Elien Kellens

3D Character Animator @ Illumination Macguff Paris



Born in Belgium on 28 of July in 1993

I am a happily married woman and together with my husband (who is also an animator), we are willing to travel the world to find our dreamjob and gather as much experience as possible to become great animators. 


My animation carreer started in 2014. I worked on a motioncapture movie, followed by the intermediate Animsquad workshop with Marlon Nowe as my mentor, and worked on several animated features and shorts, all in my beloved small home country Belgium. 

After these great experiences it was time to go abroad to find more challenges. I was able to start at Illumination Mac Guff in the animation marketing department where I animated on Short movies and advertisements for the upcoming features such as The Grinch, Secret Life of Pets 2 and Minions 2.

Currently I am working in the feature film department on Minions 2.

Everywhere I have worked, I always get thumbs up and respect because of my improving skill level and workspeed. One of my teachers even called me 'Elien The Machine" (which rhymes). 

I can complete high quality animation in a very short amount of time. I am used to working with a quota of 1,5 seconds a day. 

Besides my biggest strenght, I am also able to work well in a team (I am a shy person, but once I feel more comfortable I open up).

So far, supervisors/directors are happy to work with me because they can easily communicate with me and feel that I am a very motivated person, with always a smile on my face.

For me it is super important to have motivation, happiness and respect. 


Current job ( 4 June 2018 - ... )

Illumination Macguff Paris

3D Character animator

Animation Feature Movie (current)

    • Minions: The Rise Of Gru ( Feature movie 2020) 

Animation Marketing Department (2018 - 2019)

  • The Grinch (Advertisments & Short) 
  • The secret life of pets 2 (Advertisments & Short)
  • The minions 2 ( Short) ... 

14 April 2017 - April 2018

Cyborn (Antwerp, Belgium)

3D Character animator

Animated feature film

  • Ploey - You never fly alone

1 November 2015 - 14 April 2017

nWave Digital studios (Brussels, Belgium)

3D Character animator

Animated feature film

  • Son of Bigfoot

14 September 2015 - 12 October 2015

Sieber - Lieven Vanhove (Ghent, Belgium)

3D Character animator

Short film

  • Nimmer

17 juli 2015 - 13 juni 2015

nWave Digital studios (Brussels, Belgium)

3D Character animator

Animated feature film

  • Robinson Crusoe / The Wild life

17 augustus 2014 - 19 februari 2015

TONDO (Ghent, Belgium)

3D Character animator

Animated feature film

  • Cafard

8 februari 2014 - 20 juni 2014

Walking The Dog (Genk, Belgium)

Internship, Character animator

Short film

  • Voltaire



Intermediate workshop Spring Term (2015 - 3 months)

Marlon Nowe was my mentor

University College West-Flanders HOWEST

Bachelor Digital Arts and Entertainment (2011 - 2014)

High school college H.Harten

Creation and Fashion (2005-2011)

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