First Class Animation Tutors

The tutors at Animation A Team are all widely experienced in animation for film, games and special effects. Working on a variety of projects ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to children’s films, the team of tutors at our animation school have impressive portfolios and a range of skills to pass on to you.

For more information about the experience and education of our tutors, view the profiles of Rob Hemmings, Chuck Duke, Darren Rodriguez below.

Film Animation Supervisor and Tutor, Rob Hemmings BSc (Hons) MSc.

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Rob has 18 years experience in the 3D industry, over 10 of these as a specialist visual effects creature animator on feature films, companies worked at include: Henson’s Creature Shop, MillFilm, MPC, Framestore and Double Negative. Previously a Senior, Lead and Animation Supervisor on a wide range on movies including the first four Potter movies, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight, AvP, 10000BC, John Carter where he was a Lead working with Pixar director Andrew Stanton, before leaving to setup the Online Creature Animation School.

Feature Film Animation Supervisor and Animator on:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald (2018)

Jurassic World (2018)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017) Warner Bros
10,000 BC(2008)
Terror Birds, Vulture and Sabre Tooth Sequences 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

John Carter-Disney (2008) - Lead 
The Dark Knight (2008)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Lara Croft: Tomb Raide2 (2001)

Robs Creature Animation Reel

One of the three creature sequences Rob supervised on 10000bc: Terror Bird – 10000BC from rob hemmings on Vimeo.

Some examples of non creature, keyframed VFX animation work Rob completed at Double Negative: Chopper animation. The Dark Knight.

Creature commercials Rob has animated.


Senior 3D and Stop-Motion Character Animator and Tutor Chuck Duke.


Growing Up in Seattle Washington, Chuck Duke’s passion for animation was inspired by the magic of Ray Harryhausen’s animated creations in the film, “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad”. At the age of 13, Chuck tried to re-create those images using his Dad’s Super-8 camera. In 1977 the movie, “Star Wars” fueled his passion to create film magic and would lead to a 30 year international career animating over 20 Film and Television productions.

Over the past 20 years Chuck has had the privilege to learn from the very best in the Stop-Motion industry. From legendary puppet animator, Phil Tippett to Directors Henry Selick, Wes Anderson and Tim Burton. Chuck has contributed to such celebrated Stop-Motion features as James and the Giant PeachFantastic Mr Fox, and recently released, “Frankenweenie”. Chuck is currently working at Phil Tippetts studio in San Francisco.

REEL Stop-Motion from CHUCK DUKE on Vimeo.

RUNG from CHUCK DUKE on Vimeo.

Animator Supervisor and Tutor Darren Rodriguez BA (Hons)


Darren is a Senior/Supervisor Animator at Framestore, London with over 13 years experience of high-end realistic creature and character animation work. After graduating from the University of Lincoln, Darren worked at Framestore in Soho, where one of his first jobs was to animate Harry Potter ’s Hippogriff in The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

Feature Film Senior Animator and Animation Supervisor on:

Mowgli (lead animator) 2018
Geostorm (animation supervisor) 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (animator) 2017
Doctor Strange (animator) 2016
Terminator Genisys (lead animator) 2015
Exodus: Gods and Kings (animator) 2014
Godzilla (lead animator) 2014
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (animator: Framestore CFC) 
Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (TV Movie) (animator: Framestore CFC) 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (character animator: Framestore CFC)


Character Animator and Tutor Luis Batista.imdb-logo2-300x193

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