Director-Producer, script writer, editor, animator, 3D graphics, post production
Animator, 3D modeler, rigging specialist
Athanassios (Nassos) Vakalis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Since childhood, he demonstrated an interest in art, submitting his early work in various contests and winning numerous prizes and distinctions. During adolescence Nassos’ interest turned toward character animation. He got his start working as a cartoon and graphics artist for several advertising agencies and small studios in Athens and later pursued his studies in art and animation in the U.S.A. Nassos attended the Department of Film and Video at Pratt Institute, New York and acquired his B.F.A. in Fine Arts, majoring in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California. During his senior year at college, Nassos participated in the Short Film Festival of Drama Greece where he premiered his animated debut film “Don’t Feed the Bear.” This film attracted the attention of legendary animation director Don Bluth, who offered Nassos a permanent position with his company.
At Sullivan-Bluth Studios, Nassos began as an animation assistant but within a few weeks he was promoted to an animator. In that position he completed the production of the films “Rock-a-Doodle”, “Troll in Central Park” and “Thumbelina”, developing his talent and skills under real production conditions and requirements. Soon after he became Supervising Animator for the film “The Swan Princess” for Rich Entertainment and simultaneously worked freelance on many advertising spots, shorts and other feature films.
In 1995, when Warner Bros. opened its new animation studios in Los Angeles, he became Supervising Animator and he was assigned to design and animate “Kayley”, the lead character in the feature animated film “Quest for Camelot”. During his career in Warner Bros, Nassos explored story, storyboarding and conceptual development and was involved with the pre-production of many projects the studio had in development at the time. In 1997, Nassos was appointed by his Alma matter, the California Institute of the Arts, to teach Character animation. A year later he joined the newly founded DreamWorks where he worked closely with Steve Hickner, director of “Prince of Egypt,” with whom he formed a friendship. Between 1998-2000 at DreamWorks, Nassos completed “Joseph, King of Dreams” and storyboards for the films “Outlaws”, “Tusker”, “Tortoise and Hare” and the acclaimed “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron”.
In 2000 Nassos co-founded Time-Lapse Pictures LLC and signed a deal with Klasky Csupo for the production of the Paramount release “Rugrats in Paris”. A year later, Time Lapse Pictures was relocated in Athens Greece, where Nassos returned to produce and supervise animation for several sequences of Sony’s “Eight Crazy Nights” and Paramount’s “Rugrats go Wild” as well as “El Cid the Legend” for the Spanish Filmax and “Jester Till” for the German Munich Animation, as well as many 2D and 3D commercials for the Greek and international market.
Though Time-Lapse Pictures is still operating in Athens Greece, in late 2004 Nassos returned to Los Angeles where he now lives with his wife and two sons. He is currently working for the feature animation development unit of DreamWorks Animation Studios and Universal Pictures.
In 2006 Nassos was awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with an Emmy for outstanding achievement in content for non-traditional delivery platforms for the ESPN show Off Mikes. Since then he has earned another EMMI nomination and a ANNI nomination for his work in the Dreamworks animated comedy "Bee Movie". Nassos has also directed 130 episodes of the popular short animated series Crime Time and has penned several of the shorts himself. During 2007-2009 Nassos and Time-Lapse Pictures co-produced the animated Christmas specials “A Little Mouse That Wanted to Touch a Star” and “The Boy and the Tree” based on short stories by Eugene Trivizas. “A Little Mouse That Wanted to Touch a Star” received several awards internationally while “The Boy and the Tree” was also voted by The European Broadcasters Union as the second Best production in Europe for children and juniors 2009. In 2010 Nassos finished a his short film “Human Nature” which was screen in over 25 festivals around the world and received an Honorary distinction from the DIGI2011 Festival in Drama Greece.
Eva Vomhoff was born in Ludwigsburg, Germany in 1975. She graduated in business administration in 1997 and currently works for a non-profit organization in accountancy and IT department.
Since her younger days she showed great interest in traditional art .
Even though her professional career took her on another path, her passion remained with the arts.
About 10 years ago her interest in computer generated graphics was awakened, as a fusion between art and engineering. Since then she worked hard on developing skills in 3D modeling, animation and rigging.
She took part in some community contests and is a winning artist of the first place in Carrara Lounge's "7" contest and in the "Telling a story" contest from C3DE.
Another notable example of her art work is the Carrara 8 splash screen image .
Danas Anis formally Danas Bartkevicius was born in Kaunas, Lithuania on 1987-06-16. Since early childhood Danas revealed big interest in arts and graduated Kaunas Art Gymnasium. After which Danas was offered to study digital animation by professor Jonas Gudmonas which lead him to studying interactive design branched to digital animation in Vilnius College of Technologies and Design. There Danas discovered his interest heavily fall in photography and multimedia design arts as well as love for 3D graphics and animated visualizations.
After successfully graduating Vilnius College of Technologies and Design Danas
co-founded and created/designed an on-line magazine called Carrara 3D Expo as a learning resource for the DAZ 3D community. He also continued to work as a freelancer on numerous short films, animated visuals effects 3D/2D for various social events such as Sachteau(x) musical event and graphics design work involving print and identity design. While also sharing his time to digitally tutor digital arts. In addition Danas talents doesn't end here. Beginning with C3DE magazine management Danas found him self in shoes of journalist taking interviews and writing software reviews.
Danas professional work experiences range from working as a freelance multimedia designer for various projects and working for companies such as “Piar Reklama” video commercials company, A.G.E. Group advertising and design company and Bstudija design production studio.
Currently Danas is working on various projects to improve competences in digital arts, multimedia design and video editting.
Kostas Christides was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He started his musical studies when he was six years old. When he finished high school he moved to London and graduated from the London College of Music where he studied Piano, Composition and Orchestration and also received his Masters degree in Composition. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California's Advanced Studies Program in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.
Being passionate about film music since he was teenager - when he started his over 1200 soundtracks collection-, Kostas commenced working in various projects right after school.
With numerous credits to his name as a composer of original scores and an orchestrator, Christides' accomplishments have included among others, compositions for the films, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, Love Happens (Universal), Black Tulip (Fox), Perkins 14 (Lions Gate), Dark Ride (Lions Gate), The Drone Virus, 29 Reasons To Run, Eduart, Crime Time Animation Series and orchestrations for, The Hurricane (Universal), Spiderman 3 (Sony Pictures), Wonder Boys (Paramount), Swordfish (Warner Bros.), The Shipping News (Miramax), The Core (Paramount), The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (Sony Pictures), and Untraceable (Paramount).
Kostas has been awarded for "Best Original Music" at Bare Bone International Film Festival and "Best Impact Of Music" at Park City Film Music Festival for his work in the film "29 Reasons To Run"
He has also received, the "Best Original Score" award at the "Greek State Film Awards 2006" for his work in the German-Greek production "Eduart".