Mollie Ong

  • Animator / Painter
  • Los Angeles, CA

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I'm a first generation Chinese American Artist, born in the Inland Empire, California. My parents immigrated to the US in the 80s, and became immersed in the healthcare field. They always supported me through encouragement, but they didn't know much about art. So although I formed an interest at a young age, I didn't have much of an artistic practice or influence until attending Riverside Community College in 2013, and later at California Institute of the Arts in 2015.

For five years I've been working as a freelance 2D animator and illustrator. And in my free time I make oil paintings and work on my own animated film.

My work is often driven by observation of my environment and family history, in search to understand the past. In doing so, I hope to express the internal struggles of my characters' experiences, and find a sense of camaraderie through allegorizing similarities that resonate across generational gaps.

Clients

Netflix, Charlie Kaufman, HBO, Amazon Music, Starburns Industries, Watcher Entertainment, Epipheo

Experience

The Conjuring Commercial - Illustrator at Watcher Entertainment

May 2021 – May 2021 Los Angeles, CA

Illustrations for The Conjuring commercial

ToonBoom Ambassador 2021 at ToonBoom Animation

2020 – 2021 Canada

Brand Ambassador for ToonBoom Harmony

ToonBoom Harmony 21 Commercial at ToonBoom Animation

April 2021 – May 2021 Canada

Animation Direction for a 10 second commercial, on the topic of "food".

Animation Director at Netflix

June 2019 – January 2020 Los Angeles, CA

In charge of the production of the animated pig in “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” directed by Charlie Kaufman.

Illustrator at Watcher Entertainment

May 2020 – October 2020 Los Angeles, CA

Illustrator of the Watcher Entertainment series “Are You Scared?” (Season 1 and 2), "Puppet History" (Season 3 and 4), and Dish Granted (Season 2)

Animation Director at Amazon Music

June 2020 – September 2020 Los Angeles, CA

Directed the animated portions of Amazon Music’s “Behind The Hit: Cardi B”

Animation Director at Amazon Music

April 2020 – May 2020 Los Angeles, CA

Directed eight 30 second clips for Amazon Music’s APAHM month, highlighting Asian American musicians.

Animator and Painter at Starburns Industries

July 2018 – December 2019 Burbank, CA

Directed and Animated the Bulgaria and India Sequences in LUMOS' documentary “Finding The Way Home”

Creative Intern at Starburns Industries

November 2017 – December 2017 Burbank, CA

Character Designer, Puppet Fabricator, Set Dresser, and Animator.

Education

at Riverside Community College

2013 – 2015 Riverside, CA

BFA at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

2015 – 2020 Valencia, CA

Awards

Member of Advisory Committee Board, Art Department – RCC

Guest Speaker, RCC Animation Alum Connection Day

Stephen Hillenburg Scholarship Nominee, Princess Grace Foundation

RCC Art Student of Distinction, RCC Art Department

Each year one student is awarded a scholarship and their name on a plaque.

RCC Student Honors, RCC Art Department (Vanessa Madrid)

One award is given to one student in each class.

Exhibitions

RCC Alumni Show Group

Quad Gallery Riverside, CA

A digital group show, showcasing work from various Riverside City College Alumni Artists.

Animated Soft-Serve Meets Metaphysical Thriller in ‘I’m Thinking Press

Animation World Network

https://www.awn.com/news/animated-soft-serve-meets-metaphysical-thriller-im-thinking-ending-things

INTERVIEW: Rosa Tran on Animation Aspects of “I’m Thinking of End Press

Animation Scoop

https://www.animationscoop.com/interview-rosa-tran-on-animation-aspects-of-im-thinking-of-ending-things/

Faces & Other Stuff / 25902 Duo

CalArts C113 Valencia, CA

A duo show between Mollie Ong and Chaerin Im. Both animators focused on showing work that they do outside of animation.

Display Visceral Group

Pain Sugar Gallery Riverside, CA

Local collective of artists who are from the Riverside county

Homesick For A Place You Can Never Go To Group

CalArts Experimental Animation – C113 Valencia, CA

Maureen Selwood’s Drawn Techniques Animation Class Exhibition