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Dave Burgess

Positive, constructive and energetic, David Burgess is a well-known name in the animation industry. He studied Animation from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and loves working with a talented team of animators to bring unique, appealing and quirky characters to life.

He is currently working as an Animation Supervisor at Animal Logic, Vancouver, on ‘The Lego Movie-2’. Prior to this, David has worked with Walt Disney as an Animation Supervisor and with DreamWorks Animation as Head of Character Animation.

DAVE BURGESS
Head Of Character Animation
Dreamworks Animation SKG

About Nicolas C

Nicholas Chauvelot is a lead animator working with ON Animation Studio in Montreal, Canada. He’s studied at Metz Art School and Gobelins in Paris. Since 2007, he has worked with companies like DreamWorks and Cinesite as Character Animator.

He has a great understanding of animation timing, acting and storytelling techniques and prides on being a perfectionist. He has worked on projects like Penguins of Madagascar, Justin and the Knights of Valor, and Puss in Boots.

NICOLAS C
Lead Animator
ON Animation Studio

About Nirmal David

Nirmal David is a Creative Director at Hobo Interactive, a company that works on developing story and character oriented interactive entertainment and VR experiences. He started his career in animation after completing his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Described by colleagues as motivational, spirited and positive, Nirmal started in the industry as an Animation Lead at Rhythm and Hues, slowly moving onto Senior Animator at Lucas Film Animation, Animation Supervisor at Epic FX Studio and then Creative Director at Showt.

NIRMAL DAVID
Creative Director
Hobo Interactive

About Chris Dias

Chris Dais is a senior animator with Animal Logic, an Australian animation, VFX, and production company. He studied 2D and 3D character animation at Empire School of Animation and graduated with honours from Sheridan College in Digital Character Animation.

In his 14+ years in the animation industry, he’s worked on projects like Merry Madagascar, Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos, and The Love Guru.

CHRIS DIAS
Senior Animator
Animal Logic

About Prashanth C

Calm, gritty and positive, Prashanth Cavale is a Senior Animator at Framestore, described by his team as a technical and artistic leader, an innovator, and a natural team leader.

He has worked with companies like DreamWorks Animation as an Animation Supervisor on projects like Penguins of Madagascar, Madly Madagascar, Puss in Boots and the Three Diablos, Shrek Yule log, and Trolls.

PRASHANTH C
Supervising Animator
DreamWorks Animation SKG

About Srikant Bhogi

Srikanth is a passionate and creative 3D Character/Creature Animator for Double Negative.
Srikanth started his career in the VFX industry as a Matchover at Rhythm and Hues.

Since then he has worked as an Animation TD, a Character Animator and a Lead Animator. His work includes Baahubali: The Beginning, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters among many others.

SRIKANT BHOGI
Animator
Double Negative

About Rob Smith

Roberto Smith is an animation specialist with more than 22 years of experience under his belt. He specialises in supervising character and creature animation, and coordinating with local and international artists.

He has worked with companies like DreamWorks Animation and Rhythm & Hues on projects like King Julien Stand Up, Snow White and the Huntsman, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, X-Men: First Class, and Yogi Bear.

ROB SMITH
Animation Director
DreamWorks Animation SKG

Modeling

About Vichar BN

B N Vichar is 3D professional with over 10 years of experience in production and gaming. He completed his MFA in sculpture from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts and has worked with companies like Technicolour.

He specialises in creating characters, environments and facial blend shape. He is also an expert in traditional art including sculpting (clay, stone, metal), painting, illustration, landscape gardening and installation art.

VICHAR BN
Modeling Head
Technicolor India Pvt. Ltd

About Anandha Sai

Anandhasai Sivalingan is an Art Mentor for the Assets Department at Xentrix Studios where he teaches art, 3D modeling and texturing. A graduate from the College of Fine Arts, Chennai, Anandhasai has been drawing for as long as he can remember.

He started his career as an illustrator and moved to being a modeler.

During his 7+ years as the Head of Modeling at DreamWorks Animation, he’s worked on projects like Trolls, Penguins of Madagascar and Puss in the Boots.

ANANDHA SAI
Modeling Head
DreamWorks Animation SKG

About Anish Mohan

Anish Mohan is a 3D artist, working as the Lead Modeler at Deluxe Animation Studios.

He is an expert in character modeling and specialises in 3D modeling, sculpting, texturing, and hair/fur grooming. He completed his B.Sc. in Visual Communication from CSI Bishop Appasamy College and was also a part of CG Talk Cybergirl Character Workshop by Steven Stahlberg. In his 12+ years in the animation industry, he has worked with companies like The Cirqus, and Rhythm and Hues.

ANISH MOHAN
Lead Modeler
Deluxe Animation Studios

About Shikhar Sharma

Shikhar Sharma is a digital artist, specializing in organic and inorganic hard surface modeling, digital sculpting, texturing and design.

He was drawn to CG because of his interest in comics and characters and went on to start his own animation company, Pod 8 Studios. He has previously worked as a Modeler with companies like DreamWorks Animation, and Rhythm and Hues on projects like Seventh Son, The Boss Baby, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and The Huntsman.

SHIKHAR SHARMA
Founder
Pod8 Studios

About Manoj Vangala

Manoj Vangala is an expert in the field of animation with a collective experience of close to a decade in the field of Modeling. His ardent love for design, setting standards and workflows sets him apart. He has years of experience with Rhythm & Hues Studios, where he worked as a Modeling TD and then as a Modeling Lead.

At present, he is the co-founder of Pod 8 Studios.

Some of his notable projects include movies like Happy Feet, The Golden Compass, Land of the Lost, The Incredible Hulk, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Cabin in the Woods and Life of Pi.

MANOJ VANGALA
Co-Founder
Pod8 Studios

About Sujesh Nair

Sujesh is the co-founder of Pod 8 Studios who has worked on projects like The Hunger Games, The Cabin in the Woods, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. He has previously worked with companies like Rhythm & Hues Studios and Rockstar Dedicated Unit.

Sujesh is extremely passionate about art and loves to push boundaries and explore fresh ideas.

SUJESH NAIR
Co-Founder
Pod8 Studios

Story Boarding

About Santosh Dora Babu

Santosh is Creative Head in Blue Bert Games Hyderabad, India. Since 2007, he has worked on feature films like RIPD, Percy Jackson, Attack on Titians as a StoryBoard Artist.

He has a great understanding of animation timing, acting and storytelling techniques and prides on being a perfectionist. He was a Story Board supervisor on Bahubali

SANTOSH DORA BABU
Creative Head
Blue Bert Games

About Jitu Patel

Jitendra Patel is an Animation Director at Tata Elxsi who has worked on several TV commercials and feature films like Ghost Rider, Dhoom 2, Road Side Romeo and Aparichit.

He completed his Diploma course in Fine Arts at Kala Kendra of Fine Arts, Gujarat, and has worked as a Project Leader at Sriven Multi Tech. His work there includes projects like Prompt Queen, Houz Noundz (Amber Wood) and Web Greetings.

JITU PATEL
Animation Director
Tata Elxsi

Production

About Govind Kalburgi

Govind Kalburgi is a Production Management professional who is presently working as an Associate Producer at Technicolor. He did his Bachelors in Animation from Manipal University which helps him in understanding the needs of the projects that he works on better.

He has previously worked with DreamWorks Animation as a Project Coordinator where he worked with the Effects, Matte Painting & Lighting departments on a variety of projects, ranging from consumer product spots and short films to 3D rides and feature films. He has worked on projects like The Boss Baby, Trolls, and The Penguins of Madagascar as a production coordinator.

GOVIND KALBURGI
Associate Producer,
Technicolor India Pvt. Ltd

About Spriha Banik

Spriha Banik is a senior production coordinator with Iloura, a VFX, animation and design studio based in South Melbourne. She studied 2D animation (L’atelier), Production Management – Cinema, Cinematography and Film/Video Production (Universite Marne La Vallee), and Production Management Animation (Les Gobelins).

She has worked with companies like DreamWorks Animation and has been a part of projects like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Trolls, and Kung Fu Panda 3.

SPRIHA BANIK
Production Coordinator,
Illuora Studios

About Priyaa Kalkura

Priyaa Kalkura is a media and communication professional with a master’s degree in film studies from the University of Sydney. Skilled in film production, mentoring and production management, Priyaa has years of work experience in the production department of DreamWorks Animation. Some of the projects that she has worked on are How to Train a Dragon 2, Madagascar 3, The Boss Baby and Kung Fu Panda 3.

She is currently working as a Senior Production Coordinator at Blur Studios.

PRIYAA KALKURA
Production Coordinator,
Blur Studios

About Swetha Madhavan

Swetha Madhavan is a production management professional who received her Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Madurai Kamaraj University and did her Bachelors of Science in Electronic Media from M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women. She has over 7 years of experience in animation production and is currently working as a Production Supervisor at Technicolor.

She has years of working experience in DreamWorks Animation where she worked on movies like The Boss Baby, Puss in the Boots, Trolls, Rise of Guardians and Penguins of Madagascar among many others.

SWETHA MADHAVAN
Production Supervisor,
DreamWorks Animation SKG

Technical Director

About Indraneel Srivastav

Indraneel Srivastava is a Senior Technical Director who has worked with DreamWorks Animation for over 5 years, improving and building the pipeline for departments like Lighting, Matte Painting and Image Finaling. He has knowledge of the complete animation pipeline and specialises in dealing with cross-site workflows (where work is shared across different continents).

He has worked on seven features films including Boss Baby, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Trolls.
Games like Max Payne and FIFA, and movies like Matrix inspired him to join the CG industry.

INDRANEEL SRIVASTAVA
Lead TD
Base FX, China

About Sukhpal Singh Vasdev

Sukhpal Singh Vasdev is a Technical Director who completed his MBA (Finance and Media) from Indian Institute of Business Management and Studies.

He has worked with major production houses like Base FX, DreamWorks Animation, Technicolor and Xentrix Studios and is highly skilled in Maya, Shotgun, Python, Nuke, MEL and Rigging. He has worked on projects like The Boss Baby, Home, and Penguins of Madagascar.

SUKHPAL SINGH VASDEV
Senior TD
Base FX, China

About Venu Krishnamurthy

Venu Krishnamurthy is a Technical Director in the computer animation industry who comes with over a decade of experience in a range of productions including feature films, DVD movies, short films and TV series. His previous work experience has been with DreamWorks Animation where he worked as a Crowd TD and a FX TD.

Some of his credits include Lego Batman, Lego Ninjago, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Penguins of Madagascar and Disney’s Tinkerbell DVD series.

VENU KRISHNAMURTHY
Senoir TD
Base FX, China

About Sriram Viswanathan

Sriram Viswanathan is a software technology manager at MPC who is passionate about animation and the movie making process. He has been in the animation industry for over a decade now.

After receiving a PG Diploma in 3D Animation from the Image College of Arts, he started working as a character rigging artist at Paprikaas Animation Studio. He later moved to tool development to help automate many pipeline pieces & departmental workflows.

He went on to take up the role as a Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation where he was involved in providing various technical & workflow solutions to the movie making process. This role set a platform for him to become the Technology Project Lead where he was also involved in planning and monitoring various projects across technology using Agile Methodologies.

SRIRAM VISWANATHAN
Software Technology Manager,
Technicolor India Pvt. Ltd