Kelly has worked in animation (Shrek, Spirit, Prince of Egypt) and live action (A Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Might Joe Young) production for the past twenty two years, working on both the artistic and managerial sides of the industries, beginning his career as a clay animator for television commercials at the age of 15. While attending Brigham Young University he received a Student Emmy for his clay animated film entitled Nocturnal. His professional work includes working for both DreamWorks Feature Animation and Buena Vista Motion Pictures at Disney, as well as supervising and coordinating global production efforts on various independent productions. Kelly is the co-creator of the Animation Program at Brigham Young University where he currently also serves as the director of the program. He teaches traditional animation, storyboarding and screenwriting while overseeing the creation of both traditional and computer animated projects.
Most recently Kelly was written up as one of ten professors listed in the Leaders in Learning article in the April 8, 2010 issue of Variety.