In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Saul Blinkoff shares his journey on becoming an animator for Walt Disney Studios working and working on the hit films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Tarzan. Since starting at Disney, Saul has directed and co-directed features for MTV, Disney and multiple national commercials. Saul shares his story on going from being just a kid with a dream to landing a coveted internship at Disney. He shares insights and advice for how to succeeding even if your goal seems unreachable and you feel outmatched by competition.
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Saul Blinkoff began his career as an Animator for the Walt Disney Studios working on the hit films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Tarzan. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with the hip action-adventure series, Spy Groove, for MTV.
Shortly thereafter, he revisited Disney, co-directing the animated features Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo and the hilarious Kronk’s New Groove, starring, David Spade, Patrick Warburton, Tracy Ullman and Eartha Kitt. Saul was also a consulting director on the Disney films Tinkerbell, Fox And The Hound II, Brother Bear II, Cinderella III, and Dumbo II.
In addition to his work in feature films and television, Saul has also directed high-profile national commercials with Curious Pictures for top clients such as Best Buy, Dunkin’ Donuts, ESPN, Subway, Sweet ‘N Low, as well as the first-ever traditionally-animated spots for Mercedes Benz, EA Sports and The Truth.com.
Saul directed the Disney Junior hit show ‘Doc McStuffins.’ Saul is now developing animated pitches, while freelancing as Creative Director and Creative Consultant.
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