Director of Digital Arts, Chapman University

Bill Kroyer is an Oscar®-nominated director of animation and computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films. Trained in classic hand-drawn animation at the Disney Studio, Bill was one of the first animators to make the leap to computer animation as Computer Image Choreographer on Disney’s ground-breaking 1982 feature TRON. He pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn animation with computer animation on projects such as his theatrical animated feature film FernGully, The Last Rainforest and his short film Technological Threat. As Senior Animation Director at Rhythm & Hues Studios he directed animation on scores of commercials and many feature films, including Cats and Dogs, Garfield, and Scooby Doo. Bill is co-Chair of the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and a Governor of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. He is a tenured Professor who serves as Director of Digital Arts at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, California.

 

Speaker years: 
2013