I’m a character animator with experience in feature film, VFX, and AAA game cinematics. In previous chapters of my life I have lived and worked in Portland, Montreal, San Diego, Seattle, Tokyo, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and the rural mountains of Japan where I taught English to wee Japanese children for 2 years with the JET Program.
After receiving my BA in Foreign Affairs & Japanese and living overseas for a few years, I decided to return to the States to pursue my lifelong passion to work in animation. I earned my MFA in Animation & VFX from the Academy of Art University, and spent 8 years animating for Laika, Sony, & Method Studios to list a few. Outside of work I love to travel, draw, or dabble in my various other hobbies (cello, juggling, knitting, photography). I’m always eager to learn new skills and improve my craft through new opportunities.
Feel free to contact me at dgrande[@]gmail.com.