Schooling in film and TV, along with the opportunity to direct commercials, laid the foundation for something bigger down the road. But it wasn’t until Ricardo accepted an internship with Nickelodeon in Orlando — his first big move to the US — that the ball he started rolling in South America picked up significant speed. This internship grew into a fresh animation opportunity just north in Savannah, and this led to a Masters in computer arts, a swath of new computer animation skills, and a professorial role at Full Sail University.
From there, authorship and various animation/motion capture gigs came Ricardo’s way. His first book, The Mocap Book: A Practical Guide to the Art of Motion Capturewas soon followed by a move out west to California for a stint at Sony San Diego Visual Arts Service Group. Here, he helped bring to life characters for blockbusters like Oz the Great and Powerful, Men in Black 3, and The Amazing Spiderman, as well as established game series like God of War, Infamous, and Uncharted.