Jill Culton

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Jill Culton
Jill Culton, 34th Annie Awards, 2007.jpg
Culton in 2007, at the 34th Annie Awards
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Film director, executive producer, writer, animator, character designer, storyboard artist
Employer DreamWorks Animation[1]
Notable work(s) Open Season

Jill Culton is an American animator, who is best known for her directorial debut on Sony's first animated film, Open Season, becoming the first female principal director of a big budget, computer-animated feature.[2]

Previously, she studied at the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts, where she later taught animation.

She was also a storyboard artist for various Pixar films such as Toy Story,Toy Story 2, "A Bug's Life" and also co-wrote the original treatment for Monsters, Inc., and continued to become the Head of Development.

She animated on Toy Story and served as a Directing Animator at Turner Features for the film Cats Don't Dance.

She helped to develop "Curious George" while working at Industrial Light and Magic.

During her years at Sony, Culton, along with directing "Open Season" and executive producing "Open Season 2", also developed "Hotel Transylvania".

As of 2010, Culton is at DreamWorks Animation,[3] where she is writing and directing an animated film about a little girl and a Yeti, tentatively titled Everest.[1][4]



  1. ^ a b Gachman, Dina (March 21, 2013). "Bringing 'The Croods' to Life: A Spotlight Interview with Producers Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell". Studio System News. Retrieved December 21, 2013. "We have a project tentatively titled Everest, but that's a temp title. It's about a little girl and a Yeti, and the writer-director is Jill Culton." 
  2. ^ Stein, Ruthe (September 27, 2006). "DATE LINES / News, notes and updates from the Bay Area arts and culture scene compiled by Chronicle staff writers and critics". SFGate. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Two in One Interview: NY Illustrators – Character Designers". CTN Animation Expo. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (March 26, 2014). "DreamWorks Adopts FLIX for Story Development". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 27, 2014. "Culton, who made her directorial debut with Sony’s Open Season, is currently writing and directing a film about a young girl and a Yeti for DWA with the working title Everest." 

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