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Chris Derochie

A 29 year veteran of the animation and VFX industries, Chris has gained animation experiences in nearly every discipline, format, and scope - - from traditional animation in large studios like Don Bluth Studios and Walt Disney Studios, to animation for small productions, television, games, products and advertising. He has been a director, storyboard artist, studio owner, and actor. 10 years ago, Chris taught himself 3D animation, using Softimage, Lightwave and Maya, and moved his career into animation for visual effects. His animation credits include such high profile features as The Thing,  Rise of the Planet of the Apes,  The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,and Battleship. He earned an Emmy Award Nomination for his work on Stargate Universe.

As Head of Animation at Zoic Studios BC, Chris now supervises animation for all episodic productions including Once Upon a Time, Falling Skies, Arrow, and 666 Park Avenue. Chris also oversees animation on Zoic's feature productions, with recent credits including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Grown Ups 2 and the upcoming Hidden, for Warner Bros. After working for Zoic Studios for barely a year, Chris has already earned a VES Award Nomination for Falling Skies.

Alongside his professional career, Chris has spent over 10 years teaching at animation schools and colleges like Animation Mentor – the Online School of Animation and VFX; The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark; and Ballyfermot College in Dublin, Ireland. Chris has been a guest lecturer in a number of schools, including Vancouver's own Vancouver Film School.

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