Juan Guiraldes is a Senior Animator at ILM. He has worked in projects such as Jurassic World and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom , Kong Skull: Island, Ready Player One, Transformers, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Aladdin and Terminator Dark Fate. Before this, he was an animator at Weta Digital, where he contributed to movies such as Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, Avengers, Iron Man 3, the Hobbit Trilogy, The Man of Steel and Planet of the Apes, among others.
Juan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in August 1976. He started showing interest in drawing and comic books from an early age. Likewise he was glued to the TV box with most cartoons running on TV and cable in the 80s and 90s. Without knowing, he was entering the world that would later become his greatest dream and obsession.
By the time he hit 16, and realized one could make a living from animation, and always being a very driven and stubborn kid, he understood that he was going to reach his goal of learning how to do it. Inspired by Disney 2D animated movies and heavily by Jurassic Park in 1993, he knew he was going to have to pursue a career abroad. The problem was how, and where, since there was no industry at all in Argentina, or South America, in the times pre-internet. And so the quest began.
A quest that led him to leave his city, family and life behind, and that took him to study in some of the most prestigious animation schools in the world, School of Visual Arts, NY, and Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, where he studied both 2D and 3D animation.
He then moved to New Zealand, inspired by LOTR in the year 2001. He was determined to work in Weta Digital. And that he did, but not after many years in the smaller studios in New Zealand, and Australia.
After 5 intense and long years at Weta Digital, he moved to ILM’s studio in Singapore, where he worked for 3 years. He was then asked to move to London, to the ILM studio there. And he’s been enjoying life, and working hard, in this magical city, working on some of the biggest projects ever done.
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