Slava   Ushakov


Born on December 4, 1967, in Moscow.


In 1987 he joined Animation Studio “Pilot” (Moscow, Russia) as an animator artist, scriptwriter and co-director. Slava participated in creating many animation movies (see the attached list).
Slava was a principal artist-animator  for movie “The Hunter”, which earned the Jim Henson Prize (4th International Animation Celebration in Los Angeles, in November of 1991).


In 1994 Slava made animation musical clip “Hara Mamba Ru”, which became a hit on Russian TV during almost 3 years, and is still popular. The clip won the prize of English MTV in 1994. This clip was included as a part into the Russian TV review “The Russian Art Events of the Century”.


Having been working at “Pilot”, Slava in 1997 graduated from Highest School of Scriptwriters and Art Directors of the Russian National Institute of Cinematography (Moscow, Russia).  He earned his Master Degree as Artist-Animator with diploma work “Earlier I Lived By The Seashore”, which later received several Russian and International prices.  In the same year he has established his own animation studio “Nils”.

In 1998 Slava was invited as a Storyboard Director to Los Angeles based Animation Studio “Kinofilm”.    The main production of the studio with Slava’s participation is the animated TV serial “Mike, Lu & Og”, which is airing on the Cartoon Network.

Since 2000 Slava has been working at Animation Studio “Klasky Csupo” where participated in creating animation movie “The Wild Thornberrys Movie”.

Selected films:
2010 Space dogs. 3D, director
2007 Two Italians, scriptwriter, director
2002 CYCLOPS, scriptwriter, director, art director
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie, animator
2001 Orange, author's movie
1999-2000 Mike, Lu & Og (serial), storyboard revision director
1998 Short Legs, scriptwriter, director
1997 Earlier I Lived by the Seashore, scriptwriter, director, art director
1994-97 Helpman and Red Cross (series), author's movie
1993 Mammoth, director
1991 Hunter, animator
1990 Pums, animator