Charles Zembillas

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Charles Zembillas
Born Charles Steve Zembillas
Gary, Indiana U.S.
Residence California
Occupation
  • Art educator
  • character designer
  • educator
  • author
  • concept artist
Known for Founder of the Animation Academy
Home town Burbank, California, U.S.

Charles Steve Zembillas[1] is an American video game art director, character designer, educator, author and concept artist from Burbank, California, founder of Animation Academy.[2] Zembillas designed early concept art for games such as Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, and Spyro the Dragon,[3][4] as well as animated TV cartoons such as Wish Kid, Where's Waldo?, James Bond Jr., and Ghostbusters.[1]

He currently teaches art in his home state of California.

Career[edit]

Charles Zembillas was a character designer for the TV series She-Ra: Princess of Power from 1985 to 1987 for a total of ninety-three episodes. He was also a character designer in 1985 for the film The Secret of the Sword, and would go on to be the art director of the TV series Ghostbusters for sixty-five episodes in 1986. In 1987 Zembillas was commissioned for Spiral Zone as a character designer for sixty-five episodes.[1]

In 1991, Charles Zembillas was commissioned to work as an animator, art director, and character designer for movies and TV shows such as Wish Kid, Where's Waldo?, Captain N, and James Bond Jr. In 1993, he was the character designer of the TV series Hurricanes as "Skevos Zembillas". In the same year, he also served as the storyboard reviser for the TV series Sonic the Hedgehog.

In 1996, Charles Zembillas worked for Naughty Dog Inc. on a new project known as "Crash Bandicoot", a video game series for the Sony PlayStation. Zembillas would continue to work for Naughty Dog in 1998 with Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

In the year 2000, Zembillas designed early concept art for Naughty Dog in the game Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, as well as Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

Charles Zembillas currently serves as the CEO and Founder and instructor at The Animation Academy in California.

Filmography and gameography[edit]

Title Date Platform Role
The Secret of NIMH 1982 Film Assistant animator (uncredited)
She-Ra: Princess of Power 1985-1987 TV series Character designer (93 episodes)
The Secret of the Sword 1985 Film Character designer
Ghostbusters 1986 TV series Character designer (65 episodes)
The Adventures of Ronald McDonald: McTreasure Island 1989 Short Model director
Spiral Zone 1987 TV series Character designer (65 episodes)
Wish Kid 1991 TV series Character designer - as Charlie Steve Zembillas
Where's Waldo? 1991 TV series Additional character designer (13 episodes)
Captain N and the New Super Mario World 1991 TV series Character designer (13 episodes)
Captain N: The Game Master 1991 TV series Character designer (7 episodes)
James Bond Jr. 1991 TV series Character designer (65 episodes)
Defenders of Dynatron City 1992 TV Short Character designer
Sonic the Hedgehog 1993 TV series Character designer
Hurricanes 1993, 1994-1995 TV series Character designer - as Skevos Zembillas
The New Adventures of Madeline 1995 TV series Character and prop designer
Crash Bandicoot 1996 Video game Art director
A Christmas Carol 1997 Video Art director
Crash Bandicoot: Warped 1998 Video game Art director
Spyro the Dragon 1998 Video game Art director
The Snowden, Raggedy Ann and Andy Holiday Show 1998 Film Layout supervisor
Spyro: Year of the Dragon 2000 Video game Art director
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy 1999-2000 Video game Art director
Source[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Zembillas, Charles. "Charles Zembillas - IMBd". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  2. ^ Zembillas, Charles. "Blogger: User Profile: Charles Z". Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  3. ^ Zembillas, Charles (2008). Controlling Illusion: The Class Demonstrations of Charles Zembillas. Animation Academy. ISBN 0981605001. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Interview with Charles Zembillas". Crash Mania. May 17, 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2013.