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John Vassallo Character Animator     


To bring entertaining and convincing characters to life for feature films






Sony Imageworks          January 2012 –  June 2013, August 2014 - present      Vancouver, Canada


Senior Character Animator: "Storks" (2016)

  • Created character performances for feature animated film

Lead Animator: "Hotel Transylvania 2" (2015)

  • Lead a team of approxiately 15 animators, helping create animated character performances,
  • helped with technical issues,
  • Interfaced with other departments to make ensure the quality of the animation throughout the film.
  • Completed shot work on a number of sequences.


Senior Character Animator: "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" (2013)

  • Created character performances for feature animated film
  • Recieved “Sony Imageworks Appluase Award” for outstanding perfromance

Senior Character Animator: "Hotel Transylvania" (2012)


Walt Disney Feature Animation                   February – August 2014                Burbank, CA

Character Animator: "Big Hero 6"

* Big Hero 6 won the Oscar for best animated feature, 2014.

Pixar Canada                   September – October 2013                Vancouver, BC. Canada

*studio was closed in the first 2 weeks of my employment*



Rainmaker Entertainment                     May 2011 – December 2011       Vancouver, Canada

Lead Character Animator: "Escape from PLanet Earth" (2013)

  • Created character performances for feature animated film
  • Mentored other animators on performance and technique.
  • Helped to develop specific animation styles for characters
  • Tested rigs and quality control

Weta Digital                              September 2010 – May 2011       Wellington, New Zealand

  • Character Animator on “ Caesar, Rise of the Apes (2011) ” 

Animal Logic               March 2010 - September 2010       Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • Character animator : "Legend of the Guardians" (2010)

Rhythm and Hues Studios     March 2009 - October 2010        Los Angeles, CA

Lead Character Animator

  • Created character performances for feature films.
  • Assisted and mentored other animators.


Rhythm and Hues Studios     June 2007 - February 2009         Los Angeles, CA

Character Animator

  • Created character performances for feature films.
  • Films include Alvin and the Chipmunks, Incredible Hulk and others

Luma Pictures             June 2006-March 2007                      Venice, CA

Character Animator

  • Animated creatures props and cameras for feature film projects


Digital Domain             February – May 2006                        Venice, CA

Character Animator

  • Animated characters and creatures for commercial projects and game trailers..


Stargate Films         June 2003 – February 2006.     South Pasadena, CA

Visual Effects Artist and Animator

  • Character animation, modeling, lighting and texturing of photo real visual elements for assigned shots.


1999–2003                    College For Creative Studies           Detroit, MI

  • B.A., Fine Arts, concentration in animation


2006, 2009             Gnomon School of Visual Effects      Los Angeles, CA

  • Multiple Character animation classes taught by Dreamworks animators.



  • Animation for emotional character performance, lip sync and acting, creature animation, mechanical and camera animation.
  • Modeling and rigging of characters, including bipeds, quadrupeds, faces and creatures.
  • Software: Maya, XSI, 3DS MAX Voodoo (Rhythm and Hues proprietary)


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