Online Director, School of Animation & Visual Effects
Charles has been part of the Academy family since 2003. He currently lives in Los Angeles after many years in San Francisco as the on-campus Animation Lead during that time.
A doodler since birth, Charles came to the amazing realization while at Northwestern University that adults, not kids, created cartoons. He promptly dropped his political science major and majored in art, creating his first animated short using only Disney's The Illusion of Life as guidance.
His first job in animation was as a production assistant on the film Ferngully, the Last Rainforest. He then attended the Character Animation program at CalArts, where his animated short "Are We There Yet?" was selected for the "Best of the Year" show as well as the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation. After Cal Arts, Charles worked on The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Charles was hired as an animator at Pixar and then given the opportunity to work in story on Toy Story 2. Later, he storyboarded and animated for South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. As Story Supervisor for Pulse Entertainment, he oversaw production of Kung Fu 3D, an online series for Warner Bros, and co-designed an interactive Coyote and Roadrunner project.
Charles' work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
During his free time Charles likes to write. He has written a screenplay and is currently working on children's book ideas so that he can read them to his son Charlie and his daughter Alex.