Kenny Roy

The story

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to make things move.  I discovered a passion for film making and animation at a very young age.  By the time I was in high school, I was already creating short animations that won me national awards.  By the time I graduated, I was a National Merit Finalist and Presidential Scholar, and had my sights squarely set on animating on feature films.  The wait was short; two years into college I was recruited by Rhythm and Hues studios as a character animator.  A year later, I was at Weta Digital working on Peter Jackson's "King Kong" where I met my wife.  With some credits under my belt I thought it was time to strike out on my own; I started Arconyx, LLC, a boutique animation and vfx company in LA.  Over a hundred projects, two kids, and 10 years later, I decided to add game development to our repertoire.  It was the best decision I ever made; now complete on "I, Hope", my 3D adventure for children with cancer and 100% of proceeds going to charity, I have met the most amazing and inspiring people on the planet.  The wonderful staff at hospitals who take care of the emotional and mental well-being of the children fighting this disease, the incredible people at Microsoft who fostered and nurtured an earnest indie developer in over his head, and the charity itself, GameChanger Charity, all had a huge hand in making this game a success.

I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that whatever it is, I'm going to keep on making things move.

The details

SOME have said...

Getting to work for Kenny was one of the best experiences I could ask for. His extensive knowledge about animation through all phases of the pipeline helped make the projects I worked on run smoothly.
— Chris Mayne, Senior Animator
Kenny was a pioneer amongst the mentors at Animation Mentor. He has consistently invented new ways of getting information across to the students - we have all benefited from his example. He’s also an all around great guy!
— Chris Derochie, Senior Animator
Kenny is one of those guys who has done so much with his life and career, while others at that same age are still trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their life. He has the creative vision to see the future of animation and his place in it. Kenny is not a sheep, but a true innovator.
— Angie Jones, Senior Animator, Professor, Author


Viewpoint School, California

Private College Preparatory School
Graduated Salutatorian 2001


CAL State University, LONG BEACH

Illustration Program, 3.9 GPA
Recruited Before Graduation 2003


2016 Gaming for everyone award

Awarded to developers who are using their craft to celebrate underrepresented voices, whether these voices are the players, the characters, or the creators themselves.

2001 Presidential scholar

The highest academic honor for secondary students in the United States.


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