I am a 2nd (and final) year graduate student at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, I am working with a team of awesome people making an Animated Short Film. I am leading the visual development, production design, asset creation, texturing and lighting.
My fall 2010 project was called Click!, in which we worked with the Carnegie Science Center to create an online school consisting of illustrated rooms containing games and information, to inspire 11-13 girls in the areas of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). My primary responsibilities was to illustrate the school and individual rooms, and art for mini-games.
During my first semester I took the core curriculum classes of Visual Story, Fundamentals of Entertainment Technology, Improvisational Acting, and the most intensive one, Building Virtual Worlds. In BVW, I participated as a 2D artist in the creation of five different virtual worlds. Each world is created by a four-person team in the space of two weeks. Three worlds (Joust!, Oreo & Raisinet and The Great Space Airship) were shown in the BVW end-of-semester show on December 2, 2009. In the Spring 2010 semester I worked as an artist on The ImininTech Project, a student-pitched project in which we constructed a two-story installation for Carnegie Mellon’s annual Spring Carnival. This installation featured immersive technology including a custom-built multi-touch floor and a motion platform.
Last summer, I interned for The Electric Company/Sesame Workshop to create a game for children and parents to play together, to help children develop their reading skills. In my spare time, I worked on an animated short film project and on an animated segment aired on Extreme Makover Home Edition in October 2010.
I have a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. I studied abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy. After graduating college in 2007, I worked for two years as the Assistant to the Director/CEO at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA, before returning to graduate school.
View my art portfolio at www.kimkiser.com