Andrew Gordon

Pixar | Directing Animator

Emeryville | United States

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Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for over 20 years. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 where he has animated on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and 3, Monsters Inc., Monster U., Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Incredibles and Ratatouille among others.

Mr. Gordon studied animation in Vancouver and NY, and prior to his work at Pixar, he worked at Warner Classics. He was awarded "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" by the Visual Effects Society for his work in Finding Nemo. Andrew is also the creator of many of the secret spaces at Pixar such as the Love Lounge and the Lucky 7.

Andrew has been teaching animation/storytelling classes since 2000, helping develop and lead the Pixar animation internship 4 times. He co-founded The Animation Collaborative, and helped start the CCA animation program. He has lectured throughout the world on Animation, Story and Character. He is currently the director of the Hollywood Animation Program for the One Academy. Andrew also teaches Story/Character workshops for businesses, working with such clients to help them tell better stories.


Workshop | Storytelling & Animation

This workshop explores taking a story through the premise process, coming up with a controlling idea for the story, putting the story through a simple structure and iterating on that structure. This workshop is geared for anyone who has an interest in telling good stories. It has been taught to filmmakers, animators and more recently businesses such as Sales Force. The workshop has been so popular it is currently touring North America in 4 major cities. 

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