Animex Student Animation Awards

Judges

Spencer Cook

Spencer CookSpencer is Animation Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks and is currently in pre-production as animation director on Spider-Man 3.

He joined Sony Pictures Imageworks in 1999 as lead character animator for the Academy Award nominated (Best Visual Effects) feature film Hollow Man. This was followed by a lead character animator position on the international hit Spider-Man, which was also nominated for an Oscar. He then went on to become animation supervisor for a number of key sequences in the sci-fi action films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Spencer recently completed work as animation supervisor on Dimension Films' modern werewolf tale Cursed directed by Wes Craven.

Previously, Spencer worked as animation supervisor at Flat Earth Productions on the television series Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles as well as character animator on the feature film Blade.

As a character animator at Digital Domain, Spencer worked on the effects facility's short film Tightrope as well as commercial spots and music videos.

Spencer began his career in character animation as a stop-motion animator in New York City. After graduating from The School of Visual Arts with a BFA in film production he began animating and directing TV commercials. Working with New York production studios like Broadcast Arts/Curious Pictures, Full Blue Productions, Colossal Pictures and Stieffel & Company, he brought many memorable characters to life in commercials for Pillsbury, McDonald's, MTV, Budweiser, Duracell, Nintendo, Barbie, Kool Aid and Fritos.

He also helped design and animate the surreal imagery in Peter Gabriel's music video Big Time and was part of the team that created the inhabitants of Pee Wee's Playhouse for the first season of the Saturday morning TV series. At Boss Films in Los Angeles Spencer was one of the key animators that helped create the stop-motion football game between beer bottles in the Budweiser ad campaign for Bud Bowl 3. He also worked on various stop-motion productions at Clay Art/Scopas Film in Frankfurt, Germany and Parkville Productions in Cardiff, Wales.

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