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3D Animation & Visual Effects Department

Phoebe Elefante Phobe Elefante
Chair of Animation

Phoebe Elefante joined New York Film Academy as a Narrative Design instructor in 2014. She has a Masters in Media & Creative Management from Indiana University, and has been a professional Game & Narrative Designer since 2010. Drawing on a background in political science and economics, she synthesizes vast immersive story worlds with multi-platform distribution strategies to meet the demands of 21st century players. As the founder of Mstrmnd Ltd, she developed and produced a print and web magazine, Mstrmnd, designed games and web experiences for several clients, including: CBS, Sprint, Rockstar Games, and Melissa Auf der Maur’s music video project Out Of Our Minds. Phoebe's game credits include Wonder City, a superhero adventure game companion for the award-winning documentary, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, and a long list of games and apps that target the intersection of play and pedagogy.

Robert Appleton Robert Appleton
ESRA - Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle (3D/animation program supervisor/main instructor, 2010 – 2012 NYC), Pratt Institute (Visiting Instructor, September 2011 – December 2011), New York University (Adjunct Professor 3D animation and VFX, 2011 – Present), Bloomberg LP London UK (Art Director, Animation TD, Vision Animations)

Tim Fielder Tim Fielder
Storyboard, Animatics, Photoshop, After Effects and Character Design

Tim Fielder is an illustrator, concept designer, cartoonist, animator, and creator of the webcomic Matty's Rocket, He has worked over the years in the gaming, comics, and animation industries for clients as varied as Marvel Comics to Ubisoft Entertainment. Tim specializes in concept design, animatics, and storyboarding.

Gavin Guerra Gavin Guerra
VFX Supervisor

Gavin Guerra has spent 23 years creating award winning visual entertainment. During that time he has worked in many formats (Film, TV, Theater, Interactive) on many fantastic projects (X2- Xmen United, Vertical Limit, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, as well as countless commercials and show opens). Gavin currently owns and operates Vram FX studios in Astoria, NY.

Boaz Livny Boaz Livny
Advanced Lighting and Shaders

CG / VFX Supervisor at a number of post-production companies in the New York City area including Elementary and Recom Farmhouse. Boaz also has his own company “Vision Animations” providing production services, consultancy and in-house training for studios in the New York area and globally. Instructor - CG society (cgworkshops.com) mental Ray and v-ray courses. Author - John Wiley and Sons - mental ray for Maya, 3ds Max, and XSI: A 3D Artist's Guide to Rendering (ISBN-10: 0470008547) co-author - Mastering Maya 7 and Mastering Maya 8.5

MA from Bournemouth University in England.

Guno Park Guno Park
Drawing and Anatomy Instructor

Guno Park is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Seoul, Korea, he grew up in Toronto, Canada. After receiving his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2011, he has been drawing, exhibiting, illustrating and teaching drawing in New York City. Guno has a passion for drawing and a deep interest in social realism. His work hangs in many private collections and has been widely published.

Santosh Sailesh Santosh Sailesh
Dynamics and Scripting

Santosh is that rare and valuable combination of an advanced programmer with an artistic flare. Born and raised in India, he came to the U.S. to put his skills as a programmer to use while pursuing his passion for visual effects. After graduating with a masters degree in digital imaging, Santosh has been in constant demand as a technical director in the NY market. Specializing in physical simulations (particles, fluids, cloth, etc.), Santosh is eager to tackle problems that most TD's shudder at. Santosh has started giving back to the VFX community by teaching courses in scripting and technical direction at renowned schools in and around NYC.He is currently the Vice President at the NY based boutique Vram FX whose clients include AT&T; Avon; McDonald's; Panasonic; Sirius XM Radio Inc.; Hasbro; Nike; Nickelodeon; MTV; Frito Lay; Ford; Revlon; Showtime.

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