Chris Kirshbaum

4729 Rue Garnier

Montreal QC H2J 3S6

(438) 880-5150



Education                  AA Character Animation – California Institute of the Arts.

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


Experience                Lead Animator, Cinesite, April 2020-Present.

                                     Projects: Blazing Samurai (animator), Hitpig.

                                     Animation Co-Supervisor, Cinesite, March 2019-April 2020.

                                     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.

                                     Projects: Charming, Gnome Alone, The Star, Trouble, Fearless, The Addams

                                     Family (animator).


                                     Visiting Faculty, Tianjin University of Technology, May 2017.

                                     Character Animator, DreamWorks Animation, 2003-2015.

                                     Projects: Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda I and II,                                             Monsters vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots, Madagascar 3, Turbo, Sherman and Peabody, Home,                                               Penguins of Madagascar, B.O.O.

                                     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.

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


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

                                     Projects:  The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado.


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

                                     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

                                     Dave Rosenbaum, Chief Creative Officer, Cinesite

                                     Tom McGrath, Director, DreamWorks Animation

                                      Jason Ryan, Animation Director, Cinesite

                                      Ryan Schaller, Animation Director, Cinesite

                                      Fabio Lignini, Head of Character Animation, DreamWorks Animation

                                      Dave Burgess, Animation Supervisor, Animal Logic

                                      Rex Grignon, President/CEO, Nimble Collective

                                      Jason Reisig, Co-Director, DreamWorks Animation