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Dave Walvoord II

At a Glance

Class Year: 1996

Award Year: 2012

Degree: Master of Science in Visualization

Profession: Animation


Dave Walvoord was the Visual FX Supervisor for the feature animated film “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” Previously, Dave provided additional Visual FX Supervision on the Mandarin Release of Kung Fu Panda 3. Dave was Visual FX Supervisor for the Golden Globe® winning and Academy Award®-nominated animated film “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” For his work on that film he was nominated for the 2014 Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. He has also served as the Workflow Director for Look and Lighting at DreamWorks Animation. Prior to this role he was Digital Effects Supervisor and Head of Lighting for the Academy Award®-nominated “Kung Fu Panda 2,” the video short “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters” and the 2010 “Kung Fu Panda Holiday” Television Special. Dave worked as CG Supervisor on the Academy Award®-nominated “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “Over the Hedge” and the Academy Award®-nominated “Shark Tale.” Before joining DreamWorks Animation, Walvoord worked at Blue Sky Studios as a Supervising Technical Director on the animated feature “Ice Age” and as a Digital Effects Supervisor on the Academy Award®-winning short “Bunny.” In the live-action realm, he contributed to both “Fight Club” and “Star Trek: Insurrection.” Walvoord received a Master of Science degree in Visualization Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He served on the College of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Board at that institution from 2007 to 2011. He has also been honored as an Outstanding Alumni of Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture. Dave is a member of the professional honorary organizations of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Visual Effects Society.