ASH BRANNON (Director, Screenwriter) is an Academy Award
nominated writer-director with over twenty-five years of experience in the
industry. He directed and co-wrote the animated feature Surf's Up at Sony
Pictures. The film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated
From 1993 to 2000 Brannon was with Pixar Animation Studios, serving as a story
artist and directing animator on Toy Story, and a story artist on A Bug's Life.
In 1996 he began development on Toy Story 2, for which he was a co-director,
character designer, and story co-creator.
His earlier career helped him to acquire a broad range of experiences. Starting
as an animation trainee on Disney's The Little Mermaid, he went on to serve as
an animator at Amblin Studios in London, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. Animation.
After studying the Character Animation Program at California Institute of the
Arts, Brannon returned to teach a character animation class for two years.
Currently Brannon is a creative consultant at Riot Games in Santa Monica.
Brannon is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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