Carnegie Mellon University

Brooke Keesling: Making It (Animated)

School of Art Women in Animation Series

April 8, 2024 - 5:00pm

Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA 111

Brooke Keesling is the Head of Animation Talent Development at Bento Box Entertainment. She has worked in the animation and VFX industry for decades as a filmmaker, in recruiting & development, and in education. Prior to joining Bento Box, Brooke recruited animation talent for Cartoon Network, Disney, and Warner Bros. 

Keesling earned her MFA at CalArts where she produced the stop-motion film, Meatclown and the Student Academy Award winning film Boobie Girl. Upon graduation, she worked in practical and miniature VFX on many films such as Inception, The Dark Knight, Hugo, and The Aviator. Brooke is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, the Television Academy, Women in Animation, and she's the Vice President of ASIFA Hollywood. Brooke is also on the advisory board of the GLAS Animation Festival, and she teaches in the Character Animation department at CalArts.

Co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office, Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Liguistics, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Humanities Scholars Program, IDeATe, CMU School of Art, Steiner Speaker Series, and the Career and Professional Development Center.