His talent for creating realistic movement led to him taking on more responsibility—first as a Senior Animator on I,Robot, then a Sequence Lead on King Kong. His first Animation Supervisor role came in 2006 on Eragon, where he and his team created the climactic end sequence.
Dave then started the initial animation studies for Avatar, which began his three-year involvement in the project. His Animation Supervisor role on Avatar gave him the experience necessary to lead the animators back into Middle-earth and bring to life the digital characters in Peter Jackson’s trilogy The Hobbit. He received Oscar® nominations for the first two films, and he is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Dave has recently completed Rampage, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Game of Thrones: Season 8, and is now working on Godzilla vs. Kong.