Lighting | Compositing | Shading
Programs & Software:
Katana, Arnold, and Nuke (advanced)
Substance Painter (intermediate)
Mac OS X | Microsoft Windows | Linux
Graduated May 2012
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Animation | Minor in Writing Studies (Cumulative GPA 4.0)
Sony Pictures Imageworks: Senior Lighting & Look Development Artist
March 2015 - Present
Lighting, rendering, and compositing shots for feature VFX and animated films. Look development on character and environment assets. Started as Associate Technical Director on Alice 2 (2015 - 2016). Lighting Lead on Angry Birds 2 and Over The Moon (2019 - 2020). Currently working on Across the Spiderverse.
Past Projects: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), Storks (2016), Smurfs The Lost Village (2017), Spiderman Homecoming (2017), Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018), Angry Birds 2 (2019), Over the Moon (2020), Sea Beast (2020-2021)
PDI | DreamWorks Animation: Lighting Technical Assistant (TA)
April 2014 - January 2015
Set up sequences for lighting; light production shots and marketing stills as needed; assist lighting supervisors and leads with production tasks. Single-handedly tech-fixed, ‘finalled’, and took ownership of a sequence of 30 shots in the span of 2.5 months while also fulfilling regular TA responsibilities. Supported lighting leads on 4 different sequences simultaneously.
Doodle Pictures Studio: Lighting Artist
April 2013 - April 2014
Light and composite shots for the LEGO Star Wars webseries. Other responsibilities: create light rigs for some episodes; prepare assets and shots for lighting; and monitor renders.
Nov. 2012 - March 2013
Assist Lighting Leads and Technical Directors prepare shots for lighting; break out complex shots into render layers (including crowd and set break-outs); troubleshoot issues with renders; address lighting and compositing notes.
Blue Sky Studios: Lighting Technical Assistant
Pixar Animation Studios: Technical Undergraduate Intern
June 2011 - August 2011
Learn and apply the various skills of a Technical Director-- lighting, modeling, shading, layout, set-dressing, rigging, and FX. Focused on lighting for final project. Trained in reviewing skills and use of proprietary software. View reel.
Through a hybrid of 2D and 3D animation, an elderly woman reminisces about her hometown over a cup of tea.
Completed May 2012.
Film Festivals: The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Lima Film Festival, R.I.T. Honors Show, The Dirtpoor Filmmakers' Festival, Women of SoFA (360|365 Film Festival), and Filmi: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival.
Ripples: Senior Thesis Film
"There is music in imperfection." First independently produced 3D film completed in 20 weeks.
Film Festivals: Lima Film Festival, 360|365 Film Festival, Theodore Case Film Festival, VISIONS Film Festival & Conference, WorldKids International Film Festival, and R.I.T. Honors Show
Dissonance: Junior Year Film
Non-traditional fusion of expression, music, and rhythm. Hand-drawn animation.
Film Festivals: The High Street Film Festival, The Stanford Bongs Independence Day Show, and R.I.T. Honors Show
Bhava Raga Tala: Sophomore Year Film
Shore Nice to Meet You!: Group Intern Project @ Humble TV
A mixed-media short film. I was responsible for some animation, compositing, rotoscoping, visual effects, motion tracking, editing, and scratch-track design.
Unhinged: Graduate Thesis Film by Gayane Bagdasaryan
A thesis film directed by a graduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology. I assisted with the 2D animation, clean-up, and color.
AWARDS & HONORS
Sony Picture Imageworks Award for Best Environment Asset
Sony Picture Imageworks Applause Award
Sept 2015 & April 2019
2011-12 R.I.T. College Delegate Nomination (College of Imaging Arts & Sciences)
Sept. 2010 - May 2012
Nathaniel Rochester Scholarship
Sept. 2008 -May 2012
R.I.T. Achievement Scholarship
References Available Upon Request