JOHN C. DONKIN (Producer) began his computer animation career in 1983 when he joined the world renowned CGRG (Computer Graphics Research Group) at The Ohio State University. He went on to become a director and senior animator at the pioneering CG company Cranston/Csuri Productions.
Donkin came to Blue Sky Studios in 1998, as a technical director; one of his first projects was to help complete the company’s Academy Award winning short film “Bunny.” He developed the production pipeline for Blue Sky’s first animated feature film project, “Ice Age,” before becoming the film’s associate producer, managing the production and its 160 person production crew.
He earned an Academy Award nomination with Carlos Saldanha for their animated short "Gone Nutty" created at Blue Sky Studios featuring the popular Scrat character from the “Ice Age” films. He also produced the Oscar nominated short "No Time For Nuts".
Donkin has worked on several Blue Sky films as a Producer. His credits include, "Robots", "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift". as well as the global box-office hits, "Rio" and "Rio2".
John holds a BFA in Cinematography and an M.A. in Computer Animation and Art Education from The Ohio State University. He lives in Katonah, NY with his wife, Teresa, and two children, Alec and Nola.