Glen Sylvester

- Lead Animator, Animator, Key Animator, Animation Director,
Director, Assistant Director, Character Animator, Digital Effects
Animator, CG Animator, Overseas Supervisor, Clean Up Artist, Animation
Layout Artist

- As a child Glen was a self proclaimed “oddball”. He was shy and
withdrawn but had an incredibly vivid imagination. This imagination
may have been what sparked his interest in animation as well.
Watching Disney films is what ultimately cemented his decision to
become an animator. He went to college for animation and went on to
work for 6 different studios with a very large list of well respected
projects under his belt.

- During High School, Glenn did what most teenagers did when they
wanted some extra spending money; he worked summers at a grocery
store. During his college years he worked two summers at a brewery
and three summers at a meat packing plant in the slaughterhouse, in
which he commented “I know I’d rather not do that again.”

- Glen Sylvester went to Sheridan College located in Oakville,
Canada and received his 3 year diploma in Classical Animation.

- 2009 – Present: Sony Pictures Imageworks o Senior Animator
- 2006 – 2008: LAIKA Entertainment o Animator
- 2006: IDT Entertainment Toronto o Aniamator
- 2003 – 2005: CORE Feature Animation o Lead Animator
- 2002 – 2003: DKP o Animation Supervisor
- 2000 – 2001: Krislin-Elliot Animation o Animation Director
- 1999 – 2000: Nelvana o Director
- 1996 – 1999: Industrial Light and Magic o Animator
- 1994 – 1996: Nelvana o Assistant Director
- 1989 – 1993: Amblimation UK o Animator
- 1987 – 1988: Walt Disney Feature Animation UK o Assistant Animator
- 1985 – 1986: Atkinson Film-Arts o Assistant Animator

- When I asked Glen if he had a particular style that he had
developed throughout his career he responded with, “No, I've been
drawn to many styles. I had one comment about the way I work though
when I was at LAIKA in Portland OR, ‘you wonder what the f*#^& he's
doing and then suddenly, it all comes together’. I have a counter
intuitive style of working, I need to experiment. Not many studios
have time for that anymore.”

- Glen was first influenced by Disney films at a young age. Later
on during his animation education he grew to appreciate the work that
Warner Bros. had produced after he learned what sort of work went into
the productions. In his 20s, two of his favorite animators were
Richard Condie and Cordell Barker, both of which he was able to meet
through his sister-in-law who worked with the National Film Board of

- Later in his career he worked at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM)
where he was able to meet people that worked in the Effects Department
on some of his favorite films growing up such as the original Star
Wars trilogy.

- As a child Glen was very shy and withdrawn, but from my limited
contact with him I have gotten the sense that he is a very focused,
driven, and humble individual. He knew what he wanted to do from a
young age and stuck with it and was able to turn his passion into an
incredible career.

- He also tends to be an early riser and likes to “get in a little
before the crowd to get a sense of the day … before things get crazy.”

- I asked Glen if there was a point in his career when he thought
“I’ve finally made it”. He commented, “When I took my parents to see
‘Who framed Roger Rabbit’. I think my somewhat skeptical father
thought this may just be a real career.”

- “One Aunt said of me ‘nothing much will ever come of him’.
Thankfully my parents heeded it no mind”

- During his time at ILM, the crew there gave him one of his
biggest takeaways that he still remembers to this day. “…that what we
do, while special, isn't saving people's lives.” Glen says that this
is something that keeps him humble about his work.

- I asked Glen what his biggest tip for an upcoming animator was.
“…get your foot in the door. Do what is asked of you, don’t be a
prima donna. Be useful and helpful.” He explained that you may get
work that you think you are overqualified for and that someone with
less experience should be handling it. He then told me a story from
his time working on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” where a brand new
animator, James Baxter, was given a sequence where a weasel’s foot is
stomping on a gas pedal. “…lot of recent Animation grads would
consider such a shot ‘beneath them’. James did it so well and with
such care that Richard Williams (Director of Animation) saw the young
gem he had. James got better shots and continued on to be the great
animator he is. There are no B shots. Make every shot count.”

- “… there is always someone or some lesson you take away from your
least favorite projects. All is valuable. You learn to appreciate
the good times, to sit back and enjoy the moment when it’s there.”

- His typical work day, as a Lead Animator, includes doing dailies
(unedited footage/animation), then gathering something to show to a
client around noon. Then more dailies throughout the rest of the

- He wishes he had more time to just animate as being a Lead
Animator requires the majority of his focus to be on sequences,
deadlines, and the overall big picture of the project.

- His favorite project he has worked on was the first “Men in
Black”. This is when he made the switch from 2D animation to 3D and
became friends with people he still looks up to today. “I was really

- 2012 “Men in Black 3” (Lead Animator)
- 2011 “Zookeeper” (Lead Animator)
- 2011 “Green Lantern” (Lead Animator)
- 2010 “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” (Lead Animator)
- 2010 “Albuquerque: The Unknown” (Himself)
- 2009 “The Mouse That Soared” (Animator)
- 2009 “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (Animator)
- 2008 “Chop Socky Chooks” (Animator – 6 Episodes
) - 2006 “Everyone’s Hero” (Animator)
- 2006 “The Wild” (Lead Animator)
- 2003 “The Scourge of Worlds: A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure” (Animator)
- 2003 “3-2-1 Penguins: Moon Menace on Planet Tell-A-Lie” (Animator)
- 2003 “3-2-1 Penguins: The Doom Funnel Rescue” (Animation Director)
- 2000 “Sven Little Monsters” (Director)
- 2000 “George and Martha” (Director – 1 Episode)
- 1999 “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace” (Character Animator)
- 1999 “The Mummy” (Animator)
- 1998 “Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi” (Animator)
- 1998 “Deep Rising” (CG Animator)
- 1997 “Men in Black” (Digital Effects Animator)
- 1994 “The Magic School Bus” (Assistant Director – 1 Episode)
- 1993 “We’re Back! A Dinosaurs Story” (Animator)
- 1992 “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” (Animator)
- 1992 “The Magic Voyage” (Character Animator)
- 1991 “Wish Kid” (Overseas Supervisor)
- 1991 “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” (Animator)
- 1991 “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Aventures (TV Series)” (Overseas supervisor)
- 1989 “The Railway Dragon” (Animator)
- 1988 “Bluetoes, the Christmas Elf” (Animator)
- 1988 “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (Assistant Animator)
- “The Raccoons”
o 1985-1986 (Assistant Animator)
o 1987-1988 (Animator)
o 1987 (Animation Layout Artist)
- 1987 “The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin” (Key Animator)
- 1986 “Babar and Father Christmas” (Assistant Animator)
- 1986 “The Tin Soldier” (Assistant Animator)
- 1985 “The Body Electric” (Clean-up/Assistant Animator)


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