Kara Oropallo is the VP of Training, Outreach, and Artistic Development at DNEG Animation. Her passion is connecting animation artists and managers with the tools and people they need to succeed, both as they look to get into the industry and as they continue forward in their careers. Prior to her time at DNEG, Kara taught at the University of Texas at Dallas and conducted workshops and training programs with numerous studios, including DreamWorks Animation (Feature & TV), Netflix Animation, Skydance Animation, Paramount Animation, Reel FX Animation, and Mikros Animation. Kara also co-hosts You’ll Think of Something, a podcast aimed at creative management. YTOS provides a space for focused discussion on how to be a productive creative person on a team, in your own personal work, and in your life! Kara’s previous industry experience includes more than 12 years at DreamWorks Animation, where she worked in production on such films as The Croods and Rise of the Guardians, as well as in studio resource management on such films as The Boss Baby and Trolls. She loves open water swimming, drinking wine, and watching movies. Kara resides in Dallas with her husband and two children where they eat all the barbecue and tacos they possibly can.
feature animation planning, people management, creative project management, scheduling & budgeting
artistic leadership training, production management training