Calabash Animation Adds Animator Jeff Mika


Long-time Freelancer Comes Aboard Acclaimed Animation Studio Full-Time

Last Updated: August 20, 2013 12:27 am GMT
(Chicago, Illinois--August 20, 2013) Calabash Animation, the award-winning creative animation studio lead by Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and Executive Producer Sean Henry, has added animator Jeff Mika to its full-time staff. Mika has been freelancing with Calabash since 2001.

Jeff is an amazingly gifted animator, and he has a great understanding and appreciation for character and story-telling,” Henry says. “He’s taken on key roles in many of our most challenging commercial projects, and we’re proud to welcome him to our full time creative staff.”

A native Chicagoian, Mika graduated Columbia College, Chicago in 2000 with a degree in animation and began freelancing at Calabash in May 2001, where he worked off and on for 12 years before joining the staff full-time.

Although he studied computer animation in college, it was skills at hand-drawn 2D cel animation that made him an in-demand freelancer at Calabash.

“I was fortunate to join Calabash early in my career and work alongside Wayne and Sean and learn every aspect of the animation process, from early sketches through shadowing to main character development and final touch-ups,” Mika says. “There are things you can’t learn in school about how animation works on a professional level, and Calabash has been a great place for me to grow as an artist. This is a fun place to work, and I look forward to contributing to Calabash’s great creative reputation for years to come.

About Calabash Animation:
Led by Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and Executive Producer Sean Henry, Calabash Animation is the Chicago, IL-based animation production studio known for its award-winning animation for the advertising and entertainment industries. Calabash Animation is perhaps best known for their creative character animation and development of some of America’s most beloved brand icons. In addition to it advertising working, the company has also produced several acclaimed short films, including ‘’Stubble Trouble,’’ which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002.


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