Director & Co-Founder
Dana Dorian is a multi BAFTA-winning director with over 20 years of directing experience. Born in Malaysia, raised in New Jersey, and trained as a portrait painter in New York, he has always been fascinated with the human condition and telling stories. After receiving a fine art degree from SUNY Purchase he moved to Scotland where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in Dundee. A few months later he saw Toy Story which inspired him to pursue a career in computer animation and film making.
In 1995 Dana was hired by a small CG animation company outside Glasgow where he learned to apply his painting and storytelling skills to computer animation. In 2000 he co-founded Scottish based animation studio Axis Studios, which has since become one of the largest and successful computer animation companies in the UK.
Dana's directorial work spans several different narrative-led styles across a variety of genres. Whether it's motion capture, key-frame animation, or a combination of the two he strives to tell emotionally charged stories with dark undertones of humor and preferably a twist.