DOUG IKELER - CTO/SVP Digital Production
Doug Ikeler is CTO/SVP Digital Production for Locksmith Animation, where he defines the process of digital film making. After attending Art School, he joined a company in San Diego that colorised B&W films and from there went on to work on his first feature film in London, ‘We’re Back, 1993’ and then ‘Balto’, before returning to Los Angeles. Having taught himself 3D animation, he worked at Rhythm and Hues on the films ‘Babe’ and ‘WaterWorld’, as well as the ‘Coca Cola Polar Bear’s commercials.
He spent 9 years at Dreamworks and was one of their first digital artists working on ‘Prince of Egypt’. His love of visual effects took him into special effects work and then supervision during ‘The Road to Eldorado’, ‘Spirit and Sinbad’. In 2002, he left Dreamworks to pursue a job as the VFX Supervisor for Sony Picture Animation/Imageworks’ first animated movie ‘Open Season’. Thereafter Doug went on to work with Aardman Animations on ‘Arthur Christmas’ and then joined Disney to work as VFX Supervisor at DisneyToon Studio. He now finds himself at Locksmith Animation having just completed their first film release ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’.