About Cesar


Director / Producer / TED speaker / 3D VFX Artist / Compositor / Animator / Geek / Educator

Clients have included Hersheys, BMW, Verizon, Gillette, & the NFL.

My personally produced work has generated millions of views online &
has been featured on publications such as Wired & Gizmodo.

I've also taught courses in computer animation at NYU, Harvard University, and my alma mater, Pratt Institute.

Recently quit my job in advertising to pursue more personal creative endeavors.

I'm an American… born in Lima, Peru… some Japanese added in from 
my grandfather… raised in New Jersey… currently living in Brooklyn, NY


English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2013, TED2012

Areas of Expertise

creative director, Director of Film, 3D Artist & Animator, lighting technical director

An idea worth spreading

I'm recording one second everyday for the rest of my life. Just something interesting that will help me remember that day. I started on my 30th birthday. So if I live to see 80 years of age, I'll have a 5 hour video that summarizes 50 years of my life.

I'm passionate about

pretty much anything and everything... except salt and vinegar chips... yuk.


Pratt Institute

Talk to me about

how to live properly, and developing ideas into good ideas.

People don't know I'm good at

turning bad things into good things.

My TED story

coming soon.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Cesar Kuriyama
Posted over 2 years ago
What have you accomplished in response to a TEDTalk?
Seconds after I finished watching Stefan Sagmeister's talk on "The Power of Time Off" (where he explained the creative benefits of shutting down his studio every 7 years and taking a year off from work), I instantly started crunching numbers. Looked at my savings. I figured out how much I would need to save, and for how long, so that I could afford to take a year off myself. 16 months ago I quit my job. My first personal creative project I started during my year off became the subject of a TED talk I gave during the first ever auditions here in NYC last year. And this past March, exactly as my year off came to a close, I gave a TED talk about that project at TED2012 in Long Beach, CA. Stefan Sagmeister's TED talk has profoundly changed my life. But so have many other talks... but each one is a different story :)