Students at Full Sail University have always benefited from the extensive industry experience that our instructors offer. Here's a small sampling of the instructors teaching this degree program.
Eileen has more than 20 years experience as a key character animator for films, television shows, games, and commercials. Her work has taken her around the globe. After graduating from Sheridan College, Eileen was promoted from assistant animator to key character animator and she made her mark in the traditional animation industry working for companies like Walt Disney Animation, Canada. She is proficient in Maya, 3DS Max, and Toon Boom. Eileen has also taught animation at the Vancouver Film School and at First Interactive Computer College.
Shawn Rinehart graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting, before earning a Computer Animation Degree from Full Sail, where he graduated as Salutatorian. After finishing school he worked on a wide range of freelance projects, including architectural visualizations, a Marvel Comics trailer, and CG movie based on the children's book Banana Tail. Shawn continues to work in the industry, most recently, as the Lead Shaders and Lighting Technical Director for Walt Disney' World’s stereoscopic attraction Storm Struck, as well as collaborating on the art and design for the History Channel’s Extreme Trains series.
Chad Pollpeter is a professional artist with more than 18 years experience teaching traditional art. He joined the Full Sail staff in 2006 and continues to create and exhibit new work. Chad’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the southeastern United States and have been featured in national publications.
As a working modeler, Michelle has extensive experience creating characters and environments across a wide array of industries – contributing her talents to projects for MG Studios, PBS, Mihn Kieu Architectural, Shocker Toys, and EA Sports, among others. Michelle received her bachelor of science in computer animation from Full Sail University.
Joe is the recipient of the Full Sail University Outstanding Educator for the Visual Arts 2013 award and the Full Sail University Outstanding Creative Contribution in Education 2013 for the Visual Arts award. He has helped fellow artists hone their talents and watched many of them successfully contribute to the entertainment industry in his decade long teaching career at Full Sail.
Matthew is a professional artist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Full Sail. He has a background in such diverse areas as photography, sculpting, drawing, painting, animation and graphic design. Outside of Full Sail, Matthew runs a small graphic design business focusing on music packaging, DVD packaging, logos, posters, apparel, photography, and motion graphics.