Visual FX Supervisor

Dave Walvoord recently served as Visual FX Supervisor for the feature animated film “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Before joining the show Dave was the Workflow Director for Look and Lighting at DreamWorks Animation. Prior to this role he was Digital Effects Supervisor and Head of Lighting for the Academy Award®-nominated “Kung Fu Panda 2,” the video short “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters” and the 2010 “Kung Fu Panda Holiday” Television Special. Dave worked as CG Supervisor on the Academy Award®-nominated “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “Over the Hedge” and the Academy Award® nominated “Shark Tale.”

Before joining DreamWorks Animation, Walvoord worked at Blue Sky Studios as a Supervising Technical Director on the animated feature “Ice Age” and as a Digital Effects Supervisor on the Academy Award® winning short “Bunny.” In the live-action realm, he contributed to both “Fight Club” and “Star Trek: Insurrection.”

Walvoord received a Master of Science degree in Visualization Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He served on the College of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Board at that institution from 2007 to 2011.

Speaker years: 
2014