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EDUCATION

May 2004        Bowling Green State University, Master of Fine Art with an emphasis in Digital Art and Animation.  Bowling Green, Ohio.

May 1998       California Institute of the Arts, Character Animation Program. Valencia, California.

Aug.1993        Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Fine Art 1993 with a major in painting and printmaking. Ypsilanti, Michigan.

 

TEACHING

Aug 2006-Present

Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Assoc. Professor

Aug 2004- 2006

Sheridan Institute, Oakville, ONT. Canada Professor of Animation/Story

Coordinator and development lead of curriculum for BAA animation program.

Aug 2002-Aug 2004

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Instructor of Record, Digital Animation and Art

 

Courses Taught

 

Clemson University

CPCS 860 Digital Film Production

                        A collaborative effort that stresses teamwork within the studio environment. Students are designated specific job titles like Lead Animator, Modeler, Texture artist, Rigger, etc. These leads then delegate responsibilities throughout the entire team. This is a capstone project that spans a 12 month cycle. Traditional narrative techniques are explored like character development and storyboarding. Cinematic language of staging, design, lighting and mood are developed and refined into a story reel. Scene blocking and rough animation is carried out to final animation and performance. The final stage of production focuses on lighting, texturing and audio. In the end, all the students develop an appreciation for the full cycle of digital production and the final result is a film that is exhibition worthy.

ARTC 821 Visual Narrative

                        This course will develop a student’s graphic skills into a comprehensive cinematic language that will enable them to express individual concepts and ideas within a sequential narrative format. Students will gain a better understanding of these concepts through the discussion and dissection of literary, cinematic, and theatrical works. The structure of the course will include screenings, assigned readings, presentations by professionals in filmmaking or related fields and various research and writing assignments. Students will be required to do extensive visual research and design to support their cinematic vision and overall artistic direction. The final project will reflect all levels of course work and screened within a theatrical venue.

CPCS 808 3D Computer Animation

                        Students are introduced to the fundamentals of animation including Timing, weight, squash/stretch, posing, shot design and character development are explored at the basic level. Each assignment builds on the next and applied to a short film of 30 seconds or less.

CPCS 807 Intro to Maya

1st year students are introduced to the ins and outs of Maya 3D software. They learn in a real world platform taking reference from real life instead of exclusive computer application. Students visit professional studio and gallery settings and take notes, sketches and photographs of visual work. From this research a refined approach to 3-dimensional modeling, texture and lighting is applied in the virtual computer graphics world. From this point, time and animation concepts are explored and students become familiar with basic editing and timing concepts.

ART 421  2D Computer Animation

            Teaching the principles of traditional animation through digital means.  Emphasis is put on story development and layout.  After a critique among peers, students then embark on producing a short film utilizing applications like Macromedia Flash, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

ART 321 Digital Imaging and Painting

                        This course is designed to introduce artist to the computer as a new medium. The computer is simply another device or tool to help the students express themselves into a new realm.

Sheridan Institute

ANIM30261 Film Project Creative Research

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to establish a personal artistic vision that will direct their senior project in Year 4. Students develop advanced research methodologies to support their individual artistic voice.

ANIM 10034 Multiple Character Dynamics (Lecture Component)

Film studies and theoretical elements that reinforce the studio work done in the labs. Concepts include exploring conflict in regards to multiple characters—Hero vs. Villain, External vs. Internal conflict, Programmatic Music. Film Critiques: The Rope, Wallace and Gromit, Fast Runner

ANIM 30161  Group Storyboard Project

Students are organized into teams and develop a story through the initial stages to a completed story reel. Team building and leadership exercises are introduced as well as conflict/resolution. Contracts and production expectations are explored and applied.

ANIM 24716 Fundamentals of Storyboarding (Lecture Component)

Film studies and theoretical elements that reinforce the studio work done in the labs. Concepts include critical theory, three character dynamics, psychological traits, and dialog and screen writing. Film Critiques: Crumb, Three Stooges, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

ANIM 10034 Archetypical Character and Story (Lecture Component)

Film studies and theoretical elements that reinforce the studio work done in the labs. Concepts include exploring the archetype vs. the stereotype, Classical archetypes and plot. Film Critiques: Rivers and Tides, Bugs Bunny vs. Mickey Mouse, Benny Hill, the Man who Planted Trees

ANIM 25726  Advanced Story Structure

Multiple conflict narrative is explored. Students develop character driven narrative with conflicts that build up into a climactic and compelling resolution. Audio and Foley effects are introduced to enhance and support the main visual theme. A final story reel with full audio production is screened in a theatrical environment to their peers and mentors.

ANIM 24717  The Fundamentals of Storyboarding

Students discover the elements (archetypes, conflicts/climax, resolution etc.) that comprise a good story.  Story development is pursued through traditional and digital mediums.  The ultimate goal is to develop drawings into a fluid and comprehensive story reel.  The student will also be able to fully integrate the fundamentals of storyboarding, layout and painting to demonstrate complex storytelling and an emerging sense of personal expression.

 

ANIM10172 Story and Sequential Narrative

This course is designed to introduce students to storyboard as it relates directly to narrative structure. Emphasis is also placed on the full storyboard cycle from initial sketch to final sequential panels.

Bowling Green State University

ARTC 311   3D Modeling with Maya

                        Teaching the principles of computer modeling utilizing the application Maya and Photoshop to create complete works of art with the emphasis on design, color, light, and textures. 

 

ARTC 312   3D Animation with Maya

Teaching the principles of computer animation utilizing the application Maya and After Effects.  Important elements of timing, weight, and balance are incorporated into assignments.  Students gain the understanding of these principals through practice and screening of past and contemporary animators.  Students are then expected to complete a short comprehensive film.

ART 495   2-Dimensional Animation

            Teaching the principles of traditional animation through digital and non-digital means.  Emphasis is put on story development and layout.  After a critique among peers, students then embark on producing a short film utilizing applications like Macromedia Flash, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

Committees and Boards

Clemson University

Digital Production Art, Board Member

DPA, Portfolio Review and Development Board

DPA, Admissions Review Board

DPA, Visiting Artist Committee

DreamWorks Summer Institute Review

Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum Development Committee

Honors and Awards Committee

Sheridan Institute

Bachelors of Applied Arts and Animation Curriculum Development Committee

Coordinator of the story, layout, and painting stream of the animation program

Lectures and Workshops

March 23rd            Emily Carr University of Art and Design

2014                        Vancouver, BC

Contemporary animation education: balancing different influences and pressures to allow for creative expression, established industry production practices, and new research possibilities.”

 

Feb 12th            University of Massachusetts, Lowell

2014                        Lowell, MA

Creative Process with environments and observational sketching.

Dec 9th            Michigan State University

2012                        East Lansing, MI

Using environments for foundation in creative research.

March 12th            University of Iowa

2011                        Iowa City, IA

Pushing animation past conventional media.

April                        Rochester Institute of Technology

2010                        Rochester, NY

Finding your personal voice while working in the digital industry.

 

August 2009          Upstate Writing Project’s Young Writers’ Tech Camp, Greenville, SC

http://ywtc.upstatewritingproject.org/

The foundation of visual story telling

 

July 2008                  University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Consultant and Mentor for Capstone 3D animation group project “Kings”

March 2008                   Toronto Short Film Project, Toronto, Ontario

Storyboarding Workshop

Covering storyboard fundamentals in regards live action film production.

April, 2007             North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Creative input and the independent mind

Keeping your artistic integrity while maintaining a full-time job in the industry.

June/2006            University of Washington, College of Computer Science, Seattle, WA

 Consultant and Mentor for Capstone 3D animation group project “the Sun and the Moon” for the school of Computer Science.

Feb. 13-14, 2002       College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

Marketing and Self Promotion for Animators Workshop

Covering the ins and outs regarding the legal, creative, and process of promoting independent work through the channels of film festivals, television, video/DVD, and internet.

March 24-25, 2001   College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

Flash Workshop

Covering the basic fundamentals of Flash in regards to Animation, Design, and Drawing.

Sept. 24,1997          Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Principles of animation and cartooning.

Students explore the core elements that make up the foundation of traditional cartooning and animation methods.

Nov. 13, 1995          Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Principles of animation and design for interactive gaming.

An artist’s perspective of the challenges producing interactive games for children.

June 9,  1994            Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Summer Institute,

Foundations of caricature and satire.

Exploring the essence of successful caricaturing in the world of satire.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

March 2013                 Real Networks

                                    Animation Design

                                    Animation work Real Networks Helix campaign.

Feb 2007                     Nickelodeon/Radish Productions

                                    Character Design

                                    Concept pitch, Benny the Toon, for an animated children series.

Feb 2003                     Comcast Cable/Radish Productions

                                    National TV Commercial

                                    Animation and design for national commercial spots.

May 2002                    Tech TV—Eye Drops Animation Series (San Francisco, CA.)

Produced, Directed and Animated, Token Life and La Morte E Bella.

Jan.  2000-                   Mondo Media/BBC America (San Francisco, CA.)

April 2001                   Character Animator, Storyboard Artist for Thugs on Film

                                    http://www.mondomedia.com

August-                        Cartoon Network/A.K.A. Cartoons (Vancouver, B.C.)

Dec. 1999                    Storyboard Artist for TV series Ed, Edd, & Eddy

Sept-1997                    MTV’s Cartoon Sushi Animation Series (New York, NY.)

Aug-1998             Produced, Open Mic Fright & Espresso Depresso shorts.

Nov-1995                    Headbone Interactive (Seattle, WA.)

Dec. 1997                    Animation & Character Design for various CD-ROM Interactive Games

Jan.-                             Disney Interactive (Los Angeles, CA.)

Oct 1994                     Animation & Character Design

                                    Winnie the Pooh & The Lion King CD-ROM

Feb 1993-                    Media Station, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI.)

Aug 1995                    Animation & Character Design for various CD-ROM Interactive   Games

April 2001                   Disney TV   The Proud Family

Freelance Background Layout Artist for an episode of a weekly television series on ABC family.

Jan.  2000                    Bonk Pictures   El Gringo

Sundance Film Festival.

Storyboard Artist and Conceptual Designer

July 1999                     Klasky Csupo   Rocket Power

Freelance Storyboard Artist for an episode of a weekly television series on Nickelodeon
 

FILMOGRAPHY and SCREENINGS

 

Feb 2015            Save Our Bees, (1:00) 2D/3D Animation

Green Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, Nov 20th 2015

Animation Block Party, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, Aug 11th 2015

Blue Plum Animation Festival, Johnston City, TN, July 15th 2015

June 2014            Lake Ourentironk, (2:40) 2D Animation

Hamilton Film Festival, Hamilton, ON, Canada Nov 7th 2015

Haidagwaii Film Festival, Haida First Nation, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada March6th 2015

Toronto Short Film Festival, Carleton Theatres, Toronto, ON, Canada March 20th 2015

Buffalo Niagara International Film Fest, Buffalo, NY April 11th 2015

Feb 2013            Kickin’ Mule, (2:00) 2D Animation

River Run International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC April11th 2014

St. Louis International Film Festival, Nov 15th 2013

May 2011             Contexting (1:00) 2D Animation
Animation Block/Rooftop Films, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, July 30th, 2011

Dec 2010             12 Days of Christmas (2:00) 2D Animation
CNN, Dec 21st 2010

Nov 2010            How to Draw John Boehner (2:25) Live Action

CNN, Nov 16 2010

Nov 2010            Why I Vote (2:15) Live Action (Digital Sketch)

The New York Times, Politics/US Nov 1st 2010

Aug 2010            My Pal Geo (2:25) Animation (2D Digital)

Canada International Film Festival (Excellence Award), Vancouver, B.C. Apr 2011

Bloor Cinema, Toronto, ON. Nov 2010

University of Toronto, Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

Toronto, ON. Oct 19th 2010

May 2009            Appalachian Dreams (4:25) Animation (3D/LiveAction)

The Best of Atlanta Shorts, PBA 30/PBS Atlanta, GA. Oct 2011

Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, VA. Nov 2010
Dixieland Film Festival, Athens, GA. Oct 2010
Southern Appalachia Film Festival, TN. Oct 2010

CineSol Film Fest, TX. Aug 2010

Bumbershoot, Arts Festival, Seattle, WA. Aug 2010

Southern Lens, ETV/PBS, South Carolina July 2010

Mexico International Film Festival (Best Animation), Rosarito, Baja, Mexico Apr 2010

Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto Film Series, Charleston, SC. May 2010

Appalachian Film Festival (Best Micro Film), Huntington, WV. Apr 2010

Charleston Intl Film Festival, Charleston, SC. Apr 2010

Asheville Film Festival, Asheville, NC. Nov 2009

Toronto Short Film Festival, Toronto, ON. Oct 2009

Grand Rapids Intl Film Festival, Grand Rapids, MI. Aug 2009

Dec 2007            A New Tradition (4:35) Animation (2D Digital)

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, Buffalo, NY. April 2008

Nov 2006            The Lives of Lou (30min) Documentary (Live Action/Multimedia)

Asheville Film Festival, Asheville, NC. Nov. 2007

Appalachian Film Festival, Huntington, WV. April 2007

Sept 2005                        Retrospective—National Film Board of Canada

NFB Centre, Toronto, Canada.

 

May 2004                         Nutz (4:00) 3D/ Maya/AfterEffects/Photoshop

Animation World Television, Los Angeles, CA May 2008

Giggle Shorts, Toronto, Canada March 2005

Gish Film Theater, Bowling Green, OH Apr 2004

Nov 2003                         Pulcinello (4:40) 3D/ Maya/AfterEffects/Photoshop

Animation World Television, Los Angeles, CA May 2008

Great Lakes International Film Fest, Erie, PA Sept 2006

Hollywood International Film Fest, Hollywood, CA Oct 2005

Seattle International Film Fest, Seattle, WA June 2004

Gish Film Theater, Bowling Green, OH Apr 2004

 

May 2002                         Bubba Ganoosh (2:40) 3D/ Maya/AfterEffects/Photoshop

911 Media Arts Center Seattle, WA May 2002

Nov. 2001                         Das Raven Meister (5:50) Live Action/Digital Video

CineSlam Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI April 2002

Oct. 2001                         Token Life (5:40) 2D-AfterEffects/Photoshop

Animation World Television, Los Angeles, CA May 2008

CSUN Intl. Animation Festival (1st place 2D animation)

Museum of Television, Radio. Beverly Hills, CA. April 2002

911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA Oct 2001

Tech TV, “Eye Drops” May 20, 2002

Nov 2000                         Off The Wagon (1:20) 2D-Flash

                                    http://www.webflicks.org (animation)

                                    911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA Nov 2000

Feb 2000                         Fergy’s Fungis (7:20) 2D-Flash

                                    http://www.webflicks.org (animation)

                                    911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA Feb 2000

May 1999                         La Morte E Bella (2:15) 3D-Softimage-SGI

Tech TV, “Eye Drops” April, 12, 2002

Brooklyn Film Festival, NY 2000

Toledo Area Artist Exhibit, Toledo Museum of Art, May 2002

Palm Springs Intl Film Festival, CA 1999

Interfilm Fest, Berlin, Germany 1999

Cal Arts Producer’s Show, Academy of T.V. Arts and Science, Hollywood, CA 1999

911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA May 1999

 

March 1999                         Snow Pea and Tofu (2:20) 2D-Macintosh

Animation World Television, Los Angeles, CA May 2008

Independent Film Channel, “Media Upload” Jan. 2007

Hollywood Short Shorts Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, CA. Aug. 2001

Anima Mundi Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 2000

Toledo Area Artist Exhibit, Toledo Museum of Art, May 2002

San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, ASIFA SF, March 2000

American Short Shorts Festival, Tokyo, Japan April 2000

CSUN International Animation Festival  

Museum of Television, Radio. Beverly Hills, CA. April 2000

Cal Arts Producer’s Show, Academy of T.V. Arts and Science, Hollywood, CA 1999

911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA March 1999

March 1998                         Open Mic Fright (5:30) 2D-Macintosh

MTV, “Cartoon Sushi” April 1998

911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA March 1998

Seattle Poetry Festival, Seattle, WA June 1998

Dec 1997                         Espresso Depresso (4:00) 2D-Macintosh

Animation World Television, Los Angeles, CA May 2008

Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver B.C. Nov 1999

MTV, “Cartoon Sushi” Nov 1997

General Chaos Animation Film Festival Feb 1998

911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA Dec 1997

May 1996                         Big, Fat, Dumb, Stupid, Baby (3:00) 2D-Film

Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Film Festival Nov 1996

911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, WA Aug. 1996

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Canada International Film Festival, Excellence Award, Vancouver, B.C. Apr 2011

Mexico International Film Festival, Best Animation, Baja, Apr 2010

 Appalachian Film Festival, Best Micro Film, Huntington, WV. Apr 2010

South Carolina Film Production Fund June 2009

A $105,000 grant to direct graduate students in animation and effects for “The Two Jakes” a live action/animation film short by West Hyler.

South Carolina Film Commission, Columbia, South Carolina

 South Carolina Film Production Fund June 2008

A $100,000 grant to produce and direct “Appalachian Dreams” a live action/animation film short based on traditional clog dance based in the southern Appalachian region.

South Carolina Film Commission, Columbia, South Carolina

Animation Block, 1st Place (Audience vote) June 2005

Animationblock.com

Giggle Shorts Best Animation 2002

National Film Board, Toronto, Ontario

CSUN (Cal State Northridge) International Animation Festival  (1st place traditional animation)

Museum of Television, Radio. Beverly Hills, CA. April 2002

911 Media Arts – Artist in Residency program Seattle, Washington. June – August 2002

Publications

DVD/VHS

Indican Pictures DVD, A Light in the Darkness featuring Open Mic Night

Los Angeles, California. 2006 Indicanpictures.com

Donar Animations Vol 1. DVD

2005 CDW publications, Oklahoma City, OK

Distributed by Amoeba Records, Hollywood, CA.

Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation Complete Works DVD

2002 Slingshot Entertainment, Burbank, CA

 

General Chaos Animation DVD Espresso Depresso

Manga Video, Chicago, IL 1999

Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation Vol 4. VHS/DVD

1997 Mellow Manor Productions, La Jolla, CA

 

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

“Texting Lane” Editorial Cartoon published in “Psychological Science, 5e”

Authors: Gazzaniga, Heatherton, and Halpern Publishers: W.W. Norton and Company

ISBN: 978-0-393-93749-7

Dec 2014

“Broken English” Editorial Cartoon published in “Exame Nacional Do Ensino Médio”

Ministry of Education, Brazil

June 2013

“Oil and Plastic” Editorial Cartoon published in “Education Youth and Adults, English Year 2”

Mirtes Iamani Abe and Renata Chimim

Instituto Brasileiro de Edições Pedagógicas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

April 2013

“Santa’s Resume” Editorial Cartoon published in, Meeting Point Terminale Livre de l’éléve, by Josette Starck, Hatier Press, ISBN :978-2-218-95390-3

Jan, 2013

“News Paupers” Editorial Cartoon published in, Canadian Democracy: A Concise Introduction, by Stephen Brooks, Oxford University Press

March, 2013

“Obama in Flint” Editorial Cartoon published in

Informationen Zur Modernen Stadtgeschichte (Information of Modern City History)

Deutches Institut Urbanistik, Berlin

Halbjarhrlich, ISSN 0340-1774

May 2012

Milling Around with Millie

Pickens County Historical Press, SC April 2011

 

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Edited by Charles Brooks.  Pelican Publishing, Gretna, Louisana

 

INTERNET PUBLICATIONS

The New York Times, Politics/US Nov 1st 2010

(http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/10/30/us/politics/20101030-voting.html?ref=politics)

Why I Vote.

The Wall Street Journal, Sept 2nd 2009 (http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/09/02/spider-mouse-marveldisney-mash-ups-for-true-believers/)

Spider Mouse? Marvel/Disney Mash-Ups for True Believers

 

The Daily Telegraph, United Kingdom, Sept 1st 2009 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

Marvel Disney mashups: how the merger will affect the characters you love

 

CBC Toronto, iDesk August 29, 2009 Broadcast on CBC Toronto News at 6 (http://www.cbc.ca/newsatsixtoronto/idesk)

Why stay up for the late-night comedians?
 

Examiner.com, August 3rd 2009 (http://www.examiner.com)

Clean energy industry spends $12.1 million on Washington lobbyists

 

The Detroit Free Press, June 22nd, 2008 (Freep.com)

“The Cup Gives You Wings” Cartoon

 

The Pakistani Spectator June, 2009 (http://www.pakspectator.com)

Views, news and opinions on Pakistani Politics. Interview

 

Regular Contributor

PoliticalGraffiti.com

Launched March 22nd, 2008

 

The Moderate Voice.com

Independent political news blog,

Staff Political Cartoonist

 

Bob McCarty Writes

Conservative political news

New York Times Online

 

Planet Rulers

Photos, Biographies, Caricatures and Illustrations of Political Figure Heads.

http://www.planetrulers.com/caricatures.php

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

2008 Democratic Primary Cartoons, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library

Columbus, OH

REVIEWS

Animation World Network, www.awn.com  March 2001

http://mag.awn.com/index.php3?ltype=all&sort=date&article_no=1293&page=3

ASIFA-San Francisco Feb. 2000

http://www.awn.com/asifa-sf/2000/0300.html

Webflicks 911 Media Art Center, www.webflicks.org/animation Aug. 2001

New York Times, FILM REVIEW; Advanced Technique Wed to Teen-Age Ideas

Feb 6, 1996

Courses/Workshops taken

Richard Williams, Animation Master Class, Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Oct.1997

Professional Organizations

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, AAEC

College Arts Association, CAA

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