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Phone: (657) 278 - 2772
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Be careful what you say to your children. Watching Ray Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonauts with his father, four year old Chuck Grieb asked how the skeletons “came alive.” His father’s answer, “They got skinny actors” led the boy to a quest for the truth and a life-long love for film and animation.
While studying for a BFA in Art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Chuck explored Traditional and Stop Motion Animation. This love for film and animation led Chuck to the USC School of Film and Television where he completed his MFA in film production.
In 1996, Chuck’s career in animation began at Walt Disney TV Animation as a storyboard artist. Working primarily in the Special Projects department he served a variety of roles, from storyboard artist to character design, to animator, working both traditionally and with a variety of digital tools. Chuck served as a core member of the team that created the award-winning Genie’s Great Minds series, Timon and Pumbaa’s Find Out Why educational shorts, Winnie the Pooh Specials and Sing-along songs, etc. Chuck also co-directed the development project, “4 Women Driving” and has been involved in the development of a variety of other programs for Walt Disney TV Animation. Chuck has worked as an animator for Cornerstone Animation and Toonacious Family Entertainment, storyboarded for Nickelodeon Animation Studios on an episode of My Life As Teenage Robot, been involved in Theme Park design working on attractions for LegoLand with SimEx Digital Studios and Walt Disney World while at Walt Disney TV Animation, and partnered in the ownership of Flashbang Studios, a studio providing various animation services to clients such as V12 Interactive, Bug In Box, BKN, Taweel Loos, and Walt Disney, among others.
Since joining the Cal State Fullerton Visual Arts faculty in 2002, Chuck has been instrumental in the redesign of the Entertainment Art/Animation Concentration. Responsible for developing and teaching the Three Dimensional Digital Animation curriculum, Chuck also designed a new course of study founded on narrative animation and storytelling practice and principles. Commissioned by Autodesk to develop curriculum for their 2010 Animation Academy, Chuck authored and illustrated over 400 pages of material devoted to 3D Digital Character Creation, covering everything from modeling through texturing, rigging, and animating. Though currently a full time teacher, Chuck continues to work in the animation industry and create his own art and films. Exploring various applications of digital animation toolsets, Chuck’s films have explored both 2D Digital and 3D Digital technology. To date, Chuck’s award-winning animated short films (Roland’s Trouble, Exact Change Only, and Oliver’s Treasure) have screened in over 80 festivals around the world.
ART 253, Introduction to Traditional Animation
ART 255, Introduction to 3D Computer Animation
ART 353A, Drawing for Animation
ART 353B, Animation
ART 355, 3D Computer Animation
ART 487E, Special Studies in Entertainment Art/Animation