Bill Perkins


What is your name and your current occupation?
Bill Perkins, Visual Development, Walt Disney Animation Studio.  I also currently teach Color Theory at LAAFA, and Color and Lighting at CDA. I also host my own painting workshops that I announce through e-mail and facebook.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I wouldn’t say that my jobs were crazy, kinda normal really, Summer camp on Catalina Island (fun escape,) I had a sign business through high school into college (first entrepreneurial experience,) Chart House restaurant (crazy people, great fun!) Fine Artist (sold my artwork through galleries) Art instructor (drawing and painting various disciplines.)

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Pre-animation, having my work accepted into the Springville museum and national watercolor society shows.  Creating a group show at the Monterey Peninsula museum of art featuring mine and three other artist work based on or three month painting  trip through France, Italy, and Spain. As far as animation goes, I will never forget the buzz of energy around the studio during Little Mermaid.  On Rescuers Down Under, Dan Hansen, Razoul Azadani, and I changed the layout process while embracing new technology, and accomplished more with a smaller team.  I am proud of my work as well as the animators and clean-up artists on Aladdin, together we shared the pains that come with growth.  Space jam was another massive accomplishment, driven by a small crew of fearless renegades at Space Jam Animation.  I was fortunate enough to work with Continue…