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Van delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2010

Van has worked as an animator, previs artist and designer for films and games produced by Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks, Digital Domain, Double Negative, Activision, Zynga, 2K, Naughty Dog ILM and Blue Sky Studios. His credits includes: Harry Potter, Shrek2, Madagascar, Stuart Little 2, Ice Age 3, John Carter, Uncharted, How to Train Your Dragon (pilot), Oz the Great and Powerful, Thor, Alice and Wonderland, Skylanders, NBA2K17, Captain America Civil War, and various other projects.

Van's breadth of experience in feature animation, effect films, commercials, television, console games, tech, academia, social games and mobile games has given him an unique perspective and teaching philosophy. In addition to production work, Van enjoys teaching as it allows him to help students achieve their own aha moments. He has given talks or has taught at Cal Arts, USC, AAU, CCA, SCAD, De Anza College, Pratt, Ringling and Stanford.

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Senior Animator, Layout Artist, Director
Dec 2016 - Present
Various Studios



MFA Cinematic Arts
Aug 1997 - May 2000
University of Southern California
Psychology and Business Economics
Sep 1989 - Jun 1994


Awards and Screenings
Jan 1997
Academy of Motion Pictures

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