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Mentor of the Day: Mike Belzer

You asked for him, and we got him!  We’re always looking for great mentors to join Motivarti, and we found Mike through a recommendation by you guy!  So we’re thrilled to be welcoming Mike Belzer, animator extrodinare this Fall 2012!

From commercials to film, Mike Belzer is one experienced animator. Mike first made a career in stop motion animating such icons as Gumby and the Pillsbury Doughboy.  Then he moved onto doing animation on some Tim Burton feature films such as “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “James and the Giant Peach.”  In 1993, he got his first taste of CGI at Pixar and LIKED IT!! For almost 12 years, he worked at the Walt Disney Animation Studios on such projects as “Walt Disney’s Dinosaur”, “Kangaroo Jack” , “Meet the Robinsons”, and “Bolt”. Now, he’s working at the coolest game studio on the planet making games.

Mike has also been an advocate educator, teaching in other programs such as Animation Mentor.  “I get inspired by people wanting to learn. I’m constantly learning and like to be surrounded by like minded people. I want to be inspired by the work and effort a student puts forth and hope the student is equally inspired.”

Now, he joins Motivarti this fall to help share his experiences and propel one mentee to the next level of their career.  His ideal mentee? “I am looking to help an animator who has the basics down but is looking to improve the quality of their work. Someone who is motivated and has the “can do” attitude and not a “can’t”. I’m happy to help those who are motivated and put forth the effort. I am not wanting someone who brings nothing to the table but ears to be told what to do. Animation should be fun and collaborative and I feel it’s best when done by those who have passion for it.”

If you’re interested in advancing your skills in either traditional and/or computer animation, you won’t find many more talented people then Mike Belzer! Be sure to check out his demo reels on his website and this cool little Q&A panel he did for  Nightmare Before Chritmasmas.  Don’t miss out on a great opportunity, apply soon!

Fun fact: REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups disappear if Mike walk near them.

Mike’s Filmography
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (animator)
Judy M.D.: Super Surgeon (short) (animator)
Bolt (animator)
Sean (short) (animator)
Georgy (short) (animator)
Lefty (short) (animator)
Lady D (short) (animator)
Meet the Robinsons (animation supervisor)
Dinosaur (supervising character animator)
James and the Giant Peach (animator)
Gumby: The Movie (animator)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (animator)
Uncle Elephant (short) (additional animator)
Liquid Television (TV series) (stop-motion animator – 2 episodes)
– Episode #1.3 (1991) (stop-motion animator – segment “Soap Opera”)
– Episode #1.1 (1991) (stop-motion animator – segment “Soap Opera”)
ABC Weekend Specials (TV series) (animator – 1 episode)
– Ralph S. Mouse (1991) (animator – as Michael Belzer)
Gumby Adventures (TV series) (animator – 1988)
Kangaroo Jack (Visual Effects)

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