Carlos Baena: Director
Born in the Canary Islands and raised in Madrid, Carlos Baena connected to the world of film at an early age. Carlos made skateboarding videos. He moved to the US to study art and animation in 1994.
After finishing college in 1998, Carlos worked on commercials at Will Vinton Studios (now Laika), Click 3X and Wild Brain before moving on to feature films at George Luca's Industrial Light and Magic where he worked on both Jurassic Park and Star Wars franchises.
Carlos then joined Pixar Animation Studios, where he worked on, among other thinks, the Academy Award-winning films Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E and Toy Story 3 (for which he animated the “Spanish Buzz Lightyear” character). In 2007, Carlos was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Character Animation for his work on Pixar's Cars.
In 2005, while at Pixar, Carlos co-founded the online school Animation Mentor. This highly successful institution now teaches state of the art animation skills to over 800 students from 70 countries. In 2013, he also co-founded the Artella Pipeline, as a way to help filmmakers create their CG shortfilms through a distributed online pipeline.
Additionally in 2015 while working at Anki, a robotics San Francisco Studio, Carlos assembled a team of animators, technical directors and programmers to develop the personality and character of the very first AI toy robot named “Cozmo” which became highly successful after its 2016 launch.
Carlos returned to live-action filmmaking in 2010 and 2015 where he directed the acclaimed short films 'Play by Play' and 'MarketSt', which have appeared in festivals across the country and have won multiple awards.
Carlos currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is developing more content and always learning more about film and storytelling.