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Brian Ferguson is a 25-year veteran film animator with many major projects to his credit, including some of the highest grossing films of all time.  His filmography includes 15 feature films, several as supervising animator, for Walt Disney Animation Studios, including the critically acclaimed and financially successful Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, Fantasia 2000, and Winnie the Pooh.  Brian is especially skilled at conveying humor and appealing personality, as can be seen in his characters among these landmark films.  

 

Brian has been an adjunct professor of character animation at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film and Video and is now currently teaching hand-drawn character animation at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.  He continues to keep his animation skills at their peak performance by working on numerous freelance projects.

 

Brian is trained and adept in both hand drawn and CG animation.  His skills extend to illustration, photography, and piano - which Brian believes helps his understanding of the rhythms and timing of performance.  He holds degrees from the New York Institute of Technology (Photography, Computer Graphics), Sheridan College (Classical Animation), and the University of Alberta (Zoology, Physics).

 

He lives with is wife Michelle and their three young sons and two cats in Saint Charles, Illinois.

English

Spanish

French

Skills

Hand Drawn Animation

CG Animation

Photoshop

Maya

Toon Boom Harmony

Audacity

SoundEdit

 

2010 - present

Work experience

Disney Animation Studios

Supervising Animator Positions

Production:

Hercules

Mulan

Emperor's New Groove

Treasure Planet

Meet The Robinson's

Princess and The Frog

Character:

Panic

Matchmaker

Chaka & Bucky the Squirrel

Onus

Grandpa & Young Bud

Ray's family and frog hunters

2010 - present

Animator Positions

Production:

Aladdin

Lion King

Pocahontas

Tarzan

Fantasia 2000

Home On The Range

Chicken Little

Bolt

Princess And The Frog

Winnie The Pooh

Paperman

Frozen

Character:

Iago, Jaffar's Parrot

Timon and little mouse at intro

Meeko

Terk

"drummer" sequence

the Willies

most characters

Rhino; Bolt and Mittens

Ray and misc.

Tigger and Eeyore

Final Line Artist

Creative R&D

Warner Brothers Feature Animation

Animator

Production:

Looney Tunes, Back In Action

Character:

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck

CalArts

Hand Drawn and CG Animation Instructor

DePaul Universtiy

Hand Drawn Animation Instructor

Education

New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY

BFA, (cum laude) Photography Major, Computer Graphics minor

 

Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Sciences, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Diploma in Classical Animation

Scholarships: Louise McKinney Memorial Scholarship for outstanding achievement, 1984 & 1985

 

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

BSc, Zoology Major, Physics minor