Stephen Neary Animator
Stephen Neary is a Hoosier-born, New York based animator. Known for his quirky humor and vibrant visuals, Stephen has successfully navigated the difficult road from student to professional.
Since graduating NYU in 2008, Stephen has worked as a story artist at Blue Sky Studios. There, he’s boarded on Ice Age 3, Rio, Ice Age 4, and the upcoming Legend of the Leafmen. Stephen also created, and boarded his own original short for Blue Sky, currently in development.
Stephen’s NYU senior thesis, Chicken Cowboy, won Best Animation at AFI Dallas in 2009. It later won Best Undergraduate Direction, Screenplay, and Best Film at NYU’s 2009 First Run Film Festival, earning a screening at the Director’s Guild of America. In 2010, Chicken Cowboy was broadcast on the ARTE network in Germany and France.
In 2009, Stephen directed, animated, and wrote the music for Let’s Make Out. The short was later licensed by Jib Jab Media for online greeting cards.
In 2010 Stephen freelance-designed, directed, and animated Toxie’s Dead, a short cartoon for NPR outlining details of the housing crisis. The cartoon was featured on websites for NPR and This American Life.
Dr Breakfast, Stephen’s latest short, was made over months of commuting from New York to Connecticut, often by plugging a light box into electrical outlets on the train. Stephen is currently submitting Dr Breakfast to film festivals.
Last summer, Variety named Stephen one of “10 animators poised to become household names”. Also present on the list—budding directors from feature studios Pixar and Laika.