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Spencer B.

Professional Animator/Game Designer, Studied Under Dreamworks Artists

Professional Animator/Game Designer, Studied Under Dreamworks Artists

$100/hour

  • 131 hours tutoring

About Spencer


Bio

I get a thrill every time a student has an "Ahah" moment, and the concept clicks for them.

My real passion is in art and animation. If I was a millionaire, I would still do this because I find it incredibly rewarding. I started fiddling around with flip books and stop-motion animation around 2003 when I got hooked on special effects movies made by Ray Harryhausen. A couple of years later my uncle gave me a 3D program he had bought at a technology convention, and I was hooked for life!...

I get a thrill every time a student has an "Ahah" moment, and the concept clicks for them.

My real passion is in art and animation. If I was a millionaire, I would still do this because I find it incredibly rewarding. I started fiddling around with flip books and stop-motion animation around 2003 when I got hooked on special effects movies made by Ray Harryhausen. A couple of years later my uncle gave me a 3D program he had bought at a technology convention, and I was hooked for life! Youtube was still very young, so I started out by reading forums to find answers to questions I had. I see the value of having a tutor/mentor, and do my best to provide the kind of help I wish I had when I was starting out.

Here are a few of my accomplishments:

- Currently work at a VFX studio in Utah as a creature/character animator.
- Hold a Bachelors degree in animation and game development from UVU.
- Completed a certificate in "Advanced Character Animation" from Animation Mentor.
- Proficient in Modeling, Rigging, and Animation in Autodesk Maya, and am familiar with the entire pipeline.
- Studied under lead artists working at Dreamworks and Disney.
- Have designed and developed several stand alone games using Unity and C#.

I hope that gives you a feel for my personality and strengths. If you would like to meet with me, please send me a message telling me about your current skill level/experience in your subject, and what your main goals are. When we have lessons, I would appreciate it if you could send me some questions in advance so I can prepare a thought out response to help you learn as efficiently as possible.

Let's have a blast!


Education

Animation Mentor Advanced Animation
Graduate Coursework
Utah Valley University
Graduate Coursework

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Subjects

Art

Drawing

Drawing

I am a freelance artist and I design logos and t-shirts as a side job and for fun. I have been drawing my entire life, and have taken several art courses throughout school including figure drawing and drawing for animation. I am always drawing, everywhere I go. I believe the saying that we each have 10,000 bad drawings in us before we get a masterpiece, and I love to see people improve and come closer to that masterpiece. Anyone can draw, it just takes practice and patience.

Computer

Animation,

Animation

I am a professional animator/CG generalist working at a VFX studio. I have a bachelor's degree in animation and game development and a 2 year certificate in advanced character animation from Animation Mentor. I was consistently at the top of my class throughout school, and was often a tutor or mentor to my peers. I have been working in the industry, whether freelance or in a studio setting since 2011.
Autodesk Maya,

Autodesk Maya

I am a professional animator/CG generalist working at a VFX studio and use Maya on a daily basis. I have a bachelor's degree in animation and game development and a 2 year certificate in advanced character animation from Animation Mentor. I was consistently at the top of my class throughout school, and was often a tutor or mentor to my peers. I have been working in the industry, whether freelance or in a studio setting since 2011.
General Computer

General Computer

Growing up, I was always my mom's go to person for questions about the computer. I took a computer tech class in high school and was completely bored because the course work was so basic. I have been coaching people off and on ever since on general computer skills, mainly to help people who aren't tech-savvy be autonomous in their start-up business endeavors.

Corporate Training

French,

French

I studied French in high school. When I was 19, I moved to Southern France, where I was immersed in the language for 2 years. When I returned, I took a high level French course at BYU and tested out of several classes. I speak, read, and write at a fairly fluent level. I love the language, and I love seeing people succeed at it!
General Computer

General Computer

Growing up, I was always my mom's go to person for questions about the computer. I took a computer tech class in high school and was completely bored because the course work was so basic. I have been coaching people off and on ever since on general computer skills, mainly to help people who aren't tech-savvy be autonomous in their start-up business endeavors.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have worked for the school district as an 8th grade math tutor for the "Gear Up" program, including Elementary Math. I believe anyone can learn to enjoy math. There is always a right answer, so once you understand how it works, it becomes like a game.
Elementary Science, Reading

English

Reading

History

Bible Studies

Bible Studies

I graduated from a 4 year LDS seminary, two years of which were focused on the Bible. I served a full time mission for two years teaching people how to come closer to God by studying and following the scriptures. I study the scriptures on a regular basis, and am familiar with them.

Homeschool

French,

French

I studied French in high school. When I was 19, I moved to Southern France, where I was immersed in the language for 2 years. When I returned, I took a high level French course at BYU and tested out of several classes. I speak, read, and write at a fairly fluent level. I love the language, and I love seeing people succeed at it!
Reading

Language

French

French

I studied French in high school. When I was 19, I moved to Southern France, where I was immersed in the language for 2 years. When I returned, I took a high level French course at BYU and tested out of several classes. I speak, read, and write at a fairly fluent level. I love the language, and I love seeing people succeed at it!

Most Popular

French,

French

I studied French in high school. When I was 19, I moved to Southern France, where I was immersed in the language for 2 years. When I returned, I took a high level French course at BYU and tested out of several classes. I speak, read, and write at a fairly fluent level. I love the language, and I love seeing people succeed at it!
Reading

Other

Bible Studies

Bible Studies

I graduated from a 4 year LDS seminary, two years of which were focused on the Bible. I served a full time mission for two years teaching people how to come closer to God by studying and following the scriptures. I study the scriptures on a regular basis, and am familiar with them.

Summer

French,

French

I studied French in high school. When I was 19, I moved to Southern France, where I was immersed in the language for 2 years. When I returned, I took a high level French course at BYU and tested out of several classes. I speak, read, and write at a fairly fluent level. I love the language, and I love seeing people succeed at it!
Reading

Examples of Expertise


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Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (34 ratings)
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Reviews


Super great instructor

Highly recommend Spencer. I learned a lot from him on Maya, Rigging, and how to put things together in an animation. He is personable, likeable, and always started our sessions on time.

Charles, 4 lessons with Spencer

Lesson

Spencer was terrific. He is patient and easy to understand. I really enjoyed working with him. I would highly recommend him To anyone who needs help within his area of expertise

Ryan , 6 lessons with Spencer

Patient and thorough tutor

Our 13yo son is learning Maya from Spencer. Spencer comes thoroughly prepared for the lesson and leaves time for our son to self-direct part of the lesson so he can learn things he’s interested in and ask questions. He ends the lesson with an assignment for the week. They build on the assignments each week and all the tasks are very doable by our son with no frustration. Extremely knowledgeable and professional, Spencer is a born teacher!

Melissa, 19 lessons with Spencer

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

This semester, my grandson was struggling with Maya 3D Digital Program and we sought out a tutor to assist him. Spencer was quite knowledgeable, extremely patient , and helped to simplify what is not necessarily a user friendly app. He was able to simplify the program and helped him troubleshoot whenever he encounter roadblocks and provided the necessary guidance needed to improve his project. He made the tutoring lessons quite informative, less complicated, and at at the time enjoyable. Highly recommend him as a tutor - it is money well invested and you won't be disappointed. Iris L. New York

Iris, 16 lessons with Spencer

Easy to work with

Spencer was helpful and was very easy to work with. We got into it fast and he helped me over email with other things for free. Good guy.

Lee, 2 lessons with Spencer
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