Digital Art Instructor with emphasis in 2D and 3D animation
Digital Art Instructor with emphasis in 2D and 3D animation
Jason received his BA from Amherst College in Fine Arts and also holds a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his academic career he completed several independent animated shorts including 'Chushingura: The Tale of the Loyal Retainers' which earned him 'Best Animated Short' in the 'Five-College Film Festival, and his Master's Thesis 'Peristalsis' which was exhibited at the Gene Siskel Theater in Chicago. In 2006, at The World Animation Fair, he premiered his...
Jason received his BA from Amherst College in Fine Arts and also holds a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his academic career he completed several independent animated shorts including 'Chushingura: The Tale of the Loyal Retainers' which earned him 'Best Animated Short' in the 'Five-College Film Festival, and his Master's Thesis 'Peristalsis' which was exhibited at the Gene Siskel Theater in Chicago. In 2006, at The World Animation Fair, he premiered his independent feature, 'Penguin Delinquency,' and in 2008, completed a medical animation entitled 'Implantation: New Frontiers and the Last Barrier to Human Reproduction' with grants obtained from the Rinehart Center for Reproductive Medicine and Organon Pharmaceuticals. The 16-minute, 3D animated film was shown at the 2009, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Video Session. In 2010, he completed another independent short 'The Tigress,' an adaptation from one of the Jataka Tales.
Jason has worked at Anzovin Animation Studios in Massachusetts, Noodlesoup Productions in New York City on the 'Venture Brothers' cartoon series, and at Calabash Animation in Chicago on various commercial endeavors. He is an adjunct professor of 2D and 3D animation for broadcast and gaming, in addition to special topics including digital compositing, lighting, rendering, rigging, and dynamics. At Giannini Creative he worked as a CG Animation Artist in their 3D digital division producing work for clients including Nestle, Hershey's, Gillette, and Coca Cola. He was a rigger and lead animator for the Effie award-winning 'Smart' Hotels.com ads featured in the November 2010 issue of 3D World Magazine and, in collaboration with Studio One Digital, was lead rigger and animator for McDonald's 'Happy' Campaign. He is currently animating for Little Genius Games on a children's educational game.
He has over 15 years of teaching experience at five top art schools in the Chicagoland area at graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels and is adept with digital tools like Photoshop, After Effects, and Autodesk Maya. He also enjoys traditional painting, sculpting, carving, and metal work for accessory and fashion design. His tutoring assistance has helped students get work into film festivals, undergrad, and graduate programs alike.
Our highest recommendation!!
Jason has earned our highest recommendation. Our daughter needed help learning Maya so she could create a demo reel for an internship application; she faced a very steep learning curve and tight timeframe. Jason was the perfect tutor to help her with this project -- professional, patient, kind, easy to schedule, and extremely talented. With Jason's help, she not only made her deadline but also emerged from the experience with confidence, skills and portfolio assets she could leverage going forward. She could not have accomplished this without his guidance and we are extremely grateful to have found his expert tutoring services. Thank you Jason!Julie, 12 lessons with Jason
Very patient and knowledgeable
I failed a college class because I just couldn't understand the 3D modeling program (Maya). Everyone told me I just needed to figure it out on my own because there just wasnt any other way too. Well I tried, failed and panicked. I just had my first session with Jason and I'm excited to meet again and learn more. Such a huge relief to know I'm not alone in this !!Neiry, 2 lessons with Jason
Very good tutor
After the first session, I am very sure that Jason H. is a very good tutor and fully recommend him as one. He is able to make adjusments based on the person being taughts schedule and is very polite.Christian, 20 lessons with Jason
Very interesting Lesson
We had another great lesson. I learnt a lot quickly and Jason explained every step thoroughly. Really appreciate the tutorial videos he does during our lessons. It's wonderful to be able to look back at what we learnt and practice. Looking forward to the next!Jocelyne, 2 lessons with Jason
Great help with After Effects
I met with Jason to work on projects for my After Effects class and he was a major help! We went over simple masking to animation and he made it easy to follow along. I look forward to using him again in the future and couldn't recommend him more!Kim, 2 lessons with Jason
Well prepared and very professional
Jason was super friendly and super helpful. It took all of the anxiety out of learning. He was well prepared and organized and was also able to cater to my immediate needs in Adobe After Effects and I learned a lot very quickly. I went from zero experience with After Effects to ready to tackle the problem I came to him with.Justus, 2 lessons with Jason
Very knowledgable tutor in Maya and computer animation
Jason was a very big help with my animation project. He is very knowledgable and helpful with Maya and the complete animation process. I would definitely recommend him.Jack, 17 lessons with Jason
Jason walked me through how to model a mannequin in Maya. His instructions were clear and easy to follow. He also showed me very helpful shortcuts in the program that I did not know of. If you're seeking help in Maya I highly recommend him!Benjamin, 17 lessons with Jason
Seriously awesome and knowledgeable!
Jason has been absolutely amazing to have as a tutor. Most tutors cater to certain students' learning styles more than others, but I don't think Jason would have trouble tutoring anyone, he's extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the software we used. He's also very friendly and so passionate about teaching, you'll be able to tell in the first 2 minutes that he loves teaching and he wants to be there helping you out. Every time I made a step forward, he was just as excited as I was. He's my go-to guy if I ever need any more help learning Maya!Neil, 18 lessons with Jason
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