Assistant director, storyboard director, artist, production designer, and development artist at studios such as Marza Animation Planet, DHX Media, House of Cool, Arc Productions, Chuck Gammage Animation, Cuppa Coffee Studios, and Squeeze Productions. Three-year diploma in classical animation from Sheridan College, 2002.
Feature films such as Book of Life and features in-development The Monkey Prince, Ark & The Aardvark, and OZ 3D. TV including Dreamworks’ Dragons: Race to the Edge, Inspector Gadget, MAD tv, Super Why, Pirates Adventures in Art, and Animal Mechanicals.
“Nick is a true pleasure. He does quality work, funny and fast. His staging is always clear and the acting strong. He makes remote freelancing seem easy and effortless. I’d highly recommend him for any show and can’t wait to get him on my next one.”
Chuck Williams, Producer, Disney’s Brother Bear & MARZA Animation
"Story is one of the hardest things to get right. As a story artist, Nick uses his skills as an artist and storyteller to bring scenes to life. Most important, Nick finds and elevates the entertainment within his scenes. Nick is certainly a go-to guy for me!"
John A. Davis, Writer/Director/Producer @ MARZA Animation
& Creator of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
"Nick's boards were not only incredibly clear and well drawn under a constrained schedule, but dripping with honest acting and subtlety. The brilliant thought that went behind his sequences was always evident. And he could be hilarious too! I sincerely cherished my time with Nick and dream of working with him again on a new film. Every director should be as lucky to work with a talent like Nick Bakker."
Jorge R. Gutierrez, Director, The Book of Life, ReelFX
"Nick has a great sense of comedy and improvisation. He regularly adds funny beats to his storyboards that always get a laugh. He's very professional and never hesitates to pitch new ideas or clarify a beat."
Greg Rankin, Director, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Dreamworks
"Nick is a very thoughtful artist with a gift for gentle humor that he sells perfectly in his drawing style."
David Stoten, Head of Story, Gnomeo and Juliet, Arc Productions
"In addition to Nick's obvious artistic talents, he's also an incredibly insightful storyteller. Nick was Storyboard Director on Inspector Gadget and when we'd come across a challenging sequence or episode, he was always a great resource to help the board artists get the most out of the scene."
William Gordon, Series Director, Inspector Gadget, DHX Media