David Latour:  Animator, Educator

Professional Experience

FANSHAWE COLLEGE Coordinator, ANC                                                            Sept ‘17 - present
Instruction, curriculum development and program management. Coordinator for 3d Animation and Character Design program, Instructor for the Animation program. 

RUNE ENTERTAINMENT ~ 3d Animation & Camera Layout                            May ‘20 - present
Freelance contract animator. Ongoing project based work on cinematics for the game EvilVEvil and an unannounced project.

ACADEMY of ART UNIVERSITY ~ Animation Coordinator,                            Sept ‘10 - Sept '17
Animation instruction of BFA and MFA students in the Animation and Visual Effects program. Promoted to Full-Time Animation Coordinator Sept 2011. Responsible for curriculum design and development, recruitment and supervision of part-time teaching staff.

MEGA PICKLE ENTERTAINMENT ~ Animation Lead,                                 Apr ‘11 – Apr ‘15
Supervise remote international team of animators and rigging artists. Responsible for work assignments, schedule and quality control. In addition, personally generating animation for in-game assets. Concurrent with role at Academy Art University and SAE Ex’pression College.

SAE EX’PRESSION COLLEGE ~ Course Director,                                            Sept ‘10 – Aug ‘11
Instruction and curriculum design for Game Art and Design class "Animation for Games". Creator/Director for Morpheus Wardrobe Project. Additional instruction for AVE classes "Reel Production" and "Animation 2"

IMAGEMOVERS DIGITAL ~ Senior Animator,                                                 Aug ‘08 – Aug ‘10
Animation and motion capture editing for “Disney's: A Christmas Carol” and “Mars Needs Moms”.  Also assisting with shot final/quality assurance.

ACTIVISION (Z-AXIS) ~ Senior/Lead Animator,                                            Sept ‘04 – July ‘08
In-game and cinematic animation and character development for X-Men3: the Official Movie Game.  Provided animation support for development work on proprietary engine tools.  Promoted to Lead Oct 2006.  Additional animation and movement design for 4 unpublished titles (X-Men: Mutants, Wolverine, Drum Hero, and Call of Duty: Devil’s Brigade).  Cinematic work for “Quantum of Solace”

ACADEMY of ART UNIVERSITY ~ Professor,                                                   Sept ‘04 – July ‘10
Concurrent with employment at Z-Axis and ImageMovers Digital.  In the fall semester of 2004, instruction and course design for second year class “Character Development in Animation.”  From 2005-10 online directed study for several graduate students.

INDUSTRIAL LIGHT + MAGIC ~ Senior Animator,                                        Sept ‘96 – Aug ‘04
Creating character animation for use in seventeen feature films and three television commercials.  Layout and storyboarding for sequences in 3 films.  Blocking and layout of a large number of shots for Van Helsing.  Designing tutorials and in-class workflow training for junior animators.  Shot and camera layout on ILM digital short “Work in Progress”.  Served as producer/animator on the short CG animated film “Let Go”.  Helping production test proprietary animation tool ‘Poseur’.

WILDCARE ~ Volunteer,                                                                                          May ‘97- present
Concurrent with paid positions, care and treatment of injured and orphaned native wildlife for release back into wild.  Training of non-releasable educational resident animals.  Construction/design of animal enclosures and enrichment items. Artwork for newsletters, murals and education department needs.  Children’s face painting for promotional events.

B&R NEW MEDIA ~ Animator,                                                                              Jul-Aug ‘96
Animation and character design for ‘Word Play’ series of children's interactive games.  

BLYTH FESTIVAL ~ Designer/Performer                                                          Jun - Aug 91/92
Prop/costume design and construction for production, scene writing and stage performance.

OPERA LYRA OTTAWA ~ Puppeteer                                                                  Nov – Dec 91
Leading puppet performance (Balthazar) in opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.

DAVID SMITH MARIONETTES ~ Puppeteer                                                   Aug - Sept 91
Lead role (Efram) in “Sleigh without Bells” at the London Art Gallery and regional schools.

CANADA ARTS COUNCIL ~ Director/Designer/Puppeteer                       Sept - Dec 90/91
Directed and performed a series of marionette plays at the London Art Gallery and the London International Children's Festival 1990/91.

Skills & Software

Curriculum Development
Camera Layout
Maya 2.0 - 17.0
Mel Scripting
Softimage 2.0 - 3.5
MS Word
Software Testing

Achievements & Awards

Outstanding Performance 1991
Ontario Collegiate Festival
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Best Male Performance 1991
Blyth Drama Festival
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Outstanding Performance 1990
Ontario Collegiate Festival
Colours in the Dark
Outstanding Achievement in Design 1990 National Collegiate Festival
Colours in the Dark

Best Male Performance 1990
Blyth Drama Festival
Colours in the Dark

Outstanding Student 1989
Ontario Excellence in
Public Education Award


Maya Master Training Class, San Francisco, CA. - Certified                                             2001
Sheridan College, Oakville, Ont. Canada - Diploma, Classical Animation                      '93 - '96     C.H.S.S, Clinton, Ont. Canada – OAC Diploma                                                               '86 - '91

Interests & Hobbies

Acting, Sculpting, Figurine painting, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Paintball, PC/Console Gaming


EvilVEvil (2020), Endlings (2020), Knob (2016), Art School of Horrors (215), The Boat Builder (2015), Mars Needs Moms (2011), Disney's: A Christmas Carol (2009), Van Helsing (2004), Hulk (2003), Timeline (2003), Let Go (2003), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2003), Men in Black II (2002), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), The Time Machine (2002), Jurassic Park III (2001), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), The Green Mile (1999), The Haunting (1999), Wild Wild West (2000), The Mummy (1999), Jack Frost (1998), Small Soldiers (1998), CPU (1997), Flubber (1997)