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2010 - De Anza College, Cupertino, CA 
Associate of the Arts Degree in Film and Television Production
Associate of the Arts Degree in Animation
Certificate of Animation History and Criticism
GPA: 3.89                                         Chadwick Okamoto Award for outstanding student of 2008

1996 – University of the West of England, Bristol, England
Bachelor of Education (Honors)     Subject Specialism – Art

1986 – Thurrock Technical College, Essex, England
DATEC Diploma in Art and Design

 

PROFESSIONAL FILM & MEDIA PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE 


2004 – 2010 Director/Producer (Animation/Live Action) - Studio Moraine LLC.
Writer and director of Crimson Gulch, a live action feature currently in post-production.
Make up effects for various features including; Kill Jane Doe, The Trident of Light, Lifeless, RetarDead
(all features either released or pending release).
Writer/director of several short films that have appeared in film festivals and won awards (see ‘awards’ section).

2008 – 2009 Educational Filmmaker – De Anza College, Animation Department
Creator of digital tutorials to guide animation students in image capturing and playback, use of exposure sheets, lip synchronization for animated character dialogue, and editing of musical scores in film soundtracks.

1992 – 1999 Sculptor and Mold-maker - Millennium Dinosaurs Ltd. (London, England)
Assisted in the construction of full-size prehistoric replicas for museums around the world including North America, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and China.
Created fiberglass and foam rubber props for film and television productions (uncredited).

1989 – 1992 Graphic Visualizer  - B.I.S. Applied Systems (Wimbledon, England)
Created overhead projections, animations and books to assist computer-training lecturers. Trained other employees in graphics programs (Photoshop, Illustrator).

1986 – 1989 Costume Designer - Metamawful Masks Ltd. (London, England)
Designed and created full costumes for promotional events.
Built props for film and television productions (uncredited)

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

2009 – 2011  Project Manager/Director  - HD animated production
Coordination of 14+ crewmembers during the pre-production, production and postproduction phases of digital stop-motion short. Production spreadsheets created using Microsoft Office tools and monitored using Google Docs.

2005 – 2009  Project Manager/Director  - Various film productions
Created comprehensive production materials regarding budgeting, scheduling and completion timeframes. Liaised closely with all crewmembers, ensuring effective communication between all divisions and established and monitored production targets. Software used included Microsoft Office tools, ACE Project tools, Final Draft Production tools and Gorilla Film production.

1998 – 2000  Team Leader for Literacy/Numeracy Hour Implementation

Implementation of Govt. instigated program to improve literacy and Numeracy education in primary schools. My role included creation of lesson plans (monthly, weekly, daily), training of new teachers and effective implementation and assessment of new programs.

 

 FILMS, FESTIVALS AND AWARDS


Currently in Production: 
            Small Sacrifices (short) – HD stop motion animation – director/writer/producer
           www.smallsacrificesproject.blogspot.com

2009   The Cleaning (short) – stop-motion animation – director/animator
            WINNER – best Traditional Animation, California Media Arts Award 2009
            WINNER – best over 18 film in competition, Cinecats Film Festival 2009
            De Anza Film Festival – Certificate of Excellence

            Dinner Date (short) – live action – writer/director
            De Anza Film Festival – Certificate of Excellence

2008   Motivation (short) – hand drawn animation – director/animator
            De Anza Film Festival – Certificate of Excellence

            Pasta Point of No Return (short) – live action – writer/director
            Cinequest and Cinecats Film Festivals
            De Anza Film Festival – Certificate of Excellence

2007   Unchained (short documentary) – director

2006   Moving (short) – live action – writer/producer
            Hollywood Short Film Festival
            Sacramento Film Festival
            Filmstock, U.K.
            AWARD WINNER - Bethlehem Independent Film Festival, PA.

2005   In The News (short) – live action – writer/director
            De Anza Film Festival – Certificate of Excellence
            WINNER - Creative Excellence in Film Award, Cinecats Film Festival
            (scholarship to Digital Media Academy, Stanford University)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


2008 – 2009 Professional Mentor – De Anza College, Animation Department
Under the auspices of a National Science Foundation training grant, assisted beginner and advanced animation students during all aspects of animated film production, including training in lip synch software, capturing and compositing of images, and individual guidance on technique and theory of animation.

2008 – 2009 Animation Instructor – Pixel Art Studio
Taught principles of animation and drawing to students age 9 through 16
Resulting stop-motion film, ‘Men in Clay’, was selected for San Francisco Children’s Animation Festival

2000 – 2004 Class Teacher - Trillium Montessori School (Toronto, Canada)
Class teacher for grade 5 pupils and art teacher for entire school.
Created props and backdrops for school productions.  Conducted after-school art classes.

1998 – 2000 Class Teacher - Malmsebury Junior School (London, England)
Class teacher for grade 3-4 pupils. Art coordinator for entire school.
Designed and coordinated playground redevelopment project. Conducted after-school art classes.

1997 – 1998 Class Teacher - Parson Street Primary School (Bristol, England)
Class teacher for grade 3 pupils.

 

INTERESTS


Painting, cartooning, reading, cinema, traveling, nature photography.
Feature Writing – six feature length scripts written – one shot, two more in development.
Critical Writing – starwarsblog.starwars.com and fest21.com/en/blog

 

REFERENCES available upon request

©2009 NEIL BAKER