Designer / Educator
MFA in Computer Animation, 2008
Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL
Thesis: How To Run Off a Cliff With Style: An 11 Week Acting Curriculum for the Intermediate 3D Animation Student.
BS in Graphic Design / Illustration Emphasis, 1996
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
EDUCATION & ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:
Media Arts & Animation / Game Design / Visual Effects Instructor,
The Art Institute of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 2004 – Oct. 2014
Instructor for beginner to advanced levels in the following disciplines: Media Arts and Animation Program (Maya), Digital Portfolio Production, Game Design, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and Graphic Design Programs. Duties include:
- Classroom Instruction in the following subjects: 3D Modeling, Lighting and Texturing, Beginning 3D Animation, After Effects Compositing, Cinema 4D and other advanced special topics.
- Competency & Exit Evaluation
- Learner Centered Curriculum Design
Portfolio Instructor, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2005 – Present
Assisted advanced graduating students in Animation, Game Design and Visual Effects with the design and implementation of professional websites to market the animation graduate’s work. Weekly topics covered in class include:
- Networking with the Las Vegas media market to establish potential internships and entry level positions.
- Branding and Marketing Package Design
- Professional Interview Skills
- Networking Strategies
Faculty Development Chair, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2005 – 2009
Facilitated, organized and implemented faculty training sessions for the faculty of the Art Institute of Las Vegas. Some trainings include: Adobe software, classroom management as well as cultural and social sensitivity training. Other responsibilities include:
- Special topics Liaison concerning the faculty presented to the Dean of Academic Affairs
- New Instructor mentorship, equipment training and classroom management.
- Tegrity classroom video recording.
Open House Recruiting Representative, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2005 – present
Worked closely with the Admissions Department to conduct Open House presentations for prospective students and their families interested in the Media Arts and Animation, Game Design and Visual Effects programs. Subjects covered during presentations:
- Classroom and school culture
- Classroom structure and assignments.
- Software and hardware issues.
- Parent / Guardian Q & A
Animation Instructor, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008 – Present
Advised animation students in advanced self directed animation topics such as animated short production and character animation. Other responsibilities include:
- Curriculum development
- Competency evaluation
- Technique demonstration
Art Director, Codex Worlds, Jan.2013 – Present:
Directed graphic design and user interface animation for “Infinium Strike” (Nov. 2015 – 2016), 3D tower defense, for PC, XBox and iOS. Lead various teams in the design and implementation of all user interface components, screen layout, menu and icon design.
Lead Artist, AGS (American Gaming Systems), Oct. 2014 – Jun. 2015:
Provided animation and graphic design direction to various gaming titles. Generated pre-visualization animatics, symbol animation, help screen and top glass design. Trained team members in 3D (Maya) and After Effects.
Animation / Design Consultant, Phoenix Staff / Harrah’s Entertainment, Oct. 2004 – Oct. 2005
Provided graphic design consultation and flash animations for various Las Vegas gaming corporations. Awarded: Consultant of the Year Award (2005).
- Harrah’s Entertainment (Las Vegas, Reno, New Orleans)
- Caesar’s Entertainment (Las Vegas)
- Rio Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas)
- Harvey’s (Lake Tahoe)
- Showboat Hotel and Casino (Atlantic City)
Freelance Graphic Design and Flash Animation Support. Oct. 1998 – Present
Provided design, flash animation and conceptual development for the following clients:
- Atomfilms, Los Angeles, CA
- Animation Express, San Francisco, CA
- Nevada Corporate Headquarters, Las Vegas, NV
- Gerbig Snell & Associates Advertising, Columbus, OH
- Hallmark Entertainment, Kansas City, MO
- Jetaway, Las Vegas, NV
- FFTEC Motorsports, San Jose, CA
- Swatch Watch International
Design Lead, Hallmark.com, Oct. 2000 – Oct. 2004
Provided design and animation support for Hallmark.com and its affiliates. Worked closely with IBM Usability Group to ensure implementation of corporate branding and marketing strategies. Successfully implemented online branding for Hallmark Gold Crown, Hallmark Flowers, Keepsake Ornaments, American Girl and Hallmark Channel.
- Hallmark Entertainment
- Hallmark Flowers
- Hallmark Gold Crown Stores
- American Girl
- Keepsake Ornaments
- Hoops & Yoyo
Lettering Designer, Hallmark Cards , Sept. 1998 – Oct. 2000
Provided typographic product designs, font development and hand lettering solutions.
Designer, Hallmark Cards , Sept. 1996 – Oct. 1998
Provided graphic design and illustration for various products.
Warner Bros. Acme Virtual University, 1995 – Oct. 1996
Participated in one of the first video conferencing animation instruction courses lead by Warner Bros. animators, and the Animation/Illustration students of San Jose State University, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge.
Video Tutorial Production. 2008 – Present
Produced and developed various online tutorials (traditional and video) to help students in a variety of subjects related to animation, design, web and digital painting. http://www.randolfdimalanta.com/tutorials/
Notable Video Tutorials Listed Below:
- “Maya Animation with After Effects Compositing”, June 2012. Duration:19:08
- “Applying Textures in Maya: Brick Wall”, Feb. 2011. Duration: 14:43
- Digital Artist Daily , “Mech Winter: Digital Painting Part 1 & 2”, March 2010. Duration: 46:00
- “Quick Homepage Design”, November 2009.
- “Level 2 Page Design”, October 2009.
- “Gallery Page Design”, September 2009.
- “Maya Custom Textures”, May 2009. :15:51
- “Importing Sound to the Maya Timeline”, April 2008. Duration: 7:07
- “Rendering in Maya & Making Quicktime Movies in After Effects”, May 2007. Duration: 9:24
- “Life Drawing Demonstration: The Gesture”, August 2005. Duration: 9:27
Filipino Cultural Center, Kansas City, MO, 1996- 2004
As an active member for the Filipino Culture Center of Greater Kansas City, helped organize Filipino cultural festivals to promote music, martial arts and food for the surrounding community.
Project Si Se Puede, San Jose, CA, 1995 – Oct. 1996
Organized and implemented support groups for “At Risk” risk youth at the elementary, jr. high and high school levels. Duties include: facilitating parent and community involvement, field trips, mentorship, drug and alcohol awareness and self esteem presentations.
- After Effects
- Final Cut Pro
- Cinema 4D
- Word Press
- Microsoft Office
- Corel Painter
ACM SIGGRAPH: 2005 – 2014.
Shrunkenheadman Club Alumni: 1996 – Present.
General Member. The Animation / Illustration Club of San Jose State University.
President, Shrunkenheadman Club, 1996
Duties included meeting facilitation, fund raising and organizing guest speaker presentations.
HONORS and SCREENINGS:
Dam Short Film Festival – “60 FPS”, Honorable Mention 2009
“60 FPS” is the animated short that accompanied my thesis “How To Run Off a Cliff With Style” .
SIGGRAPH: FJORD Competition – “60 FPS”, 2008
Included in the event’s opening keynote speech by Dori Littel Herrick.
The Art Institute of Las Vegas – Faculty of the Quarter Award 2008
Awarded by the Student Body of the Art Institute of Las Vegas for teaching excellence.
The Art Institute of Las Vegas – Outstanding Achievement / Shining Star Award 2006
Awarded by the Executive Committee and President of the Art Institute of Las Vegas for teaching excellence.
Consultant of the Year Award – Phoenix Staffing 2005
Awarded by Phoenix Staffing, a technological staffing firm based out of Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV.
Swatch Watch International Animation Competition – 2000
Top 10 finalist. “Best Seat in the House”.
WADC (Western Art Director’s Club) Scholarship Recipient, 1997
Hallmark Cards: Visual Arts Internship Scholarship, 1996
Selected to be part of a group of ten individuals among many national applicants, to intern as a staff artist at the Hallmark Cards headquarters in Kansas City , MO.
PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS:
Digital Artist Magazine – 2010. Issue 13:
“Winter Mech”Digital Painting Video Tutorial.
Faculty Art Exhibition, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, 2008
MFA Thesis – 2008: “How To Run Off a Cliff With Style: An 11 Week Acting Curriculum for the Intermediate 3D Animation Student.”
Interviewed for the project were freelance and professional animators from Blue Sky Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, Mondo Media, and San Jose State University. www.animateemotion.blogspot.com.
How Did You Paint That – 2004 Annual: International Artist Magazine
Oil painting demonstration of a mango still life.
A Filipino In Kansas City: One Man Show, Kansas City, MO – 2001
Figurative oil paintings and life drawings depicting the Filipino culture (37 pieces).