Patrick Riggle

Assistant Professor of Animation


Throughout my education and career in the arts, my focus has been on storytelling. Drawings and sculptures were an attempt to create characters. Experimenting with audio created a sense of mood and environment. Those skills aided in the creation of short films in 2D animation, stop motion, and live action, with screenings at film festivals. 

My research is currently focused on 2D Puppet Rigging, which is commonly used by animation studios for efficiency. Everything I learn can enhance my teaching, so I will continue to be a student, as well as a teacher.

I came to the profession of teaching with a desire to serve the University of Saint Francis, which was transformative for me during my time as a student. I want to recreate that experience for my students. Their creativity and talent are inspiring and encouraging them to push the boundaries of their potential is my goal. 

Areas of Interest

  • Storytelling
  • Storyboarding
  • Character Design
  • Traditional 2D Animation
  • 2D Puppet Rigging
  • Stop-motion Animation
  • Editing
  • Film
  • Animatronics and Immersive Environments


  • Faculty and Alumni Exhibition, Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis Fort Wayne Indiana 2021 
  • “StopMo Jam Halloween”, a collaborative stop motion short film, presented by 
    • YouTube film premiere on Oct 10, 2021 ( 
  • Official Selection at the Fifth Annual Atlanta Shortfest, 2014
    • Short Film: “Pretending with a Patchwork Princess”
  • Best Animation in the Fifth Annual International Windsong Film Festival, 2004
    • Short Film: “Unconditional”
  • Runner-up to Best Computer Art Award at the USF Student Film Festival, 2004
    • Short Film: “Unconditional”
  • Animation Award in the Fourth Annual International Windsong Film Festival, 2003
    • Short Film: “The Limited Adventures of Mr. Meat”
Patrick Riggle