Ed Bell is an animation artist, filmmaker, and designer who is passionate about design and craft of all kinds. Ed is a graduate of Cal Arts and started his career animating, doing scene layout and visual development in Los Angeles during the 1990s. His television work includes Big City for MTV’s Liquid Television, contributing director on HBO's Good Night Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales, which garnered the 1999–2000 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program, and directing HBO’s award-winning series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.
Film credits include work on the animated features Roger Rabbit, Bebe’s Kids and FernGully. Ed was the producing director and writer of The John Henry Story, an HBO and BBC Wales coproduction that was presented at the World Summit on Children's Television and was awarded two Primetime Emmys.
He also directed HBO's Emmy-nominated live-action docudrama, Unchained Memories. He has worked as a development director and consultant to studios such as Wild Brain Inc, Nickelodeon, and Disney Features. His unique visual style—often punctuated with live action, cell animation, stock footage, and textile and fabric manipulation—can be seen in the inspired commercial campaigns he has directed for Nike, Sony, Sprite, and Wrigley's (the Urban Hip Hopper character featured in the Winterfresh gum campaign).
Assistant Professor, Animation