Director, Figment Studios
Film: Frozen, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Surf’s Up, Open Season, Matrix Reloaded, Spiderman 2, Stuart Little 2, Dinosaur
Short Film: Two-Headed Cop, Los Gringos
Did You Know?
Derek has met the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Derek’s Demo Reel
What Derek’s Students are Saying
Derek goes over our work, and gives us a realistic view of different working styles while working within the parameters of a project so that we learn the principles of animation and the basics of why those parameters are in place. Physics of the motions and projects are very important and I loved that he would also explain the many views to approaching a task. Picking one that works for us and produces the best results is what he always tries to get us to do.
Not only does Derek take time to elaborate on important animation principals and give tips and tricks on how to make things looks great, but he took the time to give proper feedback, responds to PM questions promptly, and he shows lots of real examples (videos) to illustrate his knowledge. Furthermore, he is always encouraging, even when you mess up badly =)