Peter Ramsey

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Peter Ramsey
Peter Ramsey, director, Rise of the Guardians premiere, Mill Valley Film Festival.jpg
Ramsey at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival for the Rise of the Guardians premiere in 2012
Born Peter A. Ramsey
1962/1963 (age 53–54)[1]
Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film director, illustrator, storyboard artist
Employer DreamWorks Animation
Notable work Rise of the Guardians

Peter A. Ramsey (born 1962/1963) is an American film director, illustrator and storyboard artist, whose directorial debut was Rise of the Guardians in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Ramsey grew up in the Crenshaw District of South LA, and graduated at 17 from Pali High. He studied painting at UCLA for two years before enrolling in film classes at Los Angeles City College.[2]


His first job in Hollywood was painting a mural, but soon he was working as a storyboard artist and production illustrator on 26 films including Predator 2, Backdraft, Independence Day, Fight Club and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He was a second unit director for Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Tank Girl and Godzilla. Aron Warner, the producer of Tank Girl, suggested he join DreamWorks Animation.[3] After initially being uninterested, Ramsey joined DreamWorks Animation as a story artist for Shrek the Third and Shrek the Halls.

He directed Rise of the Guardians, based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood books, making him the first African-American to direct a big budget animated feature.[1]



Second unit director[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tulich, Katherine (July 21, 2012). "'Rise of the Guardians' director a self-taught success". Glendale News-Press. Glendale, California. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Pamela Mays. "Another "First" in Artistic Achievement: Director Peter Ramsey". Black Voices. Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Cavna, Michael (30 November 2012). "‘RISE OF THE GUARDIANS’: ‘The Obama of animation’? Director Peter Ramsey deflects the comparison — but not the responsibility". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Grobar, Matt (January 18, 2017). "Sony’s Untitled ‘Spider-Man’ Animated Film To Feature Miles Morales As Lead Character". Deadline. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 

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