Ron Friedman

[Character Animator]

I come from a performance background of stage and theater acting with over 20 years of experience as a Character Animator.

I have worked in Feature Animation (Pagemaster, Swan Princess), Visual Effects Animation for Film (Van Helsing, Lemony Snicket, The Mist, Snakes On A Plane), and Videogame Animation (Star Wars: Rivals, Robot Rising, City Of Heroes, Immortal City).

I was Animation Supervisor for the Academy Award-winning film "Pan's Labyrinth" and was Animation Director on the Namco/Bandai videogame "Afro Samurai".

Currently, I am a Senior Animator at The Third Floor - Immersive in Los Angeles, CA working on a VR Experience for a major theme park. Prior to that, I was a Lead Animator at Disney Interactive on Star Wars: Rivals.

I have experience working in Maya, Softimage XSI, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max, Character Studio and Blender. I am also proficient in the Unity game engine as well as Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore.

I have taught animation at the New England Institute of Art, Mount Ida College, and at Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, MA. I have provided tutorials for and on the subject of 2D and 3D Character Animation as well as a variety of other subjects. I also provide one-on-one online animation tutoring. If you would like to learn more about my tutoring services, please visit

Character Animation Demo Reel
October 2018


Shot Breakdown

  1. Custom Shot - "Superstition" created for reel

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  2. Animation Test - "Ups And Downs" created in 30 hours

    Keyframe CG Character Animation from live-action reference.

  3. Boba Fett Boogie - from video reference

    Keyframe CG Animation

  4. Pan's Labyrinth - 2 shots - Stickbug Climbing Bed / Stickbug posing for Book Picture

    Both scenes - Keyframe CG Character Animation

  5. Stephen King's "The Mist" - 2 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  6. "Burglar" for Digital Tutors tutorial - 2 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation

  7. Godfather - BarberShop Shootout

    Mocap Clean-up on back character; Keyframe Character Animation on front character and Barber

  8. BB-8 from Star Wars: Rivals - Reaction Shot

    Keyframe CG Animation

  9. Motion Capture / Keyframe - "Dancer"

    Keyframe Animation transitions and Motion Capture Cleanup/Polish.

  10. Dreamworks' Dragons World Adventure

    Keyframe Character Animation

  11. Pagemaster - Horror - Surprise Take

    2D traditional character animation

  12. Kingdom Under Fire 2 - 12 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  13. Van Helsing - climb and slide over archway and up pillar

    Keyframe CG Digital Double Animation

  14. Rivals FFA Test Animation - 2 shots

    Keyframe CG Animation using actual character assets to demonstrate functionality

  15. Lucifer - 3 shots

    All scenes - Keyframe CG Animation on all characters

  16. Iron Man - "Lift Off" - Studio Animation Demo

    Keyframe CG Animation on live-action plates

  17. Star Wars: Rivals - 2 shots - Demo Cinematic

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  18. Hershey's Really Big Show - Mouse Running

    Keyframe CG Animation

  19. Player With Sword - 2 Strikes - Created for Reel

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  20. Afro Samurai - Sword Strike

    Keyframe CG Character Animation

  21. City Of Heroes - 3 Shots - Various Character Attack Assets

    Keyframe CG Animation

  22. Immortal City - Unpublished MMORPG - 4 Shots

    Keyframe CG Character Animation on all characters

  23. Giant And Player - Created for Reel

    Keyframe CG Animation on Both Characters