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Michael Z.

Garland, TX

$65/hour

Experience Animation Production Artist

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Bob Jones Univeristy
Cinema and Video
Bob Jones Univeristy
Master's

Education

Bob Jones Univeristy (Cinema and Video)

Bob Jones Univeristy (Master's)

About Michael

I have about 20 years of experience in animation production for movies, venues and animated series. For the past ten years I specialized in lighting, compositing, surfacing and texture painting mainly for animated movies ("The Book of Life" and "Free Birds" are the most recent). I have gained a great deal of experience with Maya, Nuke and Photoshop during that time.

I have also taught all aspects of computer animation in higher education for associate, bachelor and master degree programs using both Maya and Photoshop.

I have extensive experience teaching Photoshop for associate and bachelor degree programs. I also have extensive experience in animation production using Photoshop to create textures by combining various photographs in creative ways. The final textures were both stylized and photorealistic. With nearly 20 years of compositing experience for movie and animation production, I have a strong understanding of layers and their power to both build great effects as well as to create flexibility for the predictable client revisions.

I have extensive experience teaching Maya for associate, bachelor and master degree programs. I also have extensive experience in all aspects of animation production using Maya. I spent about ten years as a 3D generalist, and then the last ten I specialized in lighting, compositing and surfacing.

I am an ideal candidate for tutoring because I can combine my years of teaching experience with years of actual animation production experience using Maya and Photoshop.
I have about 20 years of experience in animation production for movies, venues and animated series. For the past ten years I specialized in lighting, compositing, surfacing and texture painting mainly for animated movies ("The Book of Life" and "Free Birds" are the most recent). I have gained a great deal of experience with Maya, Nuke and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Garland, TX 75043
In-person lessons
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Animation
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Animation,
Autodesk Maya

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Animation

I taught 3D computer animation at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC on both the bachelor and master degree level from 1993 to 2001. I then taught animation at the School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, NC from 2001-2005. I also have about 20 years of computer animation production experience for movies, venues, commercials and animated series. For the past ten years I worked at ReelFX Animation Studios in Dallas.

Autodesk Maya

I started teaching Maya at V1.0 at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC on both the bachelor and master degree level from 1993 to 2001. I then taught Maya at the School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, NC from 2001-2005. I have used Maya in animation production since V1.0 making movies, venues, commercials and animated series. For the past ten years I worked at ReelFX Animation Studios in Dallas where our primary 3D application was Maya.

Bob Jones Univeristy
Cinema and Video
Bob Jones Univeristy
Master's

Education

Bob Jones Univeristy (Cinema and Video)

Bob Jones Univeristy (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Garland, TX 75043.