Semi-Permanent Profile: Andrew Gordon

In just over 5 weeks, Semi-Permanent 2010 will be kicking off in Auckland. This week, we look at US animator Andrew Gordon, who will be presenting at Semi-Permanent on Friday August 20.

Category: Animation
Location: San Francisco, USA

Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for over 15 years. He joined PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS  in 1997 where he has been an Animator on A Bug's Life, ToyStory 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incrediblesand Ratatouille. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Gill from Finding Nemo, Edna Mode the costume designer in The Incredibles and Linguini from Ratatouille. He supervised animation on Pixar’s academy award nominated short film Presto and has just finished production on Toy Story 3 which is due for release in New Zealand in early July.

Mr. Gordon studied animation in Vancouver, New York and New Jersey and prior to his work at Pixar he worked in the Looney Tunes division of Warner Brothers. He was awarded "Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture" by the Visual Effects Society for his work in Finding Nemo.

Gordon has been passionate about teaching animation for over 10 years. He began teaching at the Academy of Art, teaching all levels of the animation program there. He has taught animation intensives throughout the world. Andrew is also actively involved in The Pixar Animation Internship, helping lead it for 2007, 2009 and the upcoming 2010 program. Andrew is a contributing lecturer at Animation Mentor. He is a frequent guest artist at CSU Summer Arts Program.

He is one of the founders of Spline Doctors (, a blog/podcast dedicated to animation education. He is currently helping develop and teach at the new animation program at California College of Art in Oakland (CCA).

Semi-Permanent, held in Auckland on August 21 & 22, is a celebration of all things design - graphics, fashion, animation, illustration, motion graphics, typography, sound design, live audio-visual art, interactive and experiential marketing, fine art, music, product design and more.

More on Semi Permanent here.

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