I Quit My Dream Job!

My last day, my desk nearly empty. photo credit: the wonderful Ben Willis.

I decided to leave DreamWorks Animation after 9 years in order to work entirely from home doing remote freelance animation! It will be an exciting new chapter where I get to spend more time with my family and witness my kids growing up every day in front of me.

10 Films.
Countless memories.
Immeasurable growth as an artist.

Thank you to the films that made me stronger, to the amazing people I could rely on, and to those close few who pushed me to be better every day.

My Rise of the Guardians Reel

I cut together a bunch of my favorite shots that I animated on Rise of the Guardians.  I cannot even express how much fun I had working on the film.

Character Animation Reel – Rise of the Guardians from Jacob Gardner on Vimeo.

Watch it full screen in HD!
Black and white shots are for continuity only and were not animated by me.  Everything in the film is 100% keyframe animation. No motion capture.  (I’ve been asked about it so I would answer it right off the bat)

5 years at DW

I recently hit the 5 year mark.  Obviously, it feels like it flew by.  Yet somehow at the same time it feels like I’ve been there forever.
I can’t even begin to quantify how much I’ve learned during the last 5 years – but it’s A LOT.
And still going.

I also realized that I have worked on the last 4 DW releases (which is rare because of the overlapping schedules).
The Croods (upcoming)
Rise of the Guardians (upcoming)
Madagascar 3
Puss in Boots

In reality, my time on Mad3 was very short and I only did a small handful of shots.  I will have slightly more time on Croods, but still I joined the project when they were somewhere near 85% completion in animation.   So it really doesn’t count as being heavily involved in 4 releases in a row, though I can claim it as a technicality since my name will be in the end of each of them.  🙂

It’s a lame statistic, I know.