Pixar Animator Visits APW

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Pixar animator Graham Finley and Animation Portfio Workshop Director Gerard Sternik chat with APW students.

Pixar animator and Animation Portfolio Workshop alumnus Graham Finlay dropped by to speak to Animation Portfolio Workshop students.  Graham shared his story of starting off as a an APW student, moving on to 3 years of animation school at Seneca Animation Arts Centre and then getting his first job as an animator on tv series and feature films.  These experiences eventually led him to San Francisco CA where he currently works as an animator at Pixar.

There was no shortage of questions from these motivated APW students.  "What's an average day like working at Pixar?..."How did you get the job?"..."Did animation school prepare you for the work you do now?" etc.  Graham happily took the time to answer each question and surely inspired some future animators along the way.  These students are at the beginning of the process of assembling their animation portfolios and then after that, applying to top animation schools.  This kind of encouragement goes a long way!animation portfolio workshop, drawing for animation