Lennie Graves

lkgraves@hotmail.com Main expertise • Wide animation experience in a variety of studios and countries worldwide.

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Flexible to hold various animation positions, from animator to lead or director of animation, according to the nature of the project. Expert in applying the 12 Principles of Animation. Consistent direction for all character's actions to be true to their individual personalities. Continuous efforts towards developing animators’ skills, thanks to my teaching experience. Proactively seek to maintain a supportive, attitude of mutuality and teamwork in the studio.

Professional Experience 2008 - 2009 Animation Supervisor, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore
“The Clone wars” – TV Series, 2nd Season

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Introduced concise feature production animation procedures to the Studio. Advanced the quality of animation to that of feature films; from physics, to motivation and personalities. Customized skill development for the improvement of individual animators Met all episodic deadlines

2007 - 2008 Animation Professor, Laguna College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California • Developed curriculum for each year in animation courses. • Establish the requirement for students to produce a short film each year
• • Connected students to professional critiques via Acme Animation Online. Established president of portfolio development through all four years.

2006 - 2007 CG Feature Animator, Rising Sun Pictures – Australia
“Charlotte's Web” - Feature • Work with proprietary animation software

2004 - 2007 Animation Supervisor, ToonCity, Manila, Philippines
“Firehouse” - TV series promo “Secret Garden” - Belgin Feature Test

Oversaw animation procedures to establish the CG capabilities for the studio

2003 - 2004 Animator for CG Feature, Rhythm & Hues, California.
“The Garfield Movie” - Feature • Worked with “VooDoo” Proprietary animation software.

2002 - 2003 Animation Director, Electronic Arts – Los Angeles
“Medal of Honor: Rising Sun” - Interactive Game

Implemented a method to share facial animation across different characters.

Conceived “The Gate,” Game Animation Test Engine, which allow animators to animate with the look of the final compression.

2000 - 2003 Animation Director, Electronic Arts – United Kingdom
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – Gen 3 Game

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Oversaw animation production and designed all animation moves Implemented methods utilizing “Anticipation and Follow-through” without disrupting game-play.

1995 – 2000 2D & 3D CG Animation, Warner Bros. Feature Animation
“Osmosis Jones” – Feature “The Iron Giant” – Feature “Quest For Camelot” – Feature

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Switch hit, doing both hand-drawn and 3D CGI animation Starting and learning MAYA in the beta stage.

1994 - 1995 Animation Instructor, Acme Animation Online, Los Angeles, California • Began my continuing relation with Acme, teaching grade school, high school, and
under-privileged kids animation.

1994 – 1995 Lead Animator, Turner Feature Animation, Los Angeles, California
“Cats Don't Dance” - Feature • Lead animator for Sawyer, the leading female cat. • Defined character personality, drawn style, and animation style.

1994 Independent Artist, character designer, key animator
O Pictures, “Yakity Yak Take It Back – Music Video

Designed all characters, animated half of the show (Presented to President Clinton)

1993 - 1994 Overseas Supervisor, Hanna-Barbera Productions
“The Town That Santa Forgot” - TV Xmas Special (Emmy Award nominee) “Two Stupid Dogs” - Television Series “Secret Squirrel” - Television Series • Oversaw the entire production of all 3 shows simultaneously

1992 - 1993 Animation Director, Hyperion Animation Studio, Taiwan.
“Itsey Bitsey Spider” (Short), “Wooly Bully” (Short), “Bebe's Kids” - Feature • Overseas Animation Supervisor in Taiwan • Worked with translators 100% of the time.

1990 - 1992 Animator, The Walt Disney Company
“Beauty and The Beast” – Feature, Academy Award nominee, Best Picture “The Prince and The Pauper” • Hand drawn animator

1987 - 1990 Animator for various projects, Los Angeles area. Education •
High School Diploma, Hempstead High School, New York

• • References upon request

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, School of Visual Arts (College), Los Angeles DHIMA (Maya and basic rigging) – DH Institute of Media Arts

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