Dave Filoni at the Star Wars Weekends
|Born||June 7, 1974
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
|Occupation||Animation director, animator, screenwriter|
Dave Filoni is an American animation director, writer, and animator. He is most known for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He is also an executive producer on the brand new series, Star Wars Rebels.
Dave Filoni is an American animation director, writer, and animator. He grew up in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended the Mt. Lebanon High School and the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dave was in the marching band at Mt. Lebanon, and he was the starting goaltender for half of his senior year on the hockey team. Additionally, he designed and painted several of the murals that are on the school's third floor hallway walls, which still remain to this day.
While also a fan of Hockey, his second hobby is animation. He has worked on episodes of the television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Filoni made an appearance at Celebration IV on Sunday, May 28, 2007 with producer Catherine Winder in the Celebration Theater (Room 408AB), to discuss the beginnings of the new television series and reveal how The Clone Wars is being created. He will also be writing for the Clone Wars monthly comic. Filoni also voices the bounty hunter Embo during various episodes in different seasons.
An avid Plo Koon fan, Filoni dressed up as the Jedi Master for the opening of Revenge of the Sith. In February 2009, Filoni was inducted as an Honorary Member of the 501st Legion international costuming organization in recognition of his contributions to the continuing Star Wars saga.
Dave Filoni's office, as seen in the extra features on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars DVD, is filled with Plo Koon paraphernalia. He has a bust of Plo Koon's head, a model of Plo Koon's ship, an autographed portrait by the actor who played Plo Koon, a replica of Plo Koon's lightsaber on his desk, and his personal Plo Koon costume on display. Filoni also has a note book sized planner on his desk with Plo Koon's picture taped to the outside, and he has written the words "Plo Kool" on concept art designs for the Clone Wars, indicating that he liked those designs. Filoni also has a small model of the character Appa on his desk, from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Dave has attended all the Clone Wars premiers and recently he attended the fifth season premiere in Orlando, Florida during the special event Celebration VI on August 24, 2012.
Dave Filoni also provided the voice of the bounty hunter Embo in the Clone Wars, and he has become a popular character among fans.
Filoni's hobbies include playing ice hockey; he plays the position of goaltender. He has also participated in Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament. He is a level 80 Night Elf Hunter in World of Warcraft, a longtime Godzilla fan, and an unofficial Dúnedain. He is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Filmography (as director)
- Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) (TV series) (9 episodes)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Film) (2008)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series) (2008-2014)
- Star Wars Rebels (TV series) (2014-)
Filmography (as voice actor)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Embo (Season 2-5)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Spots Podal (Season 5)