GAVIN DELL has 30 years experience as an animator, director, designer and story artist in both traditional and computer animation.
Gavin began studying animation in the late 80’s at California Institute of the Arts. Previously he had developed his artistic ability drawing monsters from Heavy Metal and Epic illustrated magazines. He began his animation experience on the infamous television series “Family Dog,” produced by Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg. His first feature film came next on a movie called “Bebe’s Kids” for the Hudlin Bros.. Gavin’s career as an animator continued on several seasons on “The Simpson’s” and “The Critic” at Film Roman.
After animating for several years Gavin began developing his own projects and because of his imaginative character designs was hired to design characters for the new “Pink Panther” series. Then he animated on a short sequence in the film “Stay Tuned” for legendary director Chuck Jones followed by another year as an animator on the industry acclaimed feature film “Cat’s Don’t Dance”. During this time he animated for Chuck Jones’ final short of his career “Chariots of Fur”with the Coyote and Roadrunner.
Gavin then switched gears and began to work in visual development at Warner Bros. Feature Animation. He wrote and developed on several projects at Warner Bros. until he was offered the opportunity to be the lead designer of the Disney Television series “Hercules” based on the feature film with production design by Gerald Scarfe (Pink Floyd The Wall). His dedication to designing everyday for over 2 years and the sophistication of Scarfe’s style from Hercules developed Gavin’s skills and garnered him enough attention that he was offered the opportunity to design the entire cast for the animated feature film “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Yes, it began as an animated film! The project was rescripted as a live action feature after over a year of work and now lives only as a legendary project that insiders said was a really cool looking film.
Opportunity came knocking again when his relationship with the executives from Hanna Barbera offered his first opportunity to direct on the Fox Primetime series “Family Guy”. He directed three episodes in season two including the infamous “Brian Goes to Hollywood” episode.
He then returned to Disney to storyboard on the series Teamo Supremo an tribute to Underdog. While there he pitched his own show and landed a development deal on his own property entitled “What a Hoot! It’s Ginger Root!”
Gavin’s career came back around again to working on his favorite characters from childhood “Looney Tunes”. First he began by designing the characters for a dozen theatrical shorts including new models for his favorite characters, Daffy Duck, the Roadrunner and Yosemite Sam. Then he got to animate with legendary Disney animator Eric Goldberg on the new film “Looney Tunes Back in Action”. This marked his third time working on Looney Tunes not including one of the shorts with Chuck Jones.
During this time Gavin reclaimed his love for video games playing them with his two boys at home. The potential for him to use his artistic abilities in this explosive media sparked him to move into 3D. He began on a superhero game for Sony, then conquered the entire character of Nightcrawler for X-Men 3 the game. His work on Nightcrawler along with his film experience landed him a spot as Lead Cinematic Animator on two triple A titles, “Dirty Harry” and “Silent Hill 5”, where he managed and Lead all cinematic animation for the studio. He also contributed heavily to story and design for both games using his background in story and character development.
In 2009 he joined the team at Technicolor Interactive Services to lead several projects to cinematic completion. These included Gears of War 2, Silent Hill Shattered Memories, Activision’s Jurassic Hunter, and Darksiders. Then he joined the studio Frame Machine in Santa Monica where he developed all of their traditional animated projects while also helping to animate the cinematics for Tomb Raider and Saints Row 3.
Shortly after he returned to Warner Bros. for more Bugs and Daffy on the Looney Tunes Show where this time he worked on storyboards. During this time Gavin was asked to design characters for a new product called Growums which teaches kids to grow their own gardens full of veggies. He designed over 50 characters and now Growums is on the shelves and is also sponsored by the WNBA where you can see his characters jumping around as mascots at the games.
He then storyboarded for the primetime show Dan Vs. which warmed him up for another directing spot on Fox’s Primetime show Bordertown from the writers of Family Guy. His work on Bordertown earned him another directing spot for a pilot of a new show called “Bear in Underwear” based on the children’s book series. He then returned for two more years at Disney Television for the hit series Elena of Avalor.
Gavin recently returned to back at Warner Bros. directing on another classic “Scooby Doo”. Then to direct a new Primetime Musical comedy for Apple TV called “Central Park” by the creator of Bob’s Burgers.
He is currently working at Rough Draft Studios on Mett Groening’s newest show called Disenchantment for Netflix.