Angie has created animation for film, music videos, ride films, games, and commercials since 1994. Her film and commercial work include Oscar winning films, two Clios and one VES award. She enjoys the challenge of moving between the “sweet and endearing” and the “evil and deadly.” Angie began her animation career working in video games including Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Dino Crises 3, and Red Dead Revolver, followed by a successful career working on features such as VES (Visual Effects Society) Award Winning “Stuart Little 2,” Spike Jonze’s short film “I’m Here,” Academy Award winning film “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Xmen2” and “Smurfs”. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Arts from the Atlanta College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Laguna College of Art + Design. Angie has also written three books on animation and taught at several institutions in the Los Angeles area.
Angie is currently Assistant Professor at the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. Her most recent animation book is called “Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2D and CG” and she routinely writes for her popular animation blog (http://thinkinganimation.com/). She lives in downtown Los Angeles where she spends time painting on enormous canvases for her two in-house critics – her cats, named Picasso and Bacon.
I got the chance to meet Angie at iAnimate, I was attending her course of BodyMech and she is been my very first teacher. Moving on with studies I understood how important she is been in my learning path and how she signed my approach of "thinking animation". Her lectures were super clear and well organized and they cover both side of computer animation, artistic and technical, showing (and sharing!) some useful tools, too. During the reviews she always tries to push your works further, from scratch to the polished result, encouraging you week by week. The critiques were also clear and, in the mess of the Graph Editor and the Timeline of a newbie animator, she always finds the way to let you understand what's wrong and what works. But, most of all, she puts such great energy and passion in every lecture and that, mainly when you are at the beginning and every single key seems awkward and wrong, is truly a boost!
I had the pleasure to take IAnimate W4 with Angie, her experience and knowledge gives you the opportunity to feel like you are part of the industry every class and review, the shared lectures were great, you can feel her effort to prepare the contents for you to learn and enjoy being in class as well as doing your assignments at home. Punctual, enthusiastic and kindness, I really recommend Angie as an instructor for those who are looking for improve their animation skills.
Angie was my instructor for the first time in late 2011 for workshop 2. Since the very beginning it was clear that her animation knowledge was incredibly vast, but what was even more impressive was how good Angie was at communicating those notions to her (pretty inexperienced) students. I had such an amazing time with her on workshop 2 that I chose to have also workshop 4 with her.