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)

Rise of the Guardians trailer and fandom

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted.  After my last post I worked briefly on Madagascar 3.  I only got a do a small handful of work before I was switched off the show.  A lull in animation work until story rewrites came through meant I was switched over to Rise of the Guardians – a project I wanted to be on since I saw the first few animation tests and heard the story pitch almost a year beforehand.

It worked out really well.  It was supposed to be only a temporary placement for about one month, but I was meshing well enough with the project that they were able to keep me on it for the duration.  8 months later, we’re nearing completion in animation and I couldn’t be more proud of the film.

Here’s the newest trailer:

The movie seems to be catching fire on tumblr.  There’s been quite an uprising of fandom so far for all the characters.  It’s really amazing to see characters I’ve helped create become so adored.  The fans are even writing their own fan fiction already, drawing the characters, dressing like them, and making animated gif’s of every shot in the trailer. It’s quite awesome.

the link below will give you everything on tumblr tagged with ‘rise of the guardians, and it’s constantly updating with lots and lots of content:


I can’t wait for these fans to get to see the movie.  They’re going to LOVE IT.