Ed Cheetham, B.F.A., M.A.
Drake University (Graphic Design; Minor - Journalism); Ohio State University (Art Education - Computer Graphics/Animation). Ed was part of the early Computer Animation Department at Ringling College of Art and Design in 1991. He currently owns and operates his own animation/design company, Digital Artistry. He is responsible for concept, design, and production of 2D and 3D motion graphics and animation. His client list includes national cable channels such as Country Music Television, The Gospel Music Channel, Great American Country, and the Cartoon Network, as well as Viacom, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates.
Dorian Angello, B.A., M.S.
University of South Florida (Fine Arts); Pratt Institute (Communication Design). Past professional experience: Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Journalism & Media Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL; Area Coordinator and Instructor of Graphic Design (developed and chaired Graphic Design program), Delaware College of Art and Design; Senior Designer, Pratt Institute. Recent presentations include "Reintroducing Tactile Processes into Typography" at the UCDA Design Education Summit 2008. Works exhibited in DCAD Faculty Exhibitions (1999-2002); recipient of several adDE Awards (2000-2002).
Dante Rinaldi, B.S.
State University of Buffalo, NY (Graphic Design). Dante Rinaldi possesses over 15 years of industry experience and is a veteran digital artist in the fields of Advertising and Graphic Design, Film, Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Games. As a Creative Director in Advertising and Design in New York, Dante has worked in both creative and corporate agencies and has had the pleasure to work with worldwide clients such as Toyota, Sony, Scholastic, Fuji, NCAA, BlueCross BlueShield, Verizon and AT&T. As a senior User Interface and Cinematic artist with the video game company THQ Kaos Studios, he has developed products for popular game systems, including XBOX360, PlayStation 3, PC and mobile devices, as well as directing and implementing extensive marketing and web presence collateral. While at Digital Domain, Mr. Rinaldi was a Computer Graphics Generalist in the VFx Department, where he was instrumental in Concept Development, Organic and Hard Surface Modeling, Surfacing and Textures, Shader Development, Compositing, and Motion Graphics creation. He has been honored with multiple industry awards, including a Silver ADDY® Award in the category of Visual and Audio Elements of Advertising- Illustration for the NCAA GatorBowl.
Jill Taffet, B.F.A.
The Cooper Union, New York (Fine Arts). She is an EMMY® Award-winning Creative Director who has worked broadly in the motion design industry and as an educator in the profession. She has been recognized with numerous design awards from BDA, AIGA, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Graphis and The Academy of Arts and Sciences for her work with E!, ESPN, MSNBC, Discovery Networks, Oxygen, and TV Land. She has served as professor and chair of Motion Design, Media Arts and Animation at San Francisco Art Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design and Otis College of Art and Design. She teaches classes in Motion Design, Experimental Animation, Visualization and Concept, Network Design and Branding, Main Title Design, and Portfolio. Ms. Taffet is in progress towards a M.F.A. in Design and Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Ron Zeitler, B.F.A.
Louisiana Tech University (Graphic Design); Ringling College of Art and Design (Computer Animation). Ron worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando, FL, where he worked on Pocahontas, Mulan, Emperor's New Groove, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. After Disney, he worked in Ringling College's Department of Computer Animation. Later, Ron worked as a story artist for a new Feature Animation division of Digital Domain (DD) on their first Feature Film, Tembo. His time with DD has been “mind altering and the toughest job that I have ever had...but so rewarding and educational. I now understand that, as artists, we are all trying to tell stories no matter what the media or medium.”
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Joe Russ, B.F.A.
Savannah College of Art and Design (Motion Media Design). Mr. Russ has received numerous awards from The Art Directors Club, promax/BDA, and The American Advertising Federation. He has worked with top design studios and agencies on national network launches and international rebrands. Joe has created experiential and on-air content for clients including Disney, National Geographic, Target, NBC Universal, and Discovery Networks. He has also self-initiated projects which include designing and developing apps for the iPhone and iPad platforms. He wrote, directed and animated his short film Fathoms and successfully marketed it on the crowd-sourcing website www.Kickstarter.com.
Morgan Williams, B.F.A.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Film/Animation Concentration). Mr. Williams has been a professional animator and animation director for over 18 years. He has created animation for Sony Pictures, the BBC, Comedy Central, and WGBH Boston among many others as well as creating and teaching an upper-level Storyboarding course as an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He was a Visual Arts Scholar and made the Dean's List while attending MCAD, and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his animation work including an ADDY®, a Telly, and a Best in Show award at Minnesota Siggraph. His work has also been screened at festivals around the world including the Philadelphia International Film Festival and the Annecy International Animation Festival. http://www.clubcocoanut.com