Distraxion, from start to finish is under two minutes long. That being said, it took almost two years to complete. The majority of the film was produced during my final two terms at the online animation school AnimationMentor.com. Over the course of the following year, I continued to polish the animation on nights and weekends. Once the animation was getting close to completion, I was able to hook up with some talented folks to help out with the lighting and sound.
The response to this short film has been absolutely tremendous. It is safe to say that Distraxion has succeeded well beyond my expectations.
Mike Stern is originally from New York and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He is working as an animator at Dreamworks Animation and has contributed to their last three feature films; Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda and Monsters Vs. Aliens. Stern is currently in production on How to Train Your Dragon which is due to release in the spring of 2010.
In addition to his production duties at DreamWorks, Stern also teaches animation at AnimationMentor.com and continues to develop independent projects.
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010) (animator)
Monsters vs Aliens (2009) (animator)
Kung Fu Panda (2008) (animator)
Bee Movie (2007) (animator)