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 Robin Barkley - Director of the Animation and Video Game Animation Programs
Robin Barkley Animator, Web Designer/Developer, Graphic Designer
Contact - robinart@aol.com - 973-443-8693
Portfolio   Spring 2017 Course Materials
Robin Barkley brings an outstanding portfolio of experience in several disciplines within the digital arts industry and has been creating animations, interactive games and apps, websites, and print materials for a host of commercial, corporate and agency clients since 1989. She has won multiple national and international awards as well as wide recognition in the national industry for her skills. Her work has been highlighted in SIGGRAPH's Electronic Theater, E3 and the Consumer Electronics Show.
Software - 3DS MAX, After Effects, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Wordpress
Languages - HTML, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, AS, Perl, CGI, Lingo

 

 Rudy Agresta
Max Becker Full Service 2D Animator, Designer, Pianist/Composer, Fine Artist
Contact - rudyartandmusic@aol.com - 201-527-0813
Website - www.rudyagresta.com
Rudy Agresta has been a professional artist/musician for well over 25 years. His passion for animation landed him free lance work in NYC where he did character/show concept design and animated on many TV commercials. Rudy enjoys animating the old fashioned way - with pencil and paper, and has incorporated hand drawn techniques within the digital realm to produce studio quality animation. Rudy devotes his full time producing animation and music for a number of clients as well as giving private piano, arranging, and music composition instruction. With his fine art skills, he has done decorative painting and mural work in a number of private residences.
Software - Flash, After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, DigiCel, Finale
Traditional Media - Pencil & Paper, Oils, Acrylic, Water Color, Gouche, Mixed Media

 

 Max Becker
Max Becker Animator, Game Designer, Web Designer/Developer
Contact - max@blindhack.com
Website - www.blindhack.com
Professor Becker is the never-tiring co-founder of Blindhack Software. Starting his programming career at the age of 12, he has since developed an impressive range of skills including film editing, animation, graphic design and web development. Whether he is the connecting force amongst a team of artists and programmers, vigorously marketing around the clock for a release, or locked in a dark room working for hours on end – his possesses an insane desire for continual perfection in his work.
Software - Unity, Unreal, 3DS MAX, After Effects, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Wordpress
Languages - HTML, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, AS

 

 Harold Burton
Harold Burton Animator, Game Designer, Software Producer
Contact - hburtoniii@gmail.com
Harold Burton is a talented 3D animator and detail oriented video game producer who manages teams of Programmers and Artists to collaboratively develop video games. He oversees the development team by creating and maintaining game production schedules, enabling programmers and artists to meet deadlines and achieve milestones on schedule. He uses his creative background to assist the design and art teams in improving gameplay features, flow and the overall presentation of the games. He possesses strong communication skills which are valuable when interacting with the development team and the superior stakeholders such as the External Producer, Art Director and Executive Producer.
Software - 3DS MAX, After Effects, Maya, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, InDesign

 

 John Foster
John Foster Game Developer, Programmer
Contact - jlf990@gmail.com
John Foster is the Senior Director of Online Games at MTV Networks where he oversees the product development of online gaming initiatives. He is working to bring about the next generation in online, casual and multiplayer games to an audience that grew up with video games and pop culture. Before joining MTV John was the Director of Development at Skyworks Technologies where he led the company’s development efforts that included game technology, tools development, server-side services, casual, online, multiplayer and mobile game projects. John’s leadership helped Skyworks become the leading provider of advergames and branded online entertainment. John has been developing software professionally since 1979, actively involved in computer programming from the inception of PCs and the Internet.
Software - Unity, Flash, Director
Languages - AS3, Objective-C, php, SQL, C/C++, Java, JavaScript, XML, CSS, HTML, Lingo
Operating Systems - Windows, Linux, iPhone, BREW, J2ME, J2EE, ASP, JSP, MySQL, Visio, Project, Jira, Scrum

 

 Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly Game Designer, A/V Multimedia Designer
Contact - therealchriskelly@gmail.com
Website - www.generationistudios.com
Chris Kelly is a video game designer who owns Generation i Studios, which was formed in 2009 by veterans of the gaming industry focusing on developing interactive casual games. Professor Kelly has worked in the gaming industry for the past two decades as a team member producing a wealth of web games, handheld cartridge games and iPhone games for such companies as Nabisco, Fox and MTV.
Software - Flash, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere
Languages - AS3, Lingo, HTML, JavaScript, Java

 

 Kevin Kleyla
Kevin Kleyla 3D Modeler, Architectural Modeler
Contact - kevin@akueous.com
Website - www.akueous.com
Kevin Kleyla's professional experience has spanned more than 13 years in both the architecture and digital art communities. He enjoys working and designing with individuals exploring the many complexities within architectural visualization and computer generated design. Professor Kleyla owns Akueous, a company that helps to dissolve gaps in workflow by providing 3D design services. These services are used to better understand, visualize and present professional 3D projects.
Software - 3DS MAX, Photoshop

 

 Peter Locharernkul
Online Game Developer
Contact - pichya@mindspring.com
Professor Locharernkul has been working at MTV as a programmer for several years. He specializes as an interactive web developer with substantial web programming proficiencies as well as project management experience. He has a strong competency in all aspects of online game development, including 2D and 3D game engines, utilizing modular coding practices. He has programmed a host of casual and online games for such companies as MTV, ESPN andNabisco.
Software - Unity, Flash, Box2D, Away3D
Languages - HTML5, AS2, AS3
Operating Systems - Windows, IOS, Android OS

 

 Fadee Salama
Fadee Salama Animator
Contact - fadeecg1@gmail.com
Fadee Salama is a detail oriented, full-time 3D animator who has been working in the medical animation industry for several years for a variety of companies and clients including Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Pfizer.
Software - 3DS MAX, After Effects, Photoshop

 

 Jon Young
Kevin Kleyla 3D Generalist
Contact - jonyoung3d@gmail.com
Website - www.jonyoung3d.com
Jon Young is a professional 3D artist who has worked in studio and freelance settings bringing his expertise to a variety of industries including the medical device marketing industry, indie and established game studios, virtual reality technology entrepreneurs, and other software developers. Currently, he works full-time as an 3d asset developer and animator creating instructional materials for the U.S. military with the Gaming Interactive Technologies and Multimedia (GITM) division of Picatinny Arsenal. His curiosity leads him to other interests that tie creativity and technology together as well, such as 3D printing, photogrammetry, visual effects and editing for short films.
Software - 3ds Max, Maya, Motionbuilder, Photoshop, Quixel Suite, After Effects, Zbrush