Character Animator

About

Scott Carroll Like many an animator I didn’t begin my professional life in the animation field. But, man am I glad I found it.

I was born and raised in Missouri and then moved to the east coast to go to the US Coast Guard Academy. After the Academy I spent 5 years as an officer in the Coast Guard. But, realizing I didn’t want to make a career out of the Coast Guard, I decided to embark on a quest for what I love…. animation.

So my wife, Wendy, and I moved to San Francisco where I enrolled in the Academy of Art University’s MFA in Character Animation program. Those 3 years in SF were amazing, I met the most incredible people. During my last year of school I was lucky enough to land an animation apprenticeship at Industrial Light and Magic; where I worked on films such as Van Helsing and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Wendy and I decided to move back home to be near family, so now we live in New Jersey, just outside of New York City. I’m very fortunate to be working at one of the world’s best animation studios, Blue Sky Studios. It’s a great place filled with amazingly talented people. We just wrapped on Ice Age 4 Continental Drift. Look for it in theaters on July 13th, 2012!

I also began mentoring at AnimationMentor.com in the spring of 06. I love the school, the students, and the way they approach teaching animation. All of my students have been great and I’ve been fortunate enough to have several land jobs in the industry, even before they’ve graduated from AM! I’ll say this to anyone, “if you’re serious about becoming an animator, check out AnimationMentor.com, it will be worth every penny and every second.”

The biggest news in my life has been the arrival of my daughters Hannah, 5, Lilah, 3, and my soon to be third daughter, due May 1st, 2012!  Becoming a father is the most amazing thing that has happened to me. I’m amazed by their growth everyday and at the growth of my love for them. Hard to believe you could love someone that much. Needless to say, Wendy and I are crazy about our little girls and wish this happiness on anyone who chooses to pursue parenthood.



One response

  1. Ryan Roslonek

    I tried sending you a reply to your Linked-In acceptance, but it didn’t go through on scott@scottcarroll.net for some reason. Is there another email address? here is the note:
    Hey Scott,
    Glad to hear from you! I didn’t even know that you guys had a child, so Congratulations! And another one on the way – when is Wendy due?, I am so happy for you and Wendy! It’s a miracle isn’t it? And a life changer too. Alyson and I just had our third. We have Katie -7, Elisabeth – 4, and Matthew 4 months. That is awesome that Wendy is able to stay home, Alyson also stays home with the kids – exciting time – Last day of school today. We actually live on the same street as my in-laws. It is a cul-de-sac with 10 houses and 15 kids from 4 months old to 12 years old. It’s in East Providence and we absolutely love it! Her parents have an in-ground pool also – which is very nice. We really get along with the families on the street – you’ll appreciate that Alyson and another Mom chipped in and bought a ping-pong table for me and my neighbor for Father’s day. It stays in my garage but it’s on wheels so he can use it for party’s. Lots of wiffle ball too.
    I think of you when I see an animated character or movie, wondering what you’ve been working on? About a year ago I started at Draka as an Account/Program Manager for a few different types of specialty cables (I won’t even waste your time with the specifics). The work is very good, but the work-life balance is even better, home every night at 5:30-6:00 and no weekends, and just about 10% travel.
    Eric Cooper and Kim were just over our house this weekend with their 3 kids but it is the last time we will see them for a while as he is getting transferred (after 4 years – we have been hanging out a lot as he also lives in RI) to CO (NORAD). Other than the Cooper’s, I pretty much have lost touch – I talk to Adam Kerr and Aaron Sanders every 6 months or so. As you know, it’s very challenging once you start having kids.
    Here’s a few pictures we just sent out today to a bunch of people. We just took them this weekend, Linked-In is a good way to stay in touch, Take Care Buddy, Ryan

    Please mention to Wendy that my oldest brother Steve is actually on PBS every day now, he is “Mr Steve” in a section called Music with Steve that is on at 8:50-8:55 or so at the end of Clifford The Big Red Dog. It’s just a minute or so for now but it looks like he will be getting more time towards the end of the year.

    June 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

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