Kim-believe's Story

Animator / Director / VFX artist

Los Angeles

Hi! My friends call me “Kim”.

I am a Los Angeles based animator and VFX artist. I am originally from Vietnam, and have moved to the U.S. to pursue my Master degree in Animation at UCLA.

My stories are often inspired by my everyday life experiences. I have lived in different countries of the world at different times in life: I grew up in Vietnam, went to France right after high school, to Australia for college, and then to the U.S. for the American dream. I enjoy making new friends and learning new things wherever I go. Culture change is a challenge I tackle head-on.

I love watching sci-fi movies and TV shows growing up and have always amazed by the magical visual effects in them. I would study their making-off specials and try to recreate the effects with the software I have on hand. In my opinion, VFX artists are the true magicians of the silver screen, or dare I say, “the green screen”.

Skills

 

  • VR  illustration in Oculus Quill

  • 3D animation and VFX in Maya and Blender

  • 2D animation and background painting in Photoshop, Animate and TVPaint

  • Video editing and composition in After Effects and Premier Pro

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Applications

Professional experiences

 

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios - March 2018 to present

Burbank, California, U.S.A.          

Visual Effects Compositor: Rotoscoping, mouth shapes tracking, clean-up, removing rigs and color correcting stop motion animated shots.

Bix Pix Entertainment - October 2017 to December 2017 

Sun Valley, California, U.S.A.         

Visual Effects Contractor: Digital compositing, rotoscoping, clean-up, removing rigs and replacing background in stop motion animated shots.

Bix Pix Entertainment - May 2017 to July 2017 

Sun Valley, California, U.S.A.         

Visual Effects Intern: Digital compositing and clean-up stop motion animation footage.

UCLA TFT - October 2016 to June 2017   

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.       

Teaching Assistant: Assisting students with modeling, animating and rendering in Maya for a 3D Computer Animation class.

Graverobber Productions - June 2016 to September 2016  

Austin, Texas, U.S.A.        

Animator: Animating 2D character and visual effects, lip syncing and mouth shapes tracking, generating assets key frames and in-betweens, puppeteering character rigs

ACME Filmworks - July 2015 to August 2015

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.      

3D Generalist Intern: Generating 3D assets, setting layout and camera, integrating 2D and 3D animation, evaluating production pipeline.

 

Digipost Global - April 2014 to July 2014  

District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.                    

3D Artist: Creating 3D assets, animating characters and assets in Maya and 3DS Max, optimizing and rendering animation for music videos and commercials.

 

The Cyber Institute - April 2012 to Jan 2013

Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia.

Animator/Illustrator: Conceptualizing and producing artworks for interactive media, creating limited animation used in Industrial Training courses.

Education

 

2014 to 2017 - UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television,

MFA in Film and Television (Animation)

Major: Animation

Los Angeles, U.S.A.

GPA: 3.9 on a 4 point scale

 

2008 to 2011 - QUT Creative Industries,   

Bachelor of Creative Industry (with Honors)

Major: Animation

Brisbane, Australia.

Course GPA: 6.375 on a 7 point scale

Awards

 

  • Awarded the Matt Groening Production Fellowship in Animation 2015 for the film "Hot Chocolate"

  • Awarded the Matt Groening Production Fellowship in 2016 for the film ”General Dupont in General Dupont Doing Laundry”

  • Recipient of the Vincent E. DeFrances Scholarship in Animation 2016

  • Recipient of the Merit Award 2016 Say It In Eight Student Film Festival for the film "Hot Chocolate"

  • Recipient of the Card Walker Motion Picture Fellowship 2017

  • Recipient of the Oculus Launch Pad 2017 Program for the Virtual Reality experience “Noodles”

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