Mentor Derek Esparza Derek Esparza

Derek Esparza

Senior Animator, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Film: Hotel Transylvania 2, Angry Birds, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Book of Life, G-Force, Alice in Wonderland, Green Lantern, The Amazing Spider-Man, Oz the Great and Powerful

Did You Know?
Derek was nominated for an Annie Award for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man.


Known For:

ghostbusters Derek EsparzaGhostbusters
Sony Angry Birds Derek EsparzaAngry Birds
Reel FX Book Life Derek EsparzaThe Book of Life
Sony Hotel Transylvania 2 Derek EsparzaHotel Transylvania 2

What Derek’s Students are Saying

Derek is always a willing and able mentor. His Q&As are informative, useful and helpful. Class always moves along quickly and seems to finish too soon. He is more than willing to extend time if necessary. His work is inspirational and he explains the technical side of not only the application but interaction he dealt with in creating his work.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Derek is very down to earth making communication easy. Terrific guidance.

Derek is great and his e-critiques are thorough and on point. He’s always got tonnes of stuff to go through in the Q&A while at the same time opening the floor for questions and even ideas for lectures. I love that he shows WIP and final shots of projects he has worked on.