Ben Porter

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Courtesy Deborah Coleman/Pixar

Ben Porter initially thought he would like to be a movie director but changed his mind after returning home from his mission to Hungary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Satins. Like many college students, he took classes but hadn’t decided on a major. That changed when he took an introduction to animation class at Brigham Young University.

“I fell in love with it. I was like, ‘I cannot believe how fun this is,’” Porter said. “A thing that I imagined would be so tedious and boring ... was absolutely not tedious, it was incredible. I knew at that moment that this was what I had been looking for.”[1]

When he graduated in 2007, Pixar offered him a position as a character grooming artist. In the movie Soul, he constructed and shaded the hair for musician Dorothea and her jazz band. He assisted Ethan Dean in creating the hair for all the background characters in the New York City scenes.

He has also worked on Incredibles 2, Coco, Riley’s First Date?, Inside Out, Monsters University, Brave, Toy Story 3, and Up.

Porter also studied art at the University of Louisville and 3D illustration at the Columbus College of Art & Design prior to his studies at BYU.