Experience

First Contact Entertainment
ANIMATOR - January 2019 to Present

Created hand keyed and motion capture animation for virtual reality video games. Did storyboarding, layout, and final camera and character animation for marketing cinematics. Took initiative to write department documentation, including tool suite documentation and best practices guidelines. Assisted tech art team with rigging as needed.

Titles Include:

•Firewall: Zero Hour

•Solaris: Offworld Combat

Magnopus
ANIMATOR - April 2017 to January 2019

Created compelling animations for virtual reality and augmented reality projects.

Titles Include:
•Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab
•CNN VR

•Various unannounced projects

Section Studios
ANIMATOR - May 2016 to February 2017

Created keyframe animations of characters, quadruped and winged creatures, environment assets, and UI elements. Worked directly with clients and art director to execute their vision.

•Titles Include:
•Eclipse
•House Flip w/ Chip and Jo
•Awake VR

SKILLS AND SOFTWARE

Character Animation

Creature Animation

Motion Capture

Storyboarding

Rigging

Maya

Unreal Engine 4

Adobe Creative Suite

Education

Gnomon School of Visual Effects
ANIMATION, DIGITAL PRODUCTION FOR ENTERTAINMENT - April 2014 to March 2016

Focused on fundamental animation concepts, software techniques and acting skills to capture believable and appealing character performances. Studied both traditional and computer animation methods.

Worked with school administration to create an on-campus social club for animators and others interested in animation. Booked speakers and organized events to promote peer critiques, interpersonal skills, and professional communication.

Awards and Recognition

Clio Award
THEATRICAL: DIGITAL/MOBILE - 2018

Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab took home a Bronze Clio at the 2018 Clio Awards. Lead Animator.

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