Paul Griffin – Animation Direction: The Quest for Excellence

profile-pic-pg111About Paul Griffin

Paul has enjoyed a prolific career as a an animator, animation director, producer andvisual effects supervisor, working primarily in Hollywood on some of the most celebrated animated cinematic masterpieces of modern times.  He brings a level of experience and expertise that is truly unique in China.


  • Happy Feet Two (lead animator)
  • District 9 (animation consultant)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (animation supervisor)
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (animation supervisor)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (animation supervisor)
  • King Kong (animation previsualization)
  • Fantastic Four (animation supervisor)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (animation supervisor)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (animator)
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Video Game) (animation supervisor)
  • Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (lead animator)
  • Jurassic Park III (animation sequence supervisor)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (character animator)

Course Introduction

Paul Griffin started animating professionally in 1980 and has been directing animation for television, feature films, video games andcommercials since 1987. Paul gets great enjoy- ment from working with filmmakers and animators by helping them tell stories by crafting creative performances one frame at a time. Paul Griffin believes he has been very fortunate to have been mentored by many talented animators and has had the benefit of working and learning from some exceptional directors. He has distilled much of his experiences into an efficient means of animation film production and is very pleased to share this knowledge with others. His goal is to pass on a legacy that he hopes will contribute to better animation that can be appreciated by global audiences. 

Class Content

– Defining studio positions and responsibilities

– Structuring a studio hierarchy to be successful for animation

– Roles within animation: animator (junior, mid, senior), lead/supervising animator

– The animation director’s role in feature animation

– The animation director’s role in visual effects

– Things to look for in choosing or promoting an animation director

– Developing an animation production philosophy

– How to use motion capture effectively

– Resources for continued growth and improvement of animation direction skills

– Problem solving:

  • pipeline problems and dealing other departments
  • aesthetics & story telling
  • technical problems
  • internal politics
  • managing artists of all temperaments
  • dealing with difficult clients


1-day public master class

Location: iacc Studio (3rd Floor, DeTao Masters Academy, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, 2200 Wenxiang Road, Songjiang, Shanghai 201620)