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

APW in Top 100 Animation Schools

The Animation Portfolio Workshop has been identified as one of the Top 100 Schools for Animation, Gaming and Design.  In the world.

“To help students navigate through the world of animation schools, we’ve put together the Top 100 most highly-regarded and sought after animation schools on the planet.”  Animation Career Review on April 17, 2012

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Theo Cornejo Setember 18, 1982 – October 30, 2008

Theo Cornejo was a student with the Animation Portfolio Workshop in 2002.  After finishing the workshop, Theo studied Anatomy with Gerard Sternik and Storyboarding with Vince Peets.  These two drawings of Theo’s are posted here as a tribute to a gifted young man whose life was cut short far too soon.  We recently found out the very sad news that Theo was tragically killed in a car accident on October 30, 2008.  He was 26 years old.

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This interview filmed in 2004 is a conversation between Theo and APW director Gerard Sternik.  Theo talks about his experience as a student of the workshop and shares his excitement about his first acceptance into a film festival – The Sacremento Film Festival.

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