Tom Gasek has over 30 years of award winning professional stop motion animation experience as an animator and director. He worked with directors Will Vinton, Art Clokey and Henry Selick. At Aardman Animations in Bristol England, he contributed animation to Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit short, “The Wrong Trousers” and the Peter Lord / Nick Park Feature, “Chicken Run.” Gasek co-directed and animated the “Inside-Out Boy” for Nickelodeon, which is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Gasek maintained two small stop motion studios, one in San Francisco called “Sculptoons” in the early 90’s and OOH, Inc. in Massachusetts., Tom contributed animation to Aardman’s “Creature Comforts America”, Sony Bravia’s “Play-Doh”, Laika Studio’s “Coraline”, a series of Amazon Prime spots for Hornet Inc. in 2016 and he continues to direct and animate commercials and independent films. In the past several years, Tom produced, directed and animated two award winning short independent stop motion films, “Off-Line” and “Ain’t No Fish”. He is currently working on a short “pixilated” film called “4 @ 60.” Gasek wrote a book on non-puppet stop motion photographic techniques for Focal Press called “Frame by Frame Stop Motion.” He just completed a second edition. Tom has trained animators at the Se-ma-for Studios in Lodz Poland, given workshops, based on his book, in Lima Peru (2016) and Changchun China (2018) (on two Fulbright Specialist Grants), The New Orleans Children’s Film Festival and The Museum of Play in Rochester, New York and many other venues and universities. Tom teaches Stop Motion Animation, Acting for Animation, the Business of Animation and heads the MFA program in the School of Film & Animation at R.I.T. in Rochester New York. His work can be viewed at www.tdgasek.com as well as on Vimeo.