Ron Friedman

[Character Animator]

I come from a performance background of stage and theater acting with over 20 years of experience as a Character Animator.

I have worked in Feature Animation (Pagemaster, Swan Princess), Visual Effects Animation for Film (Van Helsing, Lemony Snicket, The Mist, Snakes On A Plane), and Videogame Animation (Star Wars: Rivals, Robot Rising, City Of Heroes, Immortal City).

I was Animation Supervisor for the Academy Award-winning film "Pan's Labyrinth" and was Animation Director on the Namco/Bandai videogame "Afro Samurai".

Currently, I am a Lead Animator at Disney Interactive in San Jose, CA.

I have experience working in Maya, Softimage XSI, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max, Character Studio and Blender. I am also proficient in the Unity game engine as well as Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore.

I have taught animation at the New England Institute of Art, Mount Ida College, and at Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, MA. I have provided tutorials for DigitalTutors.com and Lynda.com on the subject of 2D and 3D Character Animation as well as a variety of other subjects. I also provide one-on-one online animation tutoring. If you would like to learn more about my tutoring services, please visit www.toonimations.com

Character Animation Demo Reel
October 2018

DEMO REEL CAN BE DOWNLOADED IN
HIGH (140MB) OR MEDIUM (43MB) RESOLUTION

Shot Breakdown

  1. Custom Shot - "Superstition" created for reel

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  2. Animation Test - "Ups And Downs" created in 30 hours

    Keyframe CG Character Animation from live-action reference.

  3. Boba Fett Boogie - from video reference

    Keyframe CG Animation

  4. Pan's Labyrinth - 2 shots - Stickbug Climbing Bed / Stickbug posing for Book Picture

    Both scenes - Keyframe CG Character Animation

  5. Stephen King's "The Mist" - 2 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  6. "Burglar" for Digital Tutors tutorial - 2 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation

  7. Godfather - BarberShop Shootout

    Mocap Clean-up on back character; Keyframe Character Animation on front character and Barber

  8. BB-8 from Star Wars: Rivals - Reaction Shot

    Keyframe CG Animation

  9. Motion Capture / Keyframe - "Dancer"

    Keyframe Animation transitions and Motion Capture Cleanup/Polish.

  10. Dreamworks' Dragons World Adventure

    Keyframe Character Animation

  11. Pagemaster - Horror - Surprise Take

    2D traditional character animation

  12. Kingdom Under Fire 2 - 12 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  13. Van Helsing - climb and slide over archway and up pillar

    Keyframe CG Digital Double Animation

  14. Rivals FFA Test Animation - 2 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation using actual character assets to demonstrate functionality

  15. Lucifer - 3 shots

    All scenes - Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  16. Iron Man - "Lift Off" - Studio Animation Demo

    Keyframe CG Animation on live-action plates

  17. Star Wars: Rivals - 2 shots - Demo Cinematic

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  18. Hershey's Really Big Show - Mouse Running

    Keyframe CG Animation

  19. Player With Sword - 2 Strikes - Created for Reel

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  20. Afro Samurai - Sword Strike

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  21. City Of Heroes - 3 Shots - Various Character Attack Assets

    Keyframe CG Animation

  22. Immortal City - Unpublished MMORPG - 4 Shots

    Keyframe CG Character Animation on all characters

  23. Giant And Player - Created for Reel

    Keyframe CG Animation on Both Characters