Henry Selick

Director, Stop motion animator, Producer
This Disney-trained stop-motion animation specialist worked successfully in advertising and "personal" short subjects before making a triumphant feature directorial debut with the popular and playfully macabre "Tim ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1952 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Director (10)

The Shadow King 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Director

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Seepage 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Phases 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Phases 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (4)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

The Shadow King 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Art Department (3)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Visual adaptation (Concept Artist)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)
Actor (1)

Masters of Fantasy: Ray Harryhausen 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

("Sirens of the Sea") (Song)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

(Animation Supervisor)
Other (1)

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)

design (Other)

Biography

This Disney-trained stop-motion animation specialist worked successfully in advertising and "personal" short subjects before making a triumphant feature directorial debut with the popular and playfully macabre "Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'" (1993). Selick became a Disney animator after graduating from the first class at CalArts to complete Disney's character animation design program. As he rose through the ranks to become a full animator, Selick worked on "Pete's Dragon," "The Small One" (both 1977) and "The Fox and the Hound" (1981) before taking off eight months in 1979 to work on his own projects with American Film Institute backing. One such was "Seepage" (1979), a stop-motion depiction of a poolside chat that utilized watercolor animation of two figures--one in profile, the other looking straight ahead. The film garnered prizes on the animation festival circuit.

Relationships

Heather Selick Special Thanks

Wife

EDUCATION

Rutgers University

New Brunswick , New Jersey
Attended for only one year

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1977
While a student, his student films, "Phases" and "Tube Tales," were nominated for Student Academy Awards

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Burbank Adult School

Burbank , California
Took a night drawing class, where he met and became friends with Tim Burton

Milestones

2008

Directed the first three-dimensional stop-motion animation film, "Coraline"; the first feature by LAIKA studios; film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature

2005

Directed LAIKA's first computer-generated animated short, "Moongirl"

2004

Developed stop-motion animation for Wes Anderson's feature, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"

2004

Joined the Portland based animation studio, LAIKA as supervising director for feature film development

2001

Directed the live action/animated adaptation of the underground comic, "Moneybone"

1996

Directed the live-action/stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book, "James and the Giant Peach"

1996

Miramax agreed to fully fund and finance as well as cover all operating costs for all film projects through his company, Twitching Images

1994

Skellington Productions was re-named Twitching Images, Inc.

1993

Feature directorial debut, "Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'"; was the first full-length, stop-motion feature from a major studio; nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects

1991

Sellick Projects became Skellington Productions

1990

Created the award-winning six-minute pilot for an animated series called "Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions"; sponsored by MTV

1986

Founded own production company, Selick Projects

1985

Created the storyboarded fantasy sequences for Walter Murch's "Return to Oz"

1983

First credit as sequence director, "Twice Upon a Time"

1981

First credit as a full-fledged animator, "The Fox and the Hound"

1979

Was funded through the National Endowment for the Arts to make his debut short, "Seepage"

1979

Took eight months off work on personal projects sponsored by the American Film Institute

1977

Worked as an animator trainee and an in-betweener on Disney's "Pete's Dragon" and "The Small One"

1973

Became interested in animation by watching a PBS program featuring experimental animation at age 20

1956

Began drawing by age three

Directed two short animated films while attending CalArts, "Phases" and "Tube Tales"

Directed commercials for the Pillsbury Doughboy and Ritz Crackers

Directed promotional spots for MTV, including the award-winning Haircut M campaign

Studied under animator, Jules Engel, while working at Disney

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