Sarah Mercey

Animation

Sarah Mercey is one of Canada’s most successful animation and film professionals. In her fifteen years in the business, Sarah has been an integral part of more than ten of some of the most financially successful and critically awarded films in Hollywood. She has worked with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, and BlueSky-Fox Animation. Some of her credits include Ratatouille, WALL-E, Toy Story 3, and Lilo & Stitch.

In 2010, Sarah steered her expertise in the field of animation toward focusing on developing stories for film. Sarah has been helping to develop and storyboard projects for upcoming films for Blue Sky-Fox Animation. In addition to her story work, Sarah co-directed a Christmas Special for the CBC called “The Magic Hockey Skates” which she also art directed and co-wrote.

Sarah has taught traditional Animation on Animation Mentor and been asked to share her knowledge at a number of speaking engagements.

Sarah is currently directing a short animated film and loving it.

Filmography

Undisclosed Film

In development

Feature film, animation
Storyboard artist
Blue Sky Studios (Fox Animation)

Rio 2

2014

Feature film, animation
Storyboard artist
Blue Sky Studios (Fox Animation)

Ice Age Christmas Special

2011

Feature film, animation
Storyboard artist
Blue Sky Studios (Fox Animation)

Day & Night

2010

Short film, animation
Animation
Pixar Animation Studios

Toy Story 3

2009

Feature film, animation
Character Design
Pixar Animation Studios

Partly Cloudy

2009

Short film, animation
Animation
Pixar Animation Studios

Wall-E

2008

Feature film, animation
Animation
Pixar Animation Studios

Your Friend the Rat

2007

Short film, animation
Animation
Pixar Animation Studios

Ratatouille

2007

Feature film, animation
Animation
Pixar Animation Studios

Cars

2005

Feature film, animation
Animation
Pixar Animation Studios

Brother Bear

2003

Feature film, animation
Animation and design
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Beauty & the Beast

2002

Feature film, animation
Clean-Up Animation
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Lilo & Stitch

2002

Feature film, animation
Clean-Up Animation
Walt Disney Feature Animation

The Emperor’s New Groove

2000

Feature film, animation
Clean-Up Animation
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Tarzan

1999

Feature film, animation
Clean-Up Animation
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Mulan

1998

Feature film, animation
Clean-Up Animation
Walt Disney Feature Animation

TV Shows

The Magic Hockey Skates

2012

Holiday Special TV Show
Director, Art Director, Co-Writer
Amberwood Entertainment / Canadian Broadcast Corporation

Awards

Canadian Screen Awards 2014 – Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series & In nomination for Best Animated Series

Other mentions

Sarah’s artwork toured galleries around the world and was featured at the Oakland Museum of California during the Pixar: 25 Years of Animation Exhibition.

Sarah was one of the initial speakers and instructors who helped Animation Mentor gain its foothold as one of the most respected schools in the field of animation.

Annecy International Animation Festival – Guest Speaker Representing Pixar

The Academy of Arts San Francisco – Guest Speaker

Film appearances in Ratatouille Special Features and The Making of Lilo and Stitch

Related experience

Ride and story development with Walt Disney Imagineering

Published Work: The Art of Toy Story 3

Teaching: Animation Mentor School – Classical Animation