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)

Megamind Reel

It’s time for another roundup of the work I completed on our latest film.  The animation team on Megamind was spectacular, I had the great fortune to be a part of it.  Not only did they teach me tons but they gave me great opportunities and challenged me.  A lot.  These shots were hard.  But at the same time very rewarding and incredibly fun.

Character Animation Reel – Megamind from Jacob Gardner on Vimeo.