DNEG has announced their appointment of Andrew Gordon, creator of iconic characters for Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, as Head of Character Animation for their Feature Animation team in London.
Andrew joins Managing Director of Feature Animation Tom Jacomb, Animation Director Troy Saliba and VFX Supervisor Philippe Denis in leading DNEG’s rapidly-growing Feature Animation team, at the company’s London headquarters.
With more than 20 years’ experience in feature animation at Pixar and Warner Bros., Andrew has an impressive credit list that includes many prestigious blockbuster animated franchises such as ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Monsters University’, ‘Toy Story’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Cars’ and ‘The Incredibles 1 & 2’.
Commenting on the appointment, Tom Jacomb, said:
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Andrew to our Feature Animation team. His natural and inspirational leadership style, combined with his knowledge and creativity, particularly when it comes to creating characters that audiences really connect with, are invaluable assets that will strengthen our capabilities and play a crucial role in the future growth of the team.”
Andrew has received global recognition for bringing to life iconic characters such as Mike Wazowski – the green, one-eyed star of the hugely successful ‘Monsters, Inc.’ and ‘Monsters University’ films, for which he was Animator/Character Designer and Directing Animator, respectively – and Marlin in ‘Finding Nemo’, for which he won a VES Award for Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture.
Talking about his appointment, Andrew Gordon said:
“I am delighted to be joining such a dedicated and hardworking team, led by the amazing Tom Jacomb, at an exciting stage in its journey. Together we are creating a working environment where each film is not just treated as a task, but rather as a collaboration – a chance for everyone to input their individual creativity and character.
“I’m excited to be here in London, which is one of the most diverse capital cities in the world. I believe that London’s rich history provides the perfect environment for our team – a melting pot of creativity that lends itself perfectly to feature animation.“
Andrew will be delivering a masterclass entitled ‘Acting and Gesture in Animation’ at Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 11, 2019. https://www.annecy.org/home