Tom Gibbons (aka Gibby) was born in Dallas, Texas, and received his BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He worked initially as an illustrator, jewelry designer, metal fabricator and welder, and then began teaching himself stop-motion animation. Over a period of many years he learned machining, animation, lighting, film editing, and sound design.
He landed his first professional animation job at Danger Productions, in South San Francisco. He has also worked for Midland, Colossal Pictures, ESC Entertainment, and Skellington Productions, and has been an Animation Supervisor at Tippett Studio for the past seventeen years. His credits include James and the Giant Peach, Starship Troopers, Blade 2, Hollowman, Matrix: Revolutions, Charlotte’s Web, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Enchanted, Cloverfield, Catwoman, Drag Me To Hell, all three Twilight films, Ted, and Phil Tippett’s personal project, “Mad God.” Tom has been nominated twice for VES awards in animation.
He received three grants from Film Arts Foundation for his 16 mm stop-motion short, “The Hunger Artist,” which was based on a short story by Franz Kafka. The film received awards for Best Animation or Best Short from the St. Louis Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Slamdance, and SF Indiefest. In 2004, “The Hunger Artist” was longlisted for the Oscar in the category of Best Animation Short.
He has taught or lectured at Academy of Art, Ex’pression College, Animation Mentor, Siggraph, and CCA. He is also a working artist developing his own sculpture, painting and mixed media projects. He keeps a blog, as well as Youtube and Vimeo channels, where he uploads artwork, animations and observations on animation and the state of the industry. You can see more of his work at: http://www.tomgibbonsart.com/
Assistant Professor, Animation