Benjamin L. Halstead
Objective: To develop the art of character animation while combining traditional principles with digital techniques.
College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI): 2008 — 2011
BFA in Entertainment Arts with a concentration in 2D and 3D Character Animation.
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI): 2002 — 2008
Focus in Film & Video and Musical Performance.
Freelance Character Animator: Lakeshore Learning Materials: 2011
Animating characters and other assets for children’s educational Flash-based games and cartoons.
“The Nature of Craenids”: 2010 — 2011
Designed and animated an independent, traditionally animated film, approximately three minutes. Includes lip-syncs, After Effects compositing, and 3D models in Maya. Work in progress.
Storyboard Artist: Littlest Angel LLC: 2010
Boarded select scenes for the feature-length 3D animated film, “The Littlest Angel.”
Lead Animator: CADcorporation: 2006 — 2008
Modeled, rigged, textured, and animated 3D human and non-human characters and objects for the Vmerse, a virtual campus commissioned by the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions, using 3D Studio Max.
“Nidrus & Nexa: Intro”: 2010
Designed and animated several characters for a mock animated intro, combining After Effects, Flash, and traditional animation. Wrote and performed an original musical score.
Director / Lead Animator: “The iFork”: 2010
Led a small team of animators in creating a 30 second traditionally-animated mock commercial about a false product called the iFork.
Traditional animation, lip-syncs, Adobe Flash, After Effects, Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max, Final Cut Pro, music and sound design, XHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL
Winner: Stratton Prize Scholarship, Winter 2011 (“The Nature of Craenids”)
“Best Animated Film,” Winter 2005 Lightworks Film Festival (“The Reality of an Idea”)
CCS Dean’s List for 4 semesters