Biography & Philosophy
I spent most of my childhood drawing, reading comics, and watching television. My parents were never able to keep typewriter paper in the house as I would steal it for drawings as early as the age of 3. Spiderman, Flintstones, Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Looney Tunes, Astroboy, Marvel/DC Comics, and The Muppet Show became major sources of inspiration. When I became a teenager I saw shows like Ren & Stimpy, Batman, Animaniacs and then I slowly realized that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of his life.
In 1999, I finished my diplomas in Graphic Design and Digital Animation and quickly became a dedicated full-time cartoon junkie. I began work as an animator at Collideascope Animation Studios, and later became a designer, director and consultant on numerous projects for that company. Thus far I’ve worked on several productions over the last 14 years, including shows for Cartoon Network, BBC, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Teletoon, and YTV.
At Collideascope I hired and supervised 450 animation artists over the course of my 9 years there. In 2001, I helped produced one of the very first fully-animated Flash series for television. Since then, I had the pleasure of animating, designing, storyboarding, supervising and managing on many shows, music videos, pilots and demos. Gaining experience in writing, voice recording, visual development, post production, and editing – all while meeting so many awesome people along the way.
In recent years I’ve obtained experience in budgeting, scheduling, and developing of efficient production pipelines. If there’s one thing I have learned about the crazy world of broadcast animation, is that planning is still the most important part of the production. You round up the script, your boards and designs, and talk to countless people about your idea; then you attack. Once the road has been cleared, Flash makes the rest of the production quite painless. The scene turnover rate is incredible, and the quality is as good as you want it to be. I feel that it is just as important to tell a good story as it is to make a drawing move beautifully. The speed at which Flash (or any 2D-CG digital animation tool) allows one to put together a short film or broadcast-quality animated series is amazing… just think, we can give those sweatshops a break and bring more work back to Canada!
Animation is a complete and total collaboration. Although it’s best to have one person with a vision of where the story’s going, but it’s the input and creativity from every person in every department that makes it great. Of course, you’ve got to shake out the bad ideas but it’s all in the building of entertaining characters and a good story. With every department (including animation) in the same building, communication is open for everyone – you can watch the shows come together every day and fix anything as it gets designed, boarded, animated and composited. I learned that having the entire production in-house is vital to a smooth-running operation. It’s how they did it back in the day, it’s how I love doing it now, and it’s absolutely what works the best.
With that said, I’ve had some experience in directing animation remotely; supervising and managing overseas animation can be far more challenging, but again, with the right amount of planning at the front end (with models, designs, storyboards and art assets all well prepared and organized), anything is possible. Animation is the perfect marriage of drawing and acting. The only limits are the edges of the frame and your own imagination.
I’m currently working as a director at Copernicus Animation Studios.
Select Animation Production Credits
- Teen Titans GO!: Season 1 & 2 – Animation Director
- Wild Grinders: Season 1 – Series Director
- Johnny Test: Season 3 – Animation Director
- Johnny Test: Season 2 – Animation Director
- Delilah & Julius: Season 1 – Director
- Olliver’s Adventures: Season 2 – Director
- Olliver’s Adventures: Season 3 – Director
- The Chase: Independent Short Film -Â Writer/Director/Designer
- Olliver’s Adventures: Season 1 – Co-Director
- Garth & Bev: Season 1 – Storyboard/Animatic Supervisor
- Speed Racer The Next Generation: Season 1 – 2D Animation Supervisor
- Bruno & The Banana Bunch: Season 1 – Consultant
- Farzzle: Season 1 – Consultant
- Bromwell High: Season 1 – Consultant
- Delilah & Julius: Season 2 – FX Animation Supervisor
- Busytown Mysteries: Season 1 – Animation Supervisor
- Zoom: Season 1 – Animation Supervisor
- Poko: Season 1 – 2D Animation Supervisor