I'm a director, animator and layout artist, living in Los Angeles, California. I specialize in animation, and my biggest passion flows towards directing and visual storytelling.
I have an MFA from the UCLA Animation Workshop, where I created several short films such as Sebastian's Voodoo, The Windmill Farmer and Papiroflexia, and got involved with a bunch of big film festivals worldwide. I was part of Pangea Day, a massive event that took place worldwide and viewed by millions at the very same time in 153 countries, where I was awarded the prize for South America. I've also won over 130 awards and honors at festivals and competitions like Cannes, Student Academy Awards, Student Emmys, Cinequest, USA Film Festival, Cinanima, Angelus, Sedona, Ashland, The Accolade Awards, BendFilm, Cine Awards, and many others.
In 2009 my film Sebastian's Voodoo won at the Festival de Cannes on the Short Film Corner Online Competition, juried by the National Film Board of Canada. I was a finalist on the same competition with Papiroflexia in the previous year. I was nominated for an Annie Award with my film Sebastian's Voodoo in 2008, competing with films from Pixar, Disney, Plympton and Aardman.
I am currently employed by the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where I work doing CG Layout (digital cinematography). I have some other short and feature ideas I have been developing on my own. I am represented by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
The Back Story
I was born in Paraguay, with an environmental activist for a mother, and an artist as my father. I carry the artistic and environmental sides of my life tightly thanks to this strange mix.
When I was about 15, I decided to experiment with computer graphics and taught myself some basic 3d animation. After creating a bunch of meaningless but uber-cool exploding letters with light effects with 3d studio max, I met Christian Chena; he ran the multimedia magazine Hypermedia, the first of it's kind in Paraguay.
I worked for Hypermedia as a multimedia designer, and also creating animated intros for the CD that came with the magazine. Soon enough the company grew and we started getting jobs for website designs and interactive design all over the country.
The company evolved into Chena Ventures Inc, for which I worked mostly as a web designer for several years, specializing in Search Engine Optimization, design, and architecture. I worked in the design for top hispanic domains such as: animacion.com, juegos.com, paraguay.com, cocina.com, horoscopo.com, peliculas.com, viajes.com, fotos.com, and sitios.com.
In 2002 (age 19) I moved to the US to study at the Columbus College of Art & Design, in Ohio of all places. I was going to major in advertising and graphic design but my interest for animation came back to me, strongly. I changed my major to Time Based Media Studies (same as "video and animation") and have since focused completely in filmmaking. After finishing my degree at CCAD, I moved on to get an MFA in animation at UCLA, which I finished in 2010 thanks to a full scholarship granted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
As far as webdesign goes, I still design my own websites (such as this one) but it's no longer my career of choice.