2021 Juror

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Casandra Brewton-Johnson

Casandra is an Atlanta artist specializing in the handmade construction of Stop Motion sets and puppets. With a background in engineering, she incorporates her love of math and science into transforming simple designs into playful tactile characters and props. She is currently a Project Manager with Slothique Animation Production and has worked as a freelance Media Coordinator for School of Humans on Mike Rowe's Six Degrees (Discovery +). In her spare time, Casandra is also the Programming Director of 501c(3) ASIFA-SOUTH International Animation Society headquartered in Atlanta.

Her philosophy...art is an organic process that should challenge and push the boundaries of your comfort zone.

http://www.casandrabrewton-johnson.com/

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2021 Juror

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Lisa Ferrell

Lisa Ferrell has worked in series and tele-film development for such companies as CBS, Lifetime Television/Hearst Entertainment, NBC and TBS. Lisa has served as Executive Producer for several of Atlanta’s foremost post production, motion capture and VFX facilities, including the Toronto-based SPIN VFX, and has helped create creative for some of the foremost advertising agencies and brands in the world. After starting Lisa Ferrell Productions in 2016, Lisa worked on numerous projects that for such clients as J Walter Thompson Inside New York, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, CARE USA, Toys R Us, music videos, a number of short indie films and concept pitch projects. Currently, Lisa works as a Producer / PM in emerging technology, i.e., Motion Capture, Volumetric Capture, AR / VR for Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute.

https://www.facebook.com/lisa.ferrell1/

https://www.instagram.com/ldferrell1/

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2021 Juror

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Allyssa A. Lewis

Creative Strategist and Career Consultant, Allyssa A Lewis, is also a prime-time television EMMY® winning Animator most noted for her animation on over 75 episodes and promos of FX's series "Archer". She has created content for NBC's "30 Rock", Discovery Channel, Mtv, i am OTHER, Animation Domination, Apple, ComicCon San Diego, Georgia Public Broadcasting (PBS), and Captain Planet's Planeteer Movement. 5As Founder and Executive Director of Georgia's first and largest animation resource and staffing agency, My Animation Life (MAL), her team works to find creative strategies and solutions for both studios and independents.

www.AllyssaALewis.com
www.MyAnimationLife.com
www.linkedin.com/in/AllyssaALewis/
 

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Harnessing the Power of Animation for Social Change

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

7:00p - 8:00p

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Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong is an Oscar-longlisted animation short director and filmmaker-in-residence with the Atlanta Film Society. Graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Animation and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Graphics and Multimedia, she is interested in blending technology and tradition to create experiences. She is the current executive director of ASIFA-SOUTH (International Animation Society- South US Chapter), and is responsible for spearheading their brand identity since 2014. Tontaveetong also serves as a strategy advisor to SIGGRAPH, the leading conference on graphics and technological advancement in the world. She makes it a priority to know what is forefront and upcoming in the technology world and looks for ways to efficiently integrate it into her work. 

https://www.tontaveetong.com/about/ 

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Post-Production Tips Using iMovie

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

7:00p - 8:00p

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Alison Valk is the Instructional Coordinator and Multimedia Librarian for the Georgia Tech Library, a position held since 2010. She studied art at the University of Georgia and holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She teaches approximately 100 workshops a year on professional multimedia software, including tools for video/ audio editing and graphic design. In 2016, she became the program manager for the Georgia Tech Library's instruction program and service owner of the Library's Media Scholarship Commons. As Instructional coordinator she oversees the development of the Library's educational curriculum. She leads numerous specialized educational programs that integrates arts-based projects and library resources into the curriculum. She also teaches LMC4699, a computational media research section focused on virtual reality for teaching and learning.

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Stop Motion How-To with Kieran Quinn

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

6:30p - 7:30p

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Kieran Quinn is an Atlanta-based animator and educator, who specializes in Stop-Motion! She has produced short films with the Center for Puppetry Arts and runs online LEGO animation webinars for children around the world who are stuck inside due to the pandemic. She loves encouraging aspiring artists to explore their creative potential in affordable and accessible ways - so long as you have some paper, a smart-device, and some miscellaneous household supplies at your disposal, you've got more than enough supplies to create something extraordinary!

https://www.kieran-quinn.com/

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Stop Motion 101

Thursday, February 4, 2021

4:00p - 5:00p

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Lessons from a Life in Animation Panel

Friday, January 29, 2021

8:00p - 9:00p EST

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Sandee M. Chamberlain grew up in Southern California and obtained her BFA in the Entertainment Arts with a concentration in Animation at California State University, Fullerton. She has worked professionally as an Animator, Storyboard Artist, Illustrator and in Technical Direction. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007 - to attend Savannah College of Art and Design for her Master level studies in Animation (MA) and Illustration (MFA). She has been teaching at the college level for almost two decades and continues to be curious about the future of entertainment arts while keeping current with technological advances in this field of study. Sandee has always had a fascination with moving imagery and has a passion for teaching commercial arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Animation & Illustration and the Coordinator of the Digital Animation Program at Kennesaw State University in the School of Art and Design. Her work has been shown in national as well as international galleries and film festivals.

Website: https://www.sandeescribbles.com/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/in/sandee-chamberlain-3982548
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2499068/

 

Demetrius Dukes is an Assistant Professor of Art in Animation at Columbus State University. He received an MFA in Media Technology and Entertainment from Florida Atlantic University. His academic research is centered around exploring 20th century art forms and their influence on contemporary interactive platforms. Dukes’ work has been showcased in numerous exhibitions and film festivals, including the Flaming Film Festival, the Brouhaha Film Festival, and Remarque Visual Journal.

Website: https://www.demetriusdukes.com/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/demetrius-dukes-85078996

 

Tim Steele has been a professor at SCAD for 7 years. He specializes in clothing and hair simulation. Within 2 years of starting in the Visual Effects industry he was a supervisor at Rhythm & Hues working on films such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Incredible Hulk and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. After Rhythm & Hues he worked on several films at Dreamworks Animation including Megamind and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-steele-b7ba073/
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2731962/