Musa Brooker (that’s ‘moo-say’) is a Los Angeles based Director, Animator and Producer. Specializing in Stop Motion, the Philadelphia native holds a BFA in Animation from University of the Arts and an MFA in Experimental Animation from The California Institute of the Arts where he was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow.
His directing resume includes the short film The Story of Pines for Participant Media, the web series Laurie’s Stories inspired by the TBS sitcom Cougar Town, and the recent Bratz web series produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and based on the iconic doll brand. In addition to producing much of his own directorial work, Musa has also served as a Producer on several of projects for other filmmakers, including the short film ‘I’m Scared’ based on the work of acclaimed visual artist Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, and a series of advertising shorts – Transformers VS. G.I.Joe: The Commissary – created for the popular Loyal Subject/Hasbro brand toys.
He has served as Animation Director/Supervisor on commercials for McDonalds, PayPal, Bike Long Beach and Verizon, music videos for Jane’s Addiction and Foo Fighters and was CoAnimation Director during season 8 of the award winning stop motion series Robot Chicken. As an animator, his television credits include The Simpsons, SpongeBob Squarepants, Community, and the award winning Amazon original series Tumble Leaf. Musa helped bring to life the stop motion characters in the Will Ferrell holiday classic, Elf and his commercial work includes spots for Acura, Bacardi, Google, Honda, Kellogg’s, Nationwide Insurance, and Target.
Since 2010, Musa has also been a faculty member at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts. He has been published in Animation Journal and contributed to The Society for Animation Studies Annual Conference. Prior to his time at USC, Musa taught stop motion in the Experimental Animation Program at CalArts. In his spare time, Musa enjoys listening to Hip-Hop and NPR, visiting Disneyland and voting. He is a nearly obsessive Beatles fan and is still mourning the loss of new episodes of 30 Rock. Despite being allergic to cats, Musa presently finds himself living with three of them. He hopes you brought a sweater.