Brian Schindler

Brian Schindler

Brian Schindler

B.A., theater arts, University of California, Los Angeles, 1990

First year at SCAD:
2007

"After working in the film and television industry for 20 years as an animation and visual effects artist, I felt the need to expand my artistic skills and experiences. My growth as an animator necessitated a change that would put me in an environment where I could learn while helping others achieve their creative goals. I've become even more passionate about animation since coming to SCAD, and I'm gratified beyond words when my students demonstrate their passion and newfound understanding of the art form through their unique vision. Their success inspires me to become a better animator."

Credentials

CG supervisor at Boss Film Studios on a Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats Cereal commercial for Leo Burnett

Awards, recognition and honors

CG animator and character technical director, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe," Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects; CG character animator, "The Chubbchubbs," Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film; CG character animator, 3-D layout artist and character technical director, "The Iron Giant," Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature; assistant art director, MTV Video Music Awards, Ace Award for Best Art Direction

Publications and presentations

Course lecturer, "CG in the Production of 'FernGully: The Last Rainforest,'" ACM SIGGRAPH

Previous Positions

Character technical director, "Beowulf," Sony Pictures Imageworks; CG animator and character technical director, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"; CG character animator, "The Polar Express"; character animator, "Stuart Little 2"; CG character animator, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"; CG character animator and character technical director, "Osmosis Jones" Warner Bros. Feature Animation; CG character animator, 3-D layout artist and character technical director, "The Iron Giant"; CG animator, 3-D layout artist and modeler, "Quest for Camelot"; technical director/compositor, "True Lies," Boss Film Studios; technical director/compositor, "Last Action Hero"; technical director/compositor, "Cliffhanger"; CG animator, technical director and modeler, "The Tom and Jerry Movie," Kroyer Films; assistant CG animator, technical director and modeler, "FernGully: The Last Rainforest"; technical director and modeler, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"; modeler, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"; modeler, "Jetsons: The Movie"

Courses Taught

  • ANIM 252 Principles of 3-D Animation
  • ANIM 280 3-D Character Setup and Animation
  • ANIM 333 3-D Character Animation I
  • ANIM 363 3-D Character Animation II
  • ANIM 408 Senior Animation Project I
  • ANIM 411 Dynamic Simulation and Secondary Motion
  • ANIM 448 Senior Animation Project II
  • CHAR 310 Scripting for Animators
  • CHAR 314 Facial Setup and Animation
  • CHAR 340 Non-human Character Set-up
  • CHAR 350 Advanced Character Set-up