Ron Friedman

[Character Animator]

I come from a performance background with over 26 years of experience as a Character Animator. Starting in traditional 2-D animation, I made the conversion to 3-D along with the rest of the industry and have never looked back.

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 (Disney Marvel's Avengers Alliance 2, City Of Heroes, Robot Rising, 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".

I am currently a Lead Animator at Lucasfilm Games/Disney Interactive in San Jose, CA on "Star Wars: Rivals".

During my six years in Massachusetts, I taught animation at the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, MA as well as Mount Ida College in Newton, MA and at Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, MA. I have provided tutorials for and 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

Character Animation Demo Reel


Shot Breakdown

  1. Custom Shot - "Superstition" created for reel

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

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

    Both scenes - Keyframe CG Character Animation

  3. Stephen King's "The Mist" - 3 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

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

    Keyframe CG Animation

  5. Godfather - BarberShop Shootout

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

  6. Dreamworks' Dragons World Adventure - 4 shots

    Keyframe Character Animation on all characters

  7. Pagemaster - Horror - Surprise Take

    2D traditional character animation

  8. Kingdom Under Fire 2 - 12 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  9. Van Helsing - Frankenstein swinging

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

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

    Keyframe CG Digital Double Animation

  11. Lucifer - 3 shots

    All scenes - Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  12. Luke & Darth Vader - Duel

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  13. Hershey's Really Big Show - Mouse Running

    Keyframe CG Animation

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

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  15. Afro Samurai - Sword Strike

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

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

    Keyframe CG Animation

  17. Immortal City - Unpublished MMORPG - 4 Shots

    Keyframe CG Character Animation on all characters

  18. Giant And Player - Created for Reel

    Keyframe CG Animation on Both Characters