Friends (1)

Laura Stephens

Freelance 3D Animator & Animator

Location:Orange, California, United States
2 Skills
Laura Stephens Los Angeles, CA
Character Animator 323.382.4301

Highlights of - Knowledge of both 2D and 3D animation principles
Qualifications: - Theatrical and comedic timing experience
- Extensive fine art, creative writing, and musical background
- Multi-lingual and Multi-cultural: Studied Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese, and
traveled to 40+ countries over 5 continents.

University of Southern California (2008 – 2011)
• MFA in Animation and Digital Arts, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006 – 2008)
• BFA; Focus in 3D Animation. Studied in Prague, China, London
University of Michigan (2002 – 2005)
• BA in English with a concentration in creative writing, double minor in Linguistics and Music
Other Training:, Advanced Character Animation Training (2011 – present)
Master-class workshops in advancing skill sets in CG character performance
Academy of Fine Arts Prague (“AVU”), Prague, Czech Republic (2007)
6 weeks of study abroad, with a concentration in painting and 3D modeling with Autodesk Maya
Northwestern University, Graduate School of Communication (2005 – 2006)
Speech mechanics, speech language-pathology, facial anatomy, language development and disorders
Proficient in the following Computer Programs (Mac & PC):
Maya Photoshop Vicon Blade Dreamweaver Flip Book Microsoft Word
After Effects Flash Face Robot Corel Painter Motion Builder Microsoft PowerPoint
Premiere Final Cut Pro Nuke Illustrator Mudbox Microsoft Excel
Technical Modeling, Rigging, Animating, Lighting, Texturing, Rendering (Mental Ray and Renderman), Qualifications: Green & Blue Screen Compositing, Tracking, Rotoscoping, Performance Capture, Facial Capture

Experience and Honors:
• USC representative to collaborate and brainstorm with researchers at IBM in Almaden, CA. (2010 – 2011)
• USC ambassador to the Tokyo International Anime Fair, responsible for USC promotions and recruitment to the student exchange program within the animation department (2009)
• International collaborator on the 3D Hiroshima Peace Dome project (2009)
- The project was presented to President Obama in Japan
• Awarded the Mary Pickford Scholarship at the University of Southern California (2008 – 2009)
• Winner of multiple trophies in both National and Regional Chess Tournaments (1994 – 2002)

Employment: - Storyboards and animatic for animated TV pilot “Jason and the Argonauts” (2011)
- Speech clinician at Northwestern University (2006)
- Volunteer at Palm Beach Photographic Center, teaching Photoshop skills (1999-2002)
- Professional Marionetteer (performing musicals at science centers and schools) (1992 – 1994)
- Actor/Performer at the North Coast Repertory Theater in San Diego (1995)

Misc Education: • University of Miami: film school summer program (2000)
• Interlochen Arts Camp: studied painting, puppetry, and music composition (1995 – 1996)


• Tom Sito:
- MFA thesis mentor; President-Emeritus of the Animation Guild (president from 1992 to 2001)

• Kathryn Smith:
- Chair of USC’s Division of Animation and Digital Arts; faculty advisor

• Eric Hanson:
- Associate professor; faculty advisor; partner at xRez Studio, Inc.

Skills (2) Rating
3D Animation