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Jim van der Keyl

Jim van der Keyl

Jim has been in the animation industry since 1989 getting his start as an inbetweener on the Little Mermaid at Disney. He has since worked his way up to animator, getting his education on the job at studios such as Baer Animation, Rich Animation, Warner Brothers, Sony Imageworks, Dreamworks Animation, and with Catmandu in Buenos Aires in Argentina. While at Warner Brothers Jim was nominated for a Best Animator Annie Award for his work on Iron Giant with Brad Bird (director of Incredibles and Ratatouille). He made the transition to CG animation early on during Osmosis Jones from WB doing small bits of animation on Drix. His first full featured CG animation projects came when working on Stuart Little 2 for Sony Imageworks and he has been doing CG ever since. Past projects include Shark Tale, Over the Hedge, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss N Boots. He is currently animating on "Metegol" directed by Oscar winning director Juan Campanella, which is totally in Spanish!! Wish Jim luck as he struggles to communicate with the natives. Jim has a BFA from Boston University in Fine Art with a Painting major. His book and several DVD's on how to draw caricatures are available at www.sketchme.com

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