Chris has worked in animation production for television, videogames and feature films. He has been teaching 3D animation production in the Entertainment Technology program since 2001. As the current chair of the Design Technology Department, Chris is committed to providing students with unparalleled instruction in the digital media fields.
David is a composer/technologist and game industry specialist. Previously, he worked with Yamaha Corporation of America as an evangelist for their game audio technology. David is currently professor of digital media in the Entertainment Technology Program. He continues to compose electronic music for the Internet and live performance.
In 1997, SMC asked Jim Keeshen to help start The Academy of Entertainment and Technology. Keeshen became the first full-time professor for the AET, wrote most of the curriculum, hired industry professionals as teachers, and advised on the software and hardware to be used. Before coming to the Academy, Keeshen ran his own animation studio in Los Angeles.
Originally from San Francisco, Walt Louie, a graduate of both U.C. Berkeley and SF State in the Broadcast Communications department, has worked as an editor in almost every program format, including movies for television, documentaries, reality shows, sitcoms, on-air promos, electronic press kits, theatrical trailers, spots, and commercials. He is well versed in all aspects of post-production; creative offline, motion graphics, sound design, and finishing. The newest addition to the full-time faculty of the Entertainment Technology Program, Walt teaches a number of the required courses for the Digital Media degree and certificates. www.flashcuts.com
PJ has been teaching at the Academy since June 2000, where he has taught several multimedia courses. He has also taught Web Design for Photographers for the Photography Department; and at ITT Technical Institute and Los Angeles Valley College, where he has led classes in Visual Design Theory, Using Multimedia for Interactive Communication, and Web Design. He also teaches workshops in Photoshop and Illustrator for companies and those employed in the Fashion Industry, such as Guess, bebe, etc. Apart from teaching, Mr. Abode is a Web Designer, and a Web and eCommerce Consultant for the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center.
Wynn has been teaching various digital media classes for computer applications for over ten years at various Universities. He holds an M.Ed and a B.F.A as well as a Professional Designation in Computer Graphics from U.C.L.A. He has developed curriculum for Digital Portfolio Development and Advanced Computer Applications. His freelance clients include Snapfashun, Michael Stars, The Colleagues, Susan Koziak Productions, Fred Segal, Tightlines Active Wear, Medi Spa, and Malibu Gourmet Foods to name a few. Wynn’s work was showcased in San Francisco at the Bit-by-Bit Digital Art Gallery, as well as the XIT gallery in Los Angeles and was named a “Digital Specialist” by Visual Arts Trends e-zine in December of 2002.
Fletcher is a composer who got his start working in video games during the heyday of the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. He has since written music for virtually every video game platform on the market, in addition to film, television, animation, commercials and theme parks. You can see his credits and hear examples of his work at www.fletcherbeasley.com.
Eric Gerds has been teaching part time at Santa Monica College for over 16 years when the college first started their computer graphics program. When he is not teaching he has works with many different types of computers both in the aerospace industry and the entertainment industry. Over the years he has worked with many special effects companies on major blockbuster films.
Warren Heaton is an award-winning digital media artist who studied Theater at UCLA (’91) and Live Action Film and Video at the California Institute of the Arts (’96). His film, video and interactive media projects include such clients as Adobe, aQuantive Microsoft, Concorde-New Horizons, DirecTV, Motor Entertainment, OrthoNeutrogena, SPAN Productions and Walt Disney Imagineering. He is the lead Motion Graphics instructor at UCLA Extension’s Design Communication Arts department and associate faculty at Santa Monica College’s Academy of Entertainment and Technology. Warren co-hosts Digital Media Artists Los Angeles (www.dmala.org) with Ko Maruyama and Tony Romain. Warren is currently collaborating with SPAN Productions in Venice, California to coproduce the independent full-length documentary, “The Hooping Life” (www.thehoopinglife.com). He’s also serving on the panel of judges for the Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach competition in August of 2008 (http://dg.typepad.com/).
Waqas specializes in 3D Game Design, 3D modeling, illustration and 2D/3D animation. Having worked in the film industry as a VFX artist and animator for several years he now focuses on developing his own game and animation projects.
Cathy has worked in many areas of the animation business; animating, assisting, background artist, special effects, and much more. She was the co-producer of the television title for Tailspin, a Japanese theme park film, and was credited as art director on several television specials. She has also produced nearly a dozen independent animated short films of her own. Her first came out in 1977, and her films continue to win international awards and recognition, the latest being Jazz Sketch Book. She also judges animation films at the Motion Picture Academy and international film festivals. One of her main focuses in the last ten years is teaching at the renowned Academy of Entertainment and Technology, at Santa Monica College. She is devoted to her students, and often partners with some of them on their animation projects, emphasizing the importance of a fine arts background, and artistic creativity in production. All this and she still finds time to paint and draw.
Ewald Klautky’s work in feature is credited in “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” and has contributed to many animated action-adventure TV series such as “Gargoyles”, “Nascar Racers”,”Roswell Conspiracies”,“Starship Troopers”, “X-Men Evolution”, “Stripperella”, “Biker Mice from Mars”, and “Wolverine & the X-Men” as a story artist and model designer. Also, as a TV commercial storyboard and pre-visualization artist for video game advertising companies like Hamagami-Carrol, Picture Plane, and Ayzenburg. Most recently, Skyy Vodka for Digital Domain and “Scooby-Doo” for Warner Bros. TV Animation.
Jan is an entertainment marketing consultant, representing animation studios, both foreign and domestic. She is involved in developing animated television and film concepts with producers and creators. In addition to her duties as a Santa Monica College Adjunct Professor teaching Entertainment Career Exploration and Animation History, Jan is a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art + Design, and a frequent lecturer and writer on the subject of animation business. She is the President Emeritus and founding member of Women In Animation International and a member of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and ASIFA-Hollywood.
Paris Poirier is an independent filmmaker whose works have been exhibited and broadcast internationally at hundreds of venues, including: The Berlin International Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest, Laemmle Theatres, Landmark Theatres, Here!TV and PBS. She has been teaching History of Animation and a wide variety of Film Studies courses at SMC since 1997.
Kimberly teaches art and design classes in the Graphic Design and Entertainmnent Technology departments. Outside of SMC she conducts studio classes and workshops, and has worked independently for most of her career as a painter, illustrator and designer. Her work has been exhibited internationally. She received her formal education at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and spent her fifth year in the departmentʼs international program at the University of Copenhagen.
Jason Shum has over 13 years of experience working on different animation projects such as feature films, TV shows, commercials, video games, game cinematics and music videos. His career has taken him to studios such as Ready at Dawn Studio, EA, Blur Studio and The Third Floor. Jason’s film and TV credits include Green Lantern, Journey to Mysterious Island, Fringe and Terra Nova. His video game credits include Mercenaries, Red Faction, Medal of Honor, Ninja Gaiden and Star Wars.
With a background in visual effects, animation and photography, Devin Uzan teaches Digital Compositing and Advanced Digital Compositing. Compositing is the melding of diverse elements to create seamless whole. Devin’s professional work includes movies such as Spiderman, Life of Pi, The Incredible Hulk and Pirates of the Caribbean. When not teaching or working professionally you might find him animating silly shorts or doing abstract photography. His website is www.devinuzan.com.
Amy Winfrey is an independent animator. Her animation has been featured in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Seoul International Animation Festival and The World Animation Celebration. In addition to her independent work, Amy has also worked in the industry as a television writer, an animation director, and as a South Park animator. She is also the creator of the Nickelodeon TV series, Making Fiends.
Zeny Baduel has taught graphic design classes for over 15 years before joining the Graphic Design faculty of Santa Monica College in 2000. In addition to teaching, Zeny has done freelance work for over 20 years and is a recipient of several design awards. She holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and a Graphic Design degree from New Jersey. Zeny teaches various graphic and web design classes for print and online publishing. www.zeny.com
Jamie Cavanaugh has taught at Santa Monica College since 2006. She joined the Graphic Design full time faculty in Fall, 2010. Jamie earned a M.A. in Film & Television Studies at UCLA with an emphasis in New Media. As Interactive Producer, Jamie worked for 5 years at KBDA, a communication design firm in Los Angeles. Currently she works freelance producing web and interactive projects for a wide variety of clients. www.jamiecavanaugh.com
Bill Lancaster has been with Santa Monica College for over 10 years as a full-time instructor. He taught part-time for 13 years prior to that. An Art graduate of Reed College with his M.F.A. in Visual Communications from Syracuse University, Bill teaches a wide variety of graphic design classes. He maintains a freelance practice that specializes in typographic and logotype design. Bill currently serves as the assistant chair of the Design Technology department. homepage.smc.edu/lancaster_william
The Graphic Design Program prides itself with its diverse and outstanding adjunct faculty drawn from the industry. Our instructors are published authors, award-winners, and established working professionals in the industry. They have a passion for teaching and bring real world experiences into the classroom.
A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Stephanie is a talented designer from Los Angeles. She has designed large scale graphics/identity projects all over the world for companies such as Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. and many prominent architectural firms. She also lived in New York and worked for the world famous designer Milton Glaser. She is an accomplished illustrator with several published works. She has been teaching at Santa Monica College since 1995.
Marc is the founder and CEO of DogTown Media, a digital agency that specializes in designing, coding, and deploying innovative iOS and Android applications for established brands and Venture-backed start-ups. As a mobile UX/UI designer and front-end developer by trade, he has years of experience delivering disruptive mobile solutions throughout the product lifecycle, from the early idea stage on to public launch. http://dogtownmedia.com
Eric has been a part time teacher at Santa Monica College for the past 18 years. When he is not teaching he has worked in both the Aero Space industry and the entertainment industry. Some of the companies that Eric has worked for over the years include, United States Air Force, Boeing satellite systems, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Frank Gehry Partners to name a few.
Award winning digital media artist Warren Heaton teaches courses at and has developed curriculum for the Academy of Entertainment and Technology and the Graphic Design Program at SMC since 1998. His broad and comprehensive skill set allows him to freelance in video editing, motion graphics and graphic design. His current clients include DirecTV, Technicolor and Johnson & Johnson. He is co-founder of the world’s largest Adobe After Effects user group Digital Media Artists Los Angeles.
Robin has over 20 years experience as a freelance graphic designer whose clients have included Dermalogica, Air New Zealand, Xerox Corp, and Suzuki Motor Corp. to name a few. She maintains her own design business as well as teaching at Santa Monica College since 1996.
Ian has a B.S. degree in Industrial Design and has operated his own graphic design/consulting business since 1985. His graphic design work has focused primarily on logo/identity design and various print media. He has produced digital typefaces and worked on signage projects for the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, and Hollywood Historic Walk. He began teaching as a consultant in 1987 and has been a part-time instructor at Santa Monica College since September 2000.
Matt returned to the faculty in 2009 after having taught at Santa Monica College from 1997-2001. He has been a member of the Editorial Art Department at the Los Angeles Times for almost two decades, creating graphics for all editorial sections of the paper as well as interactive graphics for LATimes.com. He has also been an adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design department at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara/Ventura since 2005 and has worked with the staff of the UCLA Daily Bruin as a graphics advisor. His free-lance clients include BMW, Golf World Magazine, Big Builder Magazine, Clark Construction, Evolution Entertainment, Heal the Bay and The Pete Newell Challenge. He has also worked as a reporter and editor at several newspapers. He has a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in Publication Design from San Jose State. www.mattmoodymedia.com
Kimberly has been teaching art and design classes at Santa Monica College since 1994. In addition to teaching at Santa Monica College, she conducts studio classes and workshops, and works independently as a painter, illustrator and designer. Her watercolor paintings have been exhibited internationally. Kimberly is the author of Travels on the Big Sur Coast. She received her formal education at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture, spending her fifth year abroad at the University of Copenhagen.
Designer, educator and artist interested in the “overlap spaces” where formal and typographic systems merge to include and explore existing and emerging technologies, Bonnie is a seasoned and dedicated educator bringing over twenty years of professional practice to her teaching. Working with a varied client list, from agencies to boutique design studios throughout Los Angeles, Bonnie has won numerous design awards for print. Her studio Tectonic Graphic Design since 2000 specializes in print, identity, and web. Receiving her MFA in graphic design from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, Bonnie has been an adjunct at Santa Monica College since 2001 specializing in Typography 1 and 2. She’s taught a variety of foundation courses such as composition, type design, advanced design, portfolio and branding at California State University Dominguez Hills, Woodbury University, Arkansas State University and Moorpark College. www.krop.com/bonnietanaka tanakastudents.com
Cherry got her degree from Long Beach State University and then studied marker illustration with the famous Woody Woodcock at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She also attended other prestigious art schools including Parsons in New York where she studied computer illustration with Marty Levin, a cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine. Cherry lived in Spain and worked for Saatchi-Saatchi International in Sevilla. In the 1990’s she got into web design, became art director for Geocities, and then moved into computer illustration for online games.
Josephine Hao has been practicing interior design since 1990. She has worked for internationally known firms such as Gensler and HDR, Inc. Her professional experience include corporate, law firms, civic buildings, education, as well as creating healing environments for major hospitals on the west coast. Josephine taught interior design at CSULB and Mt SAC before joining Interior Architectural Design full-time faculty in 2012.
Vanessa Blair Seibert
Vanessa Blair Seibert, AIA, LEED AP, CSBA is a LEED-accredited professional with more than 25 years of experience in commercial buildings and a long-standing commitment to environmental ideals. She is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and also has National Council of Architectural Registration Board-level certification. She is the principal and founder of Verde Concepts Inc., an environmental consulting firm. She has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. In 2003, she was among the first building specialists to become a LEED accredited professional, and, in 2007, she ushered in the National Sustainable Building Advisor’s program to Southern California.
Sheila is an architect and owner of ChoyAssociates, an award winning architectural office that specializes in innovative construction and sustainability. Her projects have won prestigious awards and achieved the first LEED Gold certification for a building of its type in California. She has taught Design and Design Technology for architects and interior designers for many years, most recently as a part-time instructor at Santa Monica College.
Deborah Gregory is currently Director of Interior Design in the firm DIGBAR interiors & architecture, a full service firm that specializes in creative experiential interiors for hotels, restaurants, theme parks and high-end homes around the world. She is also an adjunct teacher in Interior Design at Santa Monica College and on the Board of Ballona Creek Renaissance, an organization whose aim is to bring community awareness to the importance of preserving the watershed area of Marina del Rey.
Reuben E. Jacobs
After obtaining a Bachelors of Architecture from U.S.C., Reuben spent nearly 20 years working for corporate architectural and interior design firms where he primarily served as a job captain and/or CAD manager. Afterwards, he expanded his 10 year old CAD consulting company by taking on client commissioned residential addition projects. From early on, he concurrently has taught for 20 years as a community college adjunct professor and most recently at a vocational school where he teaches architectural courses in interior design and architecture departments.
Ian Noonan is a graduate of the Masters curriculum Interior Architectural Design program at UCLA Extension and has practiced Interior Design since 2004. Mr. Noonan lectures at UCLA and has been a featured speaker at ASID sponsored events as well as the annual La Cienega Design Quarter lecture series. He joined the faculty of SMC in the Fall of 2010 and has taught History of Interiors and Architecture, Drafting, and Surface Materials and Finishes.
Jeremy L Tooke
Jeremy L Tooke is an Architect, LEED AP, Educator and Entrepreneur. He has been teaching at Santa Monica College since the Spring of 2007. Currently he is a practicing Architect at Gensler in their Los Angeles office. He is also a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and a Revit Certified Professional. His well rounded professional experience and teaching methods help to bring the realities of the profession to the classroom.
David Wang, AIA, LEED AP, is passionate about architecture and its impact on people and cultures. He believes the learning of architecture is a life-long activity and much of it happens outside of class rooms. He encourages students to explore and find their own voice in design, and he hopes his classes will inspire more students to choose a career in architecture. David is a licensed architect in California, member of American Institute of Architects, and an accredited professional of LEED.
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