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    EDUCATION

    09/2004-05/2006

    School of Visual Arts, New York, NY,

    Master of Fine Arts in Computer Art


    University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt,

    Germany, Diploma in Media System Design

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    01/2013-Present

    Rigging Show Lead, Blue Sky Studios, Greenwich, CT

    Rigging Show Lead for 'Peanuts' (2015)


    06/2012-Present

    Senior Character Technical Director, Blue Sky Studios, Greenwich, CT


    01/2012-07/2013

    Lead Character Technical Director, Blue Sky Studios, Greenwich, CT

    Creative Lead for face rigs on current production


    05/2009-05/2012

    Character Technical Director, Blue Sky Studios, Greenwich, CT

    Creating expressive, flexible and efficient rigs that allow animators to bring life to the characters and props in films like "Ice Age": Building skeletons, setting up deformations and engineering control systems


    09/2006-03/2009

    Lead Technical Director, Spans & Partner, Hamburg, Germany

    Character rigging, set supervision, development of pipeline tools, special effects, including water, cloth and particles


    01/2005-05/2006

    Unix / PC Lab Assistent, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

    Maintaining the MFA Computer Art network and assisting the staff in all aspects of Computer System Administration, maintaining the MFA Computer Art Intranet website


    02/2004-06/2004

    3D Internship, ProSiebenSat.1 Production, Berlin, Germany

    3D animation and modeling with Lightwave in one of Germany's largest TV production house


    08/2002-02/2003

    3D Scanning Internship, Gentle Giant Studios, Burbank, CA

    3D scanning and preparing of 3D scans for toys and special effects


    10/2001-07/2002

    Research Assistent, Computer Graphics Center (ZGDV), Darmstadt, Germany

    Modeling of low resolution characters for Virtual Reality purposes


    07/2001-09/2001

    Programming Internship, IBM Hannover, Germany

    Development of Java-Applets and Java Server Pages

    TEACHING

    AnimSchool, USA (July 2011 - July 2013)
    Teaching Character Technical Direction

    School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA (2005)
    Graduate Seminar in Maya (basic interface, modeling, lighting, rendering)

    Bronx Community College (CUNY), Bronx, New York, USA (2005)
    Portfolio discussion, Gallery talk

    COMPUTER SKILLS

    Software: XSI, Maya, Syflex, Realflow, Flash, Photoshop, Shake
    Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, UNIX, Mac
    Programming languages: Python, JScript, MEL, PHP, MySQL, HTML, Java, C++

    LANGUAGES

    German (native), English (fluent), French (advanced), Italian (basic), Japanese (beginner)

    AWARDS

    Fulbright Professional Enhancement Grant, 2005
    Fulbright Scholarship, 2004
    Scholarship of Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft, Germany, 2002
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