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3D Animation & Visual Effects Department

Craig Caton Craig Caton
Chair of Animation & Visual Effects

Craig started out by doing make up effects and animatronic puppets on movies such as Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Tremors, and Ghostbusters. Moving into the digital era, he worked as a character technical director for Disney Feature Animation and for DreamWorks Animation as a layout artist. Working for Stan Winston, Craig supervised the creation of a network of Silicon Graphics workstations that would later become a core piece of Digital Domain when Stan partnered with James Cameron and Scott Ross. He is credited as one of the eight co-founders of Digital Domain.

Matt Galuppo Matt Galuppo

BA in Film Production, Minor in 3D Animation and Computer Science, USC. Matt has been working in entertainment for over 10 years and has worked on 15 films as a pre-vis artist, including The Amazing Spider-Man II, Warcraft, Poltergeist, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Matt recently began his directing career, making commercials for Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Fiat, Netflix, and Nintendo.

Frederic Durand Frederic Durand

Frederic Durand graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs and studied for a year at NYC’s Cooper Union while earning his Master’s degree. He has worked on both animated and feature films in addition to his commercial work for over 20 years and has served at such companies as Disney Animation, Sony Imageworks, DreamWorks, Jim Henson’s Workshop, MPC, the Mill, and Digital Domain. He also co-founded Noroc Studio and is the lighting and shading supervisor at the Los Angeles company Mousetrappe. His prior film work includes Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tomb Raider 1 and 2, SharkTales, Speed Racer, 2012, Beowulf, Monster House, Chicken Little, and many more.

Having authored a number of educational DVDs that instructed viewers in the subject of computer-generated illumination, Durand is an expert lighting artist employing a methodology that is as creative as it is technical and utilizes core elements of cinematography. In addition to teaching at NYFA, Durand also serves on the faculty the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, the Global Cinematography Institute, the Otis College of Design, and the University of Southern California.

David D'Andrade David D'Andrade

Award winning artist with exhibitions nationwide. Past and present teaching experience include: Instructor for New Roads School, adjunct instructor for Sonoma State University, El Camino College and Napa Valley College. Degrees: San Francisco Art Institute MFA 1996; San Francisco Art Institute BFA. 1994; Pratt Institute, attended 1982-85.

Richard Silver Richard Silver

Richard Silver was born in New York City in 1953. He holds a B.A. in Art education from West Liberty State University in WV in 1976 and an MFA in sculpture from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Silver worked as an assistant to Joel Myers, Dale Chihuly, and Howard Ben Tre. He has been a studio artist since 1981, creating works for Disneyland in California, Japan, and France. He has also created props for films such as "Dragonfly," "Delivering Milo," "The Time Machine," and a number of video games. Mr. Silver's work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Japan.
Tony Candelaria Tony Candelaria

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