Schell Hickel is a commercial stop-motion animator/designer who has worked under the direction of Mark Gusfafson, Will Vinton, Webster Colcord, and others. He has worked with animators John Ashlee Prat and Theresa Drilling and was mentored by Chuck Duke.
Hickel has been teaching Stop-Motion Animation at MCAD for several semesters. In addition, he has been the mentor of an MFA candidate and taught Senior Project Animation. Recently, on behalf of Childish Films, Hickel has put on clay animation workshops where children can work collaboratively—one each for the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Public Library, and Minneapolis and Saint Paul International Film Fest.