Francis has over twenty years’ experience in animation, having contributed to some of the most legendary animated films in history. He has worked on dozens of award-winning student films as well as features and television shows. An author of multiple books about visual development, Francis is not only an artist and instructor, but a respected public speaker on creativity, visual storytelling, story structure, and directing.


Sofia the First (Storyboard Artist)
How To Train Your Dragon (series) (Storyboard Artist)
Treasure Planet (Storyboard Artist)
Piglet’s BIG Movie (Director)
The Lion King (Storyboard Artist)
Aladdin (Storyboard Artist)

Work Experience

Storyboard Artist, Walt Disney Feature Animation
Storyboard Artist, DreamWorks Animation
Storyboard Artist, Blue Sky Studios
Head of Story, Warner Bros. Animation


New York Institute of Technology, MA in Communication Arts and Instructional Design with distinction, 1982
Pratt Institute, BA in Film with honors, 1975

Awards & Recognition

Member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Visual Effects Society, The Animation Guild
Author of multiple books including Directing the Story and The Animator’s Eye