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Animator Was 'Frozen' In Drive to Succeed

Dec. 9, 2013

Cal State Fullerton art students anxiously doodled in their sketchbooks Monday morning, waiting to hear from someone who once sat in their desks: the lead animator for Disney’s hit movie “Frozen.”

Wayne Unten then arrived. He reinforced for approximately 50 students the value of his animation studies at CSUF and offered insight into the creation of characters for America’s No. 1 movie.

He shared for the students, mostly illustration and animation majors, how he got started in the business and how he works with modeling, rigging and animation to create characters.

As an animation supervisor, Unten works with the animation crew to help bring the directors’ vision of the characters to the screen.

For “Frozen,” he focused on Elsa, the snow queen.

“This is what I’m most passionate about and when I get to do that, it’s most gratifying,” said Unten. “I feel very blessed; it’s a dream come true.”

He explained that studying traditional animation at CSUF and making important connections in student clubs is what prepared him for his career at Disney and how he met his wife, Eren.

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