Can you tell us a bit of your art background prior to VANAS?
Telling stories in all formats I can has been a passion for me since childhood. I wrote my first feature length screenplay when I was only 16. Writing for film continued into my early 20's, but I never attempted to distribute my work. I only wrote for the love of writing. It wasn't until my 30's, when I finally mustered the courage to chase my dreams. I bid a fond farewell to a 10 year career in the Canadian Navy, attended VANAS for the Concept Art Program, and moved to Vancouver, B.C. where I found work as a Production Assistant with Nerd Corps Entertainment. It was there that I discovered my love for cartoons and animation, and when life forced me back to Victoria, I resolved to return to VANAS for the Writing for Animation program and pursue a career doing what I was meant to: telling the story.
How would you define what you do?
I've been a character and vfx animator for many years, working on all everything from feature/vfx films, commercials, tv, games, or what have you. I've been involved in many films from pre-production through final tweaks, working on building cycles, face shapes, conception, rigging.
Calvin Leduc Bio
I studied classical animation at Sheridan College for 3 years, after painting and drawing there for a year. I’ve worked on television shows in Ottawa, commercials in Montreal, and feature films for Disney and Steven Spielberg for over 20 years. I was retrained in computer animation at Disney. For the last 7 years I have taught computer animation, storyboarding, sculpting, acting and animation history at several colleges in Vancouver, BC, Canada.