James Crossley

James Crossley

James Crossley

  • Sheridan College, Diploma in animation-classical, 1994
  • Sheridan College, Post Graduate Certificate in computer animation, 1995
First year at SCAD:

“I’ve always had an interest in teaching and have enjoyed the opportunities that I’ve had to train and work with animators. While working as an animation supervisor over the years, what I found most enjoyable and rewarding has been the time that I’ve had to work with young animators and the opportunity to help them further develop their animation and artistic skills.”


Films worked on include:  “Hotel Transylvania,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Beowulf,” “Surf’s Up,” “Open Season,” “Polar Express,” “Brother Bear,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “Dinosaur” and “Mulan.”

Sony Pictures Imageworks, Culver City, California, studio

  • Senior animation supervisor (2010-12)
  • Animation supervisor (2008-11)
  • Animation lead (2005,2008)
  • Senior animator (2004-07)

Walt Disney Feature Animation, Florida studio (1995-2004)

  • Computer animator (1998-2004)
  • CG assistant animator (1995-97)

Awards, recognition and honors

  • Visual Effects Society nomination 2013 for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture “Hotel Transylvania”
  • Visual Effects Society nomination 2008 Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture “Surf’s Up”

Publications and presentations

Publications and/or presentations


Courses Taught

  • ANIM 252, principles of 3-D animation
  • ANIM 307, stop motion I
  • ANIM 333, 3-D character animation 1
  • ANIM 363, 3-D character animation II
  • ANIM 393, 3-D character animation III
  • ANIM 448, senior animation project II