MEET THE TEAM
After graduating from USC's film school, Dave was a Character Layout Artist for Animaniacs, Taz-mania and Carrotblanca at Warner Bros. As an Animator for Disney Feature Animation, he worked on Meeko in Pocahontas, Hades in Hercules and Fantasia 2000. Dave was a Supervising Animator on Mouseworks and The Tigger Movie. In addition to running his own commercial animation studio, he also animated on Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Medal of Honor.
As an educator, Dave was a Professor and Chair of Animation at Laguna College of Art & Design for over twelve years, where he and his colleague Dave Pruiksma were the architects behind the incredibly successful animation program.
Dave was hired directly from CalArts by Disney Feature Animation where he was mentored by Eric Larson, one of Disney's original Nine Old Men. While at the studio, he become a Supervising Animator, bringing to life such classic characters as Mrs. Potts and Chip in Beauty and The Beast, the Sultan from Aladdin, Flit in Pocahontas, the gargoyles Victor and Hugo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mrs. Packard from Atlantis. He was also an Animator on The Little Mermaid, The Lion King,The Rescuers Down Under, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company and Cranium Command.
After retiring from Disney, Dave served for nine years a Professor and Assistant Chair of the Animation department at Laguna College of Art & Design.
Morghan Gill graduated from the Laguna College of Art and Design with a BFA in animation and has successfully worked in Animation (both feature and TV), Video Game and Toy Design.
Her primary focus is Character Design, plying her craft in a number of large studios including Fox, Hasbro’s Allspark Studios, Warner Brothers, and BentoBox, just to name a few. Morghan also has over 5 years of experience teaching, lecturing and mentoring students in Character Design and Professional Studies.
Morghan's website is: https://www.mogiarts.com/
Illustrator Larissa Marantz began working as a Character Designer for Nickelodeon's Rocket Power and Rugrats TV shows. Her picture book illustration career started when she left the animation studio to stay at home and raise her young children. In between numerous play dates, and hundreds of diaper changes, she illustrated almost a dozen books for Nickelodeon's licensed properties. For 15 years she taught art classes to thousands of children through her after-school enrichment program, OC Art Studios. Larissa has been an adjunct faculty member of the Animation and Illustration departments at Laguna College of Art + Design for 12 years. She and her author husband are the creators of Clyde the Hippo picture book series for young readers, published by Penguin Workshop. She is currently illustrating a middle grade graphic novel with her husband to be published by HarperCollins in 2022.
John has a BFA in Feature Animation from Laguna College of Art & Design and a MFA in Screenwriting from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he was the Fogelman-Rodriguez Fellow.
As an Animator and Storyboard artist, John’s past credits include “South Park: The Stick of Truth” at Obsidian Entertainment. As a screenwriter, he has received numerous industry awards and nominations including Academy Nicholl and Tracking Board.
In the field of comics, John wrote the series “Archon: Battle of the Dragon” originally published by Action Lab Comics and recently released his new independent comic "Social Fiends."
John currently teaches at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman Univeristy.
After growing up in Arizona, Caleb went to graduate school to study design in Southern California, and has lived there ever since.
Caleb has been working as an artist in the gaming and publishing industry for over 17 years, for studios such as Steve Jackson Games, Wizards of the Coast, Chaosium Inc., The Jim Henson Company and BOOM! Studios.
He is currently Art Director at Hunters Entertainment, where he co-created the ENnie Award-winning children's books "The ABCs of D&D” and “The 123s of D&D." He also has been an illustration instructor since 2012.
Caleb's work can be found at www.calebisdrawing.com
Marshall Vandruff has been an artist and educator in Southern California for 36 years. His clients include MAD Magazine, Hanna Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Blizzard Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Disneyland, Disney Studios, Insomniac Games, Warner Brothers Entertainment, ImagineFX Magazine, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, and over forty advertising agencies.
He has taught nearly 300 courses and workshops in various art schools and colleges, including CSUF, Laguna College of Art & Design, LAAFA, Concept Design Academy and Fullerton College.
He co-hosts the DRAFTSMEN podcast with Stan Prokopenko. Marshall’s website is www.marshallart.com