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  10 October 2005
Meet the Artist: Carlos Baena

Carlos Baena

Carlos has been animating for over 8 years. He specialized in computer animation, and has had experience in the traditional and stop-motion mediums as well as drawing and film.

He has been working at PIXAR Animation Studios ( for the last few years where he has worked on films such as "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles". He has just finished working on "Cars" (2006) and is working a future film which has not been announced just yet.

Carlos has also previously worked at Industrial Light & Magic ( ) as an Animator on the films "Jurassic Park 3", "StarWars Ep.2: Attack of the Clones" and "Men in Black 2".

Before jumping on to work on feature films, he worked on commercials, documentaries and shortfilms such as WildBrain Inc. "Hubert's Brain" ( or Will Vinton Studios M&M's Commercials.

Carlos is also Co-Founder and Creative Director of AnimationMentor (, an Online Animation School taught by professional animators and with students from all over the world. On his free time, he has been working on video projects, creating music and animated shortfilms (

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  10 October 2005
Hi Carlos! Good to see you here! I'm going to post a question I once asked you at AnimationMentor, but I'll repeat it because your answer was very usefull and should be shared.

Brad Bird called you the king of physics on The Incredibles' director's commentary. How did you ever came to understand how to convey physics and weighting in animation so well?


- Daan Velsink.
.:studying Animation in Holland:.
.:doing AnimationMentor inbetween college:.
.:internship at CartoonSaloon on 'Brendan and the Secret of Kells':.
  10 October 2005
BIG BIG BIG Fan of your work!
  10 October 2005

I'd like to know if you've always been a 3D guy, or if you've done some 2D work in the past... And like Breinmeester asked, your crazy understanding of physics... are you really a scientist in an animator's clothing??

  10 October 2005
Hi Carlos,
Its a treat to have you here. Got some questions -

1)What makes a reel really stand apart? Is 'the reel' the only thing which is key to getting your dream job? Or there are other things which influence it, things like location, contacts?

2)What kind of music do you make? Which instruments do play?

3)One character you would love to animate? (preferably out of the Pixar domains)

4)A recipe for some instant paellas?

5)Your favourite outdoor sport?



  10 October 2005
As Breinmeester said, I would also like to know how came to achieve such a great understanding of physics and weight. Next, just a few questions:

- What is your usual workflow or how do you organize and prepare your assets when presented with a sequence?

- I would like to know how you managed to leave Spain and get into the schools in the US. I especially would like to know how you 'made the step' to go overseas and did you finance your studies while working in Animation.

- How do you see the importance of studying Traditional Art (painting, life drawing, sculpting, ...) towards working in Animation.

That said, I love your work and I'm a BIG fan!

Un caluroso saludo desde Madrid!

Last edited by CarlCampbell : 10 October 2005 at 08:33 AM.
  10 October 2005
WOW! Great job Leigh!

No questions from me....purely a fanboy post.

You ROCK Carlos!
  10 October 2005
Hi everyone,

I´ll try my best to reply to all questions here. I sort of just woke up, so my first replies may be a bit slow at first. I´m currently taking a few weeks off from work, so I´m in Spain these days with my family.

I also wanted to thank Leigh and CgTalk.

  10 October 2005
Hola vecino! First of all,congratulations for working on what you really want .You were so brave to leave your home to catch your dream.

One question: Is it really necessary to go out there to get your dream? (above all if you live in Spain and if you are not a football player or a tv famous,hahah)

Thanks so much y saludos de un gallego!

  10 October 2005
Thumbs up Congratulations!

I'd like to use this opportunity to congratulate you on your successful career path!

You rock man!

Best of luck to the future, all the best mate!

Oh, I actually might have a question

- How to get a job at IL&M or PIXAR? Any tips/hints/tricks would be much appretiated!

Keep up the great work...!
- Lukáš Duběda | ADVERTS s.r.o. | duber's blog
  10 October 2005
Wow LOL... Yeah you rock \m/ \m/

I know fairly generic question here but I feel it is important lol.

Could you give us some insight into how much you practiced and what you practiced that most helped you get to the level of artist you are today?
"If you would stop twitching so much and shut up maybe you would learn something" -- My third grade teacher
  10 October 2005

Hey Carlos!

*I'd also like to know how did you finance your step from Spain to USA, I know that's a big problem for most spanish animator wannabes. I guess that's why you co-founded

*When will you finish "Screws" shortfilm? last news in your website are from 2003

*congratulate you for your amazing carreer!! Eres el ejemplo a seguir.
  10 October 2005
Thumbs up

Hi Carlos, Thankyou for giving us the opportunity (and cgtalk)

I must say yourself and other professionals with inspiring stories of chasing their dreams is what gives me hope. Many times have i fought off the anger to launch my pc out the window. Making me realise that it isn't surpose to be easy and that we are here for the challenge and that feeling of being in the zone (so to call it).

I have a couple of questions as I have just started in the industry myself after a long length of time trying to get myself to this very stage.

Do you have other interests other then 3d animation etc? (things you might get up to off the computer maybe on the weekends or other hobbies).

Have you ever had a part-time or casual job while in the 3d industry when you started? If so how did you handle it? (Atm i'm wondering wether I should give up my casual job and settle for less money and have more time for 3d).

Sorry for the random questions I find them more interesting. Thankyou again mate!
  10 October 2005
From India

Hi Carlos,
U and friends from animation mentor are doing an amazing work.But for beginners like us from india aren't able to afford as it costs a lot.But still we're trying to join and study.If i have a plan to join a college for learning animation.Which degree or course should i do and pls also advice me on the colleges from U.S.
  10 October 2005
Hi,Carlos!I want to know how you think about the difference of Cartoon actor's performation between U.S.A and Chinese!!!
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