Mentor Derek Esparza Derek Esparza

Derek Esparza

Principal Animation Designer, Respawn Entertainment

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

Video: Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun and William Joyce’s Rolie Polie Olie: The Baby Bot Case

See more of Derek’s credits on IMDB.

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

Known For:

Sony Spiderman Spiderverse Derek EsparzaSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Angry Birds Derek EsparzaAngry Birds
Sony Hotel Transylvania 2 Derek EsparzaHotel Transylvania 2
Reel FX Book Life Derek EsparzaThe Book of Life

Derek’s Demo Reel

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.