Warren Trezevant

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Warren Trezevant is the Product Manager for Animation Tools at Autodesk, the makers of world-renowned animation packages like Maya, Softimage, 3ds Max and Motion Builder. Improving animation tools makes good use of Warren's skills acquired as a Character Animator while at Pixar Animation Studios. Hired in 1995, Warren helped animate nine of Pixar´s feature films including A Bug´s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Cars 2 and Brave.

In addition to successfully bringing characters to life on the big screen, Warren expanded his role at Pixar by creating the Toy Story Zoetrope, an updated version of an 18th century "illusion of movement" device that pre-dates cinema. The Toy Story Zoetrope premiered as part of the Pixar: 20 years of Animation exhibit, which opened at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2005. Since then, the Pixar exhibit has been touring world-class museums around the globe, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, London's Science Museum, Tokyo's Mori Arts Gallery, and the Oakland Museum of California. Two additional Zoetropes were permanently installed at two Disney themeparks: Disney's California Adventure and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Continuing the exploration of animating dimensional figures, Warren created animation for the animatronic versions of Pixar's WALL-e and Luxo Jr. characters.

Warren also joined forces with the Software Tools group at Pixar to help guide the design and engineering of the new animation tool set for Pixar´s proprietary production software system, Presto. Warren created storyboards exploring the ways in which users might interact with the new animation tools and acted as Lead Test Pilot, overseeing a group of production animators testing these tools as they were engineered. Warren then trained over 80 production animators on the new tool set for animation production on Brave, the first feature to adopt the new system.

In his spare time, Warren is a Board Member for the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and, most recently, animated the skeletons on Peter Hudson's CHARON, a large stroboscopic zoetrope unveiled at Burning Man 2011.

Warren lives in Oakland with his wife, daughter and Trixie the pug.

Visiting Artist, Animation


BA, University of Illinois at Champagne/Urbana