Yakov has over twenty years’ experience in the industry in both teaching and pipeline execution. He has balanced instruction here at Gnomon, at Dreamworks, and at UCLA Extension with supervising multiple animation pipelines at studios such as Digital Domain and Framestore. His contributions can be seen in massive film franchises like the Matrix and Harry Potter series.


Iron Man 3 (Rigging Supervisor)
Skyfall (3D Artist)
The Dark Knight Rises (Creature TD)
John Carter (Character Rigging)
Spider-Man (Character Rigging)

Work Experience

Developer, Sony DADC
Rigging Supervisor, Method Studios
Creature TD, Double Negative
Character TD, Dreamworks Feature Animation


Side Effects, Instructor Certification, 1999
School of Visual Arts, BFA in Animation, 1992 - 1996