This cool independent studio is with us for the first time this year. Although you’ve probably read some of Todd’s great write ups for the CTN sessions posted on our Vimeo Channel. We are proud to announce that they will be leading a workshop: “How to Run a Small Animation Studio From Anywhere”, providing Portfolio Critiques, Networking, collaboration, and more!

Timbuktoons was founded in 2003, Timbuktoons is an award-winning Cloud-based development, pre-production, and 2D animation studio that specializes in creating family-friendly media for the broadcast, education and gaming industries, and is known for it’s custom art direction and making clients feel like they are in the next room even though they may be thousands of miles away.

Home to an onsite core team of talented artists from highly respected Southeastern animation schools such as The Savannah College of Art and Design, Timbuktoons has the latest technology including Flash, Harmony, and After Effects pipelines for all styles of traditional, digital, and asset-based animation.

The studio also uses cloud technology to serve customers in different time zones and manages a broad distributed team (The TimbuktoonCloud Team) for larger or niche projects that necessitate additional artists and production capabilities. This team boasts a roster of award winning layout and background artists, storyboard artists, voice over talent, writers, 2D and CG animators, sound designers, and visual development artists. This approach allows for rapid crewing up and down to fit just about any project, and allows the studio to get content to market more quickly and more cost effectively without compromising quality.

Recent clients include: 5 Hour Energy, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Discovery Channel/Myth Busters, Phil Vischer (Creator of Veggie Tales) Enterprises/JellyFish Labs, U.S. National Archives, Oz Publishing, U.S. Veterans Administration,, and Compassion International.

Recent Awards Include:
2012 Davy Award
2012 ADDY Awards: 1 Gold, 1 Silver
2011 Telly Award
2011 Davy Award
2010 ADDY Awards: 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Special Judges Award
2010 Illustrator’s Club Show, Washington DC
2009 Reel Spirituality Awards: Best Animation

Todd Hampson

Todd Hampson is the Founder/CAO of an award winning animation development and production company called Timbuktoons, LLC (EST. 2003), was the Executive Producer and lead animator for a small line of creative media products (including 5 DVDs), has produced hours of animated content for other companies, developed several show concepts, licensed characters, and been a professional artist for over 20 years in both Washington, DC, and Georgia. He holds a degree in Art with a focus on Illustration and Art History. His primary focus at Timbuktoons is leading an amazing team, designing characters, guiding the art direction and visual development process, growing the company, and producing content that makes a positive impact.



Sean Copley
Creative Director

Sean Copley is the Creative Director of an award winning animation development and production company called Timbuktoons and has been with the company since 2006. He holds a degree in Art Education and a Masters in Communications. He is the Production Manager for Timbuktoons products and service work as well as the TimbuktoonCloud Team manager.  Copley also leads R&D, writes scripts and co-develops show concepts and other IPs at Timbuktoons. He formerly served as Art Director/Communications lead for a large non-profit organization in the Baltimore-Washington corridor where he was the key designer, planned events, workshops and training.

ASK THE ARTIST NOW: If you could ask this artist about his technique, his talent, what he feels is the next step in his career, or anything at all, what would it be? Share your questions and comments to this amazing artist by posting below and they will be shared with the artist. The artist will answer them onsite at CTNx2012 and the answers will be posted here.

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