Joe Dressel
Animator and Filmmaker

I’m an animator at a Minneapolis advertising agency and a semi-professional filmmaker. During the day, I create animations that regional and national companies use in commercials and trade-show displays. And during nights, weekends, and whenever I find the time, I might be shooting, editing, or promoting a new film. The last film my business partner and I created, Rough Tender, won Best Feature at the Minneapolis International Film Festival.

Originally, I attended the University of Minnesota, but the classes didn’t engage me. Some research into animation careers turned me on to MCAD because it has such a strong reputation. And it just kept coming up when I visited advertising agencies. I was able to transfer in my sophomore year.

It was a big adjustment to suddenly be surrounded by so many creative and hardworking people—it took a year and some faculty intervention to get adjusted to the work ethic. To this day, I attribute my success to the faculty relationships established while at MCAD. They’re mentors, as well as friends, and they’re motivated to help you get where you want to go.