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Professor and Program Coordinator, Entertainment Art/Animation
Location: VA 185A
Phone: (657) 278 - 3220
Contact the Art Department Office at (657) 278 -3471 for current office hours
"I received my undergraduate degree in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; earning my MFA in Film Production at the University of Southern California. I've been employed by a variety of studios in the animation industry; serving as a storyboard artist, designer, animator, digital artist and digital animator. I've drawn characters, such as Pooh and Tigger, the Genie, Hercules, Larry Boy ( of the Veggie
Tales), and more. In 2000, I co-founded an animation studio, FlashBang Studios; we provide a variety of animation services for the web, TV, direct to video and DV.
As much as I've enjoyed the various animation projects I've had the privilege to be a part of, I've always derived a tremendous amount of pleasure and satisfaction through teaching. In 2002 I was hired to teach animation at Cal State Fullerton. In addition to teaching courses in the Entertainment Art Animation concentration, I was also brought on to introduce and teach new 3d animation courses featuring Alias Wavefront's Maya animation software.
Having a strong traditional animation and film background, I teach traditional animation and filmmaking techniques; focusing on developing the students understanding of animation as a storytelling medium, with an emphasis on personality, character oriented animation. I have a great appreciation for the art of animation as it has been developed at studios such as Disney and Warner Brothers; and explored by organizations such as the National Film Board of Canada; knowledge of the history of animation is a fundamental part of the introductory animation courses I teach."
ART 253, Introduction to Traditional Animation
ART 255, Introduction to 3D Computer Animation
ART 353A, Drawing for Animation
ART 353B, Animation
ART 355, 3D Computer Animation
ART 487E, Special Studies in Entertainment Art/Animation