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To obtain contractual onsite or remote employment as a character animator at a high end film, game, or commercial animation studio


2003-2005 BFA, Animation - Savannah College of Art and Design. Dean's List, 4.0 GPA Savannah, GA
2002-Transfer to SCAD BFA, Animation, The Art Institute of Washington. 4.0 GPA Washington, DC

Professional Experience

November 2008 - Present Freelance Animator
  • Worked on multiple commercials with Psyop/MassMarket as well as other studios
  • Created characters from concept to final animation for clients and self promotion work
  • Animated on a short film project due for festival release this year
Houston, TX
July 2005- November 2008 Senior Animator - Midway Games
  • Set up Facial Rigs and created facial performances for in game cinematics
  • Game credits include - Stranglehold, Blacksite, Ballers 2, Ballers 3, The Wheelman, MK vs DC
  • MK vs DC- Setup initial facial prototype rig poses that were used as a base for other characters, animated cinema, acted as facial animation lead in supervising internal and external artists to get it all done on time
  • The Wheelman - Helped polish facial rigs, setup vehicle and prop rigs, animated vehicles, simulated cinematic dynamics and animated some cinematic facial
  • Blacksite - Setup facial rig and oversaw facial animation for the project utilizing both full hand keyed facial as well as Face FX
  • Stranglehold - Co developed facial pipeline and animated much of the facial in the game
  • Created prototype facial rigs for other projects
  • Created animation cycles for in game play
Chicago, IL
Austin, TX
August 2000 - July 2005 Creative Director - New Eyes Media
  • Originally founded company in Washington, D.C. in order to gain experience in the graphic arts and animation fields
  • Recruited and directed freelancers to complete projects for clients on time and on budget
  • Created character designs for a television series pitch
  • Created animated pieces for video production including promos and spots
  • Designed packaging layouts using provided specifications for a national telecommunications support company
  • Created new logos and corporate identities for clients
  • Digitally painted and crafted artwork for print and illustrative use
Savannah, GA
December 1996 - December 2000 Section Leader - United States Marine Corps
  • Acted as a Section Leader in the Marine Security Force Detachment at the White House Communications Agency
  • Led Security Teams on foreign trips in support of the President and National Security Council
  • Supervised Marines guarding a multimillion dollar installation and sensitive equipment
  • Organized and implemented training and work schedules for the detachment
  • Instructed subordinates in hand-to-hand combat and various other subjects
Washington, DC

Awards and Screenings

March 2006 Short film “The Potter ” wins first place in Nontraditional Animation from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation College Television Awards
November 2005 "The Potter" accepted to Annimex and wins Animation Stills Prize
November 2005 "The Potter" screens at the Savannah Film Festival
August 2005 "The Potter" receive Winner's Circle Honors from the Animation Magazine 3rd Annual Student Short Film Awards
June 2005 "The Potter" Finalist at Global Student Animation Awards
June 2005 "The Potter" named a finalist at Visionfest
May 2005 "The Potter" regional finalist for the Student Academy Awards
May 2005 "The Potter" screens at Cannes Short Film Corner Market
July 2004 Short film "Much Ado About Breakfast" accepted into SIGGRAPH Space 2004
March 2004 1st Prize in Animation Contest for SCAD students to create a commercial for Memorial Health Medical Center
March 2000 Honor Graduate, Sergeant's Resident Course - Quantico Virginia


March 2006 Interview about "The Potter" in 3d World magazine
December 2005 Cover art for the book "The Magic of Houdini" by William Michael Cunningham
February 2005 Artwork published in the textbook "Exploring 3d Animation with Maya 6" by Patricia Beckmann and Phil Young
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