Derek Esparza

Principle Animation Designer
Respawn Entertainment

Derek Esparza has been a professional animator since 2009 and is currently Principal Animation Designer at Respawn Entertainment, known for the video game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Before this, Derek was a Supervising Animator for the Oscar-winning film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He was also nominated for the prestigious Annie Award for Outstanding Character Animation for his work in The Amazing Spider-Man. Derek currently teaches Introduction to Acting and Advanced Acting at Animation Mentor.

Derek’s Credits

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Angry Birds Movie

Hotel Transylvania 2

The Book of Life

Animation Films

  • 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 Book of Life

Live-Action Films

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • G-Force
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Green Lantern
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Oz the Great and Powerful


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

Courses Taught By Derek

Courses may vary from term to term.

to Acting

12-Week Course

Make your characters come alive with emotion.

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12-Week Course

Tell a complex, two-person story with dialogue.

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