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Episode 187 – Andrew Chesworth – Life as an Ex Disney Animator

This week we welcome Animator and Filmmaker Andrew Chesworth to the show! Andrew worked at Disney as an animator on films like Wreck It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero Six and Moana and has just released his latest short film, One Small Step! We talk about how he got into animation, how it all works, how he got his dream job at Disney and why he chose to move onto work at Taiko Studios.

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Meet Andrew Chesworth

Andrew Chesworth is an animator and filmmaker living in Burbank, CA.
​He directed the short film One Small Step ​at Taiko Studios with Bobby Pontillas.

He has animated for Disney on such films as Zootopia, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, Feast, Get a Horse!, Inner Workings, and the upcoming Olaf’s Frozen Adventure​. Previously he was a director at Make, LLC in Minneapolis.

This is the opening sequence for one of Andrew’s earliest projects, ‘The Brave Locomotive’.

Starting at MAKE Studios

Andrew and Colin talk about how they met at Make and how their careers sorta took similar yet different paths from there.

Early Animation

Andrew talks about some of his earlier animations, how he put them together and what he put on his portfolio to get the job at Disney.

How Animation Works

Andrew talks about the process of 2D and 3D Animation.

Working At Disney

Andrew talks about his work at Disney on Wreck it Ralph and how his role grew from film to film.

Moving Over to Taiko

Andrew talks about leaving his dream job at Disney to start as the head of development at Taiko studios and of course working on hist latest film, One Small Step.

What’s Next?

Andrew talks about what he is up to next and his plans at Taiko.
Here are a couple of brilliant pieces by Andrew, inspired by popular Film/TV.

Where can you find Andrew’s Work?

Contact Colin & Alrik

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