Chris Kirshbaum

2463 1/2 Hidalgo Ave.

Los Angeles CA 90039

(438) 880-5150

kirshy28@gmail.com

www.ckanimation.com

 

 

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, iAnimate.net, 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.
                                http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/store/category/150/

 

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 demo of process and workflow at Clackamas Community College, Portland OR, April 2012.

                                Live demo of process and workflow at the Universidad de Fortaleza, Brazil, September 2011.

                                Live demo of process and workflow 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, Nitrogen Studios

                               Tom McGrath, Director, DreamWorks Animation

                               Jason Ryan, Animation Director, Cinesite

                               Boris Plateau, Animation Director, Cinesite

                                  Line Andersen, Hoca, DreamWorks Animation

                               Fabio Lignini, Hoca, DreamWorks Animation

                               Dave Burgess, Hoca, Animal Logic

                               Rex Grignon, President/CEO, Nimble Collective

                               Jason Reisig, Co-Director, Warner Pictures

 

Further                     www.ckanimation.com

                                  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-kirshbaum-0667b11/

 

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