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Jay Shindell

Jay was born in Hollywood, and received his education at the USC film school, but his film career actually began in Florida, where Jay joined Disney's newly opened animation studio. He began as a training assistant, and then as a digital painter. Jay continued to hone his drawing skills, and was soon moved to the effects department, where his drawings helped shape the look of such films as The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Hercules and Mulan.

Jay the returned to Los Angeles, and became an animator on Brad Bird’s modern classic The Iron Giant. Jay then left for New York, spending time at MTV as a storyboard artist and writer. Back in California, Jay transitioned from hand drawn effects to digital effects. He joined George Lucas’ ILM, and worked on such films as Star Wars Episode 2, and Steven Spielberg’s films A.I. and Minority Report.

Returning to Hollywood, Jay continued his effects work on the blockbusters Spiderman 2 and 3, I Robot, The Day After Tomorrow, Superman Returns, Monster House, Open Season, and many others. Jay then joined the team at Melwood Pictures, serving as a Development Executive on Silverwing, Associate Producer on Natural Hazard, and Digital Production Executive on the animated feature The Spirit Bear.

These days Jay is keeping a very busy schedule. He served as associate producer on several live action feature films, and is producing an animated science fiction feature currently in pre-productio, as well as producing a feature length documentary currently in post-production. Jay is also getting ready to direct his first feature film, Pastoral, a live action romantic musical fantasy, from his own screenplay.

Jay's Credits



The Spirit Bear (Production Executive)

Natural Hazard (Associate Producer)
Silverwing (Development Executive)
Without Borders (Associate Producer)


The Iron Giant




The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

The Lion King
Pinocchio Video Game

Pocahontas Video Game

3D Previsualization

Meet The Robinsons

Monster House 

Open Season



Celebrity Deathmatch

Visual Effects

Iron Man 3
The Odd LIfe of Timothy Green

Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides
The Green Hornet

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Golden Compass
Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End
Spiderman 3 


The Nativity Story

Superman Returns

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe 


I, Robot 

Spiderman 2 

The Day After Tomorrow 

Peter Pan 

Minority Report 

Star Wars II - Attack of the Clones 

Jurassic Park III

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

102 Dalmatians


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