Robert David Olsen

Robert David Olsen

Desert Canyon Films

Director, screenwriter and visual effects artist in Tucson, Arizona

About Robert

Robert grew up in the town of Bensenville, Illinois. It's a small suburb of the Chicago area. While attending school there, Robert was pretty much your average student. He did, however, show great talent in art. He developed his drawing style over the years, and by the time he was a senior in high school, he had received many awards, including runner-up in the Congressional Art Competition his senior year, taking 2nd place overall. He graduated having completed an entire portfolio of work in which would prove vital to his career later on.

Exactly one month after graduating high school, Robert moved to the southwestern city of Tucson, Arizona. He has lived in Tucson for the past 15 years. In 2006, Robert made the choice to go back to school for a degree. He attended ITT Tech in Tucson, studying for a bachelors degree in Digital Entertainment and Video Game Design. In his second year at school after being named to the National Dean's list, Robert was given the opportunity of a life time, when he was hired by the Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN 9 as a graphic designer and animator. Robert has spent the past 7 years working at KGUN as the stations animation guru, and CG operator for all 4 evening newscasts. In his time with KGUN, Robert has received two Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as 4 Emmy nominations to his name.

Name: Robert David Olsen

Lives in: Tucson, Arizona

Company: Desert Canyon Films

Occupation: Director, Screenwriter and Visual Effects Artist


  • El Alambrista: La Venganza

    El Alambrista: La Venganza (2014)
    Film by Tormenta De Sonora Productions VFX Supervisor

  • Harvester

    Harvester (2009)
    Film (short) by One17 Productions VFX Artist

  • El Alambrista Emplumado

    El Alambrista Emplumado (2008)
    Film by Tormenta De Sonora Productions Graphic Design

  • Sacred Ground

    Sacred Ground
    Film by Desert Canyon Films (Thriller) Writer/ Director Two teens stumble upon Native American artifacts which lead them on a journey, only to discover legends of a cannibalistic demon to be true.


  • Edward R. Murrow - News Special - (Arizona Border: On the Front Lines)

  • Edward R. Murrow - Top News Story - (Kay Read Missing Piece)


  • ITT Technical Institute-Tucson (Tucson, AZ)

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