Daniel Gonzales is a talented, young animator whose résumé already includes today's industry-leading animation studios:
Walt Disney Animation Studios (2011-current)
Pixar Animation Studios (2008-11)
In His Words
CCA was a definitive and essential step for getting to the level I am at now in my career as an animator.
My four years of experience there [CCA] as an undergrad exposed me to many things that have prepared me for my career. I learned how to collaborate and network by making friends and helping one another.
I was exposed to many tools and mediums at CCA that enhanced my appreciation for art and challenged me to expand my abilities.
Gonzales has worked as an animator on Disney's 2013 animated film Frozen, which is the highest-grossing animated film in history ($1.3 billion) and earned two Academy Awards including Disney's first-ever for an animated feature film.
Additional films he's worked on include Disney's Wreck It Ralph (2012) and Disney-Pixar's Cars 2.
Gonzales's personal work has been exhibited at the W hotel in Beverly hills, Museum of Latin Art in Long Beach, California, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California montage in San Diego.
He's tutored and taught workshops and classes on multiple platforms such as Skillshare.com, worked as an animation mentor, and currently teaches at CalArts.
Andrew Lyndon inspired me and encouraged me to become an animator. I was a painting/drawing major in my sophomore year when I took Animation 1 as an elective. I wouldn't be where I am now if it weren't for him.