Dana Boadway-Masson

Freelance Animator
Senior Mentor

Dana Boadway-Masson has been a professional animator since 2004 and worked as an actor before she decided to become an animator. Thanks to her acting background, she has an in-depth understanding of how to push character performances and poses. A fun fact about Dad is that she had never animated a quadruped before being hired as an animator on the Disney film, The Wild. It was a trial by fire as she suddenly had to animate the following creatures, all of which have distinctly different physiology: squirrels, chameleons, koala bears, penguins, lions, and wildebeest. The hardest creature for her to animate throughout her entire career has been (believe it or not) the snake! Dana currently teaches Body Mechanics, Advanced Body Mechanics, and Introduction to Acting at Animation Mentor.

Dana’s Credits

Halo 3

The Wild

Everyone’s Hero

Rolie Polie Olie: The Baby Bot Chase


  • Riverboat Song
  • The Wild
  • Everyone’s Hero
  • Chicago 10
  • Shallow Ground
  • Alpha & Omega
  • Rescue Heroes: The Movie
  • Café du Destin

Short Films

  • The Little Painter
  • Flat Frog
  • The Café (writer/director)
  • Character Animation for a fine art installation by Jordan Wolfson


  • Halo 3
  • Halo 3: ODST

Television / Video

  • Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun
  • William Joyce’s Rolie Polie Olie: The Baby Bot Chase
  • The Santa Claus Brothers
  • Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids
  • The Backyardigans


  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • Geico Gecko

Courses Taught By Dana

Courses may vary from term to term.


12-Week Course

Learn to animate realistic bipedal movement.

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Advanced Body

12-Week Course

Create exciting and dynamic action sequences.

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to Acting

12-Week Course

Make your characters come alive with emotion.

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