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Eric T Farrar
Assistant Professor-Arts & Humanities
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Email Address  etf091000@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4372    URL Farrar Eric's Webpage    Media Contact
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 M.F.A.Visual Communication DesignOhio State University2004
 B.F.A.Music PerformanceOhio University1988
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Research Interests
  • 3D and 2D Animation
  • Animation History
  • Character Setup/ Rigging
  • Narrative Storytelling
  • Music/Sound as a Design Element
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2009-PresentAssistant ProfessorArts and Technology University of Texas at Dallas
2008-PresentAssistant ProfessorSchool of Media Arts and Studies Ohio University
2006-2008Visiting ProfessionalSchool of Media Arts and Studies Ohio University
1999-2000LecturerComputer Science Ohio State University
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Creative Work
BREAKING NEWS:THE COLLISION OF JOURNALISM AND CONSUMERiSM IN A DEMOCRACY 2007 -2008
Designed and produced informational motion graphics for this documentary written and directed by Eric Williams, Assistant Professor, at the Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies. The film examines the complex interactions between a free press and consumerism in the emerging democracy of Ukraine following their Orange Revolution. Collaborated with Beth Novak, Assistant Professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies, to create a series of moving map sequences, charts, title graphics and bottom third information for this documentary.
 
THE LAST PIECE August 2008
Co-edited and created title graphics for this short film created as part of the 2008 48—Hour Film Competition held in Columbus, Ohio. The film won Best Musical Score and Best Use of Columbus Landmark and received Honorable Mention for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Use of Character.
 
SPRIRAL BOUND September 2007
Created visual effects for this short film created as part of the 2007 48-Hour Film Project held in Cleveland, Ohio. The film won Best Use of Prop for its depiction of a notebook whose pages “magically" displayed written text to help its absent-minded owner find misplaced items.
 
INTERACTIVE FIREFIGHTER TRAINING SIMULATION 2006-2007
Ohio University’s Game Research and Interactive Design (GRID) Lab was commissioned by Owens Community College to develop this a proof-of-concept, augmented-reality game for firefighter trainees. Trainees were introduced to a variety of fire fighting scenarios through the use of a virtual game environment. Provided 3D modeling and character rigging services to the developers at the GRID Lab for a number of assets used in the game which included the following:
a. 3D bed model with textures
b. 5D fire hydrant model with textures .
c. Complete body tig (movable joints and controls systems) for a virtual Hrehghter character
d. Complete body rigs (movable joints and control systems) for two virtual victim characters.

Professional Experience
CHARACTER RIGGING TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Rhythm & Hues Studios, Inc., Los Angeles, California 2004-2006
Incorporated skeletal and muscle systems (rigging) into 3D character models so they could be animated. Created systems for clean deformations as well as intuitive and efiicient animation controls. Oversaw and supported use of character rigs through the animation pipeline. Set up dynamic cloth, hair and fur simulations. Wrote custom scripts to help optimize workflow procedures. Characters ranged from simple bipedal characters to complex quadrupedal animals as well as highly detailed and realistic facial rigs. Major projects included:
  • Night at the Museum
  • Character setup and rigging
  • Cox Communication: Commercial TV Spots
  • Character setup and rigging
  • Cloth and fur dynamic simulation
  • The Chronicles of Narnia.· The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Character setup and rigging

OWNER/PRINCIPAL

Solid Tone Productions 1997-1999
Designed and developed custom websites for commercial clients. Services ranged from HTML and ]avaScript coding, to custom graphics and electronic commerce functionality.
 
DRUMMER/PERCUSSIONIST
Columbus and Central Ohio, Freelance 1988-1998
Performed as a professional freelance drummer/percussionist for a number of different musical performing and recording groups including The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, Ohio, singer/songwriter Donna Mogavero, and jazz pianists Chris Young and Scott Steelman.
 
PRICING ADMINISTRATOR
General Electric Company, Superabrasives Division 1991-1997
Developed customer pricing system utilizing Microsoft Access database that was used by global sales force, customer service center and product managers. Received GE Best Practices Award for savings and effciencies provided.

Computer Specialization
3D                                      2D/Video                        Office/Web                            General Qomputing
Maya                                  Photoshop                       Microsoft Word                       UNIX
Renderman                         Illustrator                          Excel                                    JavaScript
MEL                                   Premiere                          Access                                  Perl
VRML                                 AfterEffects                      PowerPoint                            Pascal
Voodoo                               Flash                               Dreamweaver
                                          Final Cut Pro                    HTML

University Assistantship
  • Graduate Administrative Associate
  • The Ohio State University 2001-2004
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering Maintained departmental website, designed and developed new tools and web pages as requested using HTML, JavaScript and Flash.

Workshop Presentations
"Establishing Your Presence on the Web,"
Half—day workshop presented at the Ohio Psychological Association Conference, Presentations Columbus, Ohio, April, 1998

AWARDS
  • Best Use of Columbus Landmark-for title graphics work done in The Last Piece, a short film completed for the 2008 48-Hour Film Project in Columbus, Ohio
  • Best Use of Prop—for visual effects work done in Spiral Bound, a short film completed for the 2007 48-Hour Film Project in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Edith Fergus——Gilmore Materials and Scholarship Award, 2001 for a series of visual music pieces created while a student at Ohio State University
     

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • Association of Computing Machinery, SIGGRAPH
  • International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
  • Hlenlbersh-IPS Association International du Film d'Animation — ASIFA Hollywood
     

Personal Statement

Eric Farrar is an Assistant Professor of 3D Computer Animation in Arts and Technology (ATEC). He graduated from Ohio University with a music performance degree and spent the better part of a decade working as a freelance drummer and percussionist in the central Ohio area, all the while working at a variety of computer-related "day jobs."

In the late 1990s, Eric returned to school to study graphic design where he discovered 3D computer animation. He immediately fell in love with the medium as a means for combining his appreciation for visual art with his background in music.

He completed an MFA in Computer Animation and Visualization working through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University. Eric then went to work for the Los Angeles based visual-effects studio, Rhythm & Hues. There he worked as a character rigger creating bone and muscle systems for digital characters helping to bring a variety of computer generated animals and fantasy characters to life. Films on which he worked include Night at the Museum and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

Eric is currently teaching courses in 3D animation including two new courses focused on character rigging, which introduce students to some of the more technical elements of preparing 3D models for animation. His creative and research interests center around independent animated shorts and techniques for combining music and animation.


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