Carlos Baena is a professional animator who has worked at ILM, Pixar and is cofounder of the online school Animation Mentor, which was started in 2005. It was the first post-secondary school that helped students to pursue a career in animation. At the school, students work with mentors from major studios in a production-style environment, and graduate with a professional demo reel. At ILM, Baena worked as an animator on Jurassic Park III, Men in Black II, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Eventually, Baena left ILM for Pixar in 2002 where he worked on the films Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Toy Story 3. Baena currently lives in San Francisco, California and is directing La Noria, an animated short film produced as an online collaboration with artists from around the world.