Mentor at Animation Mentor
Animator at Weta Digital
Aaron Gilman was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1973, the youngest of three children. He spent most of his childhood traveling, but Montreal was always home base. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Philosophy, he spent many years trying to figure out how his passion for visual arts could turn into more than a hobby.
At age 26, Aaron didn't even know what 3D animation was. He loved making short films, exhibiting his photography, and studying film theory. It was only while sitting on the bus one day in Vancouver, with about 15 dollars in his account, that he saw an advertisement for a 3D animation program and enrolled. In the first three months of the program Aaron knew animation was what he had been seeking. By the end of the program he had multiple job offers, and moved back to Montreal where he took a position as a junior animator with a new studio called Meteor. He stayed there for a number of years working on dinosaurs and prehistoric animal shows for Discovery Channel. After Meteor, Aaron was hired at Tippett Studio to work on Matrix: Revolutions, and also worked on Hellboy and Constantine. Aaron began working as the Animation Director on Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas. After a couple of years, he returned to Meteor and supervised animation on the feature Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Over the past ten years, he has had some incredible opportunities working at all levels of feature films, games, and television. Aaron has been living in New Zealand for two years, where he is working as a Lead Animator at Weta Digital on Steven Spielberg's Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.
Some of Aaron's interests include public speaking on animation. He's had a blast speaking at conferences, universities and trade schools. Aaron is having a lot of fun with his wife and son in New Zealand where they spend the weekends walking on the beach and hanging out with other Weta friends and their kids.
Please feel free to visit Aaron's web site and check out some of his work: www.aarongilman.com