Frank Pichel


Department of Kinetic Imaging

Frank Pichel is known for the warm, poignant, and innovative imagery in his direction of live action, stop motion, 2d and 3d animation. For 20 years, Frank has been applying both conceptual and DIY sensibilities to commercial work at studios in Seattle, Los Angeles, and NYC for clients like Sony, American Airlines, Microsoft, Honda, NBC, CBS, ABC, Sundance, and Animal Planet. He’s received several awards for his broadcast design work.

Before working commercially, he was the Animation Department Chair at the Colorado Institute of Art, where he wrote the BFA curriculum for Animation. He was also a college accreditor for animation and multimedia programs, nationally.

He has taught Computer Animation at Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, and SAIC. Presented work at Adobe Flash Forward, Apple, Vancouver Film School, and Yale. He received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Sculpture from VCU. Currently he’s a tree farmer and freelance animator/illustrator.