I fell in love with animation when I was 6 years old. I was amazed by the magic that makes drawings, come to life. After many years of traditional Art education, I decided to pursue my dream and studied Animation at the Ringling School of Art and Design. I graduated with honors, and produced my student thesis film ‘This Side Up’. The film won the Ringling’s Presidents Award, and was showcased in many festivals around the world.
I had the great opportunity to be selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, for an Animation internship at Sony Pictures Imageworks. After graduation I continued as Sony Imageworks as a character Animator on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I was then offered to join Dreamworks Animation and to work on some of their most exciting projects, such as the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, ‘The Croods’ and the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ franchise, where I was a character lead for Master Oogway.
With the recent launch of DreamWorks short films, I got the opportunity to write and direct the short film – ‘Bilby’ along with Pierre Perifel and JP Sans. We premiered the film in June 2018 at the international Animation Festival Annecy in France. The film screened in many Festivals around the world, and won the Jury Award at SIGGRAPH 2018, and was shortlisted at the Academy Awards. The film is currently available on How to Train Your Dragon 3- The Hidden World DVD and Streaming services.
Currently, I’m working on The Croods 2, as a Supervising Animator for ‘Dawn’. The film is set be released in Dec 2020.