Animation enthusiasts and aspiring industry professionals often share a common memory: the moment when an animated character’s movement on screen felt truly alive, sparking emotion and fascination. Prashanth Cavale, the focus of our profile today, has dedicated himself to mastering this art of bringing drawings to life.
Originally from Bangalore and now based in Los Angeles, Cavale has spent over a decade as a character animator at DreamWorks Animation. His impressive portfolio includes work on renowned projects such as Penguins of Madagascar, Trolls, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Currently, he’s nominated for an Annie Award for his lead animator role on Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken.
In a recent interview, Cavale discussed his career journey and future plans. Starting as a generalist in 2004, he later specialized in character animation after completing a diploma course at AnimationMentor. Joining DreamWorks’ India Unit in 2009 marked a significant turning point, where he contributed to various projects across feature films, television, and DVD specials. His transition to Framestore in London expanded his expertise into VFX animation before returning to DreamWorks Animation in the US in 2018.
Cavale’s passion for animation was ignited by the captivating storytelling of Pixar during the early 2000s and his fascination with character movement in three-dimensional space. He emphasizes the importance of mastering body mechanics and simplifying ideas while maintaining entertainment value for aspiring animators. Reflecting on the impact of AI in animation, Cavale sees potential benefits in relieving artists of mundane tasks but also expresses concerns about its implications for creative jobs.
Looking ahead, Cavale plans to explore short film projects and further his understanding of storytelling through filmmaking courses. As he enters this new phase of learning and growth, his dedication to animation remains unwavering.
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