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BERT DENNISON

Classical/Computer Animator

604.230.5312

jamesbertdennison@gmail.com

 

Work History

 

DHX Media

Sr. 2D FX animator

October 2016 – Present
  • Henchmen (Feature film)
  • Review and provide feedback to the animators on style, timing and structure of the FX for approval
  • Work closely with directors and supervisors to achieve the shows vision
  • Work with Toonboom Harmony to animate and rough composite FX shots
  • Problem solve on complex FX shots
  • Help assign shots to team

 

Bron Studios

Lead 2D FX animator

December 2015 – December 2016
  • Henchmen (Feature film)
  • Review and provide feedback to the animators on style, timing and structure of the FX for approval
  • Work closely with directors and supervisors to achieve the shows vision
  • Work with Toonboom Harmony to animate and rough composite FX shots
  • Problem solve on complex FX shots
  • Help assign shots to team

 

The Art Institute of Vancouver

Senior Faculty Member

October 2004 – April 2016
  • Courses taught include: Life Drawing, Traditional Animation and Design, Storyboarding, Sculpture, Drawing and Perspective, Concept Design
  • Supporting and facilitating faculty training, student orientation, open houses and portfolio shows
  • Actively engaged in curriculum development and program outcomes, and accompanying industry vetting for all animation programs at the Vancouver campus

 

Bardel Entertainment Ltd.

Supervisor of Visual Effects and Compositing

December 2014 – October 2015
  • The Croods (Animated series for Dream Works Animation)

 

Independent Art Director / Concept Artist for Jack Cox and Lesley Sutherland March 2011 – Present

 

  • Space Monkeys (Animated Comedy TV series pitch)
  • Preschool show about careers (Live action with classical animation pitch)
  • Planet Muskrats (Animated Comedy TV series pitch)
  • Heavy Metal Vikings (Animated Comedy TV series pitch)
  • Earl and Bentley (Animated Comedy TV series pitch)
  • Frog Lip (Animated Comedy TV series pitch)

 

Independent Animated Film

Art Director, Assistant Director

May 2013 – Present

 

  • Tempest (Independent short film), collaboration with colleagues for film festival circuit

 

Darksparks Studio

Lead Designer, 2D Animator

January 2012 – January 2013
  • Max Rush (iPhone and Android devices)

 

Packt Publishing

Pixel Artist and Animator

November 2012 – May 2013

 

  • HTML5 game Development with GameMaker by Jason Lee Elliott, Packt Publishing, 2013

 

Ooga Booga Studio

Character/Special Effects Animator/ Assistant Animator (Classical)

April 2006 – April 2012

 

  • Right’s Stuck in Traffic, Women’s Network
  • In-house promotional Layout designs (series pitch)
  • French Toast / Jungle Pancakes (TV Commercial), Eggo
  • Captain Crunch (TV Commercial), Quaker Oats Company
  • Taffy / Nerds Room (TV Commercial), Willy Wonka Candies

 

Hothead Games

Character and Location Designer (Classical)

February – March 2008

 

  • Swarm (original IP early concept development)

 

Fit Brain Games

Character (Classical/Flash)

January 2008
  • Travel Quest (Designed six characters for a game show title)

 

Studio B Productions

Layout Artist (Classical)

October 2006 – June 2007

 

  • Ricky Sprockets (TV Series)

 

Nitrogen Studios Inc.

Character/Special Effects Animator (Computer / Classical)

January 2004 – May 2004

 

  • Super Buddies (TV Series), character animation – Maya, AOL
  • Civil War project (TV Series), effects animation – Classical, History Channel

 

BCIT

Maya Instructor

August 2003 – September 2004

 

  • Basics to Advanced Computer Animation
  • Designing and delivering lectures; preparing lecture notes and step-by-step instructions, providing hands-on instruction to groups and individuals

 

Carbunkle Cartoons

Special Effects/Character Animator (Classical)

January 2003 – August 2003

 

  • Ren & Stimpy: At the Beach, Fire Dogs 2, Ren Seeks Help, Onward and Upward, Al Trusts, Stimpy’s Pregnant (TV Series), Spumco

 

Bardel Entertainment Inc.

Special Effects Animator (Classical)

July 2003

 

  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (DVD), Dreamworks Animation

Walt Disney Animation Australia

Senior Special Effects Animator (Classical / Computer)

March 2000 – March 2001

 

  • Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland (Feature Film)
  • Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (Home Video)

 

Walt Disney Animation Canada

Special Effects Animator (Classical)

June 1997 – January 2000

 

  • Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland (Feature Film)
  • Little Mermaid II (Home Video)
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (Home Video)
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (Home Video)
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (Home Video)
  • Mickey’s Mouseworks (TV Series)

 

Red Rover Animation

Special Effects Animator (Classical)

January 1998 – December 1999

 

  • Hallowe’en spot (TV Commercial), Esso
  • Purex (TV Commercial), Kruger Products LP

 

Natterjack Animation Co.

Character Animator/Special Effects Animator (Classical)

June 1996 – June 1997

 

  • 101 Dalmatians (CD ROM/Game), Disney Interactive through Creative Capers

The Little Mermaid (CD ROM/Game), Hercules (CD ROM/Game), Maui Mallard (Game)

  • The Champ (Animated Short)

 

Natterjack Animation Co.

Assistant Character Animator (Classical)

June 1994 – June 1996

 

  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (CD ROM/Game), Disney Interactive through Creative Capers
  • Werner II (German Feature Film); Felidae (German Feature Film), Trick Co.
  • Nike Japan (Three TV Commercials)
  • Tank Girl (Feature Film), Colossal Pictures
  • Beavis and Butthead: Do America (Feature Film) unaccredited, Paramount Pictures
  • Grunt & Punt (TV Series), Nickleodeon
  • Sticklers (TV Series), Nelvana
  • Grunt Brothers (Animated Bumpers), MTV

 

Studio B Productions

Special Effects Animator and Layout Artist (Classical)

June – July 1994

April – November 1999

  • Something Else (TV Series)
  • Yvon of the Yukon (TV Series)
  • Eek the Cat and the Thunder Lizards (TV Series)

 

Bardel Entertainment Inc.

Assistant Character Animator and Layout Artist (Classical)

January – March 1995

 

  • Magic School Bus (TV Series), Nelvana

 

Delaney & Friends

Assistant Character Animator (Classical)

February – October 1994

 

  • Phish and Chips (Animated Short), Hanna Barbara
  • Nilus the Sandman III: Monsters in the Closet (TV Special), Cambium Productions
  • Slide Ride (2 TV Commercials for Purex), Kruger Products LP
  • Jackpot (TV Commercial), Mid-West Lottery Corp.
  • Island Farms (TV Commercial) Island Farms

Post-Secondary Education

 

Digital Animation, BCIT

Management Certificate in Digital Animation

April 2001 – May 2002

 

*      Maya, XSI, Softimage 3.0, Combustion
  • Advanced Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects
  • Classical Animation

 

Centre for Internet & Multimedia Development International Inc.

Certificate of Completion

September 1998

 

 

*      Adobe Photoshop 5.0
*      Adobe After Effects 3.1

 

 

School of Animation, Sheridan College

Diploma of Classical Animation

September 1989 – June 1992

 

*      Animation
*      Life Drawing
*      Storyboarding
*      Film Structure
*      Layout and Design
  • Painting with Watercolours and Gouache

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