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Christopher Somerville

2211 Austin Court,

Burlington, ON

L7L 6V6


Phone: (905) 319-7505

Email: christopher.somreville1@sheridancollege.ca

Professional Me        


Skills Summary                                                                     

 

  • Award winning Art Director/Animator with twelve years experience in 3D Graphics production

  • Skilled Project Manager, with a proven track record of managing several projects at once within a dynamic and busy environment.

  • Strong people and communications skills; able to quickly understand the needs or challenges of students, Colleagues and Faculty and create solutions that resolve in harmony.

  • Graduate Degree in Interactive Design And Game Development (in progress)

  • Successful history of mentoring and leadership experience

  • Expert knowledge of 3D Animation, 2D CG, interactive design,compositing and multi-media software.

  • Independent painter, sculptor and  Installation artist

 

E d u c a t i o n                                                                                  

 

Master of Fine Arts Interactive Design & Game Development (Spring 2011 - 2014) Savannah College of Art & Design, E-Learning, Savannah, Georgia

Post-Graduate Certificate - Digital Animation (1997)

Centennial College / Bell Centre for Creative Communication, Toronto, ON

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) – Fine Art History (1994) University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Diploma Art & Art History (1994) Sheridan College, Oakville, ON

 

W o r k  E x p e r i e n c e                                                             

Professor of Animation (2012 Present, Full-time)

Sheridan College, Bachelor of Arts, Animation

Oakville, ON

  • Digital Academic Lead, B.A. Animation Program

  • Professor of 3D Animation, Modeling and Game Level Design Courses

  • Create course outlines and weekly instruction for 140 post-secondary students, relevant to current industry practices and current Sheridan syllabus.

  • Develop, create and assign projects, exams and exercises that are strategic for student learning, growth and future professional success.

  • Assess student’s individual learning needs and progress through the term; initiating projects and exercises that challenge and excite the student while still supporting the course syllabus in a number of visual and multi-media arenas.


Professor (2010 2011, Partial load)

Sheridan College, Media Fundamentals and Media Arts Programs

Oakville, ON

  • Professor of, Telling Stories in Digital Formats’, Media Technologies’ and Broadcast Studio Lab Consultant

  • Create course outlines and weekly instruction for 120 post-secondary students, relevant to current industry practices and current Sheridan syllabus.

 

Art Director (2009 2010)

CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Toronto, ON

  • Manage the daily production of design and animation for a variety of Sports, Entertainment, and Documentary programs

 

Creative Director/Owner (2007 Present)

Conk Creative Inc.

Burlington, ON

  • Freelance 3D CG Artist from home studio

 

Creative Director

Crossroads Television System (2007- 2009) Burlington, Ontario

  •  Managed the daily production of all on-air, web, print, and radio media for CTS TV
  • Initiated creative concepts and National brand strategy
  •   Supervised, directed, coached, and inspired a team of animators, designers, producers, and on- air talent
  • Executive Producer of Community Events Interstitial Program, ConneCTS


Art Director

Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting (1998-2006) Toronto, Ontario

  •  Supervised the daily production of design and animation for the Dramatic Networks family, which encompasses Showcase Television, History Television, Food Network, Showcase Diva, Showcase Action, BBC Canada, and BBC Kids
  • Developed creative concepts and animations for show openings and bumpers
  • Managed a team of animators and designers
  • Gold medal Winner, 2003, 2004, 2006, Broadcast Design Association (BDA), Silver Award at BDA Promax (1998, 2001, 2005), and BDA Promax Gold Award for animation of OnTV promotional material (2000)

 

Animator/Designer

Big Animation (1997-1998) Toronto,Ontario

  • Managed television graphics projects for ABC Sports and ABC News

  • Houdini Artist: Modeling/Animation/Lighting/Rendering

Volunteer & Other                                                                

 

Faculty Liaison at DreamWorks Studio (SanFrancisco, March 2013)

Liaison with DreamWorks studio senior Production Managers and Sheridan College

Academic Lead and Mentor (Summer 2012)

Student Coop, Animation Production Internship Sheridan College and CUC,Beijing,China

  • Wrote and Directed three animated shorts produced by Sheridan College students

  • Successfully executed three films in two months for UNESCO, Eurasia

  • Climbed the Great Wall

Information Chairperson (2009-2010)

Canadian Mixed National Curling Championship

  • Ongoing development and implementation of media and information for this National event occurring in November, 2009

  • Overseeing media presence through web, print and television by leading a team of volunteers.

Club Representative (2007 2010)

Hamilton & District Curling Association

  • Men’s curling representative at the Burlington Golf and Country Club

  • Manage the Club’s responsibilities for the area’s largest annual bonspiel

English Teacher, Prague, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic (1992)

  • Employed as a full time English teacher to students aged 15 70 for a 6-month contract.
  • Assigned homework and projects marked and graded students accordingly.