JUN 24, 2015: 3D Training Institute features Rosie
Server, Sony Pictures Imageworks Senior Recruiter
3D Training Institute (3DTi) hosted a live
webinar featuring Rosie Server, Senior Recruiter
for Sony Pictures Imageworks who will help aspiring
artists understand what she looks for when hiring
Sony Pictures Imageworks is the Academy Award-winning
visual effects and animation unit of Sony Pictures
Motion Picture Group known for live-action visual
effects, dynamic creature and character animation
and all-CG animation. Recent projects include
American Sniper, Fury, Guardians of the Galaxy
and Captain America, 22 Jump Street, and The
Amazing Spider-Max 2. They are currently in
production on Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2,
the Angry Birds movie, Alice in Wonderland:
Through the Looking Glass, and an Untitled Animated
During the webinar, Rosie explained what applicants
need to know when applying for jobs. She also
shared information on Imageworks' scholarship
program and their internship program, and how
and when to apply for these positions. Attendees
also took part in a contest to have their reels
professionally reviewed by an Imageworks recruiter.
This webinar was for everyone, from beginners
who have been inspired by movies and want to
explore a career in animation or visual effects
to professionals who want to hear directly from
a recruiter on where the jobs are and what it
takes to get hired by one of the most highly
respected studios in the world.
For the person who has always dreamed of working
in a highly creative and exciting career, this
webinar will be a roadmap detailing what it
takes to succeed. Rosie will discuss what candidates
are expected to know, what kinds of jobs exist,
and what artists can expect when they get hired
by a large studio such as Sony Pictures Imageworks.
"Imageworks is committed to producing
high-quality visual effects and animation work.
As we move into our new state-of-the-art Vancouver
headquarters, recruiting and maintaining top
talent is important to our continued success,"
said Rosie Server, Senior Recruiter, Sony Pictures
Imageworks. "We provide an exciting and
dynamic work environment that allows our employees
the ability to learn and grow."
Autodesk, one of the webinar sponsors, generously
offered a 3-year license of all Autodesk software
to students, teachers, and schools and 3D Training
Institute is supporting this initiative by providing
a complimentary training program to help beginners
take the first step toward learning 3D.
“To land a job in today’s fast-paced and competitive
media and entertainment industry, our customers
are looking for young talent that’s not only
creative but technically proficient. That’s
why we’re providing students and schools with
free access to the same professional 3D design
tools that professional studios use every day,
so that aspiring artists can learn to create
stunning movies, television content and get
a head start in their career,” said Ron Richard
from Autodesk Education.
Ben Katt at 3DTi said, “We are pleased to offer
a contest for aspiring beginners who attend
the webinar to help them take the first steps
toward becoming one of tomorrow’s 3D success
stories! One lucky winner will receive complimentary
training from 3D Training Institute in Autodesk
Maya using our proprietary production-based
training method. We look forward to meeting
everyone at the webinar and helping to connect
aspiring artists with studio recruiters and
To see the
entire press release: click
MAY 13, 2015: Phil Cabrera, 3D Training Institute
(3DTi) Alumni, Reflects on Chasing His Dream as He Prepares to Release
His First Full Length Animated Film
Phil Cabrera remembers falling in love with cartoon animation
and film making when his mother enrolled him in a sculpting
and stop motion animation class, at age 10, that was held
in an old studio above an Italian Restaurant in New York.
Years later this same love would motivate him to attend NYIT.
But, Phil had big dreams and he felt that his life was not
moving fast enough. In true entrepreneurial spirit, he created
his own advertising and design firm with a mobile billboard
division called ARTWORKS INK, LTD and hit the road.
The business was a huge success, but he closed it in 2005
and moved to LA to pursue his dream career in the Hollywood
film making industry. By 2008, he was working for Universal
Grand Studios and other major studios. During this time he
also worked on exciting projects with Design Town USA on major
shows like House M.D.
But, Phil says, "3D was starting to take off and even
Disney let go of its 2D cartoon hand illustrators."
Phil was quick to react. "Life is short and I knew that
I needed to change gears. I didn't want to end up missing
opportunities that I believed would take me to my ultimate
goal. I was one of those highly trained, fine artists who
were getting put out of jobs because of technology. I quickly
realized I needed to learn 3D to keep up and get work in the
He started searching for a good school and discovered 3D
Training Institute. "This was a difficult, but exciting
time for me. I felt like I was starting over after I had worked
so hard to reach my dream and had the red carpet pulled out
from under me. But, 3DTi offered me exactly what I needed
to get back on track. They made it a real joy to learn."
Phil explains, "3D software is extremely technical,
and difficult to learn. 3DTi taught me all the fundamentals
and a few extremely valuable tricks in a relatively short
period of time. They really had the training course perfected
down to a science. I learned 3dsMax via a remote classroom.
No one else was offering the same innovative approach to teaching
3D software and during the last week before graduation, I
landed a huge project."
With his new set of animation tools and a project, Phil launched
his next company, Design Lab 3D Animation Studios. "My
idea was to create an interactive 3D walk through for a well-known
Long Island custom home builder. The project was hugely successful,
I made $50,000 with that first job, and I was hooked on 3D
and ready to take the skills I learned at 3DTi to the next
Fast forward to 2015, and Phil says that the year started
with a bang! His company has been commissioned by a Fortune
500 Tech Company to design engineer a few cutting edge mobile
devices which have already generated millions of pre-orders.
"We can't talk about it yet, but it will revolutionize
the gaming experience in a major way."
And, he is on the verge of achieving his goal of releasing
his own animated film. Phil and his company have been working
on a very special film project which will feature a character
based on Emily Shane, the daughter of his friend, Michael
Shane, who was tragically killed by a suicidal driver on the
Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu.
Through all these ups and downs, Phil has never stopped chasing
his dreams and trying to use his talents and skills to create
works that will inspire and uplift others.
Phil has these words for aspiring artists, "Taking that
class at 3D Training Institute changed everything. I hope
that any artist who reads my story will realize that nothing
is impossible. My family was not rich and I had no connections
in the industry. I started out like everyone else. I would
encourage everyone to follow their dreams to whereever life
may take you. You will never go wrong investing in yourself."
Ben Katt, from 3DTi said, "Phil is a true inspiration
to anyone who wants to work in 3D. His perseverance to reach
his dreams and use his talents to create something beneficial
for the world is a shining example for all of us. We at 3D
Training Institute are enormously proud to count him as one
of our success stories and we look forward to the release
of this important film."
To see the entire press
APR 29, 2015: 3DTi Recruiter Webinar Series Features
Christina Zervos, MPC (Moving Picture Company) Global Recruiter and
Julien Deragon, MPC animator
3D Training Institute featured MPC (Moving Picture Company),
a giant in the animated movie industry, and recruiter Christina
Zervos, who will describe what MPC evaluates when hiring 3D
professionals. Christina will also review the demo reel of MPC
animator Julien Deragon.
MPC has been a global leader in VFX (visual effects) for over
25 years, and is world-renowned in the film, advertising, and
entertainment industries. Some of their most famous projects
include Godzilla, Harry Potter, X-Men, Life of Pi, Maleficent,
and Guardians of the Galaxy. Some of their famous ad campaigns
include Samsung, Coca Cola, Sony, Three Mobile, and Channel
4. They also worked on eight films that aired during Super Bowl
This webinar is for anyone, ranging from beginners who are
interested in exploring a career in movies and visual effects,
to professionals who would like to get an insider’s perspective
on the recruiting process of large animation studios.
Christina will also discuss MPC's Academy. The Academy is for
qualified candidates looking for their first position in VFX.
Webinar attendees will compete to have their reel reviewed for
possible acceptance to the Academy. Academy graduates are considered
for MPC positions.
Christina noted, "At MPC, we are dedicated to helping
the next generation of VFX artists break into the industry.
It’s great to have the opportunity to share the inside track
on getting your first position by participating in this webinar
with the 3D Training Institute."
Autodesk, one of the webinar sponsors, is currently providing
a 3-year software license of all Autodesk software to students,
and 3D Training Institute is supporting this initiative by providing
a complimentary training starter pack to help beginners take
the first step towards learning 3D
“Over the past 20 years, all winners of the Academy Award®
for Best Visual Effects in Film have used Autodesk solutions,
and now students can access these same professional 3D design
tools for free. We’re doing this because Autodesk is committed
to grooming a career-ready workforce and equipping the next
generation of talent with the tools and learning resources to
unleash their creativity,” said Ron Richard from Autodesk Education.
Ben Katt, 3DTi director, said, "We are extremely pleased
to offer this webinar, featuring an outstanding VFX leader,
MPC, and to be able to give students access to information,
people, and opportunities that are almost impossible to obtain.
This is a webinar that can turn dreams into reality. All the
ingredients are here to help launch a highly successful and
rewarding career in VFX."
To see the entire press
FEB 18, 2015: 3DTi Recruiter Webinar Series Features
Cyrus Liu, Head Recruiter for Piranha Games
3D Training Institute host a live webinar on Wednesday, February
25th, at 11am PST/ 2pm EST, featuring recruiter Cyrus Liu, who will
describe the many career opportunities for artists and what he looks
for when hiring 3D talent for Piranha Games studio.
Piranha Games is one of the industry’s oldest independent developers
in the Free-to-Play game marketplace. Founded in 2000, Piranha Games
has extensive multi-platform and multiplayer experiences, making
FPS action games for big-name franchises with AAA licensed titles
such as Need for Speed: Undercover and Duke Nukem Forever, and MechWarrior
Webinar participants will learn what studio recruiters in the fast
growing gaming industry look for when hiring, and gain valuable
insider tips on how to apply for these positions. Cyrus will also
talk about the current opportunities for 3D artists at Piranha Games.
Participants will learn how to access to free Autodesk 3D software
and beginners will get to participate in a promotional contest sponsored
by 3DTraining.com. All participant registrants will receive a free
30 day mini-subscription to Stash Magazine, the planet’s largest
online library of animation, VFX and motion design.
This live webinar will give anyone who has ever dreamed about developing
a video game or working for a video game studio the rare opportunity
to speak directly to the person who makes the hiring decisions and
find out how he chooses talent for his company.
The demand for skilled 3D talent is huge. According to a recent
story in Venture Beat, more than 1.2 billion people are playing
video games worldwide and of those about 700 million people play
online games. Gartner Research estimates that the worldwide video
game market generated $93 billion in revenue last year!
About the hiring process for the video game industry, Cyrus says
"The candidates who get selected for an interview must have
production skills and know how to get the job done. When I am evaluating
a candidate, I look for someone who is genuinely interested in doing
the work and is enthusiastic about being part of Piranha Games."
In a recent article in CNN/Money, Video Game Designer was number
2 on the list of Best 100 Jobs in America. According to this report,
Video Game Designers enjoy high levels of personal satisfaction
and low stress. With a median pay of about $80,000 a year and a
projected 10 year growth rate of 19%, Video Game Designers are enjoying
a great lifestyle and a very healthy demand for their services.
Gary Platt, 3D Training Institute Advisory Board Member said, “You
don’t need to be a mathematician to see the huge demand for 3D artists
to work in the video gaming industry. Whether it’s creating the
next Angry Birds or Flappy Birds Game, artists have more opportunities
To see the entire press release:
FEB 3, 2015: Michael Goldman, 3D Training Institute
Graduate, Gets Best Graduation Present, a Job That He Loves as a 3D
Designer Using Autodesk 3ds Max
Michael Goldman came to his 3D Training Institute graduation to announce
that he had just been hired as a designer by R&R Associates, a leading
product design and engineering firm in Sarasota, FL. He’s been excited ever
since, to get up every day and go to work.
But, the road to success was not always so clear or easy. Michael’s been
an artist since he could hold a brush and fondly remembers time spent attending
class at “Creative Art for Young Children” a school run by his family for
the last thirty years in the small town in California where Michael grew
up. Michael went on to attend the prestigious Skidmore College, where he
studied painting and drawing. He lived abroad for a few years and then moved
to New York City. He cherished his experiences, but something was still
At this point, Michael decided to try to teach himself 3dsMax. After a
period of frustration, Michael found 3D Training Institute, a live online
program that uses a production based training methodology to teach Autodesk
software programs 3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and Inventor. After only 16 weeks,
he had a portfolio of projects that he was able to show to clients and companies.
He took the work he had completed during the 3DTi program and landed an
incredible opportunity as a 3D Designer.
And for the first time, Michael finds himself really excited about going
to a job that he loves.“I got my job before I even got my degree. The
3DTi program was great. It was my first live online experience and I would
highly recommend the program. I felt as though they really prepared me for
a real world working environment. I really liked the hands on learning and
I felt really confident knowing that I had completed whole projects and
been successful in getting the job done well. Now I get to focus my creative
energy sketching, designing and rendering product ideas that will become
real tools for people to hold in their hands. It is very satisfying.”
Gary Platt, of 3D Training Institute says, “Michael’s success story
embodies the mission of what we do here at 3D Training Institute. In a very
short amount of time, we give our students the skills they need to find
rewarding, creative, soul satisfying work. We are tremendously proud of
Michael and appreciate his willingness to share his story and inspire other
people who may also still be searching for work that they love. We look
forward to hearing more about Michael’s success and from other people who
were motivated by his experiences.”
To see the entire press release: click
JAN 08, 2015: 3DTi Recruiter Webinar Series Features
Stan Szymanski, Founder of Stanley Vision and Senior VFX Media Executive
3D Training Institute is proud to announce that Stan Szymanski, a senior
VFX, animation and digital media executive with over 30 years of experience
in talent acquisition, artist management, and production and studio operations
management will be featured as the inaugural speaker in the webinar series,
How To Land Your Dream Job in 3D. Stan will share his wealth of knowledge
about the inside workings of the industry, how to get hired, what recruiters
are looking for, and tips for creating and building a successful career
in the 3D world.
Stan was the Senior VP of Creative Resources and Digital Production for
Sony Imageworks for 14 years where he headed up artist management, talent
development, resource allocation and recruiting for the studio. He founded
StanleyVision in 2009 after leaving Imageworks and works as an organizational
consultant, educator, resource strategist, headhunter and recruiter for
today’s global VFX, animation and digital media production industries.
Stan works with the world’s top studios to develop winning organizational
strategies and recruits the best of the best, creative, technical, production
and facility management personnel. A partial client list includes Technicolor,
MPC, Digital Domain, Framestore, Method Studios, Reel FX, Universal Creative
and The Mill.
Stan has made significant contributions to decades of award winning VFX
films and commercials. The Imageworks artist team recruited and managed
by Stan were recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
with Oscars® for their work on “Spider-Man 2” and the animated short film
“The Chubb Chubbs!” Other Oscar® nominations include “Surfs Up”, “Monster
House”, “Superman Returns”, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch &
the Wardrobe”, “Spider-Man”, “Hollow Man”, “Stuart Little” and “Starship
Also in the Webinar, Ron Richard, Senior Education Program Manager at Autodesk,
will describe his company’s recent decision to make Autodesk software available
without charge to students, teachers, and educational institutions. Scott
Hamilton, Vertical Market Strategist – Media and Entertainment, will provide
information on the specially optimized hardware options for 3D artists from
Dell and 3D Training Institute, will be offering a promotional contest for
“Autodesk is committed to helping prepare an industry-ready workforce
with the design skills and knowledge that they need to be competitive. Webinar
participants will not only gain valuable insight into the design industry
but can also take advantage of free access to the same Autodesk software
used by over 12 million professionals worldwide.” said Ron Richard,
Gary Platt, from the 3DTi Advisory Board said, “We are really excited
about this free webinar series that will allow anyone who has ever thought
or dreamed about having a career in the movie or video game industry to
talk to an industry expert about job opportunities and get insider tips
on where the jobs are and what it takes to get hired.'
To see the entire press release: click
DEC 23, 2014: Drafter, Felipe Hernandez, Saw the
Architectural Industry Trending Toward Revit, Took the 3DTi Program,
and Just Joined the Morse Group on the Epic Job Site in Wisconsin
Felipe Hernandez, a recent graduate of 3D Training Institute, has been
interested in drafting and working in various mediums of artwork since high
school. He started creating wire sculptures of flowers, animals and even
people. Looking back, he thinks it probably sparked his interest in 3D,
but it would still be a few years before he recognized the career opportunities
in the 3D design world.
Felipe graduated from Herzing University-Madison with a B.S. in Technology
Management. Over the years, he has used his drafting skills in a wide variety
of settings from research and development groups, manufacturing, engineering,
and even the Army. But, over time he saw that the Autodesk software, Revit
was becoming the industry standard.
At first he tried learning on his own. Felipe says, “I spent a year and
a half stumbling my way through Revit before finding 3D Training Institute.
I learned more in the first 4 weeks at 3DTi than I did in an entire year
and a half trying to learn on my own while juggling project deadlines. It’s
been a really positive experience and I’m glad that I made the investment
in my career and my future by going to 3DTi.”
Felipe has now been hired by Morse Electric, a renowned industry leader
whose projects include Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, EcoGrove Wind Farm
in Illinois, and the McCarran International Airport. Felipe said, “I
brought a portfolio of screenshots of my project work and the recruiters
were seriously impressed with my skills. These are skills that I would not
have had without the training I received from 3DTi. I want to thank everyone
at 3DTi for all the assistance and instruction which has opened a lot of
doors for me.”
“We are so thrilled for Felipe and the success he is enjoying at his
new job at Morse Electric. Our goal is always to prepare our students for
real world jobs using the most in-demand software,” said Gary Platt,
3DTi Advisory Board Member. “Because our students create portfolios
while they are learning, they are often able to get jobs before they even
graduate, especially with Revit. We congratulate Felipe and look forward
to hearing more success stories from him.”
To see the entire press release: click
DEC 01, 2014: 3D Training Institute (3DTi) to Launch
“How to Land Your Dream Job in 3D” Webinar Series
3D Training Institute (3DTi) is launching a monthly webinar series, featuring
studio recruiters who will describe the exciting career opportunities for
3D artists. These webinars are a unique opportunity for students who want
to work in movies, video games, or architecture to talk to the people who
make hiring decisions.
Each webinar will feature a recruiter from a well-known studio. They will
describe their jobs for 3D artists, salary ranges, and job requirements.
The recruiters will share job opportunities and tips for getting hired.
The webinar will also feature a successful artist who will describe his
or her journey to success, and answer questions.
Webinar participants—high-school and college students and teachers—will
be offered a free introductory training program from 3D Training Institute
so that they can take the first steps towards their 3D career right away.
Students and educators can also take advantage of free access to Autodesk
3D design software via the Autodesk Education Community – these are the
same design tools used by design professionals and commercial studios worldwide.
Computer hardware discounts will be offered, and at some of the webinars,
there will be contests for beginners and advanced 3D users.
Gary Platt, a 3DTi Advisory Board Member says: “We here at 3DTi are
very excited about featuring studio recruiters in our webinars. They will
describe the fun, rewarding, and viable career paths for 3D professionals.
3DTi’s mission has always been to prepare students to take on client projects,
work for studios, or create their own 3D business. We are giving students
a chance to talk to the people at the top of their profession and to get
valuable insider tips on what it takes to become successful. We want to
inspire them to believe that they can achieve any goal that they set for
Connecting students with studios is 3DTi’s latest step towards helping
students achieve a rewarding 3D career. 3D Training Institute, an Autodesk
Authorized Training Center, teaches 3ds Max®, Maya®, Revit®, Inventor®,
and AutoCAD®. 3DTi wants to raise awareness about career opportunities in
3D, and help students prepare for and land that dream job.
“Young people often aren’t aware of vocational opportunities that align
with their passions and skills. By connecting tomorrow’s creative leaders
with design leaders and equipping them with the professional tools to bring
their ideas to life, we can expose youth to rewarding career possibilities
around their design interests,” said Peggy Snyder, Director, Autodesk
To see the entire press release: click
NOV 28, 2014: (3DTi) Graduate Ivana Njegomir Skipped
College, and Turned Her Passion for Drawing Dragons into a Rewarding
3D Training Institute (3DTi) graduate Ivana Njegomir has been through
many transitions. She left Serbia with her family when she was 14 years
old and moved to the United States in search of a better life. But when
she finished high school, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She felt
enormous pressure from her parents and grandparents, who had all graduated
from college, and couldn’t imagine how anyone could be successful without
a university education.
“I researched many schools online. Of all the schools, 3DTi appealed
to me the most, because of how straightforward all the information was.
I finally found a place where other people shared my view that careers should
be creative and fun. Plus, I was really scared about taking out huge loans
to pay for school—but I didn’t have to, to attend 3D Training Institute.
3DTi was really affordable.”
“3DTi was perfect for a beginner with no 3D experience. I learned the
fundamentals of the Autodesk 3ds Max software, and how 3D modeling works.
Learning how to model fast gave me a great advantage! Knowing animation
and rigging helps me understand what my animation colleagues need",
After completing the course Ivana joined I Story Animation, an in-house
production studio for Laser Pegs, a toy company that makes a Lego-compatible
toy that lights up. I Story is creating a series of shorts for a new series
called “The Peg Heads,” based on the Laser Pegs. (I Story recently hired
Jeffrey Scott, who wrote Muppet Babies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.)
“One of the happiest days of my life was the day I signed the papers
to start learning 3D at 3DTi. I knew I wanted a job that I loved doing.
I would tell other students, ‘Follow your passion, and keep in mind that
3D is one skill that opens doors to many industries and opportunities.’
Being a 3D artist is one of the best feelings ever! It doesn’t feel like
work! I love what I do every day!”
Gary Platt, 3DTi Advisory Board member, says, “We are very proud of
Ivana. She exemplifies a new kind of student. She is following her passions
and dreams, and choosing a career that will keep her challenged, fulfill
her creatively, and allow her to have fun at work. 3D gives you a way to
turn your play into work. You can make money while you are enjoying the
things you love to do.”
To see the entire press release: click
NOV 01, 2014: 3D Training Institute (3DTi) has joined
the Autodesk Academic Partner Program (APP), a program which provides
free 3D software to students, schools, and colleges.
3D Training Institute (3DTi) the industry’s leading provider of short-term,
live-online programs, has just become an Autodesk Academic Partner (APP).
Through this partnership, Autodesk will provide 3D software for schools
and colleges, and 3DTi will support this program by offering its unique
simulated on-the-job training in 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, and Inventor to help
teachers learn the software and teach their students to prepare them for
real world jobs.
Charles Mandracchia, a public school teacher from New York City, has recently
joined 3D Training Institute’s program after hearing Christian’s success
story and is now learning Maya live-online with 3DTi. He says he is taking
the classes so that he can create 3D programs to teach the kids in middle
school. “I teach in a school where a lot of the kids have trouble getting
through high school. But they are incredible artists and designers and have
tremendous drive to succeed. If I can teach them 3D and show them that there
are jobs for them, then I can give them hope.”
As an Academic Partner, 3D Training Institute plans to help school districts
set up programs to teach the teachers how to instruct the students. Gary
Platt, 3DTi Advisory Board Member says, “We are excited to become an
Autodesk Academic Partner. We get a lot of inquiries from teachers telling
us they need to learn so they can teach a 3D class. Most of them don’t even
know that they can get free software for their students. We will be working
with Autodesk to spread the word to students, teachers, and school districts
that Autodesk is giving away software for learning purposes. We want students
to know that there are fun, creative 3D jobs in all industries from movies,
video games, medical and legal visualizations, architecture, manufacturing,
defense simulations, and advertising, to 3D printing and even entrepreneurial
opportunities which the students who are part of Generation Z will find
very rewarding and fulfilling.”
To see the entire press release: click
SEP 30, 2014: 3D Training Institute Proudly Announces
that Gary Platt Has Joined the 3DTi Advisory Board
3D Training Institute (3DTi) is pleased to announce that Gary Platt, has joined the 3DTi Board of Advisors. Gary Platt co-founded Full Sail University in 1977 and played a pivotal role in its success. He designed Full Sail’s core curriculum in 1978 and received numerous industry and educational awards. Full Sail’s initial mission was to train students on the production side of entertainment and music. Later, specialized associate's degrees and associate's degrees were added in computer animation, digital media, game design and development, and show production and touring. All of these degrees were later expanded into full bachelor's degree programs. Mr. Platt served as Senior Vice President and Director of Education during his twenty years at Full Sail. Gary Platt and Eckart Wintzen, a Dutch venture capitalist and media arts enthusiast, shared a vision for creating a college with a focus on excellence in the digital arts. In 1998, they co-founded Expression Center for New Media (now known as Ex'pression College for Digital Arts.) Ex'pression College is a for-profit college located in Emeryville, California, geared toward the entertainment industry and known for its around-the-clock schedule and eight week terms. Ex’pression College offers degrees in Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Filmmaking, Game Art & Design, Interactive Audio, Motion Graphic Design and Sound Arts. The college has been recognized for its accelerated programs. Mr. Platt still serves as a Member of the Advisory Board at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts. Mr. Platt graduated from Ohio University and they recently honored him with the Achievement in Music Award. Immediately after graduation, Mr. Platt designed the educational program for The Recording Workshop in Ohio, which is believed to be the nations’ first accelerated training program for recording. Mr. Platt also received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2007. Not only did Mr. Platt graduate with honors but he also gained invaluable insights into the many facets and advantages of online learning.
Gary Platt said, “I am also overjoyed to be joining the 3DTi Board of Directors and helping the next generation of students discover their passion, and find meaningful and fulfilling jobs doing what they love. I’m looking forward to working with the team at 3DTi to find ways to reach more students and support their efforts to create more success stories!” Ben Katt, Director of 3D Training Institute said, “Gary is an example of the stature of talented members on our Board of Advisors. He has a wealth of experience in the educational field and he is joining us at a very exciting time as more students are looking for alternatives to traditional college paths. His expertise in the field of digital and creative arts fits well with our unique training approach to prepare students for successful careers in a shorter amount of time.”
SEP 18, 2014: 19 year old Christian Carbajal Chose
3D Training Institute’s 4 Month Program, Instead of 4 Year College,
and Just Landed Dream 3D Position at Edese Doret Industries
3D Training Institute (3DTi) is proud to announce
that recent graduate Christian Carbajal just got a full time job in the
3D industry without going through the traditional, expensive 4 year college
track. Christian joined 3D Training Institute’s Fast Track program
to learn the Autodesk software Maya, and got his diploma in only 4 months.
He just turned 20 years old, and is very proud that he has already launched
his career at Edese Doret Industrial Design.
When Christian graduated from high school
there was a lot of pressure to go directly to college. Most of his friends
and classmates were following a traditional path, feeling that they had
to go college if they wanted to be successful. But, Christian had been noticing
that going to college didn't always mean finding a job and he knew a
lot of people who had gotten deep into debt with school loans.
Christian decided to take a different route.
"I always thought of myself as an artist. I was drawing stick figures
when I was only 3 years old and playing the guitar and piano at 4. I started
playing video games at 8, and then got into acting and singing when I was
9 years old. At 12, I was intrigued by anatomy, and at 15, I was studying
martial arts." Christian gives a lot of credit to his parents for letting
him follow his passions.
“Throughout the years of watching cool and shiny movies and playing creative video games, I would think to myself, ‘Wow’ that’s what I want to do. Once I graduated from high school, I dove into 3D Training Institute, which is a great place for ambitious people to develop the professional skills needed to be successful in the 3D industry.”
3DTi is a unique production-based training program where students learn Autodesk software in a simulated on-the-job environment. Because 3DTi students learn by working on in-demand projects, Christian was able to build a portfolio while he was going to school. All 3D Training courses are held live on-line, which meant Christian was able to take classes without the extra expense of traveling and he was able to get real time feedback from the instructor. And because 3DTi students learn in a simulated production environment, Christian knew how to work in a professional position.
"Thank you 3DTi for making it possible for me to kick start my career at my age, and having faith in me.” Christian has this advice to give to aspiring 3d artists, "Never give up on your dreams and goals. Have the courage to believe in yourself, because you are the only one who can make it happen."
Ben Katt, from 3D Training Institute said, “We are incredibly proud of Christian. He possessed the insight to know what he wanted to accomplish, the wisdom to trust his instincts, and the motivation to make his dream come true. He is an inspiration to all of us. I highly encourage anyone who wants to find a career or make a career change to come to our free Intro Class. At 3DTi, we create success stories. Come find out how you can be as successful as Christian."
JUN 30, 2014: 3D Training Institute Launches Hands
on Workshops in 3D as a Response to President Obama’s Call for Action
in Creating New Incentives for Entrepreneurs and Inventors
Last week, President Obama held the first
Maker Faire at the White House and celebrated with the entrepreneurs and
inventors who have reinvented and reinvigorated the manufacturing sector
of the US economy. The West Wing of the White House was filled with Makers
demonstrating inventions from Robotic giraffes to a 3D Pancake Printer,
to 3d modeling of molecules inside our bodies.
Behind much of this innovation is 3D software and it is expected that the
demand for professionals who are proficient in 3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and
Inventor will continue to match the soaring marketplace.
Autodesk has made a commitment to supporting the President’s call to action
and 3DTi is contributing by offering these Hands on Workshops which will
introduce the 3D software and the unique Production Based Training Methodology
that is conducted exclusively by 3DTi. In the workshop participants will
complete a small project to get an understanding of the software and the
project workflow. The workshop will be taught using a combination of 2 hours
of self-paced interactive videos which are accessible at any time and a
4 hour live instructor led online session.
From movies and video games, to legal presentations, medical animations,
fashion designers, construction managers, endless mobile applications, and
3D Printing, the opportunities for 3D professionals are expanding every
day. The accessibility to 3D tools is creating a new generation of Makers,
inventors, and entrepreneurs.
The Hands on Workshops are offered in Autodesk software packages 3dsMax,
Maya, Revit, and Inventor. For only $50, participants will learn about the
software, the industry trends, and job availability in the 3D field.
Trent Edwards, Instructional Manager at 3DTi, says, “We see huge potential
for anyone who gets into the 3D field. Many of 3DTi’s graduates have started
their own businesses. Our mission has always been to help students establish
a fulfilling career and long term success.”
MAY 28, 2014: Revit Graduate, Brian Ballinger, Was
Recently Hired as an Architect With the Naos Design Group, Before He
Even Graduated From The 3D Training Institute (3DTi) Programs
Brian Ballinger, 3D Training Institute (3DTi)
Alumni, earned his B.S. in Architecture at Lawrence Technological University,
near Detroit, Michigan, where their motto is "Possible is Everything".
But he soon discovered that finding a satisfying job wasn’t easy,
and at times didn’t even seem possible.
He was working as a draftsman using Autocad,
but Brian wanted to work in a position where he would feel inspired, could
grow with the company, and most of all, be happy. Brian found that a lot
of companies were using outdated technology or could not promise long-term
employment. Brian says, “I was constantly looking for a way out of
the short-term job cycle; but without experience in Revit, I could hardly
get an interview—let alone a good job."
Brian started researching classes and schools
online to find a program that would work with his schedule. Since he worked
full time during the day, nights and weekends were his only option. “I
didn't feel like I would learn enough in a two-week crash course offered
by other schools, and I needed examples of completed work to show in interviews,”
Brian said. “So, I decided to give the 3D Training Institute 16 week
program a shot.”
Brian likes the way the 3D Training Institute
classes are taught in a simulated production environment to give each student
the experience of working in a real-world setting. At the 3D Training Institute
students apply theory to real world projects. “I was only about halfway
through the Intermediate part of the 3DTi Revit Program, when I started
getting these interviews. I was able to show a couple of projects from my
classes to some companies.I was so excited to find that I got three job
Brian finally found his dream job at Naos
Design Group, and he gives all the credit to 3D Training Institute’s
simulated on-the-job training program. Today, Brian is on the fast track
to success as he and Naos Design Groups BIM Manager, Alyssa Tharrett, are
teaching the rest of the firm’s employees how to succeed using Revit!
"If you are willing to put in the
time, you will succeed. The instructors challenge the students who are catching
on quickly, while still taking time out for one-on-one sessions with students
who are struggling with a particular concept. The advice I have for potential
candidates is this question... Which costs you more? The time and money
put toward learning a new skill—or being left behind?" - Brian
“Joel Orr, a member of 3D Training
Institute’s Board of Advisors says, "Brian's success in landing
the job he wanted is testimony to his commitment, and to the power of 3DTi
Revit training. Anyone wanting to move ahead in architecture and construction
must be familiar with Revit; 3DTi offers an "express train" to
that destination. Kudos to Brian!".” - says Joel Orr, 3DTi Advisory
To see the entire press release: click
MAY 05, 2014: 3D Training Institute (3DTi) Alumni,
Sal Torchia, Recently Brought 3D Animation Skills to BBDO, Adding Another
Dimension of Creativity and Fulfillment to His Work
3D Training Institute (3DTi) Alumni, Sal Torchia,
earned his degree in Advertising Design and Communications, moved to New
York City and landed his dream job at BBDO, a prestigious advertising agency.
He loved working in 2D design, retouching and print ads but after a while
he realized that he kept bumping up against a ceiling in his profession.
As much as Sal loved working in advertising,
and producing great work for clients such as Pepsi, Snickers, Gillette,
and Visa, he started to think he would have to make a career change but
couldn't imagine what that would be. “I looked at all of the options around
me within the ad world but I began to see an increasing amount of people
becoming burned out and many just unhappy.”
He started asking himself the difficult questions.
“What do you do when you have invested time and money in a career only to
find out your opportunities don’t match your ambitions?” Sal took to the
Internet to do some research and discovered 3DTraining Institute. “I went
to the Free Intro Class and I was hooked.” He signed up for the Maya Course
Over the years, Sal has contributed to the
success of many projects, creating buzz on social media and most importantly
keeping BBDO clients happy and satisfied. Some of his notable accomplishments
include a first time use of CGI for their Guinness client that was displayed
for the world to see on a billboard in the middle of Times Square. A Lowe’s
project that required the modeling and animating of multi-tool wrench for
its launch which became one of the best sellers of the season. A holiday
campaign for HBO that captured iconic themes and imagery from their shows
modeled into Christmas ornaments, and Gillette’s art deco campaign for the
Art of Shaving.
"With 3D there’s no ceiling any more.
I saw a new light on my career path. 3DTi opened doors for climbing up the
job ladder and making big money.”" - Sal Torchia
“We are so very proud of Sal and the work
he has done. At 3DTraining Institute, we are here to help him continue to
learn and grow and help him achieve his professional goals and aspirations.”
- says Ben Katt, 3DTi
To see the entire press release: click
APR 04, 2014: Struggling Chef Transforms Himself
into a Successful Entrepreneur in the 3D Animation Industry Within One
Year of Graduating from 3D Training Institute (3DTi)
3D Training Institute (3DTi) Alumni, Daniel
Madzel, has always loved creating recipes and making tasty treats for his
family and friends. This passion fulfilled his creative side, but the long
hours and low pay in the food industry sent him searching for a career where
he could afford to support his family.
So Daniel did some research. "Before I threw
tens of thousands of dollars into a school I needed to know how it was going
to work for me." Daniel discovered 3D Training Institute, attended the free
Introductory Class, and liked what he saw.
"3DTi has a really cool teaching approach.
The instructors teach live online and they make learning fun and easy. 3DTi
uses a simulated production environment, so I learned what companies and
clients are looking for. It was like on the job training and far more affordable
than any of the other programs."
"But, when I graduated the economy was really
bad. Still, I didn't let that stop me. I said, 'If I can't find a job, I'll
make my own.'" Daniel took what he learned at 3DTi and turned himself into
an entrepreneur. "I pounded the pavement and now I've got a team of 10 artists.
I feel like there's no ceiling on what we can accomplish."
For Daniel, 3D Training Institute was the
"secret sauce" that gave him the skills and confidence to successfully make
the career change that would change his life.
"I'm now able to live a happy, creative,
fulfilling life. I tried a lot of other things, but I just wasn't happy,"
Daniel says. "Working for something you want in life is never going to be
easy. You've got to do your homework, get around good people, get fired
up! I'm happy I tried. I have no regrets!" - Daniel Madzel
"We are very proud of Daniel's success.
We are here to provide Daniel and his company, Gridway Digital with talent
and help him grow his business. Daniel is an inspiration for anyone looking
for career change and anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a successful
entrepreneur." - says Ben Katt, 3DTi.
To see the entire press release: click
NOV 25, 2013: 3D Training Institute (3DTi) and Sculpteo
collaborate to promote 3D printing to students
3D Training Institute, (3DTi) an industry
leader in teaching Autodesk software, and Sculpteo, an innovative 3D cloud
printing service, are excited to announce a collaboration to promote 3D
printing to the student community.
3DTi and Sculpteo will conduct a live-online
webinar on Wednesday, December 4th, from 6pm to 7pm (Pacific Time), about
how to prepare 3D files for printing, set up your own online store, and
embed Sculpteo’s technology onto your own website.
The business of 3D printing is exploding.
Mass customization is expected to go beyond mass production. Sculpteo has
created a 3D cloud printing service that unites artists and designers with
customers; and has taken all the hassle out of the 3D printing and selling
The Sculpteo 3D printing engine can produce
a different object for each individual. The ability to produce a physical
model from a 3D file has important applications in architecture, manufacturing,
gaming, home wares, lighting, jewelry, and almost every other conceivable
industry. Using Sculpteo’s unique 3D cloud printing engine, artists are
able to upload their 3D files onto the Sculpteo platform.
Sculpteo handles everything, from printing
and shipping, to billing and payments. It allows customers to choose colors,
sizes, and materials, to create personalized gifts or other items of their
choosing. Customers can design a one-of-a-kind piece, individualizing a
piece of jewelry or art for personal use or home display. Sculpteo will
give 3DTi students a discount to print physical models of their work and
to create a personal library of the models they have created. 3DTi will
also conduct online training seminars to help artists and designers market
their designs using the Sculpteo platform.
"Sculpteo is an online 3D printing service
that is available to everyone. But not everyone is able to create a printable
file using 3D software. This is why our partnership with 3DTi is so valuable;
it enables us to teach people how to create 3D files for 3D printing," says
Clément Moreau, CEO of Sculpteo.
“3DTi recently launched an ambitious service
called Studio Connect, to give students a chance to work with industry professionals
and prepare them for real-world projects after they successfully complete
the program. Partnering with Sculpteo and teaching students how to use this
hot new technology to market themselves and their art is a natural fit,”
says Ben Katt, 3DTi.
For more information and to register for the
3D printing webinar visit: http://www.3dtraining.com/sculpteo
OCT 30, 2013: Studio Connect Looks to Bridge the
Gap Between 3D Design and Animation Graduates and Studios Looking for
3D Training Institute (3DTi) is launching
a new, free service, called Studio Connect in January 2014, to bridge the
gap between graduates and studios who need production assistance for their
3DTi Company News 3D Training is launching
a new and innovative service, “Studio Connect”, that addresses a major industry
problem. With most studios facing stringent production deadlines, they lack
the time and resources to train and manage fresh graduates, and prefer to
hire experienced talent. Studio Connect will act as a life line between
graduates who have learned Autodesk 3D software (3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and
Inventor) and studios working on film, gaming, architectural, manufacturing,
and other design projects.
Studio Connect will launch in January 2014,
and is free for participants. Although this service was created for graduates
who have completed the 3DTi training programs, a few spots will be open
to graduates from other schools and colleges. The selected participants
will have the opportunity to gain the critical experience that studios seek,
while working in teams on simulated production projects.
“This program is truly win-win, Graduates
participating in Studio Connect will get the opportunity to work with clients,
and studios will benefit by having a pool of well-trained and qualified
talent for their projects.” - Gary Sharfin, owner of Private Idaho.
“Studio Connect will help bridge the gap
in the industry between graduates looking for work and studios looking for
well-trained talent that is ready to ‘hit the ground running.’ I encourage
studios to take advantage of this service, which will give graduates the
break they deserve!" - Joel Orr, founder, Computer Graphics World magazine.
To view the full press release, click
TO REGISTER FOR THE STUDIO CONNECT SERVICE,
JUN 28, 2013: 3D Training Institute (3DTi) Joins
the Ranks as One of the First Live On-line Training Companies to Become
an Authorized Training Center (ATC) for Autodesk (ADSK)
3D Training Institute (3DTi) is proud to announce that they have become one of the first live on-line training centers to become an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC).
In fact, 3DTi has the unique distinction of arguably being the first company to launch live on-line classes back in 2007. The live on-line format allows anyone with an internet connection to learn from home or their place of work with a live instructor, at set times over the Internet. Now, as an Autodesk Authorized Training Center, 3DTi will be able to offer additional benefits to students, such as a certificate of proficiency from Autodesk, and access to the Autodesk Student Community to obtain a free three year license in the software they are learning.
3D Training Institute’s programs were initially developed in 1998 by production professionals who were having a difficult time finding skilled talent. In fact, when they were first launched in 1999, 3DTi’s classes were conducted at the Autodesk Resource Center, located within the Curious Pictures Facility and later moved to a much larger training space on 5th Avenue, in New York City.
The opportunity came in 2007 when web tecs.hnologies such as WebEx made it possible to conduct live instructor-led training online. Ever since then, 3DTi has helped a significant number of people change their careers and their lives with their innovative 16 week production based training programs which use a combination of self-paced training materials and live instructor-led session.
“I had a day job. I didn’t have time to go to a classroom. The live on-line instruction was great. The instructors teach you how to create work based on what clients want.”. - Chris Jennings
"I needed a program that would give me real world training, was affordable, and worked around my schedule." - Eric Nercessian
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JAN 16, 2013: Emmy Award Winning 3D Training Institute
(3DTi) Alumni Is Looking Forward To The Possibility of a Second Emmy
3D Training Institute (3DTi) Alumni, Chris Jennings, is on the fast track to making all his dreams come true.3DTi Company News Chris Jennings, 3DTi Alumni, won his first Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic Design and Art Direction Category as Lead 3D Artist, for the National Geographic documentary, “Illicit: The Dark Trade”. This important film examined a new kind of international crime; the illegal trade of fake medicines, dangerous weapons, and even human beings.
However, for Chris, life was not always so exciting and glamorous. He had always loved art, but drawing wasn’t a medium he wanted to pursue. Chris went to college and got his BA in Graphic Design. “I interviewed for graphic design jobs and found them to be boring. I then realized I wanted to do exciting stuff with 3D visualization and special effects.”
So, Chris went back to school and got his associate’s degree in Digital Animation and Visual Effects. Even with all this education, he didn’t feel that he had gotten all the skills he needed to advance his career.So, Chris turned to 3D Training Institute (3DTi), for help. Chris really liked the production based program that 3DTi offered.
“The online instruction was great! I had a day job. I didn’t have time to go to a classroom. I liked the way that 3DTi is based on the real world. The instructors teach you how to create work based on what clients want. It really put me on the fast track in my career.” - Chris Jennings
Soon after completing the program, Chris was hired as the Animation Supervisor for another documentary called “Alien Deep”, where Dr. Robert Ballard, the famed explorer who discovered the final resting place of the Titanic, took viewers on a trip to discover the secrets of life that exists thousands of feet below the surface of the sea. This documentary aired on National Geographic Channel and is expected to be up for Emmy consideration in 2013.
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OCT 23, 2012: (3DTi) Alumni, Eric Nersesian, Rides
the New Wave in 3D Movie Making
3DTi Alumni Works on a Sci-Fi Web Series "The New Kind" Which Raised $100K Though Kickstarter (a new funding platform for creative projects).
Eric Nersesian, 3D Training Institute (3DTi) Alumni, was sitting in his backyard when he got the call from director Peter Hyoguchi asking him to join his web project. “Peter saw my reel on the internet and felt that I would be a great fit as a VFX Artist. I looked him up online, saw his credentials, and thought, ‘this can’t be real.’” The web series also attracted other professionals who had worked on projects such as Star Wars, Avatar, Hugo, The Matrix, and Harry Potter. Suddenly, Eric found himself collaborating with animation superstars.
Until now, getting the necessary funding was more fantasy than reality. But, in the new age of the internet and social media, using Kickstarter, director Peter Hyoguchi, was able to raise $100,000 to fund his Anime inspired, sci-fi web series called “The New Kind”. Kickstarter, which describes itself as a funding platform for creative projects, has now made it possible for anyone with a great idea to make it happen.
During the day, Eric works as a full time Computer Graphics Project Lead and Animation Department Manager for military training simulations in the Unity Game Engine. In his off time, he collaborates with animators and directors from around the world, contributes to crowd sourced web projects, and works with Hollywood professionals, all from the comfort of his home.
Eric credits 3D Training Institute (3DTi), for giving him the tools to find work in both of these areas of 3D animation. Although, making movies with Hollywood producers is the glamorous side of 3D animation, Eric says that he is equally proud of the 3D interactive training simulations he creates that train people before they put themselves in dangerous situations.
"Virtual studios, crowd sourced projects, and funding along with hardware and software improvements have made it possible for anyone to learn 3D animation and make a movie with a very small investment. With production based, online 3D training, such as 3DTi, anyone can also create their dream job. This is the future of animation." - Eric Nersesian
To view the full press release, click here
MAY 24, 2012: Dr. Joel Orr joins 3DTraining (3DTi)
Dr. Joel N. Orr established himself as a world-renowned expert in engineering automation and computer technologies. He helped found Cyon Research Corporation, a publishing and consulting firm, and its annual COFES conference.
Much in demand as a keynote speaker, Joel has addressed conferences, companies, and associations around the world, often sharing the platform with speakers such as Tom Peters, George Gilder, Jack Kemp, and others.
Joel created Computer Graphics World magazine in 1976 and sold it in 1978. Orr was also co-founder and president of the NCGA (National Computer Graphics Association) and president of the Virtual Worlds Society. Autodesk Corporation named Orr a “Distinguished Fellow” for a three-year period that ended in 1993. From 1997 to 2001, Bentley Systems, Inc. designated him their “Engineering Laureate.”
Dr. Orr’s most recent book is “Joel’s BookProgram: The Simple Secret to Writing a Book in 30 Days, at 1 Hour a Day!” He has also written “Every Man a Hero, Every Woman a Coach,” and “Structure is Destiny: The Dandelion Paradox.”
Many of the Fortune 500 manufacturers see Dr. Orr as a major resource in the areas of business restructuring, automation, and the future of technology. He counts among his clients Ford, IBM, Chrysler, Lockheed, Xerox, Apple, General Foods, Dow Corning; Becton-Dickinson, US Surgical, the US Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Army, NASA, government agencies in several countries, and many other organizations.
Orr has frequently served as an expert witness in matters relating to computer graphics, CAD, computer software, systems design, collaborative software, and more.
Dr. Orr’s PhD is in abstract math, from SUNY, 1973. He is listed in “Who’s Who,” and is internationally known as a speaker. He lives in Mountain View, California.
"3DTi's performance-measurement approach to training brings science to places it rarely used to go. In the spirit of 'evidence-based' pursuits that are so prominent across the spectrum of professional practices today, it is grounded and effective. Graduates are ready to 'hit the ground running,' and are energized in ways that delight both them and their employers." - Dr. Joel N. Orr
For more information, visit http://www.joelorr.com
JUN 14, 2011: 3DTraining.com Welcomes Emmy Award
Winning Director David Carson to its Student Advisory Board
3DTraining.com (3DTi) welcomes David Carson to its board of student advisors, which represents prominent animation executives who are committed to sharing their areas of expertise with its instructors and students. The members of the 3DTi advisory board represent significant talent and accomplishment in the animation industry.
David Carson is the director of four episodes each of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, including the latter's pilot episode, "Emissary"". Carson also directed Star Trek Generations, his first feature film effort and the highest grossing movie of the Star Trek franchise at that time. His movies for the big screen include LETTERS FROM A KILLER, starring Patrick Swayze, IN HIS LIFE: THE JOHN LENNON STORY, and THE 10TH KINGDOM.
Carson has also directed episodes of such shows as L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., Alien Nation, Northern Exposure, Beverly Hills 90210. Other movies and mini-series directed by Carson for television include CARRIE, BLUE SMOKE, and GOING UNDERGROUND, which won a Humanitas award. Carson has also won two EMMYS, for his work on the TV series STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and NORTHERN EXPOSURE.
“I am very impressed with 3DTi’s program, and especially their aim to help and encourage students to balance their artistry and aspirations with the real world requirements and challenges of the entertainment industry, thereby increasing their chances of success,” - David Carson.
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DEC 3, 2010: 3DTi graduate Breyon Bradford uses skills
he learned online to build a 3D business whose clientelBreyon_worke
includes Intel, Audi and Volkswagen
NEW YORK— Jackson, Mississippi is not often mentioned among the country’s top media production centers, but if Oroma Media has anything to say about it that may soon change. The Jackson-based company, founded a scant two years ago by 3D Training Institute (3DTi) graduate Breyon Bradford, provides video production, graphics design, post production, website design and branding services, and has quickly amassed an impressive local, regional and even national clientele by turning out work whose quality rivals that of top tier shops in New York and Los Angeles.
Along with an unlikely location, the company as surprisingly humble origins. Four years ago, Bradford was making a modest income using Adobe After Effects to produce motion graphics for small projects for his church. Wanting to advance his career, he decided to extend his skills by learning 3D. “I found 3DTi (3dtraining.com) on the web and signed up for an introductory course,” Bradford recalls, “and instantly knew that it was something I wanted to do.”
Bradford said that the education he received through 3DTi has been critical to his company’s success. He not only learned how to use sophisticated 3D software, he got the career guidance and post graduate support he needed to put his knowledge to practical, commercial use.
“I’m not a guy who got his start working in a huge studio in L.A.,” Bradford concludes. “I came to 3DTi with an eagerness to learn. I worked hard and continued to grow and the next thing I knew, I had a company.” - Breyon Bradford
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SEP 10, 2010: 3DTi welcomes Gary Sharfin, founder
of Private Idaho, as one of our Student Advisory Board members
Gary Sharfin is the owner, a producer, editor, sometimes director at Private Idaho which he founded in 1988. He began his career launching Donna Karan with an award winning fashion video and has edited commercials for Burger King, Lite Beer, Budweiser (including Bud Bowl) as well as Canon’s iconic Andre Agassi “Image is everything” campaign.
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JUL 7, 2010: 3DTi Alumni Work on Independent Greek
Talk about an out of this world experience! Three 3DTi alumni were selected to work with the 3DMirage team on a special project for an upcoming Greek feature film. The film’s director Spyros Vrettos needed assistance with a seven-minute sequence and called on 3DMirage for support on the task.
The team recruited three past 3DTi students
for the project: Joe Carvalko (Milford, CT), Rob Kerek (Rohnert Park, CA),
and Andy Richard (Ajax, ON, Canada). The 3DTi alums were faced with the
challenge of a tight budget and an even tighter deadline, but successfully
completed the project with glowing results. The film is slated for a December
release, and Vrettos is planning on including the finished product in several
upcoming film festivals.
“I was impressed with the level of knowledge
of [3DTi’s] students. In fact, I developed an interest to study 3D animation
at the school in the near future in order to solve simple visual needs.
I hope to support the idea of a more ambitious collaboration between 3DMirage
and myself with new film projects.” - Spyros Vrettos (Film Director)
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JUN 22, 2009: 3DTi welcomes Eli Kuslansky, managing
partner of Unified Field, as one of our Student Advisory Board members
Eli Kuslansky is the managing partner of Unified Field which specializes in media architecture, communications, and visualization systems for museums, educational institutions, Fortune 500 corporations. He specializes in design technology, communications, informational and educational products. With more than twenty years experience in the industry, he is currently developing advanced 3D visualization systems, alternative interfaces and designing custom software applications for museums, educational institutions, Fortune 500 corporations, and financial institutions.
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FEB 14, 2009: 3DTi graduate Breyon Bradford helps
3DMIRAGE to work on a Super Bowl commercial for Marquis Jet
With a very short project timeline given by client to create a 15-second commercial for SuperBowl, the 3DMIRAGE (www.3dmirage.com) team needed all assistance possible to meet the project deadline. 3DTi alumni Breyon Bradford was hired to assist the 3DMIRAGE team in getting the project executed within the short dead-line.
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JAN 16, 2009: 3DTi welcomes Lucien Harriot, President
of Mechanism Digital Inc., as one of our Student Advisory Board members
Lucien Harriot, Visual Effects Supervisor and President of Mechanism Digital Inc., is as comfortable on the live action set as he is in the studio with a team of computer artists. In 1996, Lucien founded Mechanism Digital Inc., which provides computer animation and digital effects for film, television and new media. Located in Manhattan’s West Chelsea and employing a staff of up to 25, Mechanism prides itself in taking the mystery out of the visual effects process while encouraging client education and involvement in the creative process, from storyboard to finishing.
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AUG 18, 2008: 3DTi graduate Kern Darrabie featured
in an article in the CGW/ POST Magazine.
AUG 18, 2008: 3DTi graduate Kern Darrabie featured
in an article in the CGW/ POST Magazine
Kern Darrabie, an intermediate level user, joined the 3DTi programs and soon after completion started working as a Senior Animator for Comcast Network's CN8 TV Station which serves nine million cable viewers from Maine to Washington D.C. with regional and local news and sports coverage.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO VIEW THE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
JUN 23, 2008: 3DTi Alumni Work on an Animated Short
for New 2008 Christmas Toy Furberries
Within a few months after completing the course
at 3DTi Joshua Chung found early success by working on a animation short
for Instant Noodle Factory (www.instantnoodlefactory.com) under the supervision
of award winning creative director Doros Evangelides. Working with a team
of about six artists, Chung was able to create a professional-level animation
for a toy company offering a new product called FurBerries. The result is
a delightful 6-minute 3D animated cartoon, which is sold as a DVD with the
toys (a new kind of cuddly, colorful teddy-bear, which rolls into a ball
and has other features).
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APR 14, 2008: 3DTi welcomes Dorros Evangelides, CEO
of Instant Noodle Factory as one of our Student Advisory Board members
Doros Evangelides is the CEO of Doros USA,
Inc., a Computer Animation Company, which merged recently with LEXICOM,
LLC, an Information Technology Company, to create the newly formed INSTANT
NOODLE FACTORY Company. The company’s objective is to achieve excellence
in the designing and production of superior animation, communications and
Internet Technology by combining many years of experience and talent.
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JAN 14, 2006: 3DTi and FIT hosted a Free 3D Animation
Career Advancement Seminar on Friday Jan 13th, 2006
The 3DTi Career Advancement Seminar turned
out to be a great success, with approximately 200 aspiring animators in
attendance to meet and gain animation career advice from our panel of industry
experts which consisted of animation company owners and savvy industry recruiters
who shared their insights on how to launch a 3D Animation career in today’s
Panelists: Lucien Harriot (Mechanism Digital),
Scott Sindorf (UVPhactory) and Chryssa Cooke (The Orphanage)
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Media Coverage :- Siggraph
News , Digital
Animators , Post
Magazine , The
Open Press , Create
Magazine , Animation Artist
NOV 17, 2005: 3DMIRAGE & 3DTi participates in the
NAB Post Show at the Jacob Javit's Convention Center, NY
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AUG 7, 2005: 3D Training Institute (3DTi) Interviews
Top Animation Companies at SIGGRAPH 2005
3DTi Spokespersons: Brittany Istre (left):
Paige Brooks (right)
3DTI interviewed a few companies that were
exhibiting this year at Siggraph, so that our current and prospective students
can learn more information about the latest trends and technology in the
Listen to industry leaders talk about their
latest product releases, and find out about the hiring requirements from
some of the world's most renowned animation studios. Partial List of Companies
Interviewed include: ILM, Digital Domain, Blue Sky, Pixar, AutoDesk
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DEC 30, 2005: 3DMIRAGE Launches 3D Training Institute
New York, NY -- 3DMIRAGE, (www.3dmirage.com) a high-end 3D animation consulting company has launched 3D Training Institute (3DTi), a training company dedicated solely to teaching the art and craft of 3D animation in a simulated production environment.
Targeting the burgeoning demand for 3D artists, 3DTi exposes students to a growing number of industries in addition to the entertainment and gaming world's commonly associated with this high tech imagery. A significant amount of 3D work is being done in diverse fields including medical visualization, legal enactments, biotech, corporate graphics, financial services, and retail point-of-purchase visualizations and 3DTi’s curriculum targets these expanding opportunities for animators.(continued)
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OCT 14 , 2004: Dr. Rajeev Doshi who Joined our Program
to make a Career Change from Doctor to Animator, gets Featured in the
3D World Magazine
Dr. Rajeev Doshi wanted to make a career change to 3D animation. So he flew in to New York to stay here for 3 months to attend our 12 week 3D Project Based Course. Within months of completing our program he was hired as a Digital Media Manager for a medical animation company in UK. After working there for about 2 years, he now runs his own successful medical animation business.
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AUG 15, 2001: Association of Graphics Communications
(AGC) and 3DMIRAGE Collabore to Conduct Animation Seminar for Graphics
"It was a pleasure working with you and your staff on the two successful 3D animation seminars we cosponsored with 3DMIRAGE. The seminars were informative and interesting and your staff was very professional. I look forward to working with 3DMIRAGE on future programs" - Pamela Suett- Director of Education and Training.
ABOUT AGC: AGC is a $3 billion network for industry information and idea exchange for print/pre press providers, new media services, ad agencies, publishers, corporate communications departments, designers, industry suppliers and professional organizations.
OCT 23, 1998: AutoDesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) Supports 3DMIRAGE
in Launching its Unique Project-based 3D Training Programs
“Kinetix (now Autodesk Media & Entertainment) sees a definite need for the educational services you are planning to provide. We are willing to support you through your start up phase with the provision of our resource center in New York, workstations provided by Intergraph and software licenses for 3D studio Max and Character Studio” – John Hadlow , Eastern Regional Sales Manager, AutoDesk
ABOUT AUTODESK: Autodesk is the world's leading design and digital content creation resource. The company provides software and Internet portal services to help customers drive business through the power of design. Serving a host of engineering and design disciplines as well as the film, broadcast, and multimedia industries, Autodesk has more than 4 million customers worldwide. Ninety percent of the Fortune 500 largest industrial and service corporations in the United States are Autodesk® customers.
Discreet, a division of Autodesk formed by combining the Kinetix® operations with the Discreet Logic acquisition, develops and delivers systems and software for visual effects, 3D animation, editing, broadcast graphics, and feature films. One of the largest software companies in the world, Autodesk has customers in over 150 countries.
For more information about AutoDesk, visit www.autodesk.com