Dan Pratezina

Dan Pratezina

Cinematic Animator

Vancouver, Canada

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Lead Animator (Unknown Episodes)

Goldie and Bear (2015)

Animator

The Nut Job (2014)

Animator

Mia and Me (2011)

Animator

Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil (2011)

Animator

9 (2009)

Animator

Get Ed (2005)

Animator

The Backyardigans (2004)

Animator (Unknown Episodes)

Hot Wheels Highway 35 World Race (2003)

Work History
  • October 2017 - Present

    Sr. Development / R&D Animator

    DHX Media

    Working with the DHX development team to create trailers for in-development IP and upcoming productions, as well as developing animation styles, rigs, and production processes for incoming projects.
  • May 2016 - May 2017

    Cinematic Animator

    Relic Entertainment

  • May 2015 - March 2016

    Lead Animator

    ICON Creative Studio

    Lead animator on an upcoming CGI fantasy-comedy series.
  • November 2014 - May 2015

    Presentation Animator

    Next Level Games

    Responsible for working with art direction and gameplay teams to create in game, in engine cinematics, from concept to completion.
  • March 2014 - November 2014

    Episodic Director

    Rainmaker Entertainment


    Episodic Director on Season One of HiT Entertainment/Rainmaker Entertainment's relaunch of 'Bob the Builder'. Job Description:


    -Animation supervisor of thirty animators, creating 35-40 seconds/week of footage.

    -Conducted weekly animation masterclasses for the animators, created animated reference materials, authored production documents, style guides, and series promotional material.

    -Interpreting/rewriting client notes for artists.

    -Worked with the VFX department to ensure the smoothest pipeline integration of FX and character animation.

    -Reviewed treatments and scripts for animation complexity, asset requirements, and identifying production concerns and solutions.

    -Reviewing character rigs for animation use, working with rigging teams and animators to create timely and animation-friendly tools.

    -Conducted artist interviews, collaborated with HR and Producers on performance management, responsible for completing artists’ performance reviews.

    -Helped create an episodic animation pipeline, and ensure that the animation team is motivated to achieve the highest standards possible.

    -Collaborate with technical and creative staff to track animation production, ensure animation feasibility, and maximise asset re-use.

    -Provide creative input for all phases of episodic production.
  • September 2013 - March 2014

    3D Artist, Writer

    All Play, No Work


    3D artist and writer on 'Tales of Wierdwood Manor', interactive fiction/gaming app produced by All Play No Work and Relish Interactive. Responsible for narrative character animation, gameplay cycles, and writing supplemental story content.
  • November 2011 - September 2012

    Character Animator

    Toonbox Entertainment


    Maya character animator on stereoscopic 3D feature film, 'The Nut Job'.
  • August 2011 - September 2011

    Animator

    March Entertainment


    Animator on TV series 'Mia & Me'. Created character animation at 30/sec week.
  • October 2010 - May 2011

    Lead Animator -

    Guru Studio


    Lead animator on Teletoon series 'Mudpit'. Responsible for producing high-quality character animation on a quota of 40sec/week. Assisted the crew and provided staffing and creative support to the series and animation directors.
  • March 2010 - October 2010

    Assistant Director

    Big Soul Productions


    Directed animation for a digital 2D series crew, and worked one-to-one with the series director as liaison between director and animation staff. Assisted in the revamped development of a digital 2D, Harmony-based animation pipeline, and was responsible for interviewing and hiring of animation staff. Also responsible for shot casting, sequence progression tracking and animator workflow management.
  • January 2009 - March 2010

    Animation Supervisor

    Guru Studio


    Animation supervisor on Nick Jr's Emmy-nominated 'Backyardigans'. In charge of supervising animation quality, scheduling and workload distribution, and giving creative direction to a 10-person team. Also involved in the interviewing of prospective artists and mentoring interns.
  • May 2008 - December 2008

    Feature Film Animator

    Arc Productions


    I was an animator on Tim Burton/Shane Acker's "9" for Focus Features. Afterwards, I continued on to "Hoodwinked 2: Hood Vs Evil".
  • April 2008 - June 2008

    Head Screenwriter

    Cream Lake Productions


    Head Screenwriter on a team of six for 'Adventures in Booga Land'. Wrote 3 scripts, as well as script and tone templates for the writing team.
  • February 2007 - May 2008

    Animation Supervisor

    Guru Studio


    Animation supervisor on Nick Jr's 'Backyardigans'. In charge of supervising animation quality, scheduling and workload distribution, and giving creative direction to a 10-person team. Also involved in the interviewing of prospective artists and mentoring interns.
  • March 2006 - January 2007

    Animator

    Guru Studio


    Animator on Nick Jr's 'Backyardigans', season 2.
    Animator on TV Ad spot. Client: Enablex
  • August 2006 - December 2006

    Freelance Screenwriter

    Go Kart Animation


    Screenwriter of 25min direct to video animated features.
    Currently produced or in production:

    Paws & Tales: High Noon
    Paws & Tales: The Gift
    Paws & Tales: And Then There Were None
  • March 2005 - March 2006

    Animator

    Red Rover Animation


    Animator on Disney/Jetix's 'Get Ed'. Episodes 1-26
    Animator on studio pilot for Disney's 'Chicken Little: The Animated Series'.
  • November 2004 - March 2005

    Animator

    Go Kart Animation


    Animator on 'Paws & Tales': The Animated Series. DTV feature.
  • October 2003 - August 2004

    Animator, Storyboard Artist, Production Writer

    Raven Cottage Studios


    Director, animator, board artist, and production writer on a variety of video and interactive educational content.
  • December 2002 - April 2003

    Animator

    Mainframe Entertainment


    Character animator on MTV's Spiderman, and the 'HotWheels: World Race' DTV series.
Education
  • Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

    2004 - 2004
  • Vancouver Film School

    1999 - 2000