mike stern mentor spotlight Mike Stern

Mike Stern

Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

Film: Cars 3, Finding Dory, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Croods, Rise of the Guardians, Puss in Boots, How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Bee Movie

Short: Distraxion, Toy Story That Time Forgot

See more of Mike’s credits on IMDB.

Did You Know?
Mike is a native New Yorker who likes his animation, snowboarding, traveling and playing some guitar.

Known For:

pixar finding dory Mike SternFinding Dory
pixar good dinosaur Mike SternThe Good Dinosaur
Pixar Inside Out Mike SternInside Out
DreamWorks Train Dragon 2 Mike SternHow to Train Your Dragon 2

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What Mike’s Students are Saying

Mike, is such a humble super star. He is a superhero among mere mortals, but still treats us and our stupid questions with dignity and respect. I couldn’t look up to him more. He has even shared with us about his personal experience building a career. It has been the highlight of my Animation Mentor experience to have Mike share with us at our Live QA and to have his critiques on my work every week. It has been such a privilege to learn from him.

Mike is always active, prepared for lecture, has good grip on his subject. He is never bothered by how much time passes by & always gives importance to all the questions no matter how many times I ask. He always takes time to give a detailed feedback on my assignment. He always share his personal experiences from his professional life to explain things and this is really great for our professional growth and knowledge. English is not my first language but he was always very clear in his words.

In Mike’s critiques he does a great job and showing and drawing out the things I can do to push my animations further. He did an exceptionally great job when I was struggling with the tailor assignment. His Q&As are also great. Along with demonstrating the assignments, he also answers any questions we have about the industry and is willing to stay over a little to make sure he’s answered everyone’s questions.