Carlos Douglas Jr is an animator & director of “Kenya’s Symphony”. Currently enrolled at Columbia College Chicago under the Interactive Arts and Media program, he pursues a Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Animation. He acts as the current president of the Columbia College Chicago Animation Association (CCCAA). CCCAA is a prominent student organization at the college intended to expand curriculum beyond the classroom experience, preparing and opening opportunities for animation students in the industry. In addition to directing and producing his own film (Kenya’s Symphony), he is the production manager on the upcoming 2020 animated short, “Buster and Jamson” as a part of the Animation Production Studio course at Columbia.
Born and raised in Chicagoland, Carlos grew up out of a city filled with deep culture and history. He began art at a very young age and continued his study of the arts into early adulthood. Some of his very first pursuits in the arts consisted of creating simple storylines and characters, which would eventually lead him to developing worlds and fictional concepts. Carlos studied for years under the teachings of Nikki Kutansky, a long-time arts instructor at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana before enrolling at Columbia College Chicago. During his tenure in Nikki’s class, his interest in animation and motion pictures was realized.
Kenya’s Symphony is a 2-D animated short produced and directed by Carlos, with music composed by Michael Van Bodegom Smith (“Beyond The Door”, “Me and Myself”, “Teacher of the Year”). This project was inspired by Carlos’ employment as an usher for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his passion for film and orchestral music. This film was completed over the course of three semesters with no budget. His plan was to produce a film primarily driven by visuals and music. The score was recorded by a 60-piece orchestra and combined with a sound mix for a sonic experience without dialogue. Kenya’s Symphony had its premiere screening at Columbia College Chicago during the Biannual Animation Program Showcase.
Carlos has a goal of producing and directing animated content with narrative. Television and film provide a great outlet for stories to be shared. Post-graduation, he plans to find his place among the animation community and continue to create animated content for the screen.