Jalil Sadool

Jalil Sadool is the CCO and Co-founder of Steamroller Animation with over fifteen years of experience working in the film industry as a professional animator. After graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2004, he soon began his animation career at Rhythm and Hues Studios working on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In 2006, Jalil moved to New Zealand to join Weta Digital Ltd, where he spent five years as Senior Animator on The Water Horse, Prince Caspian, and James Cameron's Avatar. In 2009 he was Sequence Lead Animator on Matt Reeves' Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In 2011, Jalil moved from VFX to Feature Animation and joined DreamWorks Animation, where he worked as Lead Animator on Rise of the Guardians and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Together, with two industry colleagues, Adam Meyer and Keith Lackey, Jalil co-founded Steamroller Studios in central Florida in 2015. Under the banner of their new studio, Jalil worked on multiple high-profile projects including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dauntless, Fortnite, Cyberpunk 2077, and Horizon Forbidden West. Jalil and his team at Steamroller Animation are currently producing their own animated TV series called Spice Frontier.

Participant Schedule

Friday 10/14


Building Blocks: How To Thrive In The Animation World

Friday 10/14 3:00PM - 4:00PM Room 204

Steamroller Animation, Jalil Sadool, Amanda Renfroe, Ben Rische, Adam Meyer, Josh Carroll

HOD Tom Jelneck, Steamroller Animation Head of Marketing to kick off the event and ask questions to founders and fellow HODS. After a bit of discussion (35-40 minutes) we’d open the floor to the audience for additional questions.

Sample Sample Questions:
– What were your backgrounds before you got into Animation?
– What was one of the most important lessons you’ve learned while working in animation?
– Who has inspired you most along the way?
– What are some tips to hone your storytelling techniques?
– How can animators keep tuning their technique?
– What’s your absolute favorite animated movie and why?
– How did you learn to accept “notes” on your work?
– What’s one of the most effective ways to communicate “notes” to your team?
– What’s the most valuable bit of advice that you can offer