Steve Segal started his film career by opening a traditional animation studio in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he and his staff made commercials and educational films for 10 years. He produced several independent short films that have garnered awards at film festivals internationally: Cannes International Film Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Sinking Creek Film Festival (now renamed Nashville Independent Film Fest), and the Los Angeles Animation Celebration film festival.
Segal worked as an animator and cartoon curator for the innovative Pee Wee's Playhouse television series; a musical film for Sesame Street, and contributed animation to Pixar's Toy Story. While at Pixar he worked on several projects, including Toy Story-based CD ROMs; It's Tough to Be a Bug, a 3D film for Walt Disney World and California Adventure; the short film Geri's Game; and commercials, including one he directed and animated.
Segal's films also have been included in theatrical packages, such as The International Tournee of Animation, The Computer Animation Show, Futuropolis, and Timeless Tales of Fantasy.
Adjunct Professor, Animation