Ian Etra


CG Artist

(212) 353-2169 · resume (at) ianimator.com




Blue Sky Studios Character Technical Director/Animator                        December 2005 - Present


o         Built articulation and deformation rigs for characters and props for short film No Time for Nuts (2006), feature films Horton Hears a Who (2008) and upcoming Ice Age 3 (2009). Additional animation of lead and background characters for Horton Hears a Who.


Freelance Animator/CG Artist                                                         March 2005 - December 2005


o         Animation, texturing/lighting and effects work in Maya. Studios include: Transistor Studios, Brand New School. Clients include: MTV, Jeep, Pringles, Volkswagen, ESPN.


Piranha Pictures Lead Designer                                                            Spring 2003 - Summer 2004


o         Creating 3D/2D graphics for television commercials, industrials & print in Maya and After Effects. Clients include United Nations Population Fund, Endless Pools Inc.


Edgeworx Technical Guy                                                                          Spring 2003 - Fall 2003


o         Provided all-around technical/production support at full-function Avid/After Effects/Final Cut NYC post-production house. Compositing work on feature film D.E.B.S. (2005)


Freelance Project Manager & Technology and Design Consultant                                  1998-2003


o         Provided services including web design, ad design and copywriting, presentation design and project management. Clients include Disney Interactive Group, Scholastic Inc., ESPN.com, Ziff Davis Media, SandBlast Productions.


NBC Internet Senior Producer                                                                                    1999-2001


o         Responsible for NBC web sites for Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

o         Produced all content for sites, including comedy pieces, original graphics and streaming video and audio.

o         Worked directly with show host, producers and writers to develop integrated on-air/online promotions.

o         Managed a bi-coastal production and design staff.


CMP Media’s GamePower.com Editor                                                                     1996-1997


o         Co-founded web publication providing daily coverage of the computer gaming industry.

o         Wrote game and hardware reviews, launched multiplayer gaming column, edited reviews from freelance writers

o         Designed graphics for online advertising campaign. Produced original graphics, streaming videos, tongue-in-cheek biweekly newsletter to 15,000+ subscribers.



Films & Festivals


In-Out                Writer/Director/Producer/Animator


Annecy 2006 International Animated Film Festival                          June 2006

Going Underground Festival (Berlin)                                                 February 2006

Berlin Interfilm 21st International Short Film Festival                        November 2005

MetroCAF 2005 (NYC)                                                                 September 2005                                        Jury Award

Nexttoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival                                          September 2005

Animation Block Party (NYC)                                                        September 2005


Steamed              Writer/Co-Producer/Animator/Technical Director


Berlin Interfilm 21st International Short Film Festival                        November 2005

MetroCAF 2005                                                                             September 2005                                       

Amazon/Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Competition                    June 2005

CADA Digital Arts Theater (NYC)                                               January 2005                                           Dean’s Award




o         Software: Maya, XSI, After Effects, Photoshop. Languages: MEL, Perl, French. Musical Instrument: Percussion.

o         Director/producer of short videos, published journalist and technical author.

o         Stand up and improvisational comedy performer, member of Screen Actors Guild.




Animation Mentor AnimationMentor.com                                                                         Present


o         Ongoing advanced studies in character animation.


New York University Center for Advanced Digital Applications                                      2003-2005


o         Master of Science in Digital Imaging and Design, Spring 2005. Graduated with honors for thesis film In-Out. Winner of Digital Bauhaus story competition for short film Steamed, Recipient of Dean’s Award for Steamed (animation, TD, particles), flag bearer.


Dartmouth College Hanover, NH                                                                               1989-1993


o        Graduated in June, 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Additional concentrations in creative writing and computer science. Senior Symphonic Award for contribution to music at Dartmouth.