ERIC DARNELL (Director) joined PDI's Character Animation
Group in 1991. Since then, he has helmed numerous commercial and
film projects, drawing upon his multi-faceted talents in animation,
visual effects and art direction. His in-house animated short
entitled "Gas Planet" garnered international recognition,
including the Ottawa Animation Festival Special Jury Prize.
For a brief time, Darnell left PDI to assist with computer animation
research and development for DreamWorks' upcoming epic drama "The
Prince of Egypt." Returning to PDI, he took up directing
chores on "Antz."
Darnell earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University
of Colorado and an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts.
While completing his MFA. he was awarded filmmaking grants from
both the Ahmanson Foundation and the Princess Grace Foundation.
Prior to joining PDI, Darnell worked as a freelance animator.
His credits include directing the animated music video "Get
Up" for the rock band REM.
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