Dave Hogan is a native of Los Angeles and entered the animation industry in the early 1990s as a production support technician. His first project was Rich Animation’s The Swan Princess where he ran the studio’s pencil test department and did large-format photography of background paintings. With the seemingly overnight shift from traditional animation techniques to digital production, Dave had to retool his skills. At the end of production onThe Swan Princess, he served on the studio’s “new technology task force” to evaluate the various up-and-coming digital production systems available to animation studios.
After doing some work as a website designer, he was hired by Warner Bros Feature Animation as a digital support specialist on Quest for Camelot. He then returned to Rich Animation to provide digital production support on The King and I as well as sequels to the Swan Princess franchise.
Dave’s next stop was working on the first three seasons of the animated TV series Futurama. He then made a lateral move from production to information technology support at Klasky Csupo while the studio produced several feature films and TV series. At this point, Dave considered himself an IT person, but was never far removed from the entertainment industry. After 5 years at Klasky Csupo, he was hired by Comic Relief. Comic Relief is best known as the non-profit organization that staged stand-up comedy telethons to aid homeless Americans. They had been inactive for some time, and Dave was brought in to ramp-up the organization in advance of their new project: a comedy telethon to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Comic Relief 2006 was broadcast live from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and raised millions of dollars for disaster victims on the Gulf Coast.
After Comic Relief, Dave returned to work as an IT consultant. He married his longtime close friend Cynthia in 2009 and moved to Springville, Utah where he works on various commercial and personal film projects. Cynthia, an animator and artist, is a veteran of the animation industry having worked feature films such as The Little Mermaid, Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast and as a professor of animation at Brigham Young University.
Cynthia and Dave founded Boxelder Films in 2012 to produce their own projects. The first two were short films animated and directed by Cynthia, My Cat is Evil and Humble Pie. Both have played in festivals around the world. Boxelder Films’ first live action project, Two Cities was directed by Dave and is currently on the festival circuit.
Dave's current project is "Rambling Man", a live action documentary short film about hobo, author, artist and individualist Daniel Leen.
Rambling Man (In Post)
Documentary by Boxelder Films (Documentary, Biography and Short) Director / Editor Through interviews, reminiscences, personal photographs and home movies, the audience will be taken on a tour of Daniel Leen's life as a hobo, a sailor, an anthropologist, an author and an artist... and learn that life isn't what happens to you - it's what you make it.
Film (short) by Boxelder Films / Cynthia Hogan (Comedy, Animation and Short) Editor / Story A story full of insects and violence. (Winner, Best Animated Short, 2015 UK Animation Festival )
Documentary by Boxelder Films Director “Two Cities” juxtaposes the unique aspects of Park City, Utah as a simultaneous mining ghost town and popular modern ski resort. (Honorable Mention, 2015 Underfunded Film Festival)
My Cat is Evil
Film (short) by Boxelder Films / Cynthia Hogan Editor "My Cat is Evil" is a fully animated short film about a cat's effort to gain the attention of his gadget-obsessed human companion. (Winner, Best Comedy Short, 2014 Eugene International Film Festival)
Best Animated Short, UK Film Festival (London, UK) for "Humble Pie"
Honorable Mention, Underfunded Film Festival (Provo, UT) for "Two Cities"
Best Comedy Short, Eugene International Film Festival (Eugene, OR) for "My Cat is Evil"
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