James Baker

James Baker

Freelance writer

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)

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James Baker's Overview

  • Freelance writer at Self
  • School of Hardnox

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James Baker's Summary

I worked as a Freelance Storyboard Artist, at numerous animation studios around the world for 30 years. I started out in the DRAWING part of story, but now do the WRITING part now.

James Baker's Experience

Freelance writer


Self-Employed; Myself Only; Writing and Editing industry

2012Present (2 years) San Francisco

2012: Script for Rhode Montijo's THE HALLOWEEN KID, a TV special (to be released in 2014).
2014: Some development writing for Disney Toon studios.

StoryBoard artist

Pixar Animation Studios

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DIS; Motion Pictures and Film industry

July 2012December 2012 (6 months)

Working on PETE DOCTER's new project.

StoryBoard Artist


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Animation industry

2008January 2012 (4 years)


Comics artist/writer

Emanata, Inc.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

20122012 (less than a year)

Some of my self-published comics are now carried on the EMANATA comics reader APP for iPad.

StoryBoard Artist


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DIS; Motion Pictures and Film industry

January 2001April 2011 (10 years 4 months)

I have freelanced for PIXAR off and on since January 2000, as a vis-dev artist and Storyboard artist. Credits include; FINDING NEMO, RATATOUILLE, CARS, WALL-E, UP and some other cool projects that have not been released yet.

StoryBoard Artist


20062006 (less than a year)

Worked on an early version of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, (the one Directed by TONY STACCHI & DAVE FEISS).

StoryBoard Artist

DreamWorks Animation

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DWA; Animation industry

20002001 (1 year)

TUSKER was a super project (about ELEPHANTS) That I worked on at Dreamworks' PDI facility in PALO ALTO. Sadly, like quiet a few great projects from this period, it was cancelled.

Storyboard Artist


Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Entertainment industry

19981999 (1 year)

Worked at I.L.M. on the (cancelled) CGI FRANKENSTEIN, directed by DAVE CARSON & BRENT MADDOCK

Storyboards/Character design

Wild Brain

Public Company; 51-200 employees; Entertainment industry

19971999 (2 years)

I worked on several projects for the SAN FRANCISCO branch of WILD BRAIN, including character-design and storyboards on their "HUBERT's BRAIN" CG short.

StoryBoard Artist

Dream Pictures Studio

19971998 (1 year)

Had it been completed, HOPPER would have been only the 2nd or 3rd CG Animated film (it was SUPPOSED to come out in 2001) but sadly it was cancelled when the funds dried up.



19911996 (5 years)

Staff director working on TV commercials, TV series, and Games. Projects included the animated BACK TO THE FUTURE series (Character designer/Art director) and KOALA LUMPUR: JOURNEY TO THE EDGE, CD-ROM game (creator & designer/director)

Animation LAYOUT artist

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; DIS; Animation industry

19891990 (1 year)

I worked at the BRIZZI FILM studio in PARIS JUST as it was becoming WALT DISNEY ANIMATION, FRANCE.

Overseas Animation Supervisor


19861989 (3 years)

Supervised overseas animation production at a variety of studios in the Far East, including TOEI in TOKYO and CUCKOO's NEST in TAIPEI.

Animator/Layout Artist


19811986 (5 years)

I started at the SYDNEY studio working on Saturday morning cartoons.

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James Baker's Skills & Expertise

  1. Storyboarding
  2. Cartoons
  3. Comics
  4. Illustration
  5. Character Designs
  6. Art Direction
  7. Drawing
  8. Animation Direction
  9. Animation
  10. Character Animation
  11. Traditional Animation
  12. Layout
  13. Pre-production
  14. Feature Films
  15. Photoshop
  16. Concept Design
  17. Conceptual Art
  18. Pre-visualization
  19. Digital Painting
  20. Film
  21. Look Development

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James Baker's Education

School of Hardnox

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