Office: Grand Rapids David Baker PIcture
Phone: (616) 643-5722
E-mail Address: [email protected]
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David Baker is an award-winning media producer, animator, and educator. His extensive background in media production and animation has led him to produce projects ranging from instructional videos to children's CD-ROM games. Working in a variety of styles designed to both entertain and help people learn, his enthusiasm for art and animation create unique and unforgettable productions.

He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where he earned a BA in Art and Psychology. His first 'entry level' job at Industrial Media in Grand Rapids Michigan included painting animation cells and sweeping floors. At IMI, he learned how to be a successful art director and producer working with corporate, government and advertising clients producing educational and training films that extensively incorporated animation.

The turn in the economy in the early eighties drove him to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia where he developed media and training projects. Life in Arabia gave him an appreciation for freedom, and he returned to the United States in 1984.
To pursue animation further, he opened Classic Animation in 1985 and worked with clients such as Herman Miller, Children's Television Workshop, MTV and Amway. He merged his business with Lawrence Productions in 1994 to produce and direct animated videos and educational video games.

He created and directed the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International from 2001 – 2005 and was a tenured instructor and co-founder of KVCC's Center for New Media. In fall of 2005, he was brought on board as faculty at Ferris State University in Grand Rapids MI to help further develop the Digital Animation and Game Design program. David Baker's skills include writing, producing films and videos, traditional animation production and 3D animation. He currently is program coordinator and looks to help Ferris develop one of the top ten animation programs in the country.

He holds a BA in Art from Hope College and MSCTE (Masters of Science in Career and Technical Education) from Ferris State University. He is a winner of over 20 Addy awards, Silver Medals at the New York Film Festivals for the Herman Miller Short films 'Who Knew' and 'Don't Look Now', a 1995 Codie for animation in LampChop Loves Music and the 1980 Cine Golden Eagle for the short energy conservation film 'Pigopolis'.

Current interests include music, animation history, photography and solar power.