We’re thrilled to announce that Kara Oropallo has joined DNEG Animation as our new Vice President for Training, Outreach and Artistic Development!
Working from our Los Angeles studio, Kara will design and implement training programmes for our global crew members, plan artistic development programs to encourage continued growth, and lead our outreach with universities and artist communities around the world.
In addition to credits on animated shows such as Trolls, Rise of the Guardians, and Monsters vs. Aliens, Kara has most recently lectured as an Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communications at the University of Texas, focusing primarily on creative and artist management. Kara has also conducted training programmes for studios including DreamWorks, Netflix, Skydance, Paramount, Reel FX, and Mikros.
“I am thrilled to be joining the DNEG Animation team,” Kara told us when asked about the new appointment. “DNEG has carved out a distinguished place in the industry as a top visual effects house, and now DNEG Animation is excelling in the animation space as well. This is the perfect time for DNEG Animation to develop its training and outreach programs, as the company is experiencing unprecedented growth and expansion. The DNEG Animation team is unbelievably talented, and I cannot wait to see our vision come to fruition in the months and years to come.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Kara to DNEG Animation during this exciting time in our growth,” said DNEG Animation President Tom Jacomb. “Having worked together at DreamWorks, I knew someone of Kara’s immense talents and expertise would be an important addition to our senior team. Kara’s long experience of providing guidance and training to Animation professionals will be vital. We will look to Kara to implement the appropriate tools and best practices to help us not only create the most innovative and exciting animated content, but also to give our teams a framework to develop as creative individuals that contribute to our open, inclusive, and development-oriented culture.”