The 2002 Wawasee High School graduate is now living in Los Angeles, Calif., where he owns his own company and is quickly making a name for himself in Hollywood. A freelance animator and motion designer, Boyts can take credit for a number of TV projects, including motion design work for America’s Most Wanted and the introduction for the growing in popularity cable show, Cupcake Wars.
Since he was a young boy, Boyts has had a fascination with toys and the desire to animate them. When he first saw the movie Toy Story at the age of 11 he says, “I loved it. I was watching it thinking there’s someone else out there who thinks toys are alive.
“My favorite toys are still my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I always thought that when I shut the door of my bedroom that all of my toys came to life. I imagined wondrous stories and adventures. Little did I know that my imagination would take me on my own adventure. Pixar made such a huge impact on me with Toy Story. What it really showed me was that there is a way to bring my adventures to life through 3D animation.”
While he isn’t exactly sure how his path of character animation slowly drifted more toward motion design, which he has now been doing for 8 years, he is beginning to again pursue character animation. “Character animation is a lot like acting and I have a passion for theatre,” he says. “I became so inspired for telling stories through acting from my theatre director Becky Moss who was at Wawasee High School at the time I was in school there.”
With his wife’s support, about two months ago Boyts decided to pursue his dream to become a character animator. He explains, “I applied at a school I have been researching for over 4 years now but hesitant to apply. It is called AnimationMentor.com. It is an online character animation school that teaches an 18-month course for character animation. I’ll be mentored by staff from the industry including animators from Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney to name a few.”
Already operating a successful animation business – Brockoli – where he specializes in motion design and animation and loves every minute of it, Boyts is hoping his current skills and talent will earn him the $15,000 prize to pay for his additional schooling. In order to be successful, he needs his hometowns help.
To pay for the 18-month program, Boyts and his wife, Nellie, created a commercial for Union Pacific railway and hopes to take first place in the national contest. For the first time since the 1970s, Union Pacific is holding the contest for its next national TV commercial.
Boyts tells StaceyPageOnline.com, “My wife, Nellie, and I recently entered a competition for the Union Pacific railway. They are celebrating 150 years and holding a competition for the public to recreate their original TV commercial from long ago. The grand prize is $15,000 and the winners video becomes the new Union Pacific Ad.”
Additionally, each month Union Pacific is holding a monthly prize for the entry with the most votes or “Likes” via the website. The winner for each individual month will win $1,000.Boyts did all of the 3D animations and visuals for the commercial and his wife designed all the characters and provided the vocals.
- Click this link: http://up150.com/gbrr/video/194
- Watch the video
- Hit the “Heart like” button under the video to vote