Charles Ellison

Originally from Venezuela, Charles has 20 years of experience in the Animation industry. Notably during that time, Charles has served as a Head of Modeling for DreamWorks Animation where he supervised both Trolls and its sequel, Trolls World Tour. He also brings an extensive resume as a 3D artist for such franchises as “How To Train Your Dragon”, where he helped develop characters and environments for each installment of the beloved trilogy, and other DreamWorks films such as “Kung Fu Panda 2”, “Rise of the Guardians”, “Abominable” and most recently "Ruby Gillman - Teenage Kraken". Charles mostly serves as a Character Visual Development artist where he has helped bring to life many franchise characters from DreamWorks Animation and Netflix Animation, and currently serves as Character Art Director for Warner Bros. Pictures Animation where he is helping usher in more characters for upcoming features.

Participant Schedule

Sunday 10/29 2:45PM - 3:45PM

3D Character Visual Development for Animation

Room 204 | Charles Ellison, Leticia Gillett

Leticia and Charles welcome you to join them in discovering how 3D Character Development plays an integral role in feature animation. Learn insights to the process in which designing characters in 3D helps evolve a character concept from 2D design, by discovering the language of 3D shapes and look-development that help bring a character to life, and how these discoveries help spearhead the efforts downstream into production. Through thoughtful examples and discussion, Leticia and Charles will elaborate on their experiences, sharing their love for the craft, and hopefully inspiring those who dream of a career in 3D character development.