Fergal Reilly was five he had his imagination ignited by a master storyteller, his grandmother. She would sit by the fire and tell the ‘most amazing ghost stories ever.’ He learned from her that the best storytellers search the mists of the imagination and are not afraid to get lost. His grandmother also gave him his first book of magic.
He remembers drawing characters and stories on the back of old used typing paper his mother would bring home from the office, and tearing open cereal boxes creating dioramas with a ‘bic’ pen for his fantasy cardboard characters.
Fergal arrived in Hollywood from Ireland at the age of nineteen to work as an inbetweener and animation apprentice for the Disney feature The Rescuers Down Under. Since then he has worked as an animator, designer, director and story artist in live-action, traditional and CG animated feature films.
He has worked as a storyboard artist for Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros, and Sony/Columbia Pictures, with such directors as Sam Raimi, Brad Bird, Jon Favreau, Barry Levinson, Rob Minkoff and the Farrelly Brothers.
He has also taught advanced story development at the California Institute of the Arts, and has lectured on visual storytelling at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and Ringling College of Art and Design.
His film credits include The Iron Giant, Spiderman 2, Stuart Little, Walt Disney’s The Haunted Mansion and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Fergal currently works as head of story and director in development at Sony Pictures Animation, and he still performs magic.