Frozen, Inside Out, Big Hero 6, Finding Nemo, among others. These are some of the best animated feature films we’ve seen on the movie screens. But many of us are not aware that some Filipino artists are part of the giant production process of these marvellous films. We have listed 10 Filipino animators who made it big in Hollywood.
Before Effects Supervisor Cesar Velasquez joined Disney, he was a Warner Digital Studios programmer and effects animator and a Cinesite effects animator as well. He was part of the films Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, Bolt, and Chicken Little.
Anthony Ocampo of Stargate Digital was one of those behind countless television series that include The Walking Dead. He made the Trojan horse work on the USA Network Productions special, Helen of Troy, which brought him an award from the Visual Effects Society.
Ronnie del Carmen
Pixar’s Story Artist and Designer Ronnie del Carmen is part of Inside Out, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, The Road to El Dorado, and The Prince of Egypt.
University of Santo Tomas (UST) graduate Virginia “Gini” Cruz-Santos is among those behind the movie The Incredibles. She studied Fine Arts, major in Advertising, at UST before she became part of Pixar.
Zootopia, on one hand, is the most recent work of 33-year-old Bobby Pontillas. Likewise, he has shown his skills in the films Frozen, Big Hero 6, Wreck-it Ralph, Rio, and Ice Age 4.
Walt Disney’s Story Artist Josie Trinidad became part of films such as Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, and The Princess and the Frog.
Animator and Layout Artist Mars Cabrera formed part of films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sabrina: The Animated Series, and Joseph to name a few.
Walt Disney’s Visual Development Artist Armand Serrano is one of those who made the films Big Hero 6, Brother Bear, and Lilo and Stitch. He worked at Sony and was part of Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films.
While working for Disney, Filipino-Japanese artist Ruben Aquino became a part of the films Winnie the Pooh, The Princess and the Frog, and Lilo and Stitch. He won an award in the International Animated Society’s 26th Annual Annie Awards, too.
Pixar’s Nelson “Rey” Bohol was a part of Inside Out, Monsters University, Brave, WALL-E, Ratatouille, Cars, and Finding Nemo.