RUSS EDMONDS  Art & Animation

Russ Edmonds

Acton, California

 

Russ is a professional animator turned storyteller. He is presently working as a story artist but is well recognized for his work as a supervising character animator on many of the Disney classic films. His career spans almost three decades and has animated on thirteen feature films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Tarzan.  Russ was nominated for an Annie Award for animation of the character Phoebus in the feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also owned and operated his own animation studio, Edmonds Studios, where he directed commercials and collaborated with other studios on various smaller projects. He has instructed animation at some of the leading film schools such as CalArts and UCLA, passing on his own knowledge and the knowledge from Disney's Nine Old Men. One of Russ' passions is animals. He owned a horse and cattle ranch where he studied locomotion and behavior in wild and domestic animals. Russ is living with his wife Angela, horses, and dogs, in Southern California.

 

Russ is focusing his energy toward pre-production work in story. He is storyboarding for studios as well as writing, designing, and boarding shorts and feature length animated projects.

 

Russ is also writing a book on animal animation, locomotion, and behavior. This book is intended to help the production and pre-production artists create believable animal characters filled with personality. In his spare time, Russ and Angela are writing and illustrating a series of children’s picture books.

 

 

POSITIONS HELD

Story Artist

Supervising Animator

Director

Producer

Character Designer

Visual Development Artist

 

SKILLS

Storyboards, Traditional Character Animation, CG Character Animation, Character Design, Directing, Writing, Supervising, Visual Development, Illustration

 

COMPUTER SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE

Maya, Storyboard Pro, 3ds Max, Photoshop, Flash, Harmony, Final Draft, Digicel, Premiere, After Effects, Audition

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

November 2014 – Present

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

Story Artist

Paramount Animation

 

 

2014 – 2015

TITMOUSE ANIMATION STUDIO

Storyboard Artist

Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja

 

 

2013 – Present

STORY ARTIST, CHARACTER DESIGNER, ANIMATOR, ILLUSTRATOR

in the Los Angeles Area

 

• Storyboard Artist – Liquid Animation - Polly Pocket

• Animator – Liquid Animation - Disney

• Storyboard Artist – Renegade Animation

• Animator – Duncan Studio

• Character Designer – The Prophet – The Prophet Screen Partners

• Animator – Passion Pictures

• Animator – Cartoons in the Basement

• Illustrator – Renegade Animation

 

 

2009 – 2013

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS

 

PRODUCTION                                      POSITION                                        CHARACTER

Winnie The Pooh                            Animator                                                   Pooh, Tigger

 

The Princess and the Frog              Lead Animator, Character Designer         Marcel, Stella

 

King of the Elves                            Character Designer

 

Get a Horse  Traditional                 Animator                                                   Mickey, Minnie, Pete

Paperman                                        Final Line Artist

 

Marc Davis 2d-3d Line Test           Storyboard Artist, Visual Development

The Waterhole                                Visual Development

The Loon and the Turtle                 Visual Development

The Lion Who Lost His Main        Visual Development Artist

Pet Shop                                           Director, Storyboard Artist,

                                                        Visual Development, Animator

Wild About Safety:

Timon & Pumbaa                           Animator                                                    Timon, Pumbaa

 

 

2003 – 2009

EDMONDS STUDIOS ANIMATION

Storyboard Artist, Designer, Animator – Commercials, Bumpers, Interstitials for PBS Kids, Mattel, General Mills through multiple companies including Curious Pictures, Calabash Animation, Disney Toon Studios, Fallon Worldwide, Little Airplane Productions, Psyop, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Project Firefly Animation Studios

 

Writer, Director, Producer, Storyboard Artist, Designer, Animator – Television Commercials for Northern CA companies including St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, Auto Doctor, Tuscan Brewing Company, and Turtle Bay Exploration Park

 

Animator –                Flash animator Mr Men and Slacker Cats series          Renegade Animation

 

Storyboard Artist –  Bubble Guppies series                                                    Wildbrain

 

Animator –              “George” and “Ted” Curious George                             Universal Studios

 

 

1987 – 2003

WALT DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATION

 

PRODUCTION                            POSITION                                                       CHARACTER

Home On the Range                  Supervising Animator, Character Designer          Rico, Willies Brothers

 

Atlantis                                   Supervising Animator, Character Designer          Vinny

 

Tarzan                                    Supervising Animator, Character Designer          Kala

 

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame   Supervising Animator, Character Designer          Phoebus

 

The Lion King                           Supervising Animator, Storyboard Artist            Sarabi, Infant Simba

 

Aladdin                                   Animator                                                        Aladdin

 

Beauty And The Beast               Supervising Animator, Storyboard Artist            Phillippe

 

The Rescuers Down Under          Supervising Animator, Character Designer          Cody

 

The Little Mermaid                    Supervising Animator, Storyboard Artist            Max

 

Oliver And Company                 Animator                                                       Oliver, Dodger

 

 

1986

STEVEN SPIELBERG’S AMAZING STORIES

Animation – Animator “Dog” Family Dog

 

 

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

BA in Fine Arts for Character Animation

 

AFFILIATIONS

Member of The Animation Guild (TAG)

Member of the Creative Talent Network (CTN)

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Nominated for an Annie Award, ASIFA-Hollywood as Supervising Animator, Phoebus, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Animation.

 

Represented by Natural Talent, Inc.

Please Contact: Donna Felten / 310.450.4945 / naturalt@earthlink.net