David Boudreau – Animator
Born - August 26, 1969 Lynn, Massachusetts
David’s interest in drawing started at the very early age of 3 when he discovered what his hand and a pencil could do with just a few strokes. By age 4, his parents knew there was a talent hidden within, having perhaps inherited his talent from his father, Frank Boudreau who is a well known Nova Scotia artist.
During his early years, having moved to Nova Scotia in 1974 with his parents and older brother, there was almost never a moment without a pencil in his hand. A pad and pencil made long car rides travelling across Nova Scotia, during vacation time, bearable.
Graduating High School in 1987, he enrolled in the animation program at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada where he felt very privileged to study under, whom he considers one of the best animators in the world, Charlie Bonifacio. He graduated in 1991, 2nd in his class and was hired as an In-betweener on the feature film “Ferngully, The Last Rainforest”, which is where he feels he got his “real education” and introduction to the world of animation. During this time he met Darlie Brewster, who became his mentor, friend and the biggest influence through out his career.
David also did character design on such shows as “Jim Henson’s Dog City” and “American Tail, Fievel Goes West Series” at Nelvana Studios in Toronto, Canada.
In November 1993 David moved to Hollywood working for Kroyer Films as a character designer for a Christmas Special “Lion and the Lamb”.
The last few years he has worked as an animator for major studios, such as Disney, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Meatball Animation and Dreamworks.
With the changing industry he has now been updating his “pencil” animation skills with the use of a computer although he still feels that nothing can really take the place of a “pencil in the hand”. David likes to quote Don Bluth’s statement – “You have hundreds of thousands of shitty drawings in your system, so draw as much as you can”.
David is currently freelancing on several projects at this current time.