James Direen


  • Maya | 3D Studio Max
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Python | MEL | C++ | C#
  • Perforce | Subversion | Git
  • Proficient in UNIX/Linux environments
  • Havok (ragdoll setup and animation export)




07/10 – present

Reel FX

Senior Rigging Artist

Shows: Book of Life(2014) | Free Birds (2013) Looney Tunes Shorts (2011) | Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011) | Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (2011) | Judy Moody (2011) | Open Season 3 Sony Stereo 3D Commercial (2010)

Responsible for production rigging and tools development.

301 N. Crowdus St., Dallas, TX 75226

12/06 – 10/09

Idol Minds

Character Technical Director

Shipped Tittles: PAIN™ Downtown | PAIN™ Amusement Park | PAIN™ Movie Lot | PAIN™ Sore Spots | PAIN™ Museum

Responsible for character rigging and pipeline development.  Created user friendly multiple-rig biped setup tools. Developed facial animation UI and control system. Aided programmers in studio tools. Animated playable and non-playable characters.

282 Century Place, Suite 1000, Louisville, CO 80027


Art Institute of Colorado

Internship – SOAR Project

Worked in a production team to create 3D environments for a live action and animation short to be used as an external promotion for the school.Tasks included modeling, texturing, and lighting

1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203



Freelance Artist

Designed company logo, created presentation illustrations

2864 South Circle Drive, Suite 1200, Colorado Springs, CO 80906


The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver CO

Bachelor of Arts inMedia Arts and Animation, September 2006

Specializing in 3D Character Animation and Rigging

References available upon request

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