About Joe R.

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Joe teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: 2008
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

I believe in learning by doing, so from the start I work with students to bring their own ideas to reality. That’s what I love about animation: if you can imagine it, it's possible.

When beginners are given the tools and freedom to create their own ideas, it does two things:
1. It trains them to be a well-rounded artist - They not only understanding how to use the tools, but how to communicate effectively with them.
2. The excitement compounds and drives students to excel and keep learning. This energy is essential to keep beginning artists from getting bored and discouraged.

A bit about me: I have a BFA that gave me a broad understanding of all the components of art and design. I understand not only technique, but theory and ideas behind the historic and social implications of art.

I began experimenting with animation and filmmaking in 2006. After a couple years, I went on to get a BFA in Electronic Imaging at Northern Michigan University. My thesis film, Eat Your Vegetables, won awards at 5 different film festivals across Michigan.

In 2014 I started my own business to create promotional videos and explore innovative ways to use 3D animation. I've worked with clients in marketing, coffee, rock music, tax accounting, construction & design, corrosion prevention and more.

Photos and Videos

A brief overview of the different steps in the 3D animation pipeline.

Experience

3D Animator & Digital Artist

Apr 2014 - Present
Self Employed

Create innovative and exciting promotional animations for businesses.

Lead Technician

Oct 2008 - Aug 2014
CU Tech

Full hardware and software support for desktops, laptops and servers.
Install and administer Windows servers and small business networks.
Design small business logos and publications.
Design, implement and administer small business and personal websites.

Website Manager

Aug 2012 - May 2013
Devos Art Museum

Update website with current news, events and exhibitions. Maintain exhibition archive.
Make minor design changes. Update code for maximum functionality

Helpdesk Assistant

Aug 2009 - May 2013
NMU Helpdesk

Provide face-to-face and phone support for students and faculty members.
Fully support university leased laptops including hardware, software, email and account
services; and network connectivity.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Electronic Imaging

Aug 2009 - May 2013
Northern Michigan University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Audience Choice

Nov 2013
Riverside Saginaw Film Festival

Best Animated Film

Oct 2013
Made in Michigan Film Festival

Best Film

Sep 2013
Saugatuck Shorts Film Competition

Best Animated Film

Jul 2013
Young Michigan Filmmakers Festival

Best in Show

May 2013
Limited Space - Devos Art Museum
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Lauren S. Jan 21, 2016
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