SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Frank Gresham

Designer/Director of Animation

Cartoon animation is a unique and fantastic alchemy of visual art, storytelling, performance, --and optical magic! Once a person makes the leap toward becoming an animator, they join a small but tight and friendly community of fellow specialists obtaining extreme satisfaction from bringing the implausible to life.

As a lifelong animator (and an animation instructor at SVA since 2012) it’s my honor to welcome the student into our celebrated discipline, giving my all to make the core principles of animation easy to grasp and then command, while at the same time encouraging whimsy, experimentation, and the visionary individuality in storytelling and self-expression that help make the hard work of our craft worthwhile.

With more than 30 years experience creating 2D and 3D animated cartoons, I have directed series and shorts for the BBC, Cartoon Network, MTV, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and HBO, including such shows as Dennis & Gnasher, The Cramp Twins, Sniz & Fondue and Speedbump The Roadkill Possum. I have also served as a Screen Actor’s Guild union actor, and I have lent my voice to numerous cartoons for MTV and Cartoon Network. In the 1980s, I served as a staff designer with the NYC animation/mixed media production company Broadcast Arts (of Pee Wee’s Playhouse fame).

•MFA Computer Arts, School of Visual Arts, 2019

•BFA with high honors; Virginia Commonwealth University, Department Of Communication Arts & Design, 1981

“The Venture Brothers,”  Storyboard Supervisor 2012

“Do You See What I See/Eureka,”  Animation Director 2011

“Dennis & Gnasher,”  Creative Associate Producer/Voice Director 2008-2009

“Skitterville,”  Animation Director 2006

“The Cramp Twins,”  Series Animation Director 2002-2004

“Jerk Chicken,”  Director of Animation/Head of Production Design 2000

“Downtown,”  Storyboard Supervisor 1999

“A Game Too Far,”  Art Director/Head of Production Design 1998

“Off Beats,”  Animator/Layout Artist 1997

“Sniz & Fondue,”  Series Animation Director 1996

“The Moxy Show.”  Art Director/ Head of Production Design 1995

“Beginning, Middle, End,” & “Cooperation,”  Creator/Designer/Director/Animator 1994

“Brickface & Stucco,”  Art Director/ Head of Production Design 1992

“Speedbump the Roadkill Possum,”  Designer/Animation Director 1992

BBC, Cartoon Network, MTV, Nickelodeon, SyFi, Playhouse Disney, Sesame Street, HBO

ASIFA Excellence In Animation award: “Dennis & Gnasher Episode Title Sequence,” Long form animated TV series for BBC/Channel 9 Australia/Red Kite.  2010

BAFTA Award nominee. Pucinella award; Best TV Series For Children: “The Cramp Twins; Season 2″Long form animated TV series for Cartoon Network/UK.  2005

ASIFA Design Award winner: “Jerk Chicken,” pilot episode for Pitch Productions/Nickelodeon.  2001

ASIFA Design Award winner: Sesame Street Film Festival citation/screening: “Beginning, Middle, End Horn,” & “Cooperation,” independent shorts for CTW/Sesame Street. 1994

ASIFA Design Award winner: “Speedbump The Roadkill Possum,” 3 animated shorts for HPT/MTV Liquid Television. 1992

Harvey Cartooning Award winner: “Friend Of The Devil,” published comic strip drawn for The Grateful Dead Comics #2/Kitchen Sink Press. 1992

ASIFA Soundtrack Craft Award. WILDsound Best Musical Score award: “Keep This Coupon,” independent film by Bruce Knapp. Music performed by Frank Gresham & Jonathan Royce (a.k.a. The Wildparty Sheiks). 2007

•BFA Intro To Animation 1 & 2
•BFA Animation Workshop 1 & 2
•BFA Advanced Animation Workshop 1 & 2
•CE Digital Storyboarding