about our studio

our studio

Arcana Studio is a Canadian entertainment company founded by Sean Patrick O’Reilly in 2004 and is now Canada’s largest comic book publisher, with over 300 titles in our library.

In 2015, Arcana opened an animation division, and has produced nine feature films and a television series.  Our most popular titles include Pixies, the Howard Lovecraft trilogy, and Go Fish.  We’re currently working on our next big releases and are more excited than ever for the future!

meet the team

Arcana’s employees make us a ‘farm to fork’ company as we produce all of our content with our incredibly talented staff.

Sean Patrick O'Reilly

Sean Patrick O'Reilly

CEO/Founder

Sean’s passion and energy has driven the vision behind Arcana Studio. Sean continues to push the limits of storytelling by using a trans-media approach to adapt stories into a variety of entertainment mediums. He’s won the Top 40 Under 40 award from both the city of Vancouver and on a national level. His original creations include Kade, The Gwaii, Clockwork Girl, The Hope Virus, Pixies, Mighty Mighty Monsters, the Howard Lovecraft series, The Steam Engines of Oz, and Go Fish.

Michelle O'Reilly

Michelle O'Reilly

VP

Michelle is responsible for producing Arcana’s animated series and features and for all sales at Arcana. She develops and maintains Arcana’s business relationships and ensures that all day-to-day tasks such as payroll, contracts, and even shipping are completed. She has four amazing children, all of which are union actors in Vancouver with recurring roles.

Brady Keeler

Brady Keeler

Production Manager

Brady manages the day to day operations at the studio, all film production, and coordinates marketing and content distribution in all media. He is also a film editor for Arcana’s animation division. Brady graduated from Capilano University with his Bachelor’s in Motion Picture Arts. When not at work Brady spends as much time as he can outdoors.

Gary Yuen

Gary Yuen

Senior Modeler/Character Designer

Gary is a 3D artist. He has a passion for digital art, especially 3D modeling. He spends his spare time sharpening his skills as an artist in his sketchbook.

Ian Sorensen

Ian Sorensen

Modelling Supervisor

My name is Ian Sorensen and I am an artist living in beautiful Coquitlam BC, Canada. I am currently a Modelling Supervisor at Arcana and have made my living by creating digital art for film VFX and videogames.  Outside of work I love Judo, BJJ, and crafting for table top games.

Skylar Zerr

Skylar Zerr

Animation Director

Skylar is an animation graduate. He loves putting emotion into inanimate objects. Creatures, Bipeds, and facial work are his specialty. He also enjoys Photography, Editing, Motion Graphics, and gaming with his Pals on Steam.

Aaron Strasbourg

Aaron Strasbourg

CG Supervisor

Aaron is the Lighting/Compositing Supervisor at Arcana. He has a vast skill set and knowledge about compositing having worked for major studios. Aaron is a very technical artist that knows Nuke inside and out. His passion for VFX is what drives him to do the very best.

Chris Trinh

Chris Trinh

Editor

Raised on cartoons and the morbid fascinations of early YouTube, Chris is our Senior Editor. After having graduated from the Motion Picture Arts Program at Capilano University, Chris edits Arcana’s feature films and motion comics.

Cody Langton

Cody Langton

Modelling Supervisor

Cody is a modeler (and occasionally a compositor), currently focusing on environments. As a fan of animation and horror movies, Cody is excited to help in creating the entertainment he enjoys so much.

Toby Gaines

Toby Gaines

Look Development and Lighting Lead

I’m living the dream’ – working with awesome people to make awesomely cool stuff – lighting is my life! After 15yrs of it, it’s still my hobby. 

Billy Zhao

Billy Zhao

Animator

Billy graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver in Animation Art and Design. He does character animation, animation cleanup, and rendering. During his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and anime. He also enjoys playing sports and video games. His favourite movie of all time is Spirited Away.

Kathleen Kiernan

Kathleen Kiernan

Modeler

Kathleen is a 3D Modeler who enjoys creating realistic 3D environments. Her background in painting has contributed to her eye for texturing, as well as lighting and composition. She also loves sculpting, drawing and watching movies.

Mitchell Ludford

Mitchell Ludford

Animator

Mitchell focuses on character animation. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Vancouver and has had a passion for animation for as long as he remembers. He is an enthusiastic individual who loves life and his job.

Mitchell Carvell

Mitchell Carvell

Modeler/Rendering TD

Mitchell Carvell is a 3D Modeler who graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver. He enjoys modeling environments, props and sets, loves his job and the people he works with.

Felipe Paschoal

Felipe Paschoal

Lead Modeller

Felipe’s specializes in Graphic Design and 3D modeling for animation and games. Grown up with a passion for games and animations, which leaded him to the way of arts, however, he follows and rational and pragmatic path, always thinking about how stuffs are made and how the 3D model can mimic the object / life.

Lenny Figueiredo

Lenny Figueiredo

Lead Animator

Lenny is from Brazil and originally planned to become a concept artist. After finishing the Animation, Art & Design program at the Art Institute he soon found his passion in Animation. Lenny is always practicing to improve his skills and enjoys watching amazing films and shows.  His favorite food is barbecue!

Fernanda Grande

Fernanda Grande

Texture Artist/ Concept Artist

Fernanda graduated as a graphic designer in 2013 by the University Positivo (Curitiba –Brazil) and the VFX program at the Art Institute. She is passionate about compositing, motion graphics, graphic design, lettering and modern art

Ronell Roldan

Ronell Roldan

Animator

Ronell is a 3D Animator that graduated at the Art Institute of Vancouver. He did 3D Animation as a hobby in high school, and eventually found his way into the industry. During his spare time, he watches anime, and delves into the world of competitive Smash Bros.

Carlos Isaza

Carlos Isaza

Animator

Carlos is an Animator at Arcana responsible for bringing its stories and characters to life. A graduate in animation from The Arts Institute of Vancouver, he moved to Canada to pursue his dream-job as an animator. In his free time he likes to draw, paint and play video games.

Curtis Kristiansen

Curtis Kristiansen

Modeler/ Render Wrangler

Curtis is an artist at Arcana Studios, part of the Lighting and Rendering team. Curtis is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and moved to Vancouver to go to school at LaSalle College Vancouver. He got his diploma in 3D Modeling for Animation and Games in the fall of 2017. He is a big gamer, loves sports, and is a Star Wars freak.
Irene Liu

Irene Liu

Animator

Animation has always been a part of my life. After learning more about the behind the scenes of animation, it makes me not just love it, but also admire the artists that contributes to the art. That’s when it led me to choose a career in Animation. I am eager to learn everything about the industry and enhance my animation skill throughout the journey. I love listening to music, travel and play video games.

Saumik Chaudhuri

Saumik Chaudhuri

Compositing Artist

Saumik is a graduate from Lost Boys School of VFX, specialization in Compositing.Passionate about Colorist, Doodles,Guitar, Hiking, among many other things. His favorite movie is Harry Potter series, which he believes was his inspiration to get into the industry of Animation and Visual Effects.

Brandon Parnell

Brandon Parnell

Modeler

Brandon is a 3D Generalist with a passion for creating stylized Environments, enjoys storytelling through models and textures, to make every frame a painting is what’s most rewarding for him. cooking and baking are his passions outside of work.

Jerina Hajno

Jerina Hajno

Sales and Marketing Associate

Jerina oversees sales at Arcana, as well as market and festival participation. She has a BA in Film Studies and a Postbaccalaureate in Communications. She is an avid swimmer and lover of all things beach and ocean.

Steven Geeves

Steven Geeves

Animatic Editor

Steve Geeves is a storyboard artist who has a passion for story telling. His interests include partying with family and friends and all things in the great outdoors.

Alexandra Bustos

Alexandra Bustos

Concept Artist

Alex is a concept artist intern currently studying towards her degree in illustration and animation. She continues to develop her skills in illustration at Arcana. Outside of work, she enjoys video games, films, painting, and broadway musicals.

Andrew Tran

Andrew Tran

Production Assistant

Andrew was born in Vancouver, BC. He was raised by monks in the mountains of Mission and the vineyards of south of France. His love for the arts led him to pursue his passion and enter into the field of film. During his spare time he likes to listen to music, sing and practice on the guitar and improve his skills in videography.

Luis Arturo

Luis Arturo

Rigging TD

Luis is Arcana’s Rigging TD and makes sure that all rigs and characters function efficiently within Arcana’s pipeline. Luis moved from the Dominican Republic to study 3D Animation at Vancouver Film School. His favorite hobbies are social latín dancing, cooking, and watching movies.

Lior Dahan

Lior Dahan

Surfacing Modeler

Lior is a 3D Artist & Concept Designer, who’s passionate about the creation process. His background consists of concept design, 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering. He is always looking for opportunities to learn new tools to improve his skills. And loves music, movies and of course, his family and adorable daughter.

meet the team

Arcana’s employees make us a ‘farm to fork’ company as we produce all of our content with our incredibly talented staff.

Sean Patrick O'Reilly
Michelle O'Reilly
Brady Keeler
Gary Yuen
Ian Sorensen
Skylar Zerr
Aaron Strasbourg
Chris Trinh
Cody Langton
Toby Gaines
Billy Zhao
Kathleen Kiernan
Mitchell Ludford
Mitchell Carvell
Felipe Paschoal
Lenny Figueiredo
Fernanda Grande
Ronell Roldan
Carlos Isaza
Curtis Kristiansen
Irene Liu
Saumik Chaudhuri
Brandon Parnell
Jerina Hajno
Steven Geeves
Alexandra Bustos
Andrew Tran
Luis Arturo
Lior Dahan