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Ben Panfil Animation
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2020

About Me

Hi, I'm Ben Panfil. I'm a freshman this year at Bradley majoring in Animation. I am from the tiny town of Traer, Iowa where I attended North Tama High School. I have always had an interest in animation and visual effects but didn't decide to make a career out of it until my senior year. After one semester at Bradley I am very happy with my major and my decision to come here.

My first semester was divided into two projects: an animation and a game. I am very proud of how both my projects turned out. Also I have enjoyed the experience of learning how to create things using Adobe software and further develop my skills as an artist. Other activities that I enjoy are hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing basketball, playing guitar, watching movies/TV, and playing games.

In the future I would like to get a career in some type of animation and possibly work on movies. There are also many other fields that animation is used in that would interest me such as UI/UX design and motion graphics. I hope to narrow down my career options in my remaining three years at Bradley.

Featured Projects


The Legend of Outlaw Blackjack

The Legend of Outlaw Blackjack

My first project as a Bradley Student. I took dialogue from a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean and made it into a Western theme. Completed in 2016 using Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, and After Effects.

Arctic Cleanup

Arctic Cleanup

My second project at Bradley was an endless runner style game. In Arctic Cleanup you control Francis the seal as he picks up the garbage in his habitat. Completed in 2016 using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Stencyl.

Epic Background

Epic Background

My sister requested an epic background for her iPad during winter break. Thanks to the Photoshop skills I learned last semester I was able to create this. I enjoy using the Adobe software to just make small projects like this to keep me busy. Completed in 2017 using only Photoshop.

Vs Pinball is a competitive, 1-on-1 virtual pinball game on the touch table. The game features three themed boards: Arabian Nights, Celtic Tales, and Cloud Town. Each board features unique obstacles and power ups - special abilities that activate for whichever player grabs the disc first. Players on either side use virtual buttons to trigger the flippers to hurl the ball at each other. Win the game by scoring the most points before the 90-second timer runs out. All participants will receive a prize at the end of the game.