Norland Téllez


On My Objective

As a storyboard artist, I love to create visionary experiences for Film and Television. My objective is to transport audiences into a field of pure imagination in the clash of mighty opposites. Whether in comedy or tragedy, or in the breadth of the epic imagination, I celebrate the universal power of story to connect people to something more than human—to the “superhuman” or "infra-human"—that speaks to us across cultures and times.

As CalArts graduate with over two decades of experience in the animation industry, I work out of a strong foundation of 2D Animation, Classical Figure Drawing, Perspective and Composition, and Art History—besides being well-versed in Storyboard Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign.


Epic Reach

Storyboard Artist

For the pilot season for the web series Monster Treads, soon to be released in YouTubeKids, I was responsible for editing and designing cinematic experiences for stop-motion animation.


The Age of Learning

Background Painter/Designer

For the pilot season of Search & Explore, my responsibility was to take storyboards through the layout process on to final paint and color.

2014 - 2016

Bronx Bull, INC.

Animation Director

Moving Forward: The Untold Story of the Bronx Bull A documentary film on the life and legend of Jake LaMotta, the “Bronx Bull,” which incorporated an animated component whose production design and animation became my responsibility.

2013 - 2014

Dawn Sign Press

Animation Director & Co-Writer

Once Upon a Sign. Principal co-author and animation director of this award-winning mini-series, I oversaw the animation and production design of the first 6 shows, working alongside CJ Jones. Among the many responsibilities of production and postproduction I can highlight: 

  • Sensitive client handling with basic knowledge of ASL
  • Oversight of costume design, props, and backgrounds for digital compositing
  • Management of Production Schedule, Resources, and Animation Pipeline
  • Directing offsite teams, including Animators, Editors, and Compositors. 

2013 - 2014

Walt Disney TV

Concept Artist & writer

Working with the executives and creative leads in the development of Original Series, I had a chance to develop original content for children’s television entertainment. 

  • Handled existing properties along new lines of development
  • Created original worlds with a widened sense of diversity
  • Pushed artistic boundaries open for a global audience

2013 - 2014

Walt Disney Consumer Products

Lead Instructor

Teaching at the Grand Central Creative Campus in Glendale, I led a series of courses on Color Theory in Animation as well as Theatrical Life-Drawing where costumed figure drawing in the context of story took center stage. 

2000 - 2008

The Art Institute of California Los Angeles

Core Faculty

Core faculty of the Animation/Game-Art program, I taught a range of foundational subjects in Life-Drawing, 2D Animation, Character Design, and Story Concept.

1995 - 2000

Warner Brothers Feature Animation

2D Effects Animation Artist

Assistant animator in major feature film productions, including Osmosis Jones (2001), The King and I (1999), The Quest for Camelot (1998)and Space Jam (1996). 

2000 - 2002

Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment & Technology

Adjunct Faculty

As lead instructor in the animation program, I taught 16-week courses in Color Theory, Life-Drawing, and Perspective & Composition.

1998 - 1999

Kurtz and Friends

Character Animator and Storyboard Revisionist

A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas (2001) God, the Devil, and Bob (2000)

1994 - 1998


Character Animator, Storyboard Artist, Character Designer


1993 - 1995

Little Gangster Entertainment/Vortex Media Arts

Animator, Designer and Storyboard Artist

Madeline & the Magnificent Puppet Show: A Learning Journey (1995) Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (1994)

1993 - 1995

Walt Disney Feature Animation

Animator in Trainning

Animation Trainee and Inbetweener in the production of Beauty and the Beast (1991)


2006 - 2010

Ph.D. Mythological Studies

Pacifica Graduate Institute

249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 
March 1, 2010 
Dissertation Topic: Maya Mythology (Popol Vuh)

2003 - 2005

M.A. Mythological Studies

Pacifica Graduate Institute

249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013
December 12, 2005
Major: Studies in World Mythology

1990 - 1999

B.F.A. Film/Video

California Institute of the Arts

24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
May 21, 1999
Major: Film Animation



Best Series of the Year

Family Review Center for Once Upon A Sign



Best Educational Film

San Diego International Film Festival for Once Upon A Sign



Joseph Campbell Opus Archives Research Grant

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA