Charles has been part of the Academy family since 2003. A resident of Los Angeles, he previously lived for many years in San Francisco during which time he was the on-campus Animation Lead.
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 prestigious Producers’ Show as well as the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation. After Cal Arts, Charles worked on The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Charles then worked at Pixar, where he initially trained as an animator. However, when presented with the opportunity to storyboard on Toy Story 2 he took it. 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 and draw. He also loves the artwork of his son Charlie and his daughter Alex, who take his artistic observations with good humor.