I was born in Montreal, Canada in 1973. Completing a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Philosophy and a minor in Cinema, I spent many years trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. Marrying Sarith Zabawny at the age of 23, we moved from Montreal to Vancouver where I spent many years doing odd jobs. I worked as a P.A on film sets, sold ladies shoes, worked as a assistant wedding photographer, and was a video store clerk for many years. During my childhood I was constantly involved in the arts. I was making short films in univerasity, loved to write short stories, was an avid photographer, and enjoyed acting in plays and films.
At the age of 26 I reunited with my sister after being apart since childhood. She invited me to visit her workplace in Montreal. She was working in a small VFX studio on television shows. I saw an artist modeling a dragon on a computer and was instantly fascinated. Returning to Vancouver soon after, and with only 13 dollars in my bank account, I noticed an advertisement on the bus for the Vancouver Film School. The ad showed an image of a dinosaur and was selling a course in animation. It started to dawn on me that all of my passions for acting, cinematography, film and story, might be hidden in what was still the secret little world known as animation and visual effects on the computer. Taking a loan from the bank, I enrolled in the Vancouver Film School and within only a few months I had come to the realization that animation was what I was meant to be doing.
Upon graduating, I began my career in Animation. After 17 years of working professionally as a Creature Animator, I have had the opportunity to work at all levels of my craft. I have worked as a Senior, Lead and Supervisor on some of the biggest blockbusters in film including Avatar, The Avengers, The Hobbit Trilogy and Iron Man 3 to name a few. I have also worked as a Animation Director incomputer games at Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.
While animating cool shots for film will always be my first passion, I also greatly enjoy working closely with animators and clients to bring our collective vision to life. The challenges of storytelling, both technically and creatively, is what I value most. I also have extensive experience working on motion capture stages, bringing out the very best in a actor's performance.