Jonah Austin graduated in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts / Animation. After only animating with a pencil and paper, he spent time at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood learning Maya. Although aiming to be an animator, he found an aptitude for rigging and was hired by Sony Imageworks as a character TD. He learned facial rigging on Beowulf and put his skills to use rigging the Oscar winning Benjamin Button at Digital Domain. He went on to rig over 70 assets for Tron:Legacy before switching roles to the facial animation team. He continues animating, however, and now puts both sets of skills to use as a lead animator at MPC, Santa Monica.