James Baxter

James, who has worked in hand-drawn and cg animation for over thirty years will be presenting a talk on “My Top 5 Animation Tips”. Please join James as he discusses his process and explains his top five tips to focus on for improvement in character animation.

Join James for his other session on the Emerging Talent Day (Weds 19th) where he’ll be delivering a live animation masterclass!


James was born in 1967, in Bristol, and raised in Bishop’s Stortford, England. He started experimenting on little animation tests with a 8mm camera at age 16. James attended Cambridge College of Arts & Technology for one year and West Surrey College of Arts & Design for one year before leaving to work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in London. James moved to California to work for the Walt Disney Company, where he worked as the Supervising Animator on classic characters like Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Rafiki in ‘The Lion King’. He then moved to DreamWorks SKG where he worked on ‘Prince of Egypt’, ‘Spirit, Stallion of the Cimmeron’ and ‘Shrek 2’. From 2005 to 2008, James had his own studio, James Baxter Animation which produced several projects, including the hand drawn animation for the Disney feature film ‘Enchanted’, and the opening sequence of DreamWorks’ ‘Kung Fu Panda’. He returned to DreamWorks Animation to work on ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ 1 and 2, and ‘The Croods’. James is now the Director of Character Animation as Netflix.