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Digital Arts Lecture Series: Patricia Beckmann Wells

February 7 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Patricia Beckmann Wells, EdD. is an independent animator, author, and professor. She teaches animation, game/toy design, and emerging technologies at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California. Her film Family Tale was selected as one of nine films created by women filmmakers for the 2017 Lunafest (sponsored by Luna Bars), and travelled the country raising money for breast cancer. Her latest film Baby Don’t Cry, a collaboration with the Ska Punk band Big D and the Kids table is currently on the festival circuit. Both films have competed in Academy Award qualifying festivals around the world.

Patricia worked on several movies as an animator for Warner Brothers Digital and other film companies. She was the Manager of Shorts Development at Film Roman, and while there three of her entries won the Playboy Animation Festival. This experience lead her to develop content for Oxygen Media, the Romp, and Playboy. Patricia was an executive in charge of training for Walt Disney Animation studios and Dreamworks SKG, assisting Dreamworks to build production studios in India. She has also authored several publications on 3D software and art. Most recently she published Face It: A Visual Reference for Multi-Ethnic Modeling, an art book on how to use forensic evidence provided by skulls from around the world to model ethnically accurate facial features using 3D software. She is currently developing for virtual and augmented reality, as well as creating more short films.

Presented by Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts, the first in the Spring 2018 Lecture series. Free and open to the public.