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DNEG Finalists

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France | ESMA


Nayoon Levitin


United States | Think Tank Training Centre

I caught the bug while growing up watching Steven Spielberg movies.


France | ECV

I first realise I wanted to work in the creative media and entertainment industry when I was child. I have always wanted to draw. When I saw movies, series, video games or read books, I was so excited by creating characters inspired by the universe in question.

Kim Taewan


South Korea | SF FILM SCHOOL

When I first saw 'Avatar', I was impressed by the planet 'Pandora'. It was so real and beautiful that I felt my heart bounce. I was absorbed in computer graphics and that was the time I realised I have to work in the creative media.

Jeongbin Kim


South Korea | SF Film School

I came to this place because I like movies. Starting with the thought that I wanted to experience even indirectly while working at a movie theater just because I like movies, I worked part-time at the cinema for 9 years, getting to know and seeing more diverse movies than others. As I came into contact with many movies, I wanted to do post-production of my favorite videos myself, so I became interested in the ever-growing CG of movies, and I aimed to become a CG artist.


France | ESMA

I was 8 years when I realised that I wanted to work in creative media and entertainment . I was captivated by the magic of cartoons and movies. I knew, in front of a classic Disney movie, that I would like to do this with my life.

Clémence Debit


France | ArtFx

Rayan Bakri


France | Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques

I was obsessed with cartoon network growing up. I kept watching the channel even at a later age. Animated characters always fascinated me with their personalities and movement. I chose to study Computer Graphics and Interactive Media at ALBA university in Lebanon. That is where i discovered 3D animation, and it was a whole other world for me. After graduating with a BFA in Computer Graphics, i decided to pursue 3D animation in full focus at one of the top animation schools i found online. ESMA.

Nilson Faria


Canada | Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects

Antoine Pagès


France | ESMA

When i was 15 years old, i discovered blender and it was a revelation

Kate Vaillant


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

When I was in high school I realized I wanted to pursue a creative career. I have been animating ever since I was little on a Nintendo DSI application called flipnote. I enjoyed story telling and art so I needed a path that had both. I fell in love with computer animation later while attending Ringling College of Art and Design.

Marc Mesa


Spain | FX ANIMATION Barcelona 3D and Film School

When I was twelve years old I started to feel interested in the VFX industry because a very close friend showed me how he was creating his awesome VFX work. Since I was young I was practicing and learning a lot from different tutorials and nowadays I'm studying in FX Animation.

Lea Pietrzyk


France | GOBELINS, l'école de l'image

Just Graduated from Gobelins, L’Ecole de l’Image, I am a 2D Animation Filmmaker, Story Artist and Visual Development Artist. Storytelling is my passion and through the medium of Animation I wish to create films that are universal and have a positive message. My love for Cinema, Music, Science and Nature is the key driving force to my Stories.



France | Brassart


Antoine Mathieu des GAVROCHES


France | New3dge

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by CGI at cinema because It was real for me sometimes. I thought cinema and video game are the most realistic way to give life to your imagination, and when I finished college in 2013, I Studied 3 years at Fine Arts ESAL in france , one year of practical effects at METAMORPHOSES school in Strasbourg, and I integrate NEW3DGE in 2017 to achieve my knowledge of special effects and how to do them.

Valentin LEFEVRE


France | New3dge

Annina Weber


Germany | Think Tank Online

I knew I wanted to work in this industry when I saw that it's possible to create ...everything.

Simon Betancur Baghino


Spain | Animum3D School

The first time I discovered that I wanted to dedicate myself to the world of 3D animation was when I went to a festival called ANIMAYO. From that moment on, when I saw the work of Juan Solís, I knew I could make a living out of it. From then on I dedicated my free time to learn through youtube as much as I could. Currently I decided to study at ANIMUM 3D where I perfected and acquired new knowledge to reach a professional level. It's my passion, most of my free time is dedicated to 3D modeling.

Michael Assous


United States | Gnomon — School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation

Coming from a film background with a passion for fine art especially anatomy, life drawing and traditional sculptures I have develop a serious interest for hyper-realism, digital humans and character art which became my main focus during my education alongside grooming, the study of light and composition as a look development artist.

Bo-Mi Tak


South Korea | SF Film School

After watching Iron Man in high school, I interested in VFX . It was fascinating for me to believe that cartoon characters exist somewhere in the real world through computer graphics. While learning VFX, when I created what I imagined using a 3D program,I felt proud that I couldn't express in words and this experience gave me confidence in my job as a VFX designer.



France | ArtFX School

Bavly Hanna


United States | Gnomon

At a very early age, I admired watching movies and playing video games, and always wondered how they were made. It naturally grabbed my attention since I was a kid to watch the CG and VFX in movies, and always felt like magic.

Nora Pikoszky


United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

I've realised I wanted to work in this field since I was 7 years old.

Mizuki Yamada


Canada | Vanarts


Matej Gorup


Croatia | University North

The first time I found out Zbrush was about 5 years ago during my first year of college. It was love on first sight, I immediately bought my own graphic tablet and started the journey. Hours and hours of work followed after. I was really confident about the idea to create all kind of creatures for games and movies, and as you can see now, few years later, I still persist toward my goals!