Be careful what you say to your children. Watching Ray
Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonaughts with his father, four year old Chuck
Grieb asked how the skeletons “came alive”. His father’s answer, “They got
skinny actors” led the boy to a quest for the truth and a lifelong love for the
While studying for a BFA in Art at Edinboro University of
Pennsylvania, Chuck explored traditional and Stop Motion Animation (and met Wendy
(Wester) Grieb, the very talented
artist who he would one day marry). This love for film and animation led Chuck
to the USC School of Cinema and Television where he completed his MFA in Film
Chuck landed in the animation industry, having served as a
storyboard artist, animation director, animator, character designer,
development artist, etc. working for studios such as Disney and Nickelodeon.
Chuck served as a core member of this team which created the award winning
Genie’s Great Mind’s series, Timon and Pumbaa’s Find Out Why educational
shorts, Winnie the Pooh Specials and Sing-Along-Songs, etc. Chuck also
co-directed the development project, 4 Women Driving and has been involved in
the development of a variety of other programs for Walt Disney TV Animation.
In addition to his work for Disney, Chuck has worked as an
animator for Cornerstone Animation and Toonacious Family Entertainment,
storyboarded for Nickelodeon Animation Studios on an episode of My Life As
Teenage Robot, been involved in Theme Park design working on attractions for
LegoLand with SimEx Digital Studios and Walt Disney World while at Walt Disney
TV Animation. Chuck partnered in the ownership of Flashbang Studios, providing
various animation services to clients such as V12 Interactive, Bug In Box, BKN,
Taweel Loos, and Walt Disney, among others.
In addition to his traditional skills, Chuck is well versed
in a variety of digital animation and art creation applications; from Photoshop
to Painter, to Flash, After Effects and Maya. Exploring various applications of
digital animation toolsets, Chuck’s animated films have explored both 2D
Digital and 3D Digital technology; to date, Chuck’s award winning animated
short films (Roland’s Trouble, Exact Change Only, and Oliver’s Treasure) have
screened in over 90 festivals all around the world.
A member of Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and SCBWI , Chuck has
been exploring illustrative art, his work having been featured in esteemed
publications including Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art,
Infected By Art, ImagineFX, and Exposé.