Eugene Salandra

A New Jersey native, I studied film and television at New York University, and drawing at the Art Students' League of New York. Excepting a brief Benedictine monastic sojourn, my life has been occupied with practicing the art of animation. Mentors John Canemaker and the late Tissa David were among my influences. Favorite things include drawing, watercolor, tea and herbalism, yoga, meditation, music, theatre, puppetry, crochet, nature strolls, and vegetarian cooking.

"All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names…"
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2015)

Disney Televison Animation Halloween Festival, with Sofia the First and Lucinda the Little Witch, Glendale, CA, 2015.

This piece was done for the upcoming winter Holidays, and will be featured in the 2016 Animation Guild calendar.  
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2015)

FaerieFilm (newly remastered)

"FaerieFilm" has at last been digitally remastered from the original 16mm negatives!  22 years after its premiere, it looks much like it did when it was first screened.  

Sofia The First "I'm Not Ready To Be A Princess"

"I'm Not Ready To Be a Princess" from the pilot episode of Sofia the First was one of those rare sequences that just flowed from concept to screen effortlessly.  Jamie Mitchell, my director, pitched it to me, I thumbnailed it (see thumbnails below) and storyboarded from these thumbnails.  The final sequence remained remarkably true to the initial concept, and the entire sequence has a fresh quality and a flow that comes when all the proverbial stars are in alignment.  (Copyright the Walt Disney Company)

22 years after its premiere, FaerieFilm is being restored from the original negatives!  Yay!
Don't forget to "like" FaerieFilm on Facebook!   

(graphite, chalk, charcoal, and inks on paper, 1996-1998)

(graphite on paper, 2001)

Elena of Avalor and I share a moment, along with a few choice magical secrets…  We collaborated on her big introductory musical number for the third season of "Sofia the First," in anticipation of the launch of Elena's fabulous new show!

(crayon on paper, 2015)

(ink and watercolor on paper, 2003)

(graphite and watercolor on paper)


Sequence of frames from FaerieFilm

Sequence of frames from "FaerieFilm" (1993)

Storyboard for "Winter's Gift" episode of "Sofia the First"

Storyboard for "Winter's Gift" episode of Sofia the First
drawn in Storyboard Pro/Toonboom, under the direction of Jamie Mitchell
(Copyright the Walt Disney Company)