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One on One with Bobby Beck and Carlos Baena

Title: One on One with Bobby Beck and Carlos Baena
Length 45min
Filmed on November 2010
Sponsored by Animation Mentor

Description: Meet the founders of one of if not the most successful animation schools in the world Animation Mentor. Listen to Bobby Beck and Carlos Baena as they share their  philosophy, dedication and passion for education and training future animation artists worldwide.

Bobby Beck, Cofounder and CEO at Animation Mentor
Bobby Beck is the cofounder and CEO of Animation Mentor. Bobby was an animator at Tippett Studio, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. Bobby created Animation Mentor with longtime friends Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena to help people who love animation reach their full potential and fulfill their dreams.


Carlos Baena was born in the Canary Islands (Spain) but he grew up in Madrid. Growing up he was into films, cartoons, skateboarding, comics, and drawing. In 1994 he moved to the US to study art. He went to School and graduated in 1998. He ended up staying in the US and was lucky enough to work at great companies such as Will Vinton Studios (now Laika), Click3X, Wildbrain and ILM/Lucasfilms.

He also met some really great friends along the way. He got hired at Pixar Animation Studios in June 2002, a place that will humble anybody artistically and that has taught me so much in the last 5 years. He loves pretty much anything that has to do with Films and Art. He feels extremely lucky to be doing what he’s doing and has fun at what he does. From here, he wants to thank his family and friends and all those people that helped him along the way.

Moderated by: Frank Gladstone has been working as a professional animator, producer, director, writer and teacher for nearly 35 years. From 1973 to 1989, he managed his own Emmy award-winning studio, Persistence of Vision, producing commercials and educational films, and has since held management positions for Disney, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, among others. Some of his feature film credits include the DreamWorks productions of THE ROAD TO ELDORADO, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, and SHARK TALE. Prior to his tenure at DreamWorks, Mr. Gladstone was a producer at Warner Bros. Feature Animation and manager of training at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was instrumental at recruiting and setting up training programs for Disney’s Orlando and Paris studios. While there, he worked with the production teams on RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, THE LION KING, POCAHONTAS and MULAN. Additionally, Mr. Gladstone has been actively involved in bringing independent animated projects such as MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and GHOST IN THE SHELL II: INNOCENCE to North American audiences. Frank’s most recent credit is IDT Entertainment’s feature, EVERYONE’S HERO.

Frank is currently the CEO of his own company, Gladstone Film, Inc., producing and directing animated projects, consulting on animation processes, filmmaking skills and story structure at major studios worldwide. Additionally, Frank continues to teach about animation, film history, production techniques and cinematic fundamentals at secondary schools, colleges and professional guilds across North America, in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

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