INSTRUCTOR BIO
Jason Martinsen

Jason Martinsen

Lead Animator

INSTRUCTOR OVERVIEW

Jason grew up in Bayfield, Wisconsin, a very small town located on the south shore of the largest lake on the planet, Lake Superior. He studied classical animation at Sheridan College in Ontario Canada. His student film, Mt. Ehn, won the Teletoon: Most Promising Student award. In 2002, Jason began his professional career at Naughty Dog Studios in Los Angeles, animating the hit game series Jak & Daxter, and later Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3.

A move to New York came next, to work at Blue Sky Studios on feature film. Projects included Ice Age II, Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age III and Rio. Jason has combined his career moves with his love for travel. He has lived in Madrid, working on Planet 51 for Ilion Animation Studios. In London, he worked on Iron Man and Paul for Double Negative. And in Melbourne, he worked on After Earth for Iloura Studios.

In 2012, he settled in Vancouver BC. At the Coalition, Jason worked on Gears of War. And at Sony Pictures Animation his projects included Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2, Cloudy 2, Storks, and finally, Emoji the movie. Next he returned to Blue Sky Studios in New York as senior character animator on Ferdinand.

In 2018 Jason began work with Moon Studios on their visually stunning game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Moon has a progressive business model, they hire top-talent from around the world and the team is connected by the Internet. Flexible hours, and the ability to work from any location allowed Jason the time — and freedom, to travel often. In Jan 2019 Jason relocated to Montreal Canada, and began work for Reel FX. Current he is lead animator on Scooby-Doo (based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon)

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