We’re proud of the work done by APW grads. After learning drawing fundamentals at APW, these young artists go on to hone their abilities in other schools and programs and then on to the animation biz here in Toronto and internationally. The 2019 Oscars are an opportunity for Animation Portfolio Workshop to salute Graham Finley and recognize his outstanding work.
“Learning how to draw was the most important thing that I’ve taken from APW”
Graham Finley – Animator Pixar
Graham has worked at Pixar on a number of Pixar films: Inside Out, Brave, Monsters University, Piper, and most recently, Incredibles 2. A successful animator, devoted to his craft and producing top-notch work.
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!