Resume

Sculpture  ¨    Mould-making  ¨    Illustration / Design

Television Series Development  ¨   Character Design ¨   Scriptwriting

Concept Creator of the internationally acclaimed “Nerdland” Television Series Pilot

 

Notable Clients

 

Alliance Atlantis, Canada’s Wonderland, CBC, Cuppa Coffee Animation, Disney, E!, ESPN, Exhibition Place, Irwin Toys, Metro Toronto Zoo, MTV2, Ontario Place, OXFAM Canada, Nelvana, Sesame Street, Teletoon, Toronto Raptors, Treehouse Television, TSN, TVO, YTV

 

 Selected Professional Experience

LEAD CREATIVE DESIGNER / OWNER

All Kidding Aside (2009-present)

¨       Manage a sculpture/design company with diverse projects such as sculpting parade floats for the Toronto Santa Claus Parade; Teaching stop motion animation to children aged 9-11 for the Milton centre for the arts; teaching art to students (7-13yrs) in a school setting for the Toronto District School Board and Elevated Grounds; sculpting/designing P.O.P. window displays for Alliance Atlantis and local Toronto businesses; refurbishing and rebuilding the G20 “Big Heads” for OXFAM Canada (which drew international media attention); and, designing/ building/sculpting a multitude of costumes, stop-motion puppets and figurines.

 

BOOK ILLUSTRATOR

Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishing (2009-present)

¨       “Saving Armpit” (2011) - Cover illustration for award-winning children's novel

¨       “Hockey Talk” (2009) - Fifty illustrations for award-winning children's book including working with the editor to develop a series of characters to create a “story in pictures” to accompany the book’s list of technical hockey terms

¨       “Tim Horton: From Stanley Cups to Coffee Cups” (2009) - Illustrated children’s hockey book celebrating the life of hockey legend and entrepreneur Tim Horton

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CREATOR / PRODUCTION DESIGNER / ARTISTIC SUPERVISOR

Cuppa Coffee Animation (2007-2008)

For the “Nerdland” Television Series Pilot

¨       Created a television series proposal which was optioned by Cuppa Coffee and produced for Teletoon

¨       The pilot show was one of five finalists for "Best New Pilot" at the 2009 Pulcinella Awards, television animation’s premiere international competition, and nominated for "Best Series" at the 2009 Annecy Awards (the ‘Cannes of Animation’)

For the “Nerdland” Pitch Package

¨       Conceptualization and verbal/written proposal pitching of a television series to management

¨       Creative consulting, art direction, character, prop and set design for animated trailer for MIPCOM broadcast convention

¨       Worked closely with crew of builders, effects artists and animators to develop pilot to the highest possible standards within a limited budget

For the “Nerdland Pilot” (green lit for 2009 broadcast on Teletoon)

¨       Worked with writers to develop the script for broadcast, answerable to CTF, broadcaster and producers

¨       Consulted in all areas of production of the pilot including developing the look of the show with producers and broadcaster; participated in casting sessions, sound design sessions, etc.

¨       Designed characters and prototype sculpts; oversaw staff in puppet builds and set/prop design

              

CHARACTER FABRICATION

Cuppa Coffee Animation (2006-2011)

¨       Key sculptor, mould-maker on several productions, including:

“A Russell Peters’ Christmas” Television Special

“Miser Brothers Christmas” Television Special
“Glenn Martin, DDS” Television Series
“Life’s a Zoo” Television Series
“Life’s a Zoo” MIPCOM Promo
“ESPY Awards” Video Bumper for ESPN Awards Show
“Starveillance” Television Series
“Celebrity Deathmatch” Television Series

 

CONSULTANT

Wapos Bay Productions (2007)

Two Presidents Animation (2006-2007)

¨       Consulted on starting up and executing stop-motion productions in areas of crew/facility/building

 

KEY PROPS

Halifax Film Company – “Lunar Jim” Television Series (2004-2006)

¨       Character and props sculpting, modelling and mould making

¨       Supervised art department during ramp-up

¨       Sourced and established suppliers

¨       Consulted in meetings with client, licencee, and producers

¨       Troubleshot construction issues for design team

 

SHOP SUPERVISOR

Alliance Atlantis Kids Canada – “Henry’s World” Television Series (2003)

¨       Responsible for 12 staff

¨       Oversaw workshop production of props, sets and puppets

¨       Delivered on time and under budget

¨       Sourced and established supplier and contractor relationships

¨       Sculpted and painted props, sets and puppets

 

Other Related Experience

 

Guest Lecturer - Sheridan College Animation Program (2007-2009)

Segment Writer - Camosabee Productions for “Coyote Path” television series pilot (2009-2010)

 

Volunteer Experience

 

Refurbishing Sculptor / Mascot Builder / Art Director - Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade (2010-2012)

Festival Support, Guest Liaison - The Word On The Street Toronto Book and Magazine Festival (2006-2011)

Emcee - Mardi Bras bra fashion show to benefit The Weekend to End Breast Cancer (2008-2009)

Mobile Route Support - RONA MS Bike Tour, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia (2005)

Event Logistics Support - CIBC Run for the Cure (2003)

Sculptor / Instructor / Illustrator - Milliken Children’s Festival (2002 & 2003)

Playwright & Art Director - SummerWorks Theatre Festival – “I, Loser” Play (1995)