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Lecturer — UNLV Film Dept.  
 
 

Visual Effects

Fall 2014
I teach FIS 473 "3D Visual Effects for Film" wherein we tackle Maya and Nuke, to learn how to incorporate cg into live action footage. The course is taught online. Students have access to Maya and Nuke software through the Student Computing labs in th e GRA and ARC labs, on the UNLV main campus.

I am also Guest Artist in FIS 338 Advanced Directing again this semester.

Spring 2013
Teaching FIS 473 "3D Visual Effects for Film". I am also Guest Artist in FIS 338 Advanced Directing again.

Fall 2012
I teach FIS 473 "3D Visual Effects for Film".

In addition, this semester I teach FIS220 Production 1, as well as FIS 355 Scene Work for the Director. I am also Guest Artist in FIS 338 Advanced Directing again.

Spring 2012
I teach FIS 450 section 3: "3D Visual Effects for Film" wherein we tackle Maya and Nuke. I am also Guest Artist in FIS 338 Advanced Directing again.


Fall 2011
I teach FIS 335 Professional Film Production Methods, FIS 450 section 5: 3D Visual Effects , as well as being a Guest Artist in FIS 338 Advanced Directing.

Summer 2011
I attended Siggraph 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Awesome conference, and city. Simply wonderful to get the low-down directly from the mouths of the vfx industry's leaders at ILM, Disney, Dreamworks, Digital Domain, etc...

Attended the Business Think Tank, talks on rigging Lord Shen's peacock tail, using "Color to Tell your Story", "Visual Structure" with Bruce Block, panels on "Designing the 3D Curriculum," and what Studios want to see on Demo Reels—among a jammed-packed week.

Spring 2011
I teach FIS 220-03 Production I, FIS 315 Film Editing, FIS 317 Film Sound, as well as co-teaching FIS 338 Advanced Directing.

Fall 2010
I teach FIS 220-03 Production I, two sections of FIS 315 Film Editing, FIS 335 Professional Film Production Methods, as well as co-teaching FIS 338 Advanced Directing.

UFVA 2010
I once more had the good fortune of presenting at this year's UFVA conference at Champlain College, in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. My work this year consisted of:

  • "Cuts That Tell the Whole Story " — presentation on teaching editing.
  • "Visual Story " — presentation on how I use the work of Bruce Block to teach visual structure in Advanced Directing.
  • "Darkness There " — respondent to this 20 min short film inspired by the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe, from Adjunct Assistant Professor Jacob A. Dodd, Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • "The Quest " — screened a work-in-progress cut of The Quest, with Jennifer Peepas, Department of Film & Video, Columbia College, as respondent.

Apple Certification for Students
Students of FIS 315 during Fall 2010 are eligible for the certification exam to become Apple Certifed Pros in Final Cut Pro 7. The exam will be held at the end of the semester in ARC-179. Sign up sheet will go up in the Film Department Office (UNH-112), in November.

UFVA 2009
I had the great good fortune of presenting at this year's UFVA conference New Orleans. It's always a pleasure because I end up learning something every time. This year's panels were :

  • "Producing the University Film Production" with David Carron (UT Pan-Am), at which I presented the added-value that producing The Quest has brought my students, the film department, and myself. I hope to post some of the video clips I presented soon.
  • "Art of Editing" with Norman Hollyn (USC), Peter Rea (NYU), and James Martin (U of North Texas). I demonstrated how I teach that the timing of the cut can help us tell the story.
  • "Teaching Directing" with Charles Mertzbacher, BU, and our own Francisco Menendez, UNLV. I demonstrated the formalized approach to preparation we teach our directing and film acting students.

Spring 2009 Courses
This Spring I teach FIS 220-02 Production I, FIS 315 Film Editing, FIS 332-02 Working in Film and Television, and FIS 415 Story Development. Looking forward to another productive semester.

"Publish & Flourish"
I attended Tara Gray's Publish and Flourish writing workshop at UNLV, January 5th. Mrs. Gray no-nonsense, has helpful advice, and above all, inspirational! I've been writing on a consistent basis ever since. I look forward to discover where her advice takes me!

"Replica"
I directed ”Replica”, a one-act play by UNLV playwrigthing student Jeremiah Munsey, for the UNLV One Act Play Festival October 22 – 26 in the Paul Harris theatre, at 8 p.m.

Audiences enjoyed the show a lot, with Las Vegas Review Journal critic Anthony Del Valle calling it "one of the most satisfying nights (he's) had at the UNLV one-acts in at least a dozen years. The writing, directing and acting talent reach superior levels, which gives the simple evening the impact of a major production." read more >

Fall 2008 Courses
Hitting the ground running for the Fall 2008 Semester here are UNLV, and I'm developing this web site as I run along. Please pardon the links that go nowhere, and images that don't load...

Courses I am teaching this Fall include Production I, Story Development, Professional Film Production Methods with Michel Hugo, and Film Editing. I'm happy after the first week of class because I've seen a lot of familiar faces in my courses—good students I've had before who are taking another course with me. Let's do it!

Apple Certification
This summer, I became a Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro 6 — Level One, and will be offering the opportunity for my students of FIS 315 Film Editing to become Apple Certified Pros by the end of the semester.

UFVA 2008 Conference
I attended the 2008 UFVA conference in Colorado Springs this summer, and had the good fortune to participate in a panel on "University Feature Film Productions" with David Carren, U of Texas Pan American, and my colleagues Francisco Menendez and Warren Cobb. It was a great experience for me, and I'd like to thank Prof. Menendez for giving me the opportunity to appear on the panel.

 


Enjoy!