Texas A&M University – MS in Visualization Sciences - December 2011
Thesis: BIM Principles to Practice: Using BIM to create a new model for Producing Animation
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT — BFA in Animation - August 2005
Lighting Technical Director - Sony Imageworks Dec 2017 - Current
Lighting for The Emoji Movie
Lighting Lead - Development Department at DHX Media Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Created Environment, Character, and shot lighting for development projects.
Worked with Pipeline team to transition lighting workflow for studio from XSI to Maya/Vray
Help establish best practices for new lighting tools.
Lighting Lead and Lighting Artist at Brazen Animation Studio Oct 2014 - Mar 2015
Led lighters in daily duties and reviewed work before director reviews.
Lighting and Compositing Artist at ReelFX Animation Studio Oct 2012 - June 2014
The Book of Life
Spearheaded development of new tools for lighters including a new render dispatcher, and additional tools for Nuke.
Created interactive visualization tools for lighting in Houdini.
Lighting TD at Pixar Animation Studios April 2010 - May 2012
Shorts : La Luna • Hawaiian Vacation • Moon Mater
Graduate Teaching Assistant June 2009 – August 2009
Teaching Intro to drawing for new visualization undergraduate students, with 16 students
Teaching assistant for first-year VIZ grad students summer projects
Pixar Animation Studios – Lighting Intern Sept 2008 – April 2009
Lighter for animated short Partly Cloudy
ReelFX Studios – Lighting Intern – June 2008 - August 2008
Lighter/Compositor and Quality Control for Open Season 2
Graduate Teaching Assistant Sept 2007 – April 2008
Teaching intro to drawing, with 16 students. Responsible for following predetermined curriculum for architecture students.
Teaching Assistant - Nov 2004-Aug 2005, BYU Animation
Trained students in 3D techniques in Maya and Renderman.
Render Wrangler May-Aug 2004
In charge of completing all 3D objects for Faux Paw: Adventures in the Internet
Monitored and debugged renders for all 3D segments of film
Volunteer Service - July 2000-July 2002, Seattle, WA
Responsible for the direction and training of 12 other representatives new teaching techniques, and management skills.
Eagle Scout : completed project on behalf of Special Olympics
- Nuke: faked water effects, god rays, and layering techniques, and general image manipulation
- Maya: layout, shading, and lighting.
- Houdini: Lighting and tools creation.
- Photoshop: Layering, post-processing.
- Final Cut Pro: Color manipulation, video editing.
- Adobe After Effects: motion graphics, typography, and comping effects
- Linux: 7 years production experience.
Interests: Kayaking, Skiing, Woodworking, Painting, Photography, Golf, Running, and Hiking.