Highly skilled Senior Animator with nearly 15 years experience in film, television, and video games. Dedicated to helping build a workplace environment rich in culture where collaboration and teamwork are empowered through strong leadership, coaching and mentoring.
Blue Sky Studios, Senior Animator Oct 2011 - Present
Initially hired as a temp animator and quickly promoted to full-time staff animator on my first Blue Sky film. Over the course of employment, received increased levels of responsibility and leadership.
"Nimona" - Senior Animator
Work contributions were limited to animating one production shot and several test shots.
"Unannounced Short" - Lead Animator
Led a sequence team of 6 animators, providing shot feedback and communicating director's vision, while also producing quota of my own.
"Spies In Disguise" - Senior Animator
Character lead for Lance (main character) which involves setting up a character "bible", character pose library, and daily rounds with animators to maintain "on model" consistency.
"Ferdinand" - Senior Animator
Character lead for Valiente which involves setting up a character "bible", character pose library, and daily rounds with animators to maintain "on model" consistency.
"Ice Age: Collision Course" - Senior Animator
Pod lead for 6-8 animators, where I helped in a mentorship capacity by giving feedback and input on a daily basis.
"The Peanuts Movie" - Animator
Character lead for the main character, Charlie Brown, which involves setting up a character "bible", character pose library, and daily rounds with animators to maintain "on model" consistency.
"Epic" - Animator
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" - Hired as a temp animator and promoted to full-time animator
Vicarious Visions, Animator Mar 2008 - Sept 2011
Responsible for animating in-game character models. Worked closely with designers and FX artists to create the best quality animations possible. Hired as a junior animator and promoted to animator in Jan. '09. Shipped titles include: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Xbox360 & PS3), DLC for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (3DS)
American Animation Studios, Lead Animator July 2006 - Mar 2008
Responsible for animating as many as 600 frames a week, assigning other animators shots and working closely with the art director to complete strict animation deadlines. Hired as an animator and promoted to lead animator in June of 2007.
Anim School, Instructor Sept 2013 - Dec 2015
Taught Class 5 "Character Performance", the first acting test with dialogue for students. Responsible for teaching a 1-2 hour live lecture and/or demo class along with a 2-3 hour live critique session each week for 6-10 students.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Submitted by Blue Sky for Annie Award submission to the category of Best Character Animation - Animated Feature for my work on "Spies in Disguise" - January 2020
VES Award Nomination for Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature - Charlie Brown (The Peanuts Movie) - February 2016
Animation Mentor, Dec. 2009
Diploma in Advance Character Animation Studies
Syracuse University, May 2006
College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, Computer Graphics