AIE Teaching Staff
3D Animation & VFX Instructor, Lafayette
Adam is a visual effects compositor and 3D animator with a strong passion for game development. He has worked on many big movie titles including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Men in Black 3, Looper, and The Conjuring.
A New Orleans Native, Adam has been brought up in the arts his entire life. He attended NOCCA throughout high school and went on to get his BFA in 3D animation at the University of Lafayette. He has a strong foundation in the traditional arts and uses his training in his daily lectures.
Adam also is the lead animator and co-owner of Wisp Entertainment, an independent game studio based in Lafayette Louisiana. His team is currently in production of their first major title “Attack On Kitten.”
Adam loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with anyone willing to learn. He believes that with enough practice and attention to detail anyone can learn proper 3D animation and visual effects techniques.
Donald Gremillion II
Art and Animation Instructor, Lafayette
Donald Gremillion II is a CG Artist who has over 8 years of professional experience in his field. He has worked on several interactive virtual reality applications, mobile games, music videos, industrial animations, and feature films, including Secretariat and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Donald was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. Upon graduating with his BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009, Donald has strived to continue improving his artistic skills and knowledge throughout his personal and professional life.
Donald hopes to continue to improve his own skills, as well as help others with their own creative endeavors.
Programming Instructor, Lafayette
Matthew Williamson is a Software Engineer/Programmer with over 5 years of professional experience.
He has specialized in interactive game development with a focus on education. Deployed products have been targeted for mobile (iOS, Android) as well as PC (Windows, Linux, OSX). He also has a background in Information Technology and Network Administration.
Matthew was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. He worked as a software developer while continuing his education and receiving his BS from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015.
Matthew has strived to continue improving his industry skills and knowledge throughout his personal and professional life.
Skills Center Animation Teacher, Seattle
British Academy Award-winning animation director, animator, author, educator and consultant. At the beginning of his career, he studied advanced animation techniques with some of the finest masters of the art-form. Specifically: Ken Harris (original lead animator of "Bugs Bunny," "Roadrunner," etc.), Art Babbit (original lead animator on "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," etc.) and Richard Williams (3 times Oscar winner and author of "The Animator's Survival Kit").
Tony is founder of "Drawassic Age", a ground-breaking animation studio that seeks to preserve, teach and evolve the art-form of traditional animation in this digital age. Tony's ultimate dream is to establish a unique atelier-style studio/academy of advanced animation - where his most talented student graduates can gain industry experience through an MFA-level style apprenticeship with master professional animators, on unique, ground-breaking animated films. To help realize this dream, Drawassic Age is currently producing a short 2D animated teaser for its first intended movie production "Bad Penguin".
Tony's current best-selling books include: "The Animator's Workbook"; "Animation from Pencils to Pixels ~ Classical Techniques for Digital Animators"; "How To Make Animated Films" and "Jumping Through Hoops: The Animation Job Coach". His latest (and Tony believes, his best) animation book, "Animator's Notebook", is to be published in October 2011 by Focal Press."
3D Animation and VFX for Film Instructor, Seattle
Vic has over 21 years’ experience in the electronic/tabletop game industry and has shipped 17 game titles, including the Crimson Skies series and the MechWarrior Series. He is committed to quality and innovative art designs, aesthetics and execution.
Building on his education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Vic has applied his skills to all aspects of art production including managing/directing, concept, prototyping, production, post-production and video editing.
Vic is also an Art Docent for the Lake Washington School District, volunteering to give art classes to K-4th grade students in basic art concepts, hands-on art creation, and experimentation with varying media.