Vicki Jenson worked her way up from humble beginnings in the animation world. Her first job was as a “cell painter”, painting backgrounds for shows like the Flintstones, and The Smurfs, then became a storyboard artist, developing her signature style.
When Shrek was released in 2001, it was praised for its advances in animation and technology. The film grossed over $484 million worldwide and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Vicki also directed the Academy Award nominated Shark Tale (2004), and her first live-action feature Post Grad for Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures and Fox Searchlight. Other feature film credits include art directing on Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, production design on The Road to El Dorado (2000), and story artist on Chicken Run.
About becoming a director, Jensen said in an interview with Animation Magazine, “I came into DreamWorks looking to direct. I was hoping to go through story as a way toward directing, because that’s how it worked at Disney: story people became heads of story, and heads of story became directors.”