My name is Daniel Zettl and I’m an Animation Supervisor/ Lead Animator. I’ve worked on a boat load of animated and live action feature films, commercials and tv series in the UK and Germany. Six years ago I joined Weta for James Cameron’s Avatar. After The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Hobbit Trilogy and multiple other VFX productions I became Animation Supervisor and have just wrapped up my first project, Steven Spielberg’s The Big Friendly Giant for Weta Digital.

My passion lies in creating new and original characters, with unforeseen fresh mannerisms and locomotion. I strive for good design and an emotionally honest and deep reaction from the audience. What excites me most is a chance to spin an idea further or explore alternative choices. Learning is a hobby of mine, a passion I would say.

In the past years I have had the great luck to be responsible for many key character shots throughout several productions. The process of establishing general acting choices and character traits, bouncing this back and forth with the physical design and laying down the ground work to ensure strong continuity of a character throughout the show has become my personal preference in every production.

I’m currently travelling with my wife and our two power girls through the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. If you want to meet up and/or discuss upcoming projects I’d be happy to catch up!

Or just add me in League of Legends as 1happymeal XD

Thanks for reading! With questions or inquiries please hit me up under sayhitodanzettl@gmail.com



Work experience

Feature Film

2016 The BFG
Weta Digital, directed by Steven Spielberg, animation supervisor
2015 Fantastic Four
Weta Digital, directed by Josh Trank, lead animator
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Weta Digital, directed by Peter Jackson, senior animator
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Weta Digital, directed by Peter Jackson, senior animator
2012 Iron Man 3
Weta Digital, directed by Shane Black, senior animator
2012 Man of Steel
Weta Digital, directed by Zack Snyder, senior animator
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Weta Digital, directed by Peter Jackson, senior animator
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
Weta Digital, directed by Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson, senior animator
2010 Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Weta Digital, directed by Rupert Wyatt, senior animator
2009 The Lovely Bones

Weta Digital, directed by Peter Jackson, animator
2009 Avatar
Weta Digital, directed by James Cameron, animator
2007 Dragon Hunters
Trixter, directed by Guillaume Ivernel & Arthur Qwak, animator
2006 Lissi und der wilde Kaiser
Scanline VFX, directed by Michael Herbig, animator
2005 Hui Buh – Das Schlossgespenst
Trixter, directed by Sebastian Niemann, animator

Commercials and Other

2010 King Kong 360 3D (theme park ride)
Weta Digital, directed by Peter Jackson, animator
2008 Bridgestone “Taters” (superbowl commercial)
Framestore CFC, lead animator
2008 Westfield “New Light” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, lead animator
2008 The Abbey Bank “Golden Acorn” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, lead animator
2008 The Prince’s Rainforest Project “Frog” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 Friskies “Bobo” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 British Airways “Aquarium” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 Nissan “City Living” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 The Abbey Bank “Superkick” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 The Abbey Bank “Super Squirrels” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 The Chemical Brothers “Midnight Madness” (music video)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 Neotel “No Restrictions” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 Evonik (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 Specsaver “Eerie” (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 Bulmers (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2008 Buxtons (commercial)
Framestore CFC, animator
2007 Primeval (Complete Season 2 – tv series)
Framestore CFC, animator
2007 Animation Instructor at HTW, Dresden

Workshop in animation principles
2003 Storyboard/ Background-/ Prop Design/ 2D Animation Internship at Trixter
Assistant storyboard artist
Assistant prop designer
Background designer for pitches
Assistant animator on the 2D animated series “Hexe Lilly”

Personal Info

Skills 13 years of character/creature animation experience
Previs / Destruction FX
Character TD skills (Rigging/Modelling/nCloth/FACS facials)
Mel scripting for animation tools
Compositing for animation
Camera tracking for animation
Concept Design
Software Maya
Windows & Linux-based systems
Hobbies gaming, painting, skateboarding, surfing
Languages German (native)

Teaching / Tutorials / Publications

  • Teaching Animation at the Technical University Dresden, Germany (Principles of Animation)
  • 3D Creative Magazine (issue #35) (Tutorial: Pose-to-Pose vs. Straight-ahead)
  • Interview at the online animation school Anim School
  • Interview at Mike Milo’s Animation Insider
  • Interview at the german tabloid Die Welt


  • Character / Creature animation
  • Facial animation
  • Previs / Destruction FX
  • Character Rigging incl. FACS facial setup