Mike Wiesmeier grew up in L.A. near the Disney studio, and started drawing fervently when he was eight years old. His animation career has spanned 22 years, in production as an animation supervisor and director for interactive game, television, feature film, and AAA game projects for companies including the Walt Disney Studios, Filmax Animation, and Square Enix/Eidos.
Although primarily an animator, Mike’s skills also include visual development, storyboarding, and previsualisation. He started teaching at the American Animation Institute while working at Disney. In his 17 years of teaching he has had the privilege of passing on the animation wisdom he learned from legendary Disney animators, both to animation students, as well as in-studio to working professionals. Previous schools where Mike has taught include CalArts, Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles, Nemo Academy in Florence, and Centre NAD in Montréal.
Mike’s interest in animation first arose when he saw the book ‘The Art of Walt Disney’ in a bookstore. His interest has been sustained by the many wonderful teachers and colleagues he has worked with over the years, the most exceptional being veteran Disney animator Walt Stanchfield, who’s wisdom, positive attitude, and passion for animation encouraged him to teach.