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Kyle BALDA

After studying traditional animation at the California Institute of the Arts (Calarts) in 1991, Kyle Balda has been a professional animator for over 15 years. At Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) he worked on films such as « The Flintstones », « The Mask », « Mars Attacks » and also « Jumanji » for which he was supervising animator. After working on « The Frighteners » for Peter Jackson at Weta Digital in New Zealand, Kyle joined Pixar to work on « A Bug’s Life », « Monsters Inc », and as directing animator on « Toy Story 2″. Kyle Balda is now based in France where he has been teaching at GOBELINS, l’école de l’image since 2003, and holding master classes at various European animation schools, including Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark and Filmakademie de Baden-Württemberg in Germany. He is also pursuing his professional animation work for studios such as Mac Guff and Passion Pictures in Paris. Recently he was the layout director at Mac Guff for the hit feature film, « Despicable Me », co-directed by Pierre Coffin, former GOBELINS student. Kyle is currently co-directing a new feature film – « Lorax » – at Mac Guff.

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