Mentor Martin Hopkins Martin Hopkins

Martin Hopkins

Senior Animator, DreamWorks Animation

Film: Kung Fu Panda 3, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Me And My Shadow, Rise Of The Guardians, Puss In Boots, Mega Mind, Shrek Forever After, Monsters vs. Aliens, Bee Movie, Flushed Away, Shark Tale, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, The Road to El Dorado, The Iron Giant and The Prince of Egypt

Short: First Flight, From Hare to Eternity, Pullet Surprise and Father of the Bird

Video: Anne: Journey to Green Gables

Television: Katie and Orbie

See more of Martin’s credits on IMDB.

Did You Know?
Martin is a proud Canadian — so he definitely loves his hockey.

Known For:

DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda 31 Martin HopkinsFung Fu Panda 3
DreamWorks Train Dragon 2 Martin HopkinsHow to Train Your Dragon 2
DreamWorks Croods1 Martin HopkinsThe Croods
DreamWorks Puss Boots Martin HopkinsPuss in Boots

What Martin’s Students are Saying

Coming from a 2D animation background, I really struggled to understand the Maya workflow in previous terms. I found Martin’s approach to animating in 3D very accessible and easy to understand because he was able to explain how he bridged that gap himself when he made the transition. His critiques are clear, concise and easy to follow. He strikes a really good balance between giving freedom in creative choices and limiting them to manageable decisions, given my current level of knowledge.

Before Q&A starts, Martin gives us a brief look at studio life and what’s going on currently, which helps give us a look at how studios run. He also has a very well-planned lesson for each week. Most importantly, Martin gives e-critiques on our assignments no later than Monday so we have a lot of time to work on our assignments, which helps a lot.

Martin has been great! His Q&A’s are some of the best I’ve been a part of. He is extremely knowledgeable about the craft and aware of specific things that students struggle with. He then structures his lectures around what would help the student now and going forward making each week’s lectures invaluable and relevant. He is also very approachable and gives extra effort to make sure students get their questions answered.