Film | Design | Photography
Jeff Gipson (Director) first joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2013 as a lighting apprentice on “Frozen.” His other Disney credits include “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “Moana,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Gipson made his directing debut with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ first virtual reality short film, “Cycles” for which he won a Lumiere™ Award in 2019 and releases on Disney + January 24, 2020. He recently debuted his second VR short film “Myth: A Frozen Tale,” at the world premiere of “Frozen 2.” and most recently been nominated for a VES award. Born in Raton, NM and raised in Trinidad, CO, Gipson had a strong sense of adventure that he expressed through drawing and his love for BMX riding. At age 14, he was the lead advocate for building the first skatepark in his hometown. Inspired by the balance of collaboration and creativity, Gipson decided study architecture and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He went on to work on more than 70 skateparks around the world before realizing that his love for drawing and storytelling was too powerful to ignore. While pursuing a master’s degree in architecture, Gipson decided to combine his skills in 3D modeling from building skateparks and apply it to filmmaking. He was an worked at Pixar Animation Studios and Laika Studios before finding his way to Disney. He now lives in Los Angeles and still goes back home to Trinidad to ride the first skatepark he helped build.