Chris Kirshbaum

3638 Rue Drolet

Montreal QC H2X 3H6

(438) 880-5150



Education                  AA Character Animation – California Institute of the Arts.

                                     BA Fine Arts – Arizona State University; concentration in drawing.


Experience                Animation Co-Supervisor, Cinesite, March 2019-Present.

                                     Works directly with Creative Leadership to lead the animation department for feature films.

                                     Projects: Riverdance.

                                     Animation Instructor, NAD Center, Montreal, September 2017-Present.

                                     Classes: Special Projects and Mentoring.


                                     Character Supervisor and Animation Lead, Cinesite, May 2015-March 2019.

                                     Worked directly with Creative Leadership to develop characters and lead

                                     sequences for feature films.

                                     Projects: Charming, Gnome Alone, Trouble, The Star, Supercharged.


                                     Visiting Faculty, Tianjin University of Technology, May 2017.

                                     Character Animator, DreamWorks Animation, 2003-2015.

                                     Worked directly with Creative Leadership to fully animate characters for feature films.

                                     Projects: Shark Tale, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda I and II, Monsters vs. Aliens,

                                     Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Turbo, Penguins of Madagascar.

                                     Teacher,, 2011-2016.

                                     Classes taught: Advanced Body Mechanics, Full Body Acting.


                                     Teacher, the Gnomon School of Digital Effects, 2007-2015.

                                     Classes taught: Character Animation I, II, III and Acting for Animation.


                                     Special Effects Animator, DreamWorks Animation, 2000-2002.

                                     Worked directly with Art Directors, Head of Special Effects, and the Directors to

                                     fully animate special effects for feature films.

                                     Projects:  Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sinbad-Legend of the Seven Seas.


                                     Key Assistant Special Effects Animator, DreamWorks Animation, 1997- 2000.

                                     Worked directly with animators to convert rough animation drawings into finished

                                     animation for feature films.  Projects:  The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado.


                                     Assistant Special Effects Animator, Turner Feature Animation, 1992-1996.

                                     Worked directly with animators to convert rough animation drawings into finished

                                     animation for feature films.

                                     Projects: The Pagemaster, Cats Don’t Dance.


                                     Character Layout Artist, Melendez Productions, 1992.

                                     Created main character animation poses from storyboards for television specials.

                                     Projects: Frosty Returns.


Published                  Content creator/producer, three part animation instructional DVD for the Gnomon 

                                     Workshop: Fundamentals, Mechanics and Emotion, and Acting and Lip Sync, 2008.


Public Speaking       Live presentation of 'The Goal and the Obstacle' at effectsMTL, September 2017.

                                     Live speaking engagements on Industry Survival, Pixel Montreal and Quebec City,

                                     September 2016.

                                     Live lecture on professional environment and career realities, Clackamas Community

                                     College, Portland OR, April 2015.

                                     Live process/workflow demo at Clackamas Community College, Portland OR, April 2012.                                           Live process/workflow demo at the Universidad de Fortaleza, Brazil, September 2011.

                                     Live process/workflow demo at the Gnomon Workshop Live, Hollywood CA, July 2009.


Skills                           Expertise in several animation software packages, including Maya, Emo and Premo.


Personal                     Extensive travel through India, Nepal, Thailand, Egypt, China, Europe and Chile.

                                     Avid distance runner and musician.


References                 Tim Johnson, Director, DreamWorks Animation

                                     Conrad Vernon, Director, Cinesite

                                     Tom McGrath, Director, DreamWorks Animation

                                      Jason Ryan, Animation Director, Cinesite

                                      Boris Plateau, Lead Animator, ReelFX

                                      Fabio Lignini, Hoca, DreamWorks Animation

                                      Dave Burgess, Hoca, Animal Logic

                                      Rex Grignon, President/CEO, Nimble Collective

                                      Jason Reisig, Co-Director, DreamWorks Animation





Other                           Other references, portfolio, and show reels available upon request.