Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Degree: Classical Animation
Year of graduation: 1995
With 16 years in the animation industry, Darin has lent his many skills to over 25 animated series in both the 2D and 3D realms. He currently works for Corus Entertainment, one of the world's leading animation companies, as Nelvana Studio’s Senior Technical Producer. In this position, Darin oversees the production of all Nelvana's 2D digital series.
Darin started his career as a 2D designer on such notable series as Eek the Cat, Ace Ventura and Sam & Max. He then moved to the 3D side of animation to work as a modeller on several series, including the multiple Emmy-winning Rolie Polie Olie.
In 2001, Darin made the leap to the big screen when he moved to Los Angeles to work on Hollywood blockbusters Dr. Dolittle2 and Planet of the Apes. He was also a technical director on Rescue Heroes and the Backyardigans, and technical supervisor for Disney's Handy Manny. In 2006, Darin returned to his 2D roots as technical supervisor on the Nelvana series' Ruby Gloom.
Darin has also storyboarded and designed numerous national television commercials, an award-winning NHL logo, and promo posters for Van Halen's 1998 world tour. Most recently, he directed an animated music video for the multi-platinum American hard rock band Chickenfoot which consists of legendary exVan Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, ex Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Memories from Sheridan:
"When I attended, the industry was experiencing the birth of 3D Animation and technologies. There was a buzz within the school as this new art form opened up a whole realm of possibilities through which we could express our talents. As usual, Sheridan was on top of it all and we were exposed to the exact technologies and tools the pros used. Looking back, it was sort of a second golden age and a great time to be starting out in animation. I am lucky to work closely with many of my former classmates.”
Advice for a Student or New Graduate:
"Never get too comfortable where you are. Don't be afraid to bet on the longshot. Life's biggest rewards come when you have risked something probable to attain the seemingly impossible."