Dan Boulos | Chair
Dan Boulos is a classically trained animator, who is also fluent with modern digital toolsets. His over 20 years of professional experience include over 8 feature film credits. His industry experience includes Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks Animation. A part of the local animation scene, with Wiki Wiki Cartoons for more than 10 years, his work has aired on television and in film festivals.
Teaching animation and story for over 15 years, including 5 years in the Cal Arts Character Animation Program, Dan is well versed in classical techniques as well as all the modern digital toolsets. Dan has designed curriculum for many programs here, on the mainland and overseas. Dan founded the original European Animation Master Class in Halle, Germany. His students are employed in studios such as Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar. Dan emphasizes character development and story telling through his teaching and animation. A part of the Disney animation lineage his mentors include Glen Keane (Disney), Dave Pruiksma (Disney) and James Baxter (Disney/DreamWorks). He learned story from the late Joe Ranft (Disney/Pixar) and the late Vance Gerry (Disney).
Dan holds a BFA with a specialization in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts, and a Masters of Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Educational Technology Department. His screen credits include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Prince of Egypt and The Road to Eldorado. His local accolades include animation in Pele Award winning commercials.