening sequence consisting of a two-minute hand-drawn segment. She also was a story artist on "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron' (2002) and "Madagascar" (2005).

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Nelson worked at HBO Animation and served as director, story artist and character designer for HBO's animated series "Spawn," which won an Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program. She also worked as an illustrator for the live action film Dark City (1998) for Mystery Clock Productions.

Born in South Korea, Nelson and her family moved to California where she attended California State University, Long Beach receiving a BFA in Illustration.

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