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Manu Menéndez – Character Animator

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Manu Menendez

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OBJECTIVE

To breathe life into characters while being part of a talented team of artists!


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

April 2013 – Present

Junior Character Animator

Feature film “Mortadelo y Filemon contra Jimmy el Cachondo (2014)”, the upcoming film by Ilion Animation Studios, directed by Spanish Academy Award Winner, Javier Fesser.

March 2013 – Present

Tutor

Online tutoring for 3D Character Animation students in the Spanish-speaking school, AnimationGym.com providing a weekly online class as well as personal and detailed critiques for each student.

February 2013 – April 2013

Freelance Character Animator

Feature film “Savva (2014)” produced by Glukoza Production and directed by Maxim Fadeev with a screenplay by Gregory Poirier. Worked remotely from Madrid.

May 2012 – October 2012

Junior Character Animator

Feature film “Metegol/Foosball (2013)”, directed by Juan José Campanella, Academy Award Winner for “The secret in their eyes”, and Academy Award Nominated for “Son of the Bride”.

June 2007 – April 2012

Private English Teacher

Tutored students to help them improve their English grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills. Prepared them for diplomas such as the First Certificate in English and the Certificate of Advanced English while working on their time-management and organizational skills.


EDUCATION

June 2010 – March 2012

Animation Mentor

Diploma for Advanced Studies in Character Animation
Class 01 Mentor: Shaun Freeman (Reel FX)
Class 02 Mentor: Jay Davis (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Class 03 Mentor: Dimos Vrysellas (Circus Ink Entertainment, Ltd.)

Class 04 Mentor: Melanie Cordan (DreamWorks) & Jamy Wheless (ILM, Lightstream Animation Studios)
Class 05 Mentor: Michelle Meeker (Weta)
Class 06 Mentor: Jason Taylor (Blur, Blue Sky Studios, Reel FX Studios)

August 2011

Improv Workshop with Rodrigo Chiclana

Developed acting skills and techniques to generate ideas.

September 2009 – June 2010

Factoria del Guión

Diploma in Film and TV Screenwriting

September 2008 – June 2009

Septima Ars

Diploma in Film and TV Production

June 2008

Cambridge ESOL

Certificate of Proficiency in English

June 2007

HH. MM. Chamberí

Título de Bachillerato (Spanish Baccalaureate)


VOLUNTEER WORK

August 2011

ACM Siggraph “National Computer Graphics Conference”

Student Volunteer for the year 2011 edition, held in Vancouver, Canada.


HONORS AND AWARDS

-          Featured in the “2012 Animation Mentor Student Showcase”.
-          “Most Entertaining Video Reference” Award, voted by the students in the Animation Mentor 2012 Graduation.


OTHER

Software used:                      Maya – Motion Builder – 3ds Max – Premiere Pro – Flipbook
Languages:                           English (proficient), Spanish (native) and Italian (intermediate)
Hobbies:                               Travelling – Languages – Acting – Film-making – Videogames – Photography

European driving license Class B.