elena spahn

Digital Animation

Elena grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and started at SDSM&T before deciding to pursue a degree in animation at the University of Colorado Denver. She has always been interested in the behind-the-scenes of animated movies, and enjoys rigging characters the most. Her goal is to create her own fully functional character rig. She hopes to work at a feature film studio soon as a Rigging TD or Artist.



I have always been fascinated by how things move and how their mechanisms work. Nothing really caught my interest during the program until I started rigging. For our thesis project Bamboo I worked on rigging the three human characters and two pandas. I enjoy working out problems and issues as they arise. The technical side of rigging is also fun, I have enjoyed learning what different coding scripts do.